Meadowmere in our "home" in Ogunquit

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 George

            Since “discovering” Ogunquit last year, we’ve been anxious to return to our “home” there, Meadowmere Resort, a very friendly and family-oriented inn with amazing amenities. In addition to the beautiful rooms and friendly staff, I like the ability to park our vehicle there and walk to the beach, the ocean-front walkway, and downtown stores and restaurants.

            This trip, we picnicked at the beach, then walked the wonderful ocean-side paved Marginal Way, donated by a generous local builder in 1925. It’s a very popular walk with lots of nice benches.

            Allyson Cavaretta, Director of Sales and Marketing, manages the Meadowmere with her Dad. Her grandfather built the original buildings in 1983, and her Dad expanded the resort when Allyson was in college. “People thought we were nuts” she said, in response to their decision to remain open all-year round.

            Although the inn, with 24 family, luxury, and honeymoon suites and 124 standard rooms, is one of the state’s largest inns, it doesn’t seem large.  Each of the five buildings is rimmed with beautiful gardens, and the indoor and outdoor pools and jacuzzis are very popular. And there’s lots to do at the inn, including movies shown every afternoon and evening, and a health club/fitness center. Their buffet breakfasts are also very good and we lingered, enjoying the food and coffee.

            Once you are a guest here, you’ll be impressed with the relationship you’ll have with Meadowmere.  They even host 6 “Appreciation Weekends” each year in which regular guests are invited to visit, at a discount, and the money is donated to a charity chosen by the staff.

            I was impressed that 17 Ogunquit businesses, including Meadowmere, have qualified as Environmental Leaders by Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection. In fact, Meadowmere has won many environmental awards.

            We also enjoyed a visit to the Ogunquit Museum of American Art (www.ogunquitmuseum.org), which featured an exhibit of the wonderful art of Dahlov Ipcar. You should get down there to see this before the exhibit ends on June 23. Their friendly staff gave us a great tour, and I was particularly impressed with their permanent exhibit of WW1 art.  I also loved the stunning art of James Linehan, focused on Schoodic Point, one of our favorite coastal places.

            Outside we were captivated by Pamela Moulton’s beautiful interactive art event, an opportunity for folks to explore both constructive and destructive emotions. No surprise, Linda and I came up with “enjoyment” as our primary emotion! You can read more about this in the Travelin’ Maine(rs) section at www.georgesmithmaine.com.

 

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