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Perkins Cove, Ogunquit

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One of coastal Maine's many charming waterfront areas, Perkins Cove evolved thanks to the efforts of local fishermen who wanted to protect their boats. The cove is a conglomeration of what were once a separate river and inlet; after fishermen constructed a canal, erosion created the body of water in place today. You can explore the seaside and its host of dunes and beaches, as well as the town of Ogunquit, a former artists' colony home to shops, studios, and eateries. Be sure to try some fresh lobster, a regional specialty, from the restaurants around the cove. Discover how to plan a Ogunquit trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • October 4, 2017
    Perkins cove is a quintessential New England waterfront (tourist) community. It is complete with antique shops jewelry shops, clothing boutiques, art galleries, tee shirt shops, restaurants, ice cream...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    Someone told us to visit this area while driving up the coastal highway from Boston to Portsmouth NH. It is at the dead end of a cove. A few shopping stores to sell to the tourist, a bay with some lob...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    We went off season so maybe that's why most of the shops closed by 6pm. Lobster restaurants stay open. Neat white bridge that opens up when tall ships go through. Not a must see, but it is at the end ...  more »

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Where to stay in Ogunquit

Main Street holds the heart of the action in Ogunquit, and most of the town's inns, bed and breakfasts, and hotels sit on this street or close to it. A handful of establishments line Beach Street, which provides access to the town's highly regarded stretch of sand. You'll find additional bed and breakfasts as well as numerous vacation rentals in the form of houses, condominiums, and cottages in the area between Main Street and Israel Head Road on the coast. This area takes you away from the bustle of the center of town but still provides convenient access to Ogunquit Beach to the north and Perkins Cove--a small marina featuring a few restaurants and lobster shacks--to the south.
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