Spring may not be far off for Ogunquit, Maine – but winter isn’t letting go just yet.
On Tuesday, March 14th, 2017, Winter Storm Stella brought white-out blizzard conditions to Ogunquit, knocking out most of the power in town for a couple of days as part of the process.
I decided to bundle up like the little kid in ‘A Christmas Story’ and take a frigid walk from the Historic Thompson Farm House (1750) down into Perkins Cove – just as Winter Storm Stella started hitting its peak.
The little spit of land known as Perkins Cove – home to Barnacle Billy’s, Uniques and Antiques, Don Gorvett’s Perkins Cove Gallery, Todd Bonita’s Ogunquit Art Gallery, and many more – also happens to absorb a lot of winter weather.
There’s something powerful and wild at work in Perkins Cove during the harshest weather of the off-season. Standing in the space that sees hundreds of thousands of lobster-roll-and-ice-cream-gripping summer tourists, and having it entirely to myself as nature puts on her wind and snow whipping show is almost otherworldly, and completely disarming in its stark and slightly hostile beauty.
Here’s a little of what it looks like: