Memorial Day also dubbed the unofficial beginning of summer in the United States has come and gone. In New England, it is the ideal time to start visiting some of the many beautiful destinations in the area both coastal and inland.
Over Memorial Day weekend, my boyfriend and I decided to book a mini vacation for our anniversary. For myself, it’s been a very busy past six months since I switched to a Financial Analyst role at work. The past six months has been a massive learning curve for me so I was happy to get away for a spell to decompress.
What is there to do in York, Maine?
York, Maine offers the best of both worlds of coastal fun and scenic hiking trails over at Mount Agamenticus. The biggest beach in the area is Long Sands Beach. This beach is 1.5 miles of white sandy beach which is ideal for relaxing or fun beach activities. Thankfully the beach is quite spacious so you won’t feel too crowded. There is plenty room to spread out.
This quaint coastal town of York has a lot to offer in terms of historical sites too. You will come across homes and churches that date back to the 1600s-1700s. If you enjoy local artisans and antique shops there are plenty in the area to explore.
Where to Stay:
York has quite a few inns and RV campgrounds in the area. For our trip we chose to stay at an AirBnb near the water. The cottage was nicely decorated in an adorable coastal style theme and had everything we needed.
Day 1: Driving to York Maine and Rainbow Delights
To get to York, Maine we rented a car for the 1 hour 15 min drive from the Hertz in downtown Boston. Somehow we lucked out and got quite the fancy BMW for our weekend away. Our first couple of hours in York it did rain a little, but soon cleared up and we got to see several rainbows along the stunning Maine coastline. Obviously a walk to take in the sights was necessary after having dinner at Lobster Cove.
Day 2: Historical Sites and Some Brewing Company
The next day we checked out some of the local historical sites and stunning homes inland. Some of the homes dated back as far as the early 1700s.
We met up with some friends at SoMe Brewing Company. They have a good assortment of beers. I really liked the Tailwhip IPA and Apostrolox IPA.
The weather was really nice so we all sat in their outdoor area. This space is dog friendly if you would like to bring your pups!
After saying goodbye to friends, Matt and I decided to do a golden hour hike to Nubble Lighthouse. This is a 5 mile hike out and back. Keep in mind that you can easily drive and park at the lighthouse, but we wanted to get some steps in. Fun fact: Nubble Lighthouse is the most photographed lighthouse in the United States. Next to the lighthouse, you can enjoy Sohier Park or grab a meal at Fox’s Lobster House.
We wanted a more casual meal so we opted to get food from the Oceanside Store. This little takeout restaurant really is the perfect beach shack spot. Their breakfast sandwiches were delicious and we had a great dinner there too. I got a lobster roll with fries while Matt got chicken tenders and spicy fries. They also sell ice cream if you want a sweet treat.
While we were eating, the sun started to set and turned the horizon a beautiful shade of pink. York really is a beautiful and I would argue a romantic destination.
Day 3: Bagel Basket and the Journey Home
The following morning it was sadly time to say goodbye to York and begin our journey home. However, we had to get some breakfast first. In town you will find Bagel Basket. This is such a cute bagel shop that has both breakfast and lunch options. I was even fortunate that they offered gluten free options.
Another thing worth mentioning is how nice the property itself is. They have a casual outdoor seating area which runs along a forest with lots of flowers in bloom.
Need a Rainy Day Backup Plan?
Now, we were quite fortunate and had sunny weather nearly the whole weekend. Yet what if you encounter any wash out days? Well lucky for you there is still plenty to do in the area.
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