CHASING THE MAP

You’re Really Going To Like The Ogunquit River Inn

I bet you’d agree that finding accommodations for one night over the Labor Day weekend would be difficult, if not virtually impossible. That’s definitely what I thought as I began the search for a place to stay for my family of four.

I have the tendency to plan last minute getaways. You’d think that given some epic failures I’ve had in the past trying to book last minute accommodations, I’d learn my lesson and actually make plans in advance.

I’ve stayed in the Ogunquit, Maine area many times, and I know how busy this time of year always is. But it so happened that our work schedules allowed for a couple of days for some end of summer fun with the kids, and I wanted to take full advantage of that. So I crossed my fingers and started the online search for a place to stay.

Many places were either booked or had a 2 night minimum stay requirement. It wasn’t looking good until I came across the Ogunquit River Inn, located in Wells, Maine, just over the line from Ogunquit. It was available for one night, and the price was reasonable!

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I called and talked to an incredibly kind woman named Ellie at the front desk. She answered all of my questions about the pool, room locations, the continental breakfast, etc. We also discussed whether or not I might have an early check-in as we were traveling from another state and I needed to plan accordingly. Check-in is normally at 3pm, but she said that I’d probably be able to get into the room around 1pm. That ended up being the case and I was very pleased.

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Located on Route 1, the Ogunquit River Inn is just a mile or so north from Ogunquit Village. That makes it super convenient to get into town. Traffic can be heavy, but there’s a trolley system that runs and will bring you to various locations. Even though there’s a main road running in front of the inn, behind it you’ll find the Ogunquit River, marsh area, and views of the Atlantic Ocean. You truly have your own private oasis.

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While there, you can take full advantage of nature and rent either paddle boards or kayaks. There’s tidal information so you can plan your day accordingly if you’d like to participate in some water sports.

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There are outdoor picnic tables and grills for those who would like to take advantage of the large property and save some money on dining out.

There’s also a good-sized pool and hot tub, which we all enjoyed. It stayed open until 10pm, which was great for my son who wanted to take a late night swim. I actually had requested a room in Building 3, which was the closest to the pool. I knew my children would want to spend a fair amount of time in it while we were there.

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All of the rooms have been newly renovated for 2015. Our room had 2 queen beds and a window with a view of the water. Other rooms come with either a balcony or a terrace. The thing that I loved most about the room was the fact that the beds were incredibly comfortable. I’m talking cloud like. It’s not often that I praise the comfort of a bed, because usually they are too hard for me. These beds, however, were fantastic, and I had an incredibly restful night of sleep.

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In the morning they offer a continental breakfast, with a decent selection of breakfast foods. During our visit, they had a make your own waffle station, sausage, beans, boiled eggs, fruit, yogurt, cereals, toast and bagels. Also served was coffee, apple and orange juices. You help yourself and eat until you’re full. The room where the food is located is small, but there are quite a few tables for sitting on the opposite side of the lobby along the windows, which affords a nice view.

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I was very pleased with our first stay at the Ogunquit River Inn. It was clean and comfortable, conveniently located, and a good value for my family. The customer service was fantastic and everyone there was helpful and friendly. I think the only thing I’d do differently if I stayed there again would be to spend a little more money for a room with a balcony. That is, if I can stay up long enough at night to enjoy it. The sun and salt air can really wipe a person out!

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