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February 15, 2016

The Best Ogunquit Restaurants for Food and Ambiance : Suggestions for the upcoming Year

In the past, we at the Meadowmere Resort have taken the time to recognize the different advances and developments in Maine’s Culinary Arts over the years.  So as 2016 is now here, we felt it time to discuss the best Ogunquit Restaurants we’re seeing in terms of food and ambiance in 2016. Also, as a side note, this article is not about the quality of the included restaurants, but rather our opinions on their offerings to our guests. Here goes:

Best Ogunquit Restaurants of 2016

Best of both worlds Ocean to the Woods:

Clay Hill Farm
Clay Hill Farm

 

Clay Hill Farm

Some really nice restaurants have come out in Ogunquit over the past few decades but one of the best is Clay Hill Farm. Why you ask? Well, the foremost reason to give Clay Hill Farm credit is the fact that it’s one of the most unique restaurants in the area, with an 11 acre wildlife refuge and bird sanctuary.   Combine that with a classic setting and modern cuisine, Clay Hill Farm deserves mention here.

Best Romantic Restaurant:

MC Perkins Cove
MC Perkins Cove

 

MC Perkins Cove

Many restaurants in Ogunquit Maine could be mentioned for their romantic ambiance, but one restaurant that has done a nice job is MC Perkins Cove, with their gourmet food, exceptional service, and ocean views their sure to take your breath away.

Best Family Restaurant:

Jonathan's Restaurant
Jonathan's Restaurant

 

Jonathan’s Restaurant

When it comes to looking for a restaurants where you and your kids can enjoy great service and great food, there are many Maine Restaurants that deserve mention and could easily make a large family happy during their vacation. That being said, the one that may offer the best experience is Jonathans Restaurant.  With a 600 gallon fish tank in the main dining room and countless statue’s throughout their gardens the kids are sure to stay entertained.

Best in Creativity:

Cornerstone
Cornerstone

 

Corner Stone

Just about every restaurant in Ogunquit has a creative and unique twist to night out, but one that always seems to stand out from the crowd is Corner Stone. Unlike most “standard” menu designs, Corner Stone thrives on pushing the limit with their artisan pizza’s from Spam and Fluffernutter to the deconstructed lobster roll you’re sure to find extra creativity with this unique spot.

Best Classic Maine:

Barnicle Billys
Barnacle Billys

 

Barnacle Billy’s

Whether you’re looking for a classy feel or a casual setting to enjoy your fresh Maine Lobster, Barnacle Billy’s in Perkins Cove Ogunquit offers restaurants that would likely make you pretty happy. The first is Barnacle Billy’s, which is a classic casual restaurant with a lobster tank, order window and views of the lobster boats.  If you’re looking for something similar but full service right next store Barnacle Bily’s Ect. is a great option.

As we stated earlier, because the culinary arts in Maine has grown so much over the years there are many more categories we could discuss here. If you have any questions or comments about restaurants in Ogunquit, don’t hesitate to contact us directly or leave a comment below.

February 12, 2016

Family Vacation Tips from Ogunquit : Winter Things to Do with Kids

Winter beach
School Break In Maine

Each February parents across New England ponder what they are going to do with the kids during school break.  We bring you Five Family Vacation Tips from Ogunquit

  1. Get outside - sure February can be chilly but New England Kids are tough, head to Laudholm Farm for a seaside snow shoe or cross country ski adventure or spend the day the ice skating at the Waterhouse in Kennebunk.
  2. Keep ‘em going – the more active they are the better!  A few hours in the game room, a few in the indoor pool should do the trick.
  3. Family Fun – spend time making family memories, movie night is every night at the Meadowmere Resort and with Jonathan’s restaurant right next door we’ll make your family date night easy -peasy
  4. Enjoy – with our state of the art amenities and two bedroom family suites you can sit back and enjoy your Maine Family Vacation. 
  5. Relax – take turns watching the kids and relaxing with a visit to the Steam Room & Sauna or book a Meadowmere Massage to really melt away the stress.

At our hotel in Ogunquit we’re here to ensure your families always in good hands!  Here are a few stories from our staff at the Meadowmere:

Lauren was at the front desk when a guest called looking for a babysitter for their family vacation in Maine!  Lauren was happy to offer her babysitting services so they could enjoy a Romantic Evening in Ogunquit.

Janet has been a valued member of the Meadowmere Housekeeping Team for over a decade.  Through the years she has met and befriended a number of wonderful guests.  Just this week a couple joined us again, each year they bring a collection of stuffed animals.  Janet has fun arranging them in a variety of ways each day while cleaning their guest room.  The guests are always so thrilled with the extra attention and excited to return to their room to see Janet’s creativity.

February 08, 2016

Seasonal Savings and Maine Vacations: Is Fall,Winter or Spring the Best time to Save on a Vacation to Ogunquit?

During this time of year, one of the questions we most often hear from customers is: "When is the best time to book an Ogunquit, Maine vacation and get the best deal, Fall, Winter or Spring?"

Well the answer to this question, at least in most cases, is relatively simple. Also, with the economy in the state that it currently resides, the question is even more poignant than normal. The following is a case for each:

Advantages to Fall or Winter Vacation in Ogunquit, Maine:

Fall Vacation in Ogunquit
Fall Vacation in Ogunquit
  1. Lowest Price: For a hotel and restaurant owner in Ogunquit, the months of cold weather can be quite daunting, especially knowing that even though the number of vacationers might slow down, the bills never do. This is why pricing is almost always lower during the fall and winter time periods.
  2. Cost of Good Increases: With each New Year comes the annual ‘cost of goods' increase from suppliers. For example the prices we paid our room linens and amenities, ect.  goes up every year.  Which is another reason why the Fall/Winter will likely be a much better time to save money on your vacation than the spring will be.  With inflation I expect cost of goods to once again shoot up and along with them, vacation prices.
  3. Scenery: September through December are great times to vacation in Ogunquit and take in the scenery of the most beautiful place by the sea.  Because of the natural foliage and holiday season small villages like Ogunquit are bursting with beautiful decorations and seasonal events.
Spring Vacation in Ogunquit
Spring Vacation in Ogunquit

Advantages to a Spring Vacation in Ogunquit, Maine:

  1. Some Savings: Although prices are not as good as they were 4-6 months previous, one can usually find some excellent deals on Ogunquit, Maine vacations in the spring, especially during the Feb/March time frame.
  2. More To Do:Frankly, this is the biggest advantage I can honestly think of when debating over whether to have a Fall/Winter vacation versus a spring vacation in Ogunquit, Maine. For some consumers, the thought of vacationing in an area where some shops and restaurants are seasonal and options may be limited makes a winter vacation hard to swallow. For others, the money saved with suitable year round options for shopping and dining is well worth it.
  3. Charity and Taxes:   In Ogunquit, Maine Spring is a time for sharing.  Planning a vacation alongside special offers such as Marginal Way Stays and Hospitality for Habitat can combine special savings with a charitable donation which can be used as a tax write-off at the end of the year.

But for all of you who are contemplating a Maine Vacation in these difficult economic times our hotel can make you one promise:

Your risk will be rewarded with a ton of fun and relaxation.

Good luck with your decision and as always, happy travels!!

February 05, 2016

Annual Events in Ogunquit Maine to Kick off the New Year

Ogunquit in the early months of the year
Ogunquit in the early months of the year

For generations Ogunquit, Maine has been a valued summer tradition for travelers across the US and Canada.  With the warm summer breeze and lazy days on Ogunquit Beach it’s certainly no surprise.  But those that inspired to venture to Ogunquit in the early months of the year get to experience Ogunquit as the locals do.  With pre season festivities guests find the perfect balance between a tranquil retreat and a great vacation.  Here are our top three Annual Events in Ogunquit Maine to kick off the New Year!

Valentine's Day in Ogunquit holds a peaceful feeling combined with a beauty that only winter brings.  Favorite Ogunquit Restaurants prepare for a romantic display, couples enjoy a dancing the night away at Jonathan’s Concert and a night away from home allows you to forget all but your valentine. Valentine’s Day Getaways include it all wrapped up for a simple yet special celebration!

St. Patrick’s Day in Ogunquit sure is a lucky way to spend the holiday.  Set smack dab in the middle of some of Southern Maine’s best breweries explore the Maine Brew Trail or for those looking to skip on the brews explore Maine’s Irish Heritage Trail.

Easter Sunday in Ogunquit Maine winds down the off season with the perfect family getaway.  No need to hide the eggs at home we’ve got it covered with Easter Crafts and Eggcellent Hunts your family will have a ball hopping around Maine!

At our hotel in Ogunquit our staff is here to ensure your visit to Ogunquit Maine is one to remember every day of the year.  Here are a few stories from our team:

Jonathan’s Concert Series offers year round entertainment with performers such as Judy Collins.  Located adjacent to our hotel in Ogunquit we find a number of guests joining us to enjoy the show next door.  A return guest mentioned at check out that they enjoyed Judy Collins show so much it brought tears to her eyes.  Liz was so pleased that they had a wonderful stay and had recently received a signed  Judy Collins CD from Jonathan’s  she grabbed the CD for the guests so she could always remember what a special time she had in Ogunquit!

During an annual tradition of celebrating a birthday with a Meadowmere Resort Getaway and Bread and Roses birthday cake our guest realized that they forgot candles for the cake.  As they were about to bring out the cake and start singing they were in a crunch for time.  The guest called the front desk and Matt quickly found birthday candles and delivered them to the room.

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