Perkins Cove Maineby: Rick Barber

The year was 1988, probably before many of you were even born. I was a grad student in Boston. Many friends had been talking about this little town in Maine where lots of gay people hang out. It was only an hour or so north of the city. I decided to pull together a few dollars and take a mini vacation. I broke out my gay guide (remember kids, Al Gore had not invented the internet yet), called a couple of B&B’s, found a room, and into my Suzuki Samurai I went and drove to Ogunquit Maine.

I arrived at my destination in no time, checked into my B&B and was greeted by friendly hosts who gave suggestions on places to go, including The Front Porch Piano Bar after the beach, and The Club dance bar after dinner. They also mentioned shops and where to go to on the beach (walk to the left until you cross a large anchor rope, and you will see the boys).

Their recommendations were spot on. I remember walking along the beach till I found that rope and the section filled with speedo-clad men (not all of them should have been wearing them). I remember The Front Porch, casual tables of men singing showtunes and laughing the afternoon away. I remember the dark low-ceilinged Club, with its loud music & dancing men. I returned to Ogunquit many times with friends, sometimes weekly, for many summers. Then I met a man, settled down and our patterns changed.

Ogunquit Maine SunsetFast-forward twenty-something years later and my now husband and I are searching to buy a Bed & Breakfast of our own. We had two criteria: a gay friendly area and ocean. We looked in Provincetown for a bit and then found ourselves searching in Ogunquit and bought Moon Over Maine B&B in 2011.

To read the rest of Ogunquit Maine, Beautiful Place by the Sea, pick up a copy of Gaycation Magazine Issue 7 today.

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