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Paradise Found: An Anniversary Weekend Memory

It was our tenth wedding anniversary, and we were looking for somewhere to get away for a weekend. With the daily hustle and bustle of family life with three young children, we didn’t have much time or money to go away on some fancy vacation. So, at the last minute, I started researching places to stay in Ogunquit. That’s when I came across The Dunes. Luckily, they had space available on our anniversary weekend so I booked it!

Anniversary weekend in cottages overlooking Ogunquit Beach
Even being familiar with, and loving, the area (my family had a camp in Kennebunk growing up), I still wasn’t sure what to expect as I had never been there before. And to our pleasant surprise, we both fell in love with the place as soon as we pulled in. The little cottages scattered across the beautifully maintained grounds, were so quaint and lovely, that I wished I permanently lived in one.

My husband and I felt like two little kids, trekking down with our backpacks to the dock and taking a rowboat out across the river to the beautiful Ogunquit Beach on the other side. It was like an adventure…and the most fun was slogging through the river to get back at low tide. We had so much fun that day!

sunset bench dunes waterfront ogunquit tidal river

Once we had safely returned our rowboat, we headed for the heated outdoor pool for a quick dip, and then to sit and relax on an outdoor bench overlooking the river and beach beyond it. We sat there that day, watching the sun go down, and reminiscing of the 10 years gone by, and how happy we were.

On the way home after the anniversary weekend was over, we were so excited to bring our kids back to experience this magical place, but after we thought about it, we decided to keep this little gem to ourselves for a bit longer. A place we can escape to alone once in awhile. Thank you, Dunes on the Waterfront, and your wonderful staff for making our tenth anniversary one we will never forget!

- Heather and Rob Horn

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