Nestled between the coastal beach towns of Wells and York, Maine, is Ogunquit. Named by the Micmac Indians “Beautiful Place by the Sea,” Ogunquit boasts excellent cuisine, shops, art galleries and beaches. In the summer you will often spot a classic red trolley ringing its bell as it transports vacationers around town. These darling trolleys are available to tote around your bridal party or wedding guests, too, as owner Dave Chaves tells us on this week’s Inside Peek.

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L&L: When did your trolleys first hit the streets of Ogunquit?

TROLLEY: In the summer of 1981 Molly Corporation started the Trolley Route and ran 4 Trolleys through the streets of Ogunquit for the tourist season, providing enjoyable and convenient transportation for our summer guests. Now, many years later, we run 9 Trolleys (Dolly, Golly, Holly, Jolly, Lolly, Molly, Polly, Rolly and Wally) and also do Trolley rentals for special events.

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L&L: During summertime in Ogunquit, your trolleys can be see almost anywhere you look.  Do you have a favorite spot you like for tourists to see?

TROLLEY: Going into Perkins Cove for the first-time visitor is a delight. Also, taking people into the beach and through Ogunquit Center is fun, not only during the summer but also during the glorious days of fall. The Ogunquit Playhouse is also a favorite.

L&L: When did your trolleys first make an appearance at a wedding?

TROLLEY: I believe it was during 2003, the year that I purchased the business.  We have done hundreds of weddings since then as well as rehearsal dinners, anniversary celebrations, ‘girls’ night out’ events, etc.

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L&L: What are some of the ways couples are incorporating a trolley into their big day?

TROLLEY: Many of our clients have out of town guests who do not know their way around town or its surroundings and they ask us to provide safe, dependable and courteous shuttle transportation between the hotels, Church and reception venue. In addition to providing the camaraderie of a shared experience, wedding parties often stop for photo opportunities along the scenic shores of southern Maine. We also have decorated the trolleys for wedding pictures and have had banners announcing the newlyweds proudly displayed along the sides of the trolley. We transport family members and guests at the end of the evening and also take guests wishing to continue the celebration on post-reception pub crawls. It allows us to serve as a “designated driver” for those attending the reception and we can be “on call” all evening.

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L&L: Can a couple rent a trolley in areas outside of Ogunquit?

TROLLEY: We have provided special event charter service from Kittery to Lewiston. We have also done a number of charters in the greater Portland area.

L&L: What is your most memorable wedding you have worked and why?

TROLLEY: Actually, our most recent memorable charter wasn’t a wedding but rather a 65th wedding anniversary. The couple wanted to relive their memories in Ogunquit and the special part that the trolleys have played in their lives over the years. Watching the light in their eyes as memories flooded back was unforgettable. We were blessed to be a part of their most special day.

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L&L: What “must-see” places and eateries do you suggest folks from out of town check out while visiting coastal Maine?

TROLLEY: We are fortunate to have a number of fine restaurants that advertise with us (e.g., Jonathan’s, Jackie’s Two, Barnacle Billy’s, Beachfire) and we believe in the quality and customer satisfaction they provide. Our drivers stand ready to respond to any inquiries regarding the best places to eat. Also, anyone wanting to enjoy a pleasant museum experience should check out the Ogunquit Museum of American Art.  We also feel that the Ogunquit Chamber of Commerce is a best bet.

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L&L: Thank you for giving us an inside peek into the Ogunquit Trolley Company. If readers want to get in touch with you to inquire about your availability, what is the best way for them to reach you?

TROLLEY: We would suggest that they check our website at ogunquittrolley.com.  Our email address is:  ogunquittrolley@maine.rr.com In addition, we can be reached by phone: (207) 646-1411 or (207) 251-4531.

We would be happy to provide Love and Lobster readers with a 10% discount on all wedding charters.

Thank you, Dave and Ogunquit Trolley!

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