Ogunquit & Wells


Thought to be named by the Abenaki as “place of waves,” or by the Micmacs as “lagoons within sand dunes,” and by the Algonquin Indians as “beautiful place by the sea,” Ogunquit continues to live up to its names. Stay in Victorian or modern inns and motels, luxurious resort complexes, cottage and condo rentals, B&Bs – there is something to suit everyone. Here and in nearby Perkin’s Cove you may dine on fresh-from-the-ocean seafood, ethnic, gourmet or down-home fare. An active night life offers dance clubs, festive bars and quieter lounges as well. Ogunquit has been a mecca for artists and performers as far back as the 1920s. Its fine Museum of American Art was founded here in 1952 and the famed Ogunquit Playhouse has hosted top professional performers since 1933.

Sunbathers, swimmers and surfers revel in 3.5 miles of fine white sands with natural dunes; enter from Beach or Ocean Streets, two miles north of the village. Inexpensive trolleys stop at the beach and in the village – just listen for the bell!


An assortment of welcoming restaurants, motels, inns, campgrounds, antique and souvenir shops; as well as used book stores, a cluster of shopping malls and factory outlets makes Wells an area with vitality and spirit that keeps vacationers coming back. After a visit to Wells you will understand why it proclaims itself “the friendliest town in Maine”.

Wells offers you some of the most beautiful ways to appreciate nature in its untouched splendor throughout the year. Stroll the one-mile nature trail of the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge to see valuable salt marshes and estuaries that support migratory birds, water fowl and other wildlife and plants.

The Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve is a great place for bird watching, photo taking, hiking and cross country skiing. Offering spectacular views of the habitats in woodlands, fields, wetlands, beaches and dunes.