Gay Ogunquit Guide
Ogunquit has been a gay destination for over a century. The town, (pronounced O–Gun-Quit) is famed for its white sands and dramatic tides, with a cluster of charming gay hotels, shops, restaurants and bars nestled by the village square..
Ogunquit Gay Beach during Labor Day Weekend
Often referred to as Maine’s answer to Provincetown, Ogunquit is a charming resort town, blessed with natural beauty. The town has a year-round population of less than two thousand residents. Most of the businesses in the town are gay-owned and the population grows to several thousand during the Summer months.
Located just 90 minutes from Boston and less than a half an hour from Portland, Ogunquit is more like P Town’s low key-sister; easier to reach, and definitely less expensive.
Gay Ogunquit Hotels
From charming guest houses and inns, to seaside hotels with spas, Ogunquit has a host of options, but space is limited, so book early for high season.
Gay Map of Orgunquit
The Gay Scene in Ogunquit
Ogunquit has a relaxed vibe with unique places to stay and play!
Just 4 square miles, Ogunquit means “Beautiful place by the sea” in Algonquin Indian. The town boasts great shopping, art galleries and a lively gay scene. It ranks as one of the best vacation spots on the Southern Maine coast.
Ogunquit has two main sections; Perkins Cove and the Village. Perkins Cove is a treasure trove of tempting shops and superb restaurants.
The village is home to Oguquit’s gay nightlife and gay friendly bed and breakfasts and inns. The gay scene is lively, unpretentious and less commercial than Provincetown or Fire Island. It is easy to make friends. Locals and tourists, straight and gay mix well together.
The party starts early in gay Ogunquit as bars stop serving alcohol at 1am. Ogunquit is particularly popular with Bostonians, New Yorkers and visitors from Quebec.
Popular Ogunquit Gay Bars
In small towns like Ogunquit, bars and restaurants are basically the same thing. These four stand out for being some of the busiest with LGBT visitors.
- Five-O Shore Road– Hip bistro offering inspired Italian cuisine & great local seafood dishes in its formal dining room. Comes complete with a convivial lounge and cocktail bar. Late night food service and special martini selection.
- Cafe Prego – brought to you by the same people at Five-O Shore Road. Gourmet coffee house with a great gelato counter.
- Front Porch Ogunquit – Situated at the town’s biggest intersection and close to all the other gay attractions. Friday and Saturday gay piano bar and lounge, with shows. Great food, friendly atmosphere and great live entertainment.
- Maine Street – The town’s late night venue! Lively gay bar & nightclub with a dance floor, drag shows, karaoke, cocktails & pub fare complete with outdoor deck. Attracts the best names in drag during Summer months. Also host to regular bear events.
- Old Village Inn – Popular English style pub set in a mid-19th century inn. A mainstay in Gay Ogunquit with weekend entertainment and shows as well as an extensive food menu.
Gay Friendly Restaurants in Ogunquit
Enjoy fine dining and casual fare alike in scenic Ogunquit. From sumptuous breakfasts to a night on the town at a farm-to-table restaurant, or a casual afternoon lobster roll, there is something for all tastes in Ogunquit.
- The Stonewall Kitchen – Charming nook featuring locally sourced cafe fare, a counter for homemade pastries & patio seating. Great lunch spot—technically in York, 15 minutes south of Ogunquit.
Great for Snacks, Breakfast and Relaxed Dining
- Bread and Roses Bakery – Comfy bake shop offering cafe fare, java drinks, pastries & custom cakes in quaint surroundings. Also serves great salads and big breakfasts.
- Wild Blueberry Restaurant – Upscale, relaxed cafe with colorful artwork serves seafood specials & offers live music on weekends.
- Bessies – American mainstay serving comfort food, great breakfasts, decadent desserts & cocktails in a down-to-earth setting.
- Beachfire bar and Grille – Convivial eatery & lounge for seafood, steak & BBQ, with a large equipped with a fire. Live music entertainment, wine and martini bar.
Best for Seafood
- Lobster Shack – Homey, unassuming seafood eatery is a local mainstay for lobster, steamers, chowders & beers.
- Lobster Pound – Spacious, veteran seafood house where diners can select live lobsters from a tank before eating.
- Jonathan’s Ogunquit – Upmarket Maine seafood and local meats restaurant & concert venue in a large space with garden views & a fish tank.
- Barnacle Billy’s – Classic local seafood restaurant known for lobster, rum punch & celeb clientele is open seasonally.
- M.C. Perkins Cove – One of the Top 10 places to dine with a view! Refined American fare is backed by sweeping ocean views at this comfortable, contemporary spot.
- Roberto’s – Upscale but casual setting in a restored farmhouse for Italian classics, pizza & wine.
- Angelina’s Ristorante – Relaxed fine dining is the vibe at this swanky Italian eatery & bar with many wines by the glass, with 30 entrees, six nightly specials, famous risotto, rich in-house deserts.
- Clay Hill Farm – Upscale American restaurant & event space on a sprawling, wooded property with walking trails. Award-winning chowders and lobster bisque, holiday feasts.
- Jackie’s Too – Known for its sweeping ocean view, this waterfront eatery serves up classic seafood & pasta dishes. Lobster boats bring fresh catch to their door.
Ogunquit Gay Beach
While the nightlife will certainly keep you busy, Ogunquit’s star attraction are its pristine beaches.
The gay beach, “Section G”, is easy to reach. Just go past the volleyball nets , 200 yards from the entrance to the beach.
Parking is very difficult. Be prepared to get going early, and pay for the day. The beach is quite big, so even when it is busy, there is plenty of space to spread out. Great for a long walk during low tide. The sand is beautifully soft.
Gay Events in Ogunquit
Ogunquit Independence Day Fireworks
July 4th at 9.15pm at Ogunquit Main Beach, between the tidal flow of the Ogunquit River and the Atlantic Ocean. DJ music before and after the show. Definitely among the most thrilling in Maine: a spectacle worth putting on your bucket list, especially when you consider it goes down against the backdrop of all the legendary summertime attractions of this Beautiful Place by the Sea.
Mr Gay Ogunquit
Held on Sunday of the Labor Day Weekend – Make sure you are in tip top shape if you plan to enter this competition, an Ogunquit tradition that dates back to over 40 years. Alternatively, just join in with the other hundreds of people staring and enjoying the speedo show! Head to Section “G” of the beach where the activities are held.
Contestants parade in front of the judges, run down to the Gulf of Maine/Atlantic Ocean, and then jog back up to the judges while glistening for their final review to hopefully place in categories like Best Buns, Best Package, Best Legs, Best Chest, Best Personality, and Best Overall.
Christmas by the Sea
A charming event celebrated on the second weekend after the Saturday following Thanksgiving. This annual event kicks off at 36 Main Street and features Concerts, Tastes of the Season, A Visit With Santa, Parades, Tree Lightings, Caroling, Ornament Making, Storytelling, Bonfires and Craft Shows. A great way to get into the Christmas spirit.
Things to See & Do
- Marginal Way is a must, walk this 3-mile shorefront pedestrian walkway that connects Ogunquit village to Perkins Cove. There are promontories, picnic benches and a lighthouse along the way, more photo opps than you can count so keep the camera/phone handy.
- Perkins Cove is about as cute a fishing village as you will find. Complete with a manually operated drawbridge, delightful little seaside shops, restaurants and ocean views, this a perfect place to spend the day. Shop for locally made jewelry and crafts, before catching lunch at one of the waterfront bistros for a bowl of chowder or lobster roll.
- Ogunquit Museum of Art is small gallery with a fantastic oceanfront setting, founded in 1951, this art collection on Shore Road showcases over 3,000 paintings, ceramics and sculptures.
- Visit The Cliff House Resort – This spectacular property is worth a visit for a seaside cocktail, or a spa treatment, a splendid overnight stay of luxury – or more! Perched high on Bald Head Cliff, this incredible resort has fantastic views out to sea towards Boone Island Light and Nubble Light. The two story glass walled lounge is a lovely spot for a drink, or hit the heavenly 9,000 square foot spa for a massage and a dip in the ocean view oversized outdoor hot tub. They also host great cabaret shows.
- There are incredible galleries featuring the work of local artists, including The Barn Gallery and Art & Soul Gallery, both located on Shore Road.
- John Lane’s Ogunquit Playhouse. Located just a few miles outside of the center of the action heading back to the highway, this is a great venue to enjoy popular shows
Getting to Ogunquit
Ogunquit is easy to explore on foot and the Marginal way to Perkins Cove is a great way to keep fit!
Ogunquit is located 66 miles north of Boston on the I-95. The journey takes 90 minutes, depending on traffic.
- Portland International Jetport is the closest airport and is about 40 minutes drive from Ogunquit. Your best bet is to rent a car from here.
- C&J Trailways has seasonal bus service beginning in May, from Boston Logan to Ogunquit. They also go direct from NYC to Ogunquit by coach. Out of season the closest destination is Portsmouth NH.Take a taxi for the last 20 minutes drive.
- Amtrak Downeaster train operates between Boston (North Station) to Brunswick ME. The train stops in Wells, which again requires a taxi or car rental to continue to Ogunquit. Alternatively you can take the trolly which operates during the season.
- Beach Caddies from Ogunquit Beach n Sport will will pick you up from your hotel, guesthouse or cottage and drive you to your Ogunquit destination. The fee is set at $5 fare – in season from mid-April to end of October.
- Ogunquit Trolley Company operates 8 Molly Trolleys around town during the high season. The fare is $2 approximately per ride.
- Ogunquit Trolley is part of Shoreline Explorer, a network of seven independent trolly lines. The lines cover Kennebunk and Kennebunkport all the way down to York, including gay Ogunquit. They also have services west, to Sanford from Wells. Each of the seven segments has its own schedule and fare structure. Four routes have bike racks, not including Ogunquit. A short ride by bike to the blue or purple lines can extend your range, to explore more distant points with less effort.
Gay Ogunquit – When to visit?
- The high season in gay Ogunquit is between Memorial and Labor Day. If you want to stay during this time, then you will need to reserve well in advance.
- September and October are good options if you want to avoid the crowds and the roads are less congested. Bear in mind, this is New England and the weather can go from sunny and gorgeous to rainy and miserable at any given moment.
- Off season events include those looking to enjoy Maine’s stunning fall foliage as well as the annual Christmas by the Sea celebration.
Ogunquit Vacation Rentals
5 guests · 3 bedrooms · 3 beds · 2.5 baths
Tucked away on a 1/2 acre of wooded land just down the way from a frog pond, but still within walking distance to town and the beach. The cottage maintains its original character while offering updated kitchen & bathrooms – The best of both worlds! Decor & furniture have been chosen thoughtfully to provide guests with a peaceful, yet original, space to relax & unwind.
6 guests · 3 bedrooms · 4 beds · 2.5 baths
Brand new home boasts a few hundred feet walking distance to Marginal Way, the beach, great restaurants, shops and the center of town. Plenty to do nearby or relax at home. Watch the sunset, cook a nice meal in the welcoming kitchen, grill on the patio or read a book in the quaint, picturesque backyard….the options are limitless.
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