Marginal Way Lifeguard Stand
If you have never had the chance to explore all the natural beauty of Maine you are definitely missing out. We are lucky enough to be in relatively close driving distance, under an hour give or take with traffic, to enjoy the beauty of Marginal Way in Ogunquit. It is absolutely gorgeous in the summer time. The trick is to get there early to avoid the massive crowds of tourists waiting to stroll along the paved pathway that guides you along the mile strip of oceanfront property surrounded by honeysuckle, sea roses, and other beautiful plants that are absolutely breathtaking.
They have benches placed in all the right lookouts along the granite cliffs where you can literally sit for hours and enjoy the gorgeous sparkling water, the beautiful sailboats, and the sounds of birds chirping their little hearts out. If you are lucky, you may catch people flying huge unique kites along the beach. One day we actually saw a group flying a huge purple octopus kite!
It is a great place to sit and ponder about life, and a truly great escape from our usual hectic schedule between our full time jobs and Missy’s other full-time job as a devoted author. One of my favorite parts is getting ice cream at the end of the walk, which is a delicious quenching treat especially during the hot summer. I hope you have a chance to check it out one day. It is so worth it. Whenever our family comes to visit, it is always a top request.
Cliff Walk End
Another cool place to go for a more adventurous walk, which is more of a natural pathway, is the Cliff Walk in York, Maine. The path is not paved, but you are still able to walk along as long as you don’t have a stroller or anyone who is unsteady on their feet. It is rocky so be careful, but most of it is pretty flat. Along the path are huge gorgeous homes to admire on one side and the ocean on the other side where you may see sailboats or dogs running along the beach with their owners. It’s fun. We usually check out both Marginal Way and the Cliff Walk in the same day if we have the energy, which ice cream definitely helps with! Yes, I have a huge sweet tooth! Ha ha!
If there is still time left we sometimes check out a gorgeous lighthouse called Cape Neddick Light, Nubble Light in York, Maine. You can take your dog there as long as they are on a leash. If you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of harbor seals, herring gulls, and more. It is beautiful and also stays crowded. There is a decent amount of parking where you can sit in your car and watch the waves or get out and walk around. If we go in the winter, it is SO COLD, but so gorgeous, especially during the Christmas lighting starting on the Saturday following Thanksgiving until mid January. They also have a feature called Christmas in July, which is celebrated at the end of July and the first week of August. It’s so pretty whether the lighthouse island is covered in snow or if you experience the lighthouse on a nice warm day. One thing to remember is to make sure you have a long enough shirt, that wind is something…