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Gay Vacationing in Ogunquit, Maine

by Alan Ilagan, EDGE Travel Contributor
Thursday May 11, 2006
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When the commercial excess of Provincetown gets to be too much and South Beach and San Francisco are too far away, there’s a place where the quaint and the queer happily merge ~ the enchanted land of Ogunquit, Maine.

Ogunquit is a spot where each person truly matters ~ every one an integral character of the storyline and a vital component of what makes the town tick. Yes, there is occasional drama and hometown political bickering intrinsic to any place where the inhabitants care passionately, but a powerful thread of unity weaves throughout the population, with nary a glimpse of uppity New England coldness in evidence.

A sense of calm and community imbues the salty sea air as the rocky Maine coastline winds its gorgeous path along Marginal Way, and no one passes by without a friendly greeting or a nod of the head. The town has a well-earned reputation for welcoming strangers ~ as one of the bars claims, "Everyone is a local." At this overpopulated time of technological speed and inane superficiality, Ogunquit remains a place of simple goodness, where neon has been beautifully banished and friendly folk form the un-jaded majority.

For lesbian and gay travelers, Ogunquit is an open and accepting town that is no longer a second cousin to Provincetown and Fire Island...

For lesbian and gay travelers, Ogunquit is an open and accepting town that is no longer a second cousin to Provincetown and Fire Island...

For lesbian and gay travelers, Ogunquit is an open and accepting town that is no longer a second cousin to Provincetown and Fire Island, but a grand destination in its own right. The past few years have seen it coming fully into its own, wisely managing to steer clear of the encroaching commercialism that has insidiously invaded other more-popular gay hot spots. Ogunquit offers beautiful beaches (one of which was voted one of the country’s ten best) on a breathtaking coastline, and at a mere hour and fifteen minutes from Boston it is a convenient car-ride away for much of New England. (It’s also only four and a half hours from New York City, which makes it closer than Provincetown.)

The charm of Maine country living is exemplified by the many guesthouses available to travelers. A pleasant throwback to the days of amenable New England Inns with personal touches, individual care and one-of-a-kind rooms, each B&B is unique, and all of the owners are overwhelmingly hospitable. These innkeepers aren’t just businessmen and women, they live here; their lives and futures are invested here, and such commitment can’t be faked.

Whether you’re looking for a quiet weekend get-away of leisurely strolling and antiquing, or a raucous vacation week of barhopping and beach sunning, Ogunquit has something for everyone.

For a complete listing of bars, clubs, and gay-friendly accommodations please visit www.edgenewengland.com

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