Southern Maine’s Lighthouse Bucket List

Exploring Southern Maine’s many lighthouses has been a tourists’ and locals’ favorite pastime. It’s an activity your whole family with love and a way to impress your significant other on date night. With so many lighthouses to choose from, it can be hard to narrow down your must-see sites. Many options are varying in distance from Beachmere Inn. Check out our top five favorite lighthouses to visit during your Southern Maine vacation.

Portland Head Light

Photo of Portland Head Light, One of the Prettiest Maine Lighthouses.Cape Elizabeth is home to Portland Head Light, Maine’s earliest lighthouse. In 1787, the Massachusetts Legislature provided $750 to begin building a lighthouse on the picturesque shores of Fort Williams Park. And in 1791, 16 whale-oil lamps lit up the Portland Head Light for the first time. At the time, it was used to house eight soldiers to warn citizens of potential British attacks. We’ve come a long way since then. Today, Portland Head Light is America’s most photographed lighthouse. Fort Williams Park is open year-round from sunrise through sunset for visitors to enjoy. Some popular activities are hiking, picnicking, and photography.

Nubble Light

Photo of Nubble Light, One of the Prettiest Maine Lighthouses.Once upon a time, mariner traffic was crucial to the area; although, the rocky coasts of Maine were very dangerous for the mariners and became wearing on their livelihood. In 1874, President Rutherford Hayes sanctioned $15,000 to build a lighthouse on this “Nub” of land. The beam was intended to protect the men and women out at sea. Eventually, our government deemed the lighthouse’s service fit for our U.S. Coast Guard in 1939. After several name changes and ownership turnovers, the Nubble Light became what it is today! Now, tourists and locals alike flock to Nubble Light for the area’s impressive scuba diving, exceptional photography, great fishing, and dog-friendly grounds.

Photo of Goat Island Lighthouse, One of the Prettiest Maine Lighthouses.

Goat Island Light

Goat Island Light has been a quintessential landmark in Cape Porpoise Harbor since 1833. It’s weathered vicious storms, countless visitors, generations of keepers, and has even witnessed shipwrecks. Today you can enjoy the Goat Island Lighthouse from the landing at the end of Pier Road in Cape Porpoise. And if the lighthouse keepers are home, they’re happy to give you a tour of the lighthouse tower. 

Whaleback Light

Photo of Whaleback Light, One of the Prettiest Maine Lighthouses.Whaleback Light is truly a light in the darkness. In 1829, Whaleback was poorly built by a contractor who cut many corners. The poor workmanship became evident when a wave hit the lighthouse; water seeped through the cracks and soaked the first lighthouse keeper. Many people wondered how the tower could possibly weather the storm. To their surprise, Whaleback Light endured forty impressive years. After many rebuilds, renovations, and new keepers, Whaleback Light remains to be a visitor favorite. On your way back to Beachmere Inn, consider swinging by the outlets!

Bug Light

Photo of Bug Light, One of the Prettiest Maine Lighthouses.The Bug Light is the furthest lighthouse away from Ogunquit on our list, but the drive is well worth it. Bug Light is formally known as Portland Breakwater Light but earned its nickname for its small size. Built in 1855 but replaced in 1875, The Bug Light served to mark the end of rocky waters. The Bug Light Park offers impressive views of Portland Harbor and the skyline of Maine’s largest city. Visitors enjoy the area by walking along the waterside or flying a kite. You’ll also notice the shining white light that the tower flashes every four seconds to welcome guests to South Portland and historic Portland Harbor. 

Now that you know Beachmere Inn’s favorite lighthouses to visit in Southern Maine, there’s only one thing left to do; pack your bag and head out the door! Lighthouses are a significant part of our culture; so you can’t leave without visiting a lighthouse or two. To learn more about booking your dream Southern Maine vacation, head to Beachmere Inn’s website or talk to our friendly staff at 800-336-3983.

Top 4 Family-Friendly Activities in Ogunquit, Maine

Photo of a Family on the Beach in Ogunquit.

 

Finding activities for the whole family to enjoy on vacation can be difficult; which is why many families love Ogunquit, Maine! Ogunquit has endless activities that each family member will enjoy. Beachmere Inn is centrally located to all activities, so your family can limit their time spent indoors and maximize time spent outside. Wrap up your summer with these family-friendly activities located near Beachmere Inn

Mount Agamenticus 

Take a break from the beach and lace up your hiking shoes! Guests of all ages will enjoy the easy, shaded hike to the top of Mount Agamenticus. When you reach the top of the mountain, you’ll catch breathtaking views of Ogunquit and the surrounding area. If a member of your family is unable to hike Mount Agamenticus, you can drive your car to the top of the summit. There is a parking lot available up top. Pack a lunch and have a picnic, the kids will love it! 

Harbor Candy Shop

Indulging in sweet treats during vacation is a rite of passage, and your Ogunquit, Maine, vacation is no exception! There is something for every taste and dietary restriction (vegan candy included). Harbor Candy Shop’s homemade fudge is second to none. Thankfully, Harbor Candy Shop is a quick five-minute drive from Beachmere Inn and can satisfy your sweet tooth every day until 10 p.m. 

Ogunquit Beach

The days of packing multiple bags for the beach are over! Ogunquit Beach has numerous vendors selling beach toys and beach gear. There are also food stands that sell lobster rolls, fried clams, and burgers. Ogunquit Beach is a great place to visit on a hot summer day. You can either swim in the ocean or the Ogunquit River nearby. The Ogunquit River has a bevy of crabs under the bridge which kids enjoy catching with nets and buckets. Although you may notice more people on the beach than in the water because the water is freezing! 

Perkins Cove 

In 1925, a group of residents donated an area of land to create Marginal Way. The only paved, coastal walkway in New England. It connects downtown Ogunquit to Perkins Cove.

Perkins Cove is a great place for families to walk around since it’s not as busy as downtown Ogunquit. Perkins Cove is home to the only pedestrian-operated drawbridge in the country. If a boat needs to travel under the bridge, your child can push the button to lift the bridge. They’ll love it! While exploring the area, you’re bound to see the many boats passing by. Be sure to watch the lobster boats pull in and out; or get more intimate with lobstering on the lobster catching excursion with Finestkind Scenic Cruises. Perkins Cove is chock-full of gift or souvenir shops to remember your day by the water. 

After a long day of family fun, sample the catch of the day at Beachmere Inn’s onsite restaurant, Blue Bistro. You’re guaranteed ocean views regardless of the weather or season. Join us this summer for endless fun and lobster bakes! To book your dream Ogunquit vacation, visit our website or talk to our friendly staff at 800-336-3983.

Ogunquit Maine – Where to Find the Best Coffee

If you are like many others, coffee is one of the first things you set your sights on each morning to get your day started. Beachmere Inn is located on the beautiful coast of Maine and is the perfect place to watch the sunrise while sipping your morning pick-me-up. However, it can be tough to decide where to go for that unique cup of joe when you are visiting a new area, so we want to introduce you to a few of our favorite places in Ogunquit Maine to satisfy your coffee cravings. 

Backyard Coffeehouse and Eatery

Start your day off with an artistic flair and the delicious flavors of the Backyard Coffeehouse and Eatery. Hand-crafted espresso drinks and delicious dishes are the perfect way to kickstart your morning. With vegan and gluten-free options make the Backyard an excellent choice for anyone to enjoy a hearty breakfast or lunch while sitting in the cozy dining area or on the sunny outdoor patio. 

 

Bread and Roses Bakery

What goes together better than a freshly-baked pastry and a hot cup of coffee in the morning? If you have a sweet tooth or enjoy a fresh croissant for breakfast, stop in at Bread and Roses Bakery to get your day going. From coffee cake to fresh rolls, this bakery takes pride in their passion for baking and creating delicious treats. 

 

 

The Greenery Cafe 

For a hearty breakfast paired with a steaming cup of coffee, The Greenery Cafe is the perfect place to take the family for a delicious dining experience. Waffles, pancakes, breakfast burritos, and more build the ideal breakfast menu while the full lunch menu offers even more incredible choices.

 

 

Cove Cafe  

If you are looking for a unique place to grab your cup of joe, Cove Cafe is an adorable local diner full of delicious options. Though Cove Cafe is open seasonally, you can enjoy a tasty breakfast on your summer vacation and experience the local Ogunquit Maine charm. Located right on Perkins Cove, you can drive just a short way to delight in a view of the sparkling waters while sipping on your hot coffee and savoring the warm morning light. 


This summer, get away from it all at
Beachmere Inn in Ogunquit Maine.  While we do offer coffee to our guests  during our continential breakfast, and all day in the lobby, you should also visit these delightful cafes, and you won’t have to ask, “Where is there a good place to grab a coffee near me?” because these stops are a shoo-in. Every morning is a good morning when you are staying with Beachmere Inn. 

 

Ogunquit Spa Getaways at The Beachmere Inn

Photo of a Woman Receiving a Massage at Our Ogunquit Spa.

 

When busy schedules create stress, it’s time to take a break and escape to the beautiful east coast. Taking a vacation can not only help you relax, but it allows you to hit the reset button and return with a fresh outlook and a clear mind. Discover and delight in a rejuvenating Ogunquit spa getaway to The Beachmere Inn and treat yourself to the escape that you deserve. 

Our Ogunquit Spa

When you arrive at The Beachmere Inn, you can get settled into your cozy coastal accommodations and head to our Ogunquit ME Spa. With an array of massages like our Signature Massage and Hot Bamboo Massage, allow us to work through your muscles and allow your body to relax while your mind drifts away in our tranquil atmosphere. We also have a line-up of organic oils and ingredients, along with treatments such as our Beach Bum Body Wraps. The team will help you detox, destress, and unwind so that you can enjoy your Ogunquit Maine getaway to the fullest. We also have a hot tub and sauna among our list of amenities that are available for even more relaxation.

Ocean Sounds and Breathtaking Views

After you have experienced our spa and treated your body to a much-needed day of relaxation, you can head outside to soak in the breathtaking oceanfront views. Walk along the Marginal Way while listening to the waves crash to shore and the breeze rustle through the trees. You can lounge on the shores of our own private beach or make your way to Perkins Cove for even more beautiful scenery and beachy vibes. Bring a book along and get lost in the storyline or simply soak up the sunny rays and watch sailboats bob with the rolling waters. 

Escape to Beachmere Inn

When you are looking for relaxation and tranquility, there is no better place to visit than Ogunquit Maine. Take time to give your mind and body a break from the daily grind while enjoying all of the oceanfront amenities and attractions around The Beachmere Inn. Visit our Ogunquit spa and revel in the natural beauty of the ocean right outside our windows for an unforgettable escape that will leave you feeling refreshed and stress-free.

Ogunquit Maine – Top Three Rainy Day Activities

Rainy Day Fun

When you are on vacation, the weather doesn’t always cooperate with the plans we make for our trip. When you stay with us at The Beachmere Inn in Ogunquit Maine, we have a few fantastic activities that are ideal for a rainy day. Check out our list of the top-three rainy day activities that will keep the fun going during your getaway!

 

Flower arrangements mirror painting images

Art in Bloom is offered in late June each year showcasing flower arrangements to reflect painting interpretations.

A Day of Art
When the weather is less than perfect, a great way to spend the day is by visiting an art museum. There are two art museums in Ogunquit Maine that we would like to share with you.

The Ogunquit Museum of American Art – Find an array of techniques and artistic movements by visiting the Ogunquit Museum of American Art. You will find wonderful exhibits with unique art and catch a glimpse into artists minds by viewing their work. You will find art from all over the world, as well as our beautiful coastal home on display for visitors to enjoy.

The Barn Gallery is within a 5-10 min walk of the Inn. Since the late 1800’s, Ogunquit has attracted an eclectic variety of artists, all of whom helped create a richly textured art colony and a place to live and paint.  Juried members of the Ogunquit Art Association (Maine’s original artists’ group) host their creations, offer gallery talks and panel discussions and so much more.   The 2019 Season runs from May 22 through October 14. Don’t miss the 68th OAA Art Auction on August 4, 2019 – the largest art auction in Ogunquit and always one of the high points of the seacoast region’s cultural season.

Tap Dancers at The Ogunquit Playhouse for 42nd street

Tap Dancers at The Ogunquit Playhouse for 42nd street (2019)

Catch a Show  
For those that are looking for something fun to do and experience phenomenal entertainment, catch a show at the Ogunquit Playhouse. Since 1933, the Ogunquit Playhouse has hosted incredible theatrical and musical productions for all to enjoy. Surrounded by rich history, this Ogunquit hub brings a bit of Broadway to our beautiful coastal community. Shows like the classic “Kinky Boots” and “West Side Story,” the playhouse has received numerous recognitions for their Broadway-caliber productions and make this stop one of our favorite Ogunquit Maine must-sees!

Delightful Tasty Treats 
If you have a sweet tooth, there is one delightful place that you won’t want to miss during your visit. Rain or shine, the Harbor Candy Shop is sure to sweeten your day with an array of delicious treats that will have your taste buds singing. From artisan chocolates to mouthwatering caramels and truffles, it is hard to resist the temptations of this candy shop’s creations.

Lastly, DON’T worry, Sunshine is On the Way
Many of our guests can’t wait to take a walk by the ocean while the sun is shining down. However, we all know Mother Nature can have other things in mind. When you stay with us at The Beachmere Inn, the occasional rainy day never dampens the day because you can still enjoy these activities and so much more! Visit our website for even more ideas to build the perfect itinerary for your next Ogunquit Maine getaway!

Ogunquit Restaurants: Dining at Beachmere Inn

Ogunquit Restaurants: Dining at Beachmere Inn

Enjoy a fresh prepared lunch or dinner in the Bistro

When you are staying in a beautiful area like Ogunquit Maine, there is one essential detail to every trip that Beachmere Inn guests can’t get enough of— the food! You will always have access to incredible dining with Blue Bistro and all of the nearby Ogunquit restaurants when you stay at Beachmere Inn. Indulge in the best culinary creations that boast the unique flavors of the coast during your getaway; your taste buds will thank you!

The Perfect Start to Every Day

When you wake up in our Ogunquit Maine lodging to the sun peeking through the windows and the sounds of waves lapping the nearby shores, you can start every day off with something tasty. A free continental breakfast is available for all of our guests to fuel up for a day of adventures. Take that first sip of coffee as you relax on the balcony and watch the sunrise over the water as the early sun casts shades of pinks and purples across the horizon. Every morning is a good morning at Beachmere Inn.

Maine Lobster Bakes on the lawn, a must when dining in Maine

Fantastic Lunches

For lunch, you can find a myriad of tasty options at our very own Blue Bistro. Though there are other Ogunquit restaurants within driving distance, you won’t need to leave the property for a delicious meal. Save time that you would spend traveling by indulging in the delicious creations of the chefs at Blue Bistro and leave more time for fun activities.

Seasonal Fun!

During each season, Beachmere Inn also offers unique dining experiences with a little added flair. Summer months bring lobster bakes to the lawn of our inn, while fall brings perfectly prepared prime rib dinners. You can also indulge in the Blue Bistro Burger Bar on Fridays during the summer for a grill-out like you’ve never tasted before.

When the Dinner Bell Rings

lunch or dinner can be enjoyed on our deck

Blue Bistro Porch for your morning coffee or afternoon cocktail around the firepit.

When dinner time rolls around, and your tummy begins to beckon for something tasty, treat your taste buds to the culinary creations at Blue Bistro. Throughout the seasons, we offer choices with a mix of seafood dishes as well as an array of delectable entrees such as rack of lamb, pasta, and mouth-watering steaks. You can pair your entree with the perfect wine or specialty cocktail from a well-rounded drink menu, and follow up each meal with a unique dessert that will leave your taste buds singing. When it comes to Ogunquit restaurants, Blue Bistro takes pride in every plate and serves with the utmost quality and freshness.


We have incorporated gluten-free menu options into our regular menus as well as descriptions of ingredients to make it easy for everyone to choose something they will enjoy. Dining during your stay doesn’t get much better than the experiences offered by
Blue Bistro at Beachmere Inn. Discover the something incredible for every meal during your getaway with us and treat your taste buds to something new when you stay with Beachmere Inn.

 

An Ogunquit Maine Romantic Escape

An Ogunquit Maine Romantic Escape

Hearts by two handsWhen life becomes a hectic whirlwind of busy schedules and long to-do lists, it can become challenging to find quality time to spend with your sweetheart. Reconnect and get away from it all with a romantic escape to Ogunquit Maine at Beachmere Inn. Rediscover the joys of exploring someplace new and getting some much needed time together without the worries of everyday life tugging at your sleeves.

Treat Yourselves

When you arrive at your Beachmere Inn accommodations, head to the spa and kick off your romantic escape with a bit of special treatment. We have a couples room so that you and your love can enjoy a hot stone massage together or a “Tired Feet Treatment” that will help you relax and rejuvenate. When it comes to spas in Maine, the spa here at Beachmere Inn is conveniently only steps from your Ogunquit Maine lodging. You can easily start the day by letting go of all of your stress and clear your mind to begin your vacation on the right foot.

Wander and Explore

If you have the hearts of adventurers or simply love the outdoors, Ogunquit Maine is the perfect destination. Whether you take a winter stroll with snow on the beach or love feeling the warm ocean breeze in the summer, Beachmere Inn is nearby some of the best walking paths for incredible views and a relaxing excursion. Marginal Way is popular among locals and visitors for it’s easy going trails and gorgeous postcard-worthy views. Wells Reserve at Laudholm is a great way to experience a variety of trails for various experience levels as well as Ogunquit beach areas. For a little be more of a challenge and to fully immerse yourself in nature, explore Mt Agamenticus. Local farmers and landowners have come together with efforts to make the Mt Agamenticus area clean and preserved in its most natural form. Take in the views and bring along a camera to snap photos along the way and capture the beauty of the area to remember forever. 

Sunset glow over the Beachmere Victorian Building

Get Cozy with Ogunquit Maine Lodging

Every romantic getaway needs cozy accommodations to snuggle into every night and enjoy a peaceful evening with your love. Relax with your favorite beverage as you listen to the waves from your balcony at Beachmere South, Beachmere West, or The Victorian. You can also enjoy the charming comforts of home at Hearthstone House and Bullfrog, or escape to a hidden garden paradise at our Mayfair property. Our Ogunquit Maine lodging is perfect for any occasion, and you can choose from our array of accommodations to find the ideal place for you and your sweetheart to get away from it all. So grab your honey and head to Beachmere Inn for a romantic Ogunquit Maine getaway that you will never forget.

A Getaway For Any Season: The Beachmere Inn

If you are looking for the perfect getaway for any season with an ocean view and plenty to do all year round, look no further than The Beachmere Inn. Sitting right on the water’s edge in Ogunquit Maine, you can wake up every morning to the sounds of waves rolling to shore and in the winter months see a postcard view of snow on the beach. Every season holds something new for visitors, and we want to invite you to experience our unique Ogunquit Maine lodging first-hand for an incredible stay all year round.

Marginal Way during the winter is magical.

An Oceanfront Winter Wonderland

If you love the ocean and can’t get enough of fun winter activities, Ogunquit Maine is the ideal destination to get the best of both. Discover snow on the beach for breathtaking photography opportunities, snowshoe down the coast, nearby skiing, and much more. A winter stay at The Beachmere Inn is an experience that you will never forget. 

Springing Into Warmer Weather

As the ground thaws and plants begin sprouting with new life, the warmer weather introduces an entirely different breadth of things to do in Ogunquit Maine. From Easter egg hunts for the little ones to museum hopping in downtown, there is plenty to do. The saying, “April showers bring May flowers,” often rings true in the spring with a few rainy days here and there. However, a visit to downtown Ogunquit Maine is ideal for rainy days, as there are countless local businesses and indoor attractions to explore so a little bit of rain can’t ruin your exploring.

 

Summer in Perkins Cove, explore the shops, take a sail or go deep sea fishing from the many local guides.

Sunny Summer Days

Summertime at our Ogunquit Maine lodging is full of tan lines and good times. Whether you are looking forward to lounging by the waters or embarking on an exciting adventure, there is no shortage of experiences. Lighthouses, coves, beaches, and wildlife refuges offer some of the most stunning nature excursions, while the city comes alive with festivals, events, and other local activities.
Perkins Cove in August

 

Postcard-Worthy Autumns On The Water

As hot summer days turn to cool autumn evenings, the once green and lush landscapes morph to exquisite scenes of vibrant shades of mahogany and gold. The fall colors of Ogunquit Maine create some of the most beautiful ocean scenery imaginable. Perfect for relaxing on the balcony with a hot cocoa or taking a stroll down the Marginal Way and taking in the beauty, a fall stay with The Beachmere Inn is nothing short of spectacular.

Discover the best parts of every season when you stay with us at The Beachmere Inn. Whether you are a lover of warm weather or prefer the crisp air of winter, you can experience it all here. Enjoy everything that our beautiful oceanfront home offers and enjoy a memorable stay at The Beachmere Inn.

 

Don’t miss a visit to the Ogunquit Museum of American Art in 2015

It’s one of my favorite small museums that packs a double punch. Not only can you enjoy a wide arrange of permanent artwork and specialty shows of visiting artists, you have the amazing grounds to wander. Flower gardens, sculptures and the images of sailboats passing by into Perkins Cove. 

Beauty inside and out from the Ogunquit Museum of American Art

Beauty inside and out from the Ogunquit Museum of American Art

 

Enjoy varied art from Maine artists as well as works from around the country.

Enjoy varied art from Maine artists as well as works from around the country.

Enjoy this short video which captures the feel of the museum as well as highlight the rich art history of Ogunquit Maine.  http://www.necn.com/entertainment/the-scene/Ogunquit-Museum-of-American-Art-330355091.html

Ogunquit Fireworks, capture the moment!

Waiting for the Fireworks

Waiting for the Ogunquit Fireworks on Marginal Way.

I love taking photographs and have always struggled to find the right way to capture the Ogunquit show either on my camera or on our Nikon D60.  I’m certinally not a professional nor really know much about photography, but it’s a secret passion that I adore.

SO when I stumbled upon this link for how to get Great Fireworks Photos with your Phone, by Suzanne Kantra, I just had to share. 

Ogunquit Fireworks are outstanding every year

Ogunquit Fireworks are an outstanding opportunity to photograph.

I hope these easy tips help you capture the moment while enjoying this year’s fireworks in Ogunquit!  I know some of them will be put to use right away when I get out my smartphone on Saturday night.

Fireworks are set off from Ogunquit Beach Parking Lot at 9PM. Music will be provided by DJ Jerry Bazata before and after the show.

Please note: due to the fireworks display, there will be no parking at the Main Beach lot.  However if you’re staying with us here at The Beachmere Inn, don’t worry, our lawn will provide the perfect seat for viewing the show over Ogunquit beach.