Five Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Ogunquit

Yes. It even rains in paradise now and then. But fear not, because even if the clouds roll in, there are plenty of rainy day activities to complement your sunny seaside vacation at The Dunes.

Do a little shopping. The cure for your rainy day blues? Spend an afternoon exploring our stores, galleries and gift shops. From nautical knick-knacks to art, fashion and coastal edibles, It’s definitely worth dodging a few raindrops to find a few treasures to take home as a memento of your stay. Try Perkins Cove and Main Street. They’ve got something for every shopper. Brush up on your culture. Head indoors and discover the paintings, drawings, and sculptures that can be found at our numerous galleries and museums. The Ogunquit Museum of American Art houses over 2,000 works in its permanent collection. If you’re partial to contemporary local artists, you can discover their work at the Barn Gallery and The Green Heron among others. The Barn Gallery is exhibiting the work of Ogunquit Art Association painters, graphic artists, photographers and sculptors from May 26 through October 11, 2021. The Gallery has two sets of shows featuring ‘Ogunquit Art Association Expressions’ in the Main and Lower Galleries. The Collectors Gallery will continue to fill the North Gallery with small framed and matted work. From sea glass to watercolors, The Green Heron also hosts work by the finest local artists.

Eat, drink and be merry. Just like the Postal Service, lobstermen and fishermen along the Maine coast are out working no matter the weather. And eateries will still be serving all the fresh seafood you can imagine. Some even have covered porches so you can bask in the fresh ocean air without getting wet. Start off your day at The Greenery Cafe. Go casual with a lobster roll or a cup of lobster stew at The Lobster Shack. Join in a late day, sing-along at The Front Porch piano bar and restaurant. Kick back on the patio for a legendary rum punch and seafood at Barnacle Billy’s. Try Angelina’s for the area’s finest Italian food. Dine on the water at M.C. Perkins and Oarweed. Or drop by Brix + Brine, Jonathan’s Ogunquit or Caffé Preggo If your focus is more on the taproom than the food, you can tour Maine’s extensive network of craft breweries on the Maine Brews Cruise in Portland. Sit back and enjoy the show. The Ogunquit Playhouse has been a summer staple in Ogunquit since 1933. The theater stages full-scale musical productions ranging from classic favorites to the latest showstoppers. Known as “America’s foremost summer theater”, the Playhouse’s off-Broadway shows attract some of the finest Broadway talent who make their way up here to work and escape the city heat. This year there will be four shows, all presented in an outdoor venue due to COVID-19. You can also catch the latest flicks with popcorn in hand at the Leavitt Fine Arts Theatre. One of the few remaining 1920’s movie palaces, the town landmark retains the same deco style that has been part of the movie-going experience in Ogunquit since 1923. What’s more, the theater features a restaurant speakeasy, bar, and concert venue. And definitely check out the haunted house tours.

Just stay in … kick back … and put your feet up. Sometimes when the skies are gray, all you want to do is batten down the hatches and spend time in your cottage here at The Dunes on the Waterfront. Sip a glass of wine and watch the rain from one of our screened-in porches. Cook a meal with fresh local lobster. Sit by a fireplace and read that book you’ve been putting off. Best of all, just spend some time with the fam. After all, nothing brings families together like a board game or a few hands of cards. Just visit the office to borrow something from our game shelf.

Don’t let those gray skies put a damper on your vacation. There’s always plenty to do when, and if, those raindrops start falling. Just follow our list. Or use your own creativity. And remember. We’re always here to help you make the most of your stay no matter what the weather brings.

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