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This is the quick tale of our usually bi-annual trip to Southern Maine and North Conway NH. We started going up to York Beach Maine back in 2001. It has a great beach, itís not very crowded (especially compared to Cape Cod) and itís a cute little town Our last trip was 2005, since were had our Grand Fiesta trip to WDW last August!
It was also a pretty much, put together at the last minute trip. Even though Iím home now, things are quite busy, and with the kids out of school, we were always at the beach, or somewhere and I kept forgetting to make reservations. I eventually planned 2 nights in Ogunquit (DH wanted to try something new) and 2 nights in North Conway (for Storyland and Santaís Village). I wasnít sure if this would give us enough time, but oh well, weíre stuck with it now! We opted for the Ogunquit Resort Motel in Ogunquit, since I was booking only about 3 weeks out, and our choices were limited (and it had a big pool). I also reserved the new Hampton Inn in North Conway that has a small water park in it. We love Hampton Inns, and I thought the kids would like the water park.
I think thatís pretty much it for the pre-trip reportÖÖ..on with the show!
Day 1: Saturday, July 28th, 2007
We headed up to MA to my high school friendís house for their annual summer picnic. Thereís about 7 of us that were great friends in high school and still try to get together once during the summer, and then once either Thanksgiving or Christmas (when weíre all home or in the area). This year is our BIG 20th High School Reunion! Really, Iím not that old Our class started a website for the reunion, so people could post their info and reconnect, and we found one of our other friends that most of us havenít talked to in more than 15 years. So he and his family came as well All in all, 14 kids. Good thing they have a big house and a bigger basement, because it poured buckets all day long. They even lost power for 30 minutes (which put a damper on our margarita making) but we survived. It was great fun catching up with everyone again, and doling out my Disney advice (one friend is leaving in a week, her DSIL made all the arrangements, and she didnít know if they had ADRs (other than the princesses) )! We left there at 9, and headed to my parents, about 10 minutes away. Chatted with them for a bit, and then off to dreamland.
Day 2: Sunday, July 29th, 2007
The day started with DH working on the minivan, as the air conditioning was struggling and there wasnít much cool coming out of it. He went to Walmart to ďchargeĒ it, which helped a bit. Then, as is customary when we visit my parents, we went out for lunch (to Bugaboo Steak House). The kids love the place, and itís only 5 minutes away. DH had left his camera lens cover at my friendís house, so we packed up the car, said goodbye to my parents, and headed to my friends house to get the cover (which thankfully was in the direction we were going). I think it was about 3 when we got to Ogunquit, after stopping at the Visitorís Center in New Hampshire to load up on tourist leaflets! There was a bit of traffic downtown, which is customary here, but we soon found our hotel, the Ogunquit Resort Motel Ogunquit Resort Motel, Ogunquit, Maine Hotel Lodging . We checked in without issue, found our room (which was good size) and headed out to the pool. The water was pretty warm (well, warm enough for me to swim and I wonít swim if it ainít warm). About an hour later, we headed back inside, changed, and set out for the sites of Ogunquit.
We decided to take the trolley around, as if youíve been to Ogunquit, you know parking is limited and expensive. The trolley cost us $5 each way, so it wasnít too bad. Our stop was the first on the route, so we were going to the extreme other end of town, which was Perkins Cove. I donít remember how long it took us, maybe 15 minutes, but I ended up feeling very motion sick after I got off. The trolley swayed a bit, so not sure if thatís what did it, but my head was aching and I had a lump in my throat!
I Perkins Cove. Itís so quaint. Across the bridge, there are little cottages with white picket fences, the grass is extremely green, and itís just so cute. Of course, I didnít get a picture of that because DH was in charge of the camera and doesnít take scenery shots, just kid shots. Thatís why I took control of his camera later in the trip. Hereís some pictures of the bridge.
Then we walked around the Cove for a bit. The kids got ice cream and I got some lemonade (hoping to settle my stomach). They played on some rocks and I just rested.
Trying to recover from motion sickness
Next up was a walk along Marginal Way. Ogunquit Maine Marginal Way Southern Maine Coast Walk and Hiking Trail Itís a path along the cliffs with outstanding views, and it will take you all the way back to Ogunquit town center. It was a bit of a hike, but the kids kept busy counting the benches (they each had numbers on them) which I think helped them forget about the distance we were walking. We stopped a few times to take more pictures.
Looking back at Perkins Cove
Once back in town, we found a trolley stop, and took the trolley back to the hotel. Being a bit unfamiliar with Ogunquit, we decided to go back to York Beach for dinner, as I wanted to eat at the Sun N' Surf York Beach Maine Dining - Sun N' Surf Restaurant , and Colin wanted to go to the lighthouse. Since it was a Sunday night, we were hoping the crowds would be light at the restaurant, and they were. We were seated immediately, outside on the deck. It had gotten very foggy, and you couldnít see the lighthouse at all (or the water for that matter, and we were right on the beach)! I had the broiled scallops and DH had the boiled lobster. The kids had chicken fingers, and I ordered some onion rings (a must do every trip). And I ordered a Mojito, as Iíve always wanted to try one, and now was as good a time as any. It was delish Dinner came to about $84 with tip, but it was worth every penny
Colin wanted to go fishing, so we walked down to the beach. Matt went to get his rod/lures, and then it got all tangled up as he cast it off into the water, so that was the end of the fishing. No matter, it was dark and foggy anyway. We then tried to drive up to the lighthouse (Nubble Point) but something was going on, the traffic was all backed up, and we realized we wouldnít be getting to see it tonight. So we turned around and headed back down to town. My dream is to have a house on Nubble Point. A girl can dream, canít she?? Gorgeous. Since we couldnít see the lighthouse, we went to the GoldenRod https://www.thegoldenrod.com/ to get some candy. This place is famous for itís taffy, but since Alexa canít eat it due to her spacers, they get penny candy instead (which they have a big selection of Ė but itís not pennies anymore). The sugar fix over, we headed back to the hotel and it was lights out.
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Matt was up early to go fishing this morning. I think around 5. He gets up that time for work, so itís hard for him to break the cycle on non-work days. Thankfully I was able to go back to sleep after he left (and he didnít wake anyone else up). Although the people above us were up and pacing back and forth at 6 AM Matt returned at 7 (he didnít catch anything) and we decided to head out for breakfast since everyone was up. We wanted to try The Egg & I Welcome to the Egg and I Web Site which I guess is pretty famous for the breakfast around these parts.
Since we were so early, we didnít encounter any wait and were seated immediately. I had a yummy egg/ham/cheese bagel sandwich, Matt had a western omelet (which was huge) and the kids had chocolate chip pancakes. We also ordered cantaloupe, which was actually brought out to us as half of a cantaloupe that we could cup up ourselves. Alexa ate all of her pancakes, and of course, Colin barely touched his . The bill came to about $20 before tip, which I considered pretty reasonable for the amount and quality of the food. Tummies full, we went back to the hotel to change, and then headed off to the beach.
We decided to drive to Footbridge Beach, as Matt had all his fishing gear, the trolley didnít start until 9, and it was too far for the kids (well, Colin) to walk. It cost us $15 to park, which I consider a bargain (it would have cost us $10 on the trolley anyway). I grew up north of Boston, and I remember paying $20/day to get into Wingarsheek or Good Harbor beaches in Gloucester, and that was in the late 80ís We were the second car in the lot, I think. It was very foggy and hazy this morning, although no breeze so it was comfortable, even if the icy water was not
The footbridge that leads to the beach
First we headed to the beach so they could fish there. The tide was out, so the kids had the run of the beach. There were also lots of walkers/runners on it, as itís nice and flat. Matt fished for a while (and caught nothing) and the kids ran back and forth in the water and watched the tide come in. About 10, we moved over to the ďbay sideĒ of the beach. Since the tide came in, the water was higher under the bridge and the chances of catching something MIGHT be higher (of course, not for Matt). Someone caught a striped bass, which was what he was after, but he came up empty again. The kids had fun catching crabs and playing along the shoreline. Then we moved down to an area that had a bench, and stayed there for a while. Alexa was starting to fade, so she took a rest in the car (I think she had slipped on a rock and landed on her bum)!
When she was ready to come back out, the kids took turns learning how to cast the fishing pole. Matt wisely decided to take the hook off, so that they wouldnít hurt anyone (more likely themselves).
Alexa was taking to the casting lesson pretty well, but Colin was having difficulties. He just couldnít ďget itĒ, and wouldnít let any of us help him, he had to do it ďhimselfĒ. Which typically led to thisÖÖ..
I must say, and not to be mean, but it was so funny, and all of us were laughing, which I think just made it worse. BAD MOMMY!! He continued onÖ
Ö..and then he started to meltdown again
Matt trying not to laugh!
Miss Smarty Pants!
Back to crabbing!
Not long after that, Colin picked up a crab (the way his Daddy taught him so as not to get pinched), and he got pinched That set off another round of tears, and we decided to call it a day at this point. There were rumbles of thunder in the area, although no rain, and it had been 4 hours. They were tired, hungry, and in need of some downtime
We headed back to the hotel and got a pizza next door (Ogunquit Pizza House). Not bad, but not as good as what Iím used to Of course, Matt took a nap, and finally Colin fell asleep as well. Alexa was having none of the quiet time, she wanted to swim, so I took her to the pool. Since it wasnít as warm today, and it was overcast, there was no way that I was going into the pool so I just sat on the beach chair and watched her. She made some friends and swam about an hour before Matt and Colin showed up. Then they went to put on their swimsuits and they all swam for another hour.
I was getting hungry so I corralled everyone out of the pool and we went to shower. Before heading to the lighthouse again, we decided to drive around a bit to check out the surroundings. We noticed a road on the other side of the beach, so we wanted to see where that lead. It was in Wells, and just connected to the same beach that we were on. We then made out way to the lighthouse again. Hereís some history on the lighthouse. http://lighthouse.cc/capeneddick/history.html
It was still foggy, so not a good view of the lighthouse again Dinner was first, and we decided to just eat at the takeout window of Foxís Lobster House. Fox's Lobster House : Nubble Point, York Beach, ME Matt had boiled lobster again, I had a grilled chicken salad, Alexa had a cheeseburger, and Colin had a hotdog. I think it was about $40. Then of course, we all had to have ice cream too Tummies filled, we headed up to the rocks to get some better pictures of the lighthouse.
Alexa was all into the glamour poses, so we had a bit of fun with it
I loved these rocks Ė the water had wore a ďholeĒ pattern in them
The fog showed no signs of letting up, so no sunset pictures tonight, or for the trip! Disappointing We piled back down into the car and headed back to the GoldenRod so the kids could get more candy. Matt got some gross watermelon/coconut concoction! BLECH!! We stopped at the food store to get some drinks (and Matt some hotdogs to use as bait for tomorrow Ė he was fishing with lures only at this point), and then called it a night. Tomorrow we were heading up to North Conway!
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I love your trip report. This is bringing a lot of childhood memories back. My parents would take us to York Beach and Storyland and Santa's Village every summer when we visited my grandparents who lived in Gorham, NH. I think we have the same family picture sitting on the rock at the beach.
Poor Colin. I know all too well about those "I want to do it myself" episodes.
Great report so far Marnie! We went to Perkins Cove last weekend (dh and I both were in the mood for lobster rolls). Sorry your pictures of Nubble Light were foggy, but they still look great to me. Can't wait to hear about the North Conway portion. That was on our to do list this summer, but we still haven't managed to get up there.