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Trip Report Lazy Weekend: Portland/Ogunquit ME

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Our Maine vacations are usually spent in the mid-coast area but DH and I wanted a closer spot for a quick 3-day getaway. DH hates cities and big hotels so the Dunes in Ogunquit was perfect. Our "motel room" was actually a tiny bedroom (just big enough for a king size bed, a corner bathroom, and small sitting area in a 4-unit building that used to be one of those small road side cottages. Various size units including full cottages with kitchens and screen porches are scattered on 12 oceanside, grassy acres. Shade trees and adirondack chairs completed the perfect setting for us.

Day 1 was dedicated to finally taking the mailboat cruise from Portland around Casco Bay. You cannot go to Maine's coast without at least one boat ride. We headed to Portsmouth Lobster Co for lunch on the open deck and then an easy uphill walk to the new Mt Desert Ice Cream shop on Exchange street where my fantasies of the perfect banana ice cream came true (blackstrap banana). Pick a time when it's not busy so you can sample some of the unusual flavors because I wanted to taste Thai Chili but I sure didn't want to eat a lot of it. We headed to one of the Old Port District's parks to enjoy our ice cream before trekking back to the car. Our visit was really too short but we had the rest of southern Maine to explore and not much time.

We took shore roads south before finally cutting over to Rt 1 for a speedier trip to the Dunes. We had a late lunch but it was already 6pm when we checked in. Thanks to Chowhound research I picked Mike's Clam Shack for dinner. Mike's isn't really a shack but a nice family type restaurant on Rt 1 and our newly designated best place for fried clams and scallops. The breaded batter was perfect. I got a good lobster roll with a great cup of thick clam chowdah.

This was a weekend to do nothing in particular just stop at some shops, eat, and wander around. We came with books to read and we just wanted to sit around. Saturday morning was the last of good weather so we headed out early to walk the famous Marginal Way. Early birds also get free parking in Perkins Cove. More explorations by car (the homes in the area are beautiful) and heck, we were back at Mike's for the 11am-4pm lunch special $12.95 lobster dinners followed by more great, locally made ice cream at Sundaes at the Beach. More reading, more walking, and dinner at a different place. Although summer theater had started we weren't interested in either of the productions. When the season gets going there are quite a few activities and events going on but this was a lazy weekend for us.

Posters frequently ask about driving along the ocean on their New England trips. Rt 1 rarely gets near the ocean. The shore roads can take several hours just from Portland to Ogunquit even during times without any traffic congestion. If you don't have time to wander, pick a town to visit and allow a couple of hours for both the drive and walking around.

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