What Would You Do In Wonderland?
It’s that time of the year again – summer is coming to a close. Even though the weather by me is still hot and humid, I can just begin to feel fall approaching. I think I’m even starting to see some leaves falling. As much as I love fall, I’m not ready for summer to end. I love the warm air and the hot sunshine on my skin. I like wasting away days at the beach or nights on the deck with a cool cocktail in my hand. I am definitely going to miss summer.
Even though it will be sad to see it go, at least I will have great memories from this summer. I spent a lot of time at the beach this year and got tanner than I have been in years. I went to New York City a few times. I spent some time with family and friends. My favorite part of the summer, though, was going to Ogunquit, Maine for my sister’s 21st birthday.
Ogunquit is the Wonderland to my Alice. It’s the place where I feel the most inspired and at home. It boasts GORGEOUS scenery and a cute little town to accompany it. The best time to visit Ogunquit is definitely during the fall when the leaves are changing, but it is still just as beautiful and fun of a place to go in the summer. The town is one of New England’s treasures.
If you’re planning a trip to Ogunquit, which you definitely should, here are a few places you must include in your itinerary:
The Beach (Obviously)
The beaches in Ogunquit are really cool. During high tide, the waves will almost completely engulf the sand so that there are only a few feet for beach-goers to lounge on. Although, during low tide, the waves pull back so far that there can be as much as a half a mile of sand for beach-goers. It’s really incredible to watch this process. My aunt and I did yoga on the beach one morning. When we started the class there was a comfortable 20-30 feet of sand between us and the ocean. By the time we finished an hour later, the waves had crept up to almost touch us. At one point, the waves started getting so close that I thought we were going to have to end yoga early!
High tide and low tide are so different in Ogunquit compared to the beaches close to me, but that’s what makes it so interesting. Another huge difference is that the water is really cold – by “really cold” I mean freezing! The warmest the water got during the week we were there was probably around 58°. Just putting our feet in the water for a couple minutes made them feel like they were going to go numb, but there were actually a lot of people swimming and wading in the water. If you’re not willing to brave the cold water, like me, then you can lay out on the sand and work on your tan.
The Front Porch
The Front Porch is one of the best bars (if not THE BEST) in Ogunquit. It’s right in the center of town close to some of the busier streets. No matter what day of the week is, this bar is always packed in the summer. They have wonderfully crafted cocktails. I, of course, ordered a gin martini, which the bar tender made to perfection. Newly 21 year-old, Megan tried some of her first legal cocktails here.
The thing that really sets The Front Porch apart from all of the other bars in town is the live music. The Front Porch is known in for their sing-along piano bar. There is a rotation of musicians at the piano bar, but many of them stick to a set list of show tunes as well popular songs from every decade. We went to The Front Porch twice during this trip, and we had a lot of fun singing along with the piano player and drinking our cocktails.
I’m not exactly a taco fan. I love Mexican food, but I usually opt for fajitas or bowls. A few days into our trip, Megan discovered Treehouse Taqueria. She looked up the menu and noticed they have Beyond meat vegan tacos – so how could Raelle and I not pass up this opportunity to try them? Also, on the menu we saw margaritas (my favorite) and mixed drink buckets – we were completely sold. Treehouse Taqueria has a very cute atmosphere to it. The restaurant is on the second floor of a building and most of the seating is outside dining. The dining area has lights and decorations all around to make it feel like you are in a treehouse.
Megan, Raelle, and I all started with the margarita happy hour special and guacamole and chips. The margarita was very refreshing. The guacamole was a tad creamier than the guacamole I usually like (I usually like chunks of avocado in my guac), but the flavor of a traditional guacamole was there.
For dinner, we all ordered one Beyond Taco which had Beyond ground “beef,” avo crema, pico, cabbage and cilantro, and we got one Seasonal Veggie Taco, which had yellow squash, zucchini, salsa, cabbage, and cilantro. Raelle and I also got a side of black beans, which Raelle had thought to be slightly bland. Although, I thought they were pretty good. Both tacos had a lot of flavor to them between the cilantro and the salsas, but we were all really impressed with the Beyond Taco in particular. Even though it was vegan, it tasted like an authentic beef taco. I haven’t had a beef taco for as long as I can remember, so this was a great reminder of just how good tacos can be. It made me second guess why I’m not usually a taco fan.
After dinner, the three of us shared the Blue Lagoon bucket, which was made up of vodka, blue curaçao, lime, and lemonade. It was garnished with a cute little rubber ducky and three peach rings. The drink was so delicious that it was almost dangerous.
I love Ogunquit, Maine so much. It never seems to let me down. Every trip there is filled with new experiences that create beautiful memories. This trip was a nice, relaxing time with family in the place that we all love and admire. I can only hope to be back in Maine really, really soon.
These are just a few highlights from my trip to Maine. If you want more places to eat at and see read my post “The Wonderland to my Alice.”