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Summer in Ogunquit, Maine

Wednesday August 7, 2013 at 9:09 PM | 4 Comments

maine lobster

Classic steamed Maine lobster at MC Perkins, Ogunquit, Maine

Epic Vacation, Part I

I decided to forgo camp this summer and instead plucked my kids from the San Francisco fog for summer as it is meant to be — hot, sticky, and humid. East Coast style.

My family was planning to get together for a week on Cape Cod in late July, but I thought it would be fun to head out earlier and show the kids around my old New England stomping grounds. I hadn’t spent much time in Ogunquit, Maine, but I’d heard great things about this little artist colony on the Atlantic shore. Plus, it was on the way to my brother’s home outside of Portland.

It was blazing hot when we arrived in the sunny hamlet, a postcard-perfect beach town filled with cute shops, fine dining and lobster shacks, and miles of pristine white sand.

 

Colonial Inn, Ogunquit, Maine

Newly restored suite at The Colonial Inn, Ogunquit, Maine

Victorian Charm, Modern Convenience

Our suite awaited us at The Colonial Inn, a Victorian beauty that recently underwent a superb $4 million renovation. Here, the charm of a century ago (huge, inviting wraparound porch and real keys with brass tags) meets modern amenities (pool, hot tub, 24-hour coffee and lemon water urns in the expansive lobby). Close to the beach but between the Village and Perkins Cove, The Colonial was an ideal location to base ourselves when exploring Ogunquit. The Inn serves a hearty Continental breakfast of oatmeal, yogurt, fruit, homebaked muffins, hardboiled eggs, coffee, and juice that fills you up enough to let you skip lunch.

When visiting, everyone will tell you that a stroll along the curiously named “Marginal Way” is a must. I don’t know where y’all are from, but to me “marginal” means “mediocre,” “average” or maybe, “just ok.” But this stunning mile-long footpath is anything but. It winds along the coast, above the rugged Maine cliffs with it’s pocket beaches and waves crashing below.

 

Main harbor

Perkins Cove, Ogunquit, Maine

Delicious Maine dining

During our brief stay in Ogunquit, we enjoyed two fantastic dinners. The first night was at Jonathan’s — an über family-friendly restaurant + nightclub surrounded by lush gardens. The kids amused themselves with vintage toys (remember Jacob’s ladder??) and the 600-gallon fish tank while Dan and I feasted on fresh seafood pasta and stuffed halibut. The service was superb and upbeat. Later that evening, Jonathan Edwards was slated to play in the upstairs lounge. Comic Paula Poundstone had entertained there the night before. Something for everyone here. Really.

The next night, Dan went classic Maine and dined on oysters and a whole steamed Maine lobster at MC Perkins Cove. I got a little crazy and tried the lobster tacos and gazpacho with basil oil and crème frâiche. Chef/owners Clark Frasier and Mark Gaier are James Beard Award winners and their menus deliver both classic and creative with equal aplomb. The ocean was glassy and beautiful and we were seated just in time to catch the evening’s magic light as it danced on the glittering cove below.

Our final day was spent on the beach, of course. Rated as one of the Top 25 Beaches in the U.S., the Ogunquit beach is a three mile stretch of sandy beach and grassy dunes that form a natural barrier between the Atlantic Ocean from the Ogunquit River. You can take the trolley to the beach and rent equipment at one of the nearby outfitters.

 

Ogunquit Beach, Maine

Mermaid in magic light at Ogunquit Beach, Maine.

Insider Tips

Ogunquit Museum of American Art: Though most come here for the beaches and lobster, there is other culture to behold. This is a delightful place to while away a few hours out of the sun. We caught a fascinating exhibit of candid photos of Andy Warhol by his assistant Pat Hackett that included shots of Mick Jagger, Jackie Kennedy, and Jack Nicholson at parties, on the street, and in the back of limos. Tres Andy.

The Trolley: For $2, you can jump on Molly, Polly, Wally, and Holly — the trollies that run through town, stopping at popular dining destinations and hotels through the evening.

 

Jackie Onassis

I want to be Jackie Onassis…

The Colonial Inn
145 Shore Rd  Ogunquit, Maine 03907
(207) 646-5191

http://www.thecolonialinn.com

I was a guest of the The Colonial Inn, Jonathan’s, and MC Perkins Cove.

Post contributed by Lisa Dion of Friscomama. Photos by Lisa Dion. Stay tuned for Epic Vacation, Part II, next month.

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Top 10 Snowboarding Mountains in the US and Canada

Saturday December 20, 2008 at 2:02 AM | 8 Comments

Posted by Nancy D. Brown

Alpine Meadows, California Snowboarding

When I wrote the Best Snowboarding Mountains post for Uptake.com I was sitting in front of my computer on a warm day in October, not a hint of snow in sight. Finally, the snow has appeared in Northern California. Boarders and skiers can actually hit the slopes and enjoy the white powder. Thank you Mother Nature!

The winter season has arrived; snowboarders are dusting off their boards, tightening their bindings and getting ready for another great season.

Flyboys, flygirls, freestylers, freeriders, carvers, call them what you like, they are all seeking one thing…the best place to snowboard. Whether you are looking for fresh snow, hard-packed powder or outrageous vertical drops, the following resorts each have something special to offer the snowboarder.

If you are a thrill seeker looking for a killer snowboarding trip, you have to check out some of the following places to board. These mountains are known for the best snow, best rides and best parties in and around the USA.

Check out our Top Ten List. Did your mountain make the cut?

photo credit Alpine Meadows

Alpine Meadows Lake Tahoe

Alpine Meadows, Tahoe City, California

photo credit www.snowboard-mag.com

Alpine Meadows has its own blog and is on Twitter. It’s also home to the famous Shreadows terrain park for the ultimate ride. The Shreadows has a jump, rail, a box line and its own lift just off the base lodge. Lift tickets range from $50 to $69 depending on half day passes or holiday dates. You can buy your tickets online here.

Whistler Vancouver Canada

Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia, Canada

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While it rests outside of the United States boundaries, Whistler’s Blackcomb is often called the the best ski and snowboarding resort in North America. Not only will it be the venue for the 2010 Olympics, the new 28 person Peak-to-Peak gondola willtransport riders from Whistler to Blackcomb without having to force them to the bottom base. If you’re going to go to Whistler consider taking a snow boarding tour and go freestyle. Whistler offers over 8000 acres of terrain and half pipes as well as tube park. A two day pass ranges from $125-$178 CAD and you can reserve your tickets online here.

Kirkwood Lake Tahoe

Kirkwood, Lake Tahoe, California

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Sometimes considered the largest natural snowboard park in the United States, Kirkwood offers high altitude, open bowls, steep chutes, drops and lifts. It’s also a great place for spring skiing and working on the California tan. Kirkwood recently added two new lifts and revamped its terrain parks and halfpipe. You can purchase tickets online and avoid the lines when you get there. Check out their events calendar for more information.

Mammoth Mountain

Mammoth Mountain, Mammoth Lakes, CA

photo credit www.skidream.com

With the California sun shining almost 300 days a year, Mammoth offers a long ski and snowboarding season. Mammoth has two lodges you can board out of with a gondola ride that takes you to the top and back down to a great village with a few bars and a Starbucks. Tickets range in price, but are about $50-$70 and you get a discount if you buy mulitiple days at a time. Mammoth also has a snowboarding park and there is a blog where you can check out some pics.

Mount Bachelor Oregon

Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort, Bend, Oregon

Located in central Oregon, 22 miles west of Bend, Mt. Bachelor has made a concentrated effort to attract snowboarders. It’s 400 foot Superpipe is among the best on the continent and they have just hired a new PipeCutter who will be cutting the pipe almost every night. The “Air Chamber” snowboarding run is a mile long and offers plenty of rails and booters for freestyle riders. Pricing for tickets can be found here.

Snow Bird Utah

Snowbird, Utah

photo credit www.snowboard-revolution.com

With500 inches of annual snowfall, Snowbirdoffers the highest altitude of any Utah resort. The Tram whisks snowboarders up 11,000 feet in about eight minutes. A great place to strap in an attack the double black diamond runs. This season Snowbird has added a Superpipe. It’s called Zaugg and is a Pipe Monster. Zaugg is scheduled to be cut three times per week and is supposed to provide an experience like no other. Check out Snowbird’s website for ticket information.

Mt Hood Oregon

Mt. Hood, Mount Hood, Oregon

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Mount Hood Meadows is one of the few places offering year-round boarding. It’s also home to Meadows, the 500 foot long, eighteen-foot high, super pipe that received Transworld Boarding Top 10 pipe rating. Located just seventy miles from Portland, it’s easy to fly and drive to. There are six parks at Mt. Hood: Park Place, Rose City Park, The Zoo, Shipyard, Superpipe and Forest Park. There is also a blog for you to get even more information from. Tickets range from $50-$70.

Stowe Mountain Vermont

Stowe Mountain Resort, Stowe, Vermont

photo credit www.concierge.com

If you can conquer boarding in the East, you can board anywhere. Those of you who have cut your teeth, or should I say carved your board, on the hard pack, sometimes icy slopes of New England’s Mt. Mansfield know what I mean. Stowe is less than an hour from Burlington so weekends tend to be busy and lift lines can be long. Stowe even has its own website for freestylers to get pictures and event information .Ticket information can be found on their website.

Sugarloaf Maine

Sugarloaf, Maine

photo credit www.ccids.maine.edu

At 4,000 feet elevation, Sugarloaf is sometimes considered the best riders’ mountain in New England. If you like spring boarding, check out mid-April’s Reggae Weekend, one of the East’s largest snowboard parties. Sugarloaf’s newest park is called The YARD. It features three sets of jumps, new rails, a hip and more. Buying your tickets ahead of time will save you money and time at the mountain. You can go to their website for more ticket info.

Park City Utah

Park City Mountain Resort, Park City, Utah

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Often found on the top ten family resorts list in North America, Park City averages 360 inches of snow each year and is snowboard friendly.The Eagle superpipe, with its 22 foot walls, hosts the World Superpipe Championships. Boarders have four parks to ride, including King’s Crown Superpark, Jonesy’s, the lighted PayDay Park and Pick ‘N Shovel Park. Park City is conveniently located about 45 miles from Salt Lake, so flying and driving is easy. Coming in to Park City you see the Olympic Park that was built for the 2002 Winter Olympics. There is a very cool Old Town to Park City and it’s a bit bigger than a town like Mammoth. Park City offers Fast Track tickets that get you in to express lanes. Check out their website for more ticket info.

Have a resort that you’d like me to check out? I look forward to hearing from you. Until then, think snow.