August 30, 2018

Our First Trip to Maine Won't be our Last

I distinctly remember a paper that I had to write about where I might see myself living in 10 years for my very first creative writing class in college. I chose the Maine coast, even though I had never actually been there. Fast forward 25 years and I finally visited Maine. Not sure why it took me this long to get there. Pulling up to the Nubble Lighthouse, in the photos above and below, was a surreal experience - like a photograph coming to reality right before my eyes.

We chose the seaside town of Ogunquit - mostly because of its proximity to both the Nubble Lighthouse in York, Maine and Perkins Cove - 2 places I have seen photographed over and over and seem to represent that quintessential Maine charm. Plus, this area is only a little over a 4 hour drive from our house in NJ. The area did not disappoint.
Of course we ate our fair share of lobster - steamed lobster, lobster rolls, stuffed lobster - lobster never tasted better than while overlooking a cove full of lobster boats at sunset.
The view from where we stayed, Terrace by the Sea, was beautiful. We ate breakfast on the porch overlooking the ocean each morning. The beach in Ogunquit is unique to Maine in that is very sandy (many of the beaches there are rocky) and it was fascinating to watch the tide come in and out each day, revealing a huge stretch of beach at low tide and a river at high tide. It was very hot while we were there and we ended up spending more time at the beach than I thought we would.
There is a cliff walk called the Marginal Way that leads from Ogunquit to Perkins Cove and walking along this path was certainly a highlight. Our two youngest boys joined us on this trip while our oldest stayed home to work and take care of our dogs, who were missed terribly. Next time, when we explore a new area of Maine, I might check out Air B&B for a rental that would let us bring the dogs with us. So many places seemed extremely dog friendly, which made us miss them even more.
Perkins Cove was exactly what you would think a New England fishing village should look like.
Of course we enjoyed driving around and looking at the houses. I think, perhaps, the house below was just the dream house I wrote about in that long ago college essay.
I'm currently working on my bucket list of lighthouses to visit. And I hear they decorate the Nubble for Christmas. I mean, I just have to see Maine with snow too! Have you visited any great ones? Please let me know so I can add to my list. See you next time, Maine!


  1. Hi Courtney,

    Pictures are beautiful!!! I just returned from old orchard beach on was wonderful. I have been to york many years ago. I agreee..I will be back to Maine!!!

  2. Oh WOW! My dream vacation. Thanks for taking me there! And it didn’t look full of tourists. How can that be?
    Chris in West Texas

  3. How lovely, Courtney...on my bucket list! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Oh Courtney what beautiful pictures from your trip. What a great and fun trip. Maine is on my bucket list and now with seeing your pictures and story of your trip I think I might have to move it up on the list! What an awesome trip for all of you. Happy Thursday. Have a great holiday weekend.

  5. What a view! I'd love to take that walk.

  6. Your pics could be paintings! The family photos are beautiful as well, and I think the one of you and your husband should be framed!

    We are kindred souls...I drove with a friend up the coast from Boston to Maine, but not very far in, when I was about twenty (a long distance relationship--it did last two years, so bravo to us!). For this Midwestern girl, I was in love with those rocky shores and lighthouses, too, and dreamed of going back one day.

    I do hope you get back, and bring your critters! if we can ever find a place to fly into from Chicago, I'll be on it! ;-D


  7. What a beautiful place Maine is:-) Wish I could go there one day:-)
    Your pictures are amazing:-)))

  8. I love Maine! Our very first visit was to Ogunquit too, and we visited all the beautiful spots you mentioned. Only problem it's an 8 hour drive for us. You will definitely have to explore more of the Maine Coast! Subsequent visits took us to Kennebunkport, Rockport, and Camden. Our last trip was to Bar Harbor. And now as I'm writing this, I want to plan another trip!

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