Ogunquit and the Great White North

Six Great Reasons To Visit Ogunquit in the Winter

Fall has come and gone. Which means we’ve officially closed the doors on our 87th season here at The Dunes. But that doesn’t mean Ogunquit is closing down. Far from it. Because as the golden hues of autumn gradually shift to a blanket of white, Ogunquit shifts from summer hotspot to popular winter destination. In fact, the village and surrounding area are jammed with ways to actually embrace winter … not avoid it. Here are six reasons to bundle up and make the trek. 

SKIING Ready for a brisk workout in the snow-crusted Maine countryside? Then strap on those skis or snowshoes and head out for the solitude of some great cross country adventure. Try Mount Agamenticus and Wells Reserve at Laudholm.  If the exhilaration of wind-in-the-face downhill skiing is more your thing, then hit the slopes at Powderhouse Hill and its three trails and 175 feet of vertical.

THE MARGINAL WAY Speaking of snowshoeing, The Marginal Way is a great place to give it a try as well.  The winding coastal path offers the same ambiance and charm in the dead of winter as in the sun-drenched days of summer. Only it’s just a bit different. The paved walkway, bounded by snow, offers spectacular views of the white-washed coastline. Wrap yourself up in your warmest clothes for an invigorating stroll. Catch a winter sunrise over the ocean. Or admire the crash of surf against icy rocks.

CHRISTMAS BY THE SEA Help ring in the holiday with Ogunquit’s 36th annual celebration of all things Christmas. From our renowned Christmas parade to pictures with you-know-who, Christmas By the Sea is a bit like stepping into a Hallmark Christmas movie. Join us for lots of Yuletide cheer … ranging from Santa sightings to tree lightings, concerts, a bonfire, fireworks, craft show, children’s activities and of course, the Christmas parade. December 9-11. HOLIDAY SHOPPING Looking to get an early jump on your holiday gift-giving? Did you know Ogunquit has been rated one of the top 25 Christmas shopping towns in America? In fact, we’re number two on the list. Our boutiques, shops, galleries, and outlets offer something for even the most difficult person on your shopping list. Drop by such local fixtures as The Perkins Cove Pottery Shop, The Whistling Oyster, The Harbor Candy Store, On the Main and The Ogunquit Trading Post. Or head on down to The Kittery Outlets for some fabulous deals with its125 national brand and designer outlets. 

WINTER PHOTOGRAPHY Yes. Summer and fall aren’t the only time to grab some Instagram-worthy photos of the southern coast. If you’re an avid photographer, or just like to grab a few shots, get ready to capture some remarkable images of the now-frosted-over Ogunquit and its sea of white. Camera phone or high-end 35mm digital. It doesn’t matter. Just make sure you bring along some gloves.

SEASONAL EATS While some dining spots are closed for the season, you’d be surprised at how many aren’t – Including some of our most popular eateries. A big foodie? We have lots of taste-tempting options ranging from seafood to Italian, Americana and lots more. Best of all. No long lines and waiting times. It’s a great way to come indoors and shake off the cold. Call first for hours and to ensure they’re open. Have a great winter. Have some fun. Keep warm. And remember. The Dunes will be ready and waiting for you come April 2023. See you then.

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