Guide to Perkins Cove

Maine- the way life should be. From Acadia to the coast to everything in between, there's a reason why Maine is known as Vacationland. The gorgeous sites and fun-filled activities that can be had here make it easy to fall in love with the state. Luckily living in New England, New Hampshire specifically, allows me to enjoy all Maine has to offer at ease. One of my favorite spots to go to is Oguniquit, Maine. While there is a ton to do in this town, visiting Perkins Cove is always a top priority. Despite its size, there is plenty to enjoy on this little peninsula! Whether you're in Ogunquit for one day or a few, I highly recommend taking a half day or evening to experience what this cove has to offer.

Marginal Way
This coastal stroll is a must-do. The Marginal Way is a 1 1/4 mile scenic stretch connecting Shore Road near the sandy beach of Oguniquit to Perkins Cove. This paved path is friendly for many (dogs included) with 39 benches scattered along the way. There are various staircases leading off the path for the daring to trek down the rocky shore to the water, stunning greenery, a little lighthouse, beautiful coastal homes, and of course the serenity of the sea. Whether you are going to just walk or sit and read for a few, the Marginal Way offers a change of pace and peace to your visit to Ogunquit and Perkins Cove.

Take a ride on one of Ogunquit's infamous Molly trolleys! See this coastal city in a different way on this quaint form of transportation. These trolleys run all through Ogunquit and there is a stop in Perkins Cove right by the docks. 

Being a coastal town, there are plenty of opportunities for cruises. Whether you're looking to do a scenic cruise, sail, or learn about lobstering; there are a variety of options available to get on the water. Finestkind Scenic Cruises is one of the local businesses offering these trips. They depart right from the dock of Barnacle Billy's restaurant.

Though seasonal, the Oarweed is a favorite of mine. This wood paneled nautical lobster pound serves delicious food. They offer a variety on their menu, but of course have a lobster roll and chowder. Whether you're seated indoors or outside right next to the cove and Marginal Way, this restaurant has a classic yet casual feel.

I have yet to see this place without a wait because it is that good. The clam chowder, steamers, and lobster are must-tries here. They also have waterfront deck seating and have a friendly atmosphere. It makes sense why this spot is a favorite for many!

The "Shack" is nestled in the center of this picturesque cove. It offers the classic casual Maine seafood dining experience. This quaint restaurant has a reasonably priced lobster roll, and it's damn good!

Who doesn't love candy?! Especially from a cute candy shop where you can decide how much you want and even get a pails worth! But actually, you can use one of their pails and fill it with sweet treats. This cute shop overlooks the water and has shelves of candy lining the walls. If you're in the mood for sea salt caramels, delicious homemade fudge, or saltwater taffy this is the place to go.

Grace Oliver is one of the few boutiques on Perkins Cove. Here they have coastal inspired handmade jewelry, gifts, and more. They really have some beautiful pieces in this store, so definitely stop in!

This place is funky. It is like Christmas year-round. I am such a fan of these quirky novelty stores with ornaments galore! Plus, this shop has more than just holiday decorations. They also have a variety of antiques, like jewelry. If you're looking for a fun gift to give someone, this shop may have what you're looking for!

Various Galleries 
Along with a few boutiques, there are various galleries to check out in Perkins Cove. Local artists capture the area so beautifully in their works, so if you're looking for a keepsake, a painting may be a good fit!

Perkins Cove is so charming. Between the buildings sided in cedar, simple yet unique activities, and friendly faces; this area is a joy to visit. So when will you plan a trip here?