April 29th, 2015 —
Dreaming of a classic New England seaside summer vacation? It doesn’t get more quintessentially Americana than Ogunquit, Maine, one of offMetro’s Best Family Getaways by the Beach.
As of May 22, C&J’s new seasonal nonstop service is making it even easier for car-free visitors to access this charming town. Daily service is scheduled through Labor Day, with continued weekend service through Columbus Day. You’ll travel from New York City’s Port Authority or Downtown Manhattan directly to the Ogunquit Visitor Welcome Center in a swift five hours and 30 minutes. Special intro fares are $160 roundtrip, and will increase to $170 on July 20.
On board, passengers will enjoy a high level of comfort, including complimentary snacks, newspapers, movies and Wi-Fi. Leather seats with individual power outlets, seatback audio and pillows and blankets should keep everyone comfy.
Once you arrive in Ogunquit, explore its restaurants, shops and art galleries. The pristine beaches and scenic harbor are gems. The paved Marginal Way footpath sits high atop dramatic cliffs, attracting all levels of hikers. Meander through bayberry bushes and sea roses while enjoying expansive views of the Atlantic.
Ogunquit has been an established artist colony for well over a century and the Ogunquit Museum of American Art is an excellent place to explore the town’s creative traditions. Theater lovers should catch a performance at the respected Ogunquit Playhouse.
There’s a wide range of hotels, from romantic inns to family-friendly motels with swimming pools. For more information and to reserve your seat, visit www.ridecj.com. For trip planning tips, go to www.ogunquit.org.
Photo credit: Brian Talbot
Allison is a native New Yorker, who has lived in Rome, Tuscany, Melbourne, Toronto and Los Angeles. She frequently contributes travel pieces to Family Travel Forum, using her own children as guinea pigs as they travel the globe. She is fluent in Italian and Spanish and laughably adequate in French. Her background as an Early Childhood Educator gives her an added understanding of what it takes to travel with kids in tow. She firmly believes that the most important part of education takes place outside of the classroom, on the road, around the world. She never misses a chance to sample local delicacies, as her love for travel goes hand-in-hand with her love for food and wine. Follow Allison at @gourmetrav.