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The Maine attraction

June 3, 2013

We took a day trip to Ogunquit, Maine this weekend. As much as I sometimes miss living in the Midwest, our proximity to the beach makes me so grateful to live in Boston. A short hour and a half drive finds us in this gorgeous setting:

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The cold Maine water wasn’t quite ready for swimming in June, but it made for a wonderful breeze — a nice relief from record high temperatures in the Northeast. After the beach, we stopped off in Perkins Cove for a lobster roll and some ice cream. Footbridge Lobster serves delectable lobster rolls: fresh, fresh lobster meat served on buttery toasted rolls, with your choice of traditional mayo, hot butter or plain. (Hot butter is the best.)

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Ogunquit Beach is perfect for a day trip. There’s public parking nearby, access to bathrooms, and shops that sell drinks and food. A word of advice: bring a wagon or beach caddy for beach chairs and umbrellas. If you don’t make it early enough to get a spot in the closer lot ($20/day), you may end up in the farther public lot ($15/day), about a five-minute walk — not far at all, unless you’re carrying lots of heavy beach equipment. (We learned this the hard way.)

Perkins Cove is a five-minute drive from the beach. In addition to several lobster shacks, there are some adorable boutiques, galleries and a candy shop.

There are a few other nearby beaches we want to try, but I expect we’ll be back to Ogunquit this summer. Maybe by August, the water will be warm enough to swim past our knees.

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