The Best Hotels to Book in Ogunquit, Maine

Lighthouses, sea views and cliff walks make up Ogunquits charm
Lighthouses, sea views and cliff walks make up Ogunquit's charm | Courtesy of Anchorage by the Sea / Expedia
Lynn Houghton

Once a small fishing village in Perkins Cove, Ogunquit slowly became known for the beauty of its coastline – initially attracting artists who began organizing art exhibitions in the 1920s. Today, it’s a welcome retreat to all who visit its shores.

Ogunquit in Abenaki – the first local nation language – means “beautiful place by the sea” and lies in the south-eastern corner of York County. In its early days, land here in Maine’s Ogunquit was rough and rocky with just a few inhabitants other than self-reliant fishermen who kept their dories in a cove exposed to the Atlantic Ocean. Today, this town is a welcoming hub of artistic and therapeutic activity for all to enjoy – with some stunning places to stay, now bookable on Culture Trip.

1. The Milestone


The Milestone
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Looking for a convenient location near Ogunquit’s vast white sand beaches? The Milestone Hotel is perfect for you. Whether you enjoy surfing, swimming, strolling, dog walking, or sunbathing, one of the two beaches here – Ogunquit Beach and Footbridge Beach – will easily fit the brief. Back at your accommodation, lush grounds and immaculate hotel rooms don’t cost a fortune and you’ll have access to a fitness center, heated pool and a delicious complimentary breakfast. Plus, the nearby village has loads of seafood restaurants, eateries and great shopping to enjoy.

2. InnSeason The Falls at Ogunquit


InnSeason The Falls at Ogunquit
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The bright, breezy and colorful accommodation is a hallmark of this lovely property. Many of the rooms have whirlpool baths and all have kitchenettes with a fridge and microwave, plus there is a sauna, indoor pool and BBQ. The resort is just a few minutes walk from white sand Footbridge Beach where water sports such as sailing, surfing and swimming are all popular – as well as the more classic lounging on the sand. Nearby is Ogunquit village and the bijou artist’s colony of Perkins Cove – both of which are historic coastal communities with much to see and do.

3. Ogunquit River Inn an Ascend Hotel Collection Member


Ogunquit River Inn an Ascend Hotel Collection Member
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This unique property overlooks the Ogunquit River as well as the Atlantic Ocean and is about a mile from the town of Ogunquit. The Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge borders the inn attracting ducks, seabirds, deer and other wildlife, while the decor is also reminiscent of the outdoors – think natural materials and colors like aqua, ochre and beige. Outdoor activities are almost too many to list but include Bunny Clark’s deep-sea fishing, Deborah Ann’s whale watching, scenic boat cruises and relaxing coastal walks.

4. Ogunquit Tides


Ogunquit Tides
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Those looking for soft adventure will enjoy this soothing and natural retreat that celebrates the outdoor beauty of Ogunquit. Have a thrilling adventure by kayak or try snorkeling – or if you’re feeling adventurous, deep-sea diving. Discover the ocean’s scenic beauty on a boat cruise or even deep-sea fishing. Take a dip in the Olympic-size heated outdoor pool, play a game of tennis or have a BBQ with the family over in the picnic area. At the end of a busy day, ease yourself onto one of the many Adirondack chairs around the property and look out over the Ogunquit River.

5. Bourne's Ocean Acres Ogunquit


Bournes Ocean Acres Ogunquit
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This traditional property near Ogunquit’s coast is certainly what the family ordered. For one, there is plenty of room for lawn games, picnics, or relaxing strolls through its six acres of land. The white clapboard building is old-school New England with simple but tasteful guest rooms. There is an indoor and outdoor pool, loads of floaties and a grill for guest use. Hop on the Ogunquit Trolley and get taken into town for seafood, entertainment and shopping or, instead, to the two-mile long Marginal Way walk along a particularly rocky – yet romantic – bit of shoreline.

6. The Sparhawk Oceanfront Resort


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Guests are right next to the lapping waves of the Atlantic Ocean at this spectacular property. Situated at the beginning of the Marginal Way walk and the tidal outlet of the Ogunquit River, you couldn’t be at a more breathtaking spot for natural beauty. This 100-year-old resort prides itself on discreet yet exceptional round-the-clock service – and amenities include an extensive complimentary continental breakfast, freshwater-heated outdoor swimming pool, tennis court, lawn games and lending library. Enjoy additional privileges at the local golf and fitness clubs, too.

7. Anchorage By The Sea


Anchorage By The Sea
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This large and exceptionally well-serviced coastal resort has 202 guest rooms – most with an ocean view – as well as seasonal dining at its oceanfront restaurants, two indoor pools and two outdoor pools plus a sprawling lawn dotted with Adirondack chairs. Located on Long Sands Beach near the town of York – and within a quick walk of the picturesque Nubble Lighthouse – this property is just a few miles south of Ogunquit and an hour’s drive north of Portland. Check out nearby York Harbor for whale watching, fishing, scenic cruises and also the scenic cliff walk.

8. Beachmere Inn


Beachmere Inn
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This historic oceanfront property started life as the Beachmere Cottage built by Charles Chamberlain Hoyt in the 1880s. It’s near to all the coastal activities you could want as well as golfing opportunities and biking on local trails. If hiking is your thing, Mount Agamenicus is not far away and an enjoyable yet challenging peak to climb. Back at the resort, residences and traditional guest rooms are in five different buildings: the Victorian, Beachmere South, Beachmere West, Mayfair and Hearthstone House. Be sure to try out the elegant Blue Bistro Restaurant offering oceanfront dining and fine seafood. If fish is your thing, you’ll want to visit the area’s fish markets or lobster pounds, one is on the Rt. 1 in Ogunquit.

If none of these take your fancy, see our guide to the best hotels in Maine for every traveler, or where to stay in Ogunquit with many places to stay – including the best pet-friendly hotels – now bookable via Culture Trip. Wherever you decide to lay your head, make sure you include seeing the fall foliage in your itinerary – discover the best spots to see it in Maine.

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