4 Wonderful Reasons to Plan Your Wedding in Maine

Weddings in Maine

Due to COVID-19, we know that a lot of wedding planning had to be put on hold. If you’re recently engaged or are trying to plan a wedding for the near future, may we suggest researching wedding venues in Maine? Maine is flowing with natural beauty. It has breathtaking views and some of the most incredible foods you’ll ever taste.

From beaches to barns, there are many beautiful places to plan a wedding in Maine.

Here are our favorite reasons to get married in Maine: 

Every Terrain You Desire

Maine has every possible landscape that you could imagine for your wedding. Whether you’re looking for an outdoor ceremony in the mountains or on the beach, Maine has it. When you travel to Maine for your wedding, you’ll have plenty of both ceremony and reception options in the mountains, rushing rivers, near meadows, barns/farms, nautical coasts, and the lake, old brick mills for an industrial look, etc.

Maine Has Delicious, Fresh Seafood

If you love seafood, you’re in luck! It seems like every local restaurant in Maine serves fresh seafood. The cold waters in the Gulf of Maine mean that they have delicious lobsters, shellfish, and fish. Imagine the look on your guest’s face when you serve them a dish with fresh lobster!

Maine is Home to Wonderful Beer, Wine, and Spirits

Maine is home to many of your favorite breweries, including the very well-known Shipyard Brewing Company and Maine Beer Company. Maine is home to over 100 breweries, so there is always an opportunity to grab an amazing beer. Besides their breweries, Maine is also home to 20 wineries and close to 20 distilleries. When you host your wedding in Maine, you can incorporate all local alcohol for your guests to enjoy.

Your Guests Will Love Traveling to Maine

Whether you have guests who love to explore different cities or those that prefer to be outdoors, there are a ton of things for your guests to enjoy. There never seems to be a dull moment when you travel to Maine, and there is a lot you can do with all age groups. If you’re looking to plan a destination wedding, do yourself a favor and plan your wedding in Maine.

Stay at Sands by the Sea Motel

When you get the opportunity to safely travel to Maine, stay at Sands by the Sea. You are guaranteed to be only minutes away from Maine’s best seafood, beautiful ocean view, and a refreshing outdoor pool. We are nestled on one of Southern Maine’s most beautiful stretches of coastline. You and your guests will love this beach getaway.

Give us a call at (207) 363-2211 to start planning your stay! 

4 Reasons You Need to Visit Maine in the Fall

Maine Landscaping

Although Maine is known for its beautiful beaches and delicious fresh seafood, it’s also a sought-out place to travel to in the fall too. As New England’s largest state, Maine is covered with over millions of acres of forests and miles of scenic sights. As soon as the leaves begin to change, tourists will do anything they can to see these breathtaking fall sights in person.

Besides the amazing views, there are also many great activities that guests can do while enjoying the fall weather in Maine.

Here are some of the best things to do in Maine in the fall:

Seek Out Maine’s Fall Foliage

Be sure to grab your camera, because you won’t want to miss this. Once autumn officially hits, the trees across the state will bloom with the most beautiful fall colors. Maine is known for its gorgeous forests, so you can only imagine what they will look like with beautiful fall hues. Whether you take a stroll along the beach or a drive to one of the national parks, you will love being surrounded by the striking colors.

Don’t forget to bring your camera with you!

Whale Watching in Maine

Another great way to experience Maine in the fall is by going out on the water! Whale watching in Maine will typically extend into October, so there is still plenty of time to head out on the water and see whales. Guests can expect to see humpback whales, finback whales, and other aquatic creatures too! There are plenty of places to whale watch in Maine, and some of the best are just a short 30 minutes away from Sands by the Sea.

Hike Around Maine

If you want to see the amazing fall colors up close, then take a hike! Many tourists enjoy traveling to York Beach, ME because it offers beautiful ocean views and spectacular mountain sights. One of our favorites is Mount Agamenticus, which is just under 20 minutes from our motel.

Mount Agamenticus is popular because it has both hiking and biking trails, and a stunning 360-degree view from the top of the mountain. You won’t want to miss this!

There Are Amazing Places to Stay in York Beach, ME

Have we convinced you to take a trip to Maine this fall? If you’re planning your trip, don’t forget to stay at Sands by the Sea Motel. Our locally owned motel is conveniently located a short distance away from some of Maine’s most popular attractions.

Visit our website to view our rates and start planning your stay!

4 Delicious Restaurants to Get Lobster Dishes in Maine

Maine Lobster

If you enjoy indulging in seafood, Maine is the perfect vacation destination for you. All around York Beach are fantastic restaurants serving delicious seafood and lobster dishes. To help you save the time searching for the best restaurants, we’ve created a list of some of our favorites within minutes from our ocean-side rentals.

Here’s a list of some local restaurants serving lobster dishes:

Fox’s Lobster House


Just five short minutes away from Sands by the Sea, Fox’s Lobster House has served a lot of fresh Maine lobster, seafood, and homemade dishes to tourists. Lobsters are boiled the “old fashioned way” in a lobster pound, which dates back to 1936. Fox’s Lobster House has a breathtaking oceanfront view, and tourists can take photos of the famous Nubble Lighthouse.

Lobster Cove


Overlooking the beautiful Atlantic Ocean, Lobster Cove is 7 minutes down the road from Sands by the Sea. This is the perfect dining experience where guests can sit back and relax on the outdoor deck. When you travel to Maine, you can’t leave without trying the Twin Lobster dinner. The lobsters are brought in daily, and each weighs in at 1 and 1/4 lb.

Lobster Shack


If you’re looking for a more intimate, yet rustic dining experience, you and your family should dine at The Lobster Shack in the Heart of Perkins Cove. There is quite the menu offered, filled with lobster dishes, steamers, lobster rolls, chowder, and plenty of other seafood options. Local lobster-men catch-all lobsters, so you know that you’re getting the best quality.

Did you know that before becoming a restaurant, The Lobster Shack was a simple lobster-men’s shack for the storage of equipment? That’s right! When you dine in, you can even see many of the original building materials. Plus, the Lobster Shack is only 16 minutes away from your stay!

Foot Bridge Lobster


Are you a lobster lover? If so, we have the place for you! At Foot Bridge Lobster, they turn your favorite lobster into unique dishes like Lobster BLT, Lobster Egg Sandwich, Lobster Grilled Cheese, and their Lobster Roll. At Foot Bride Lobster, they only serve fresh lobster to their customers. It’s caught daily! If you’re looking for an incredible seafood experience, this location is only 16 minutes away from your stay at Sands by the Sea.

Stay at Sands by the Sea

When you plan your stay at Sands by the Sea, you are guaranteed to be only minutes away from Maine’s best seafood. Nestled on one of southern Maine’s most beautiful stretches of coastline, this is your ideal beach getaway. Give us a call at (207) 363-2211 to start planning your next stay!

How to Pack for a Week-Long Beach Vacation

Are you headed to York Beach, ME, for your next getaway? If so, lucky you! Before your travels, you’ll first need to pack your bags, of course. Packing for a beach vacation isn’t as easy as it seems. There is a lot to remember to bring with you on your trip. 

If you’re worried about what to pack for the beach, here’s a detailed guide to help you remember to pack everything you need. 

What to Pack for a Beach Vacation

Research Your Vacation Destination 

It’s always best to get organized as much as possible before you start packing. First, research the area where you will be staying. What’s the weather like there? Are you traveling during a rainy season? Always consult the weather forecast for your vacation area before you leave your trip. That way, you can pack only what you need and not overpack. 

Create a Checklist Before You Start Packing 

If you plan on mostly spending your time at the beach, you will have to prepare for all of the beach activities! From sandals to running sneakers, sunscreen and baseball caps, you’ll need to figure out an organization method to keep everything packed securely. Even if you plan to just lounge on the beach, you will want to make sure you include sunscreen, sunglasses, a few bathing suits, sandals, magazines, etc. 

If you plan to sightsee or do any other activities while visiting Maine, your list may be more extensive. Other things you may want to include are walking shoes, makeup, lightweight layers, along with extra toiletry items. 

Packing Personal Items and Travel Documents

When packing your personal and travel documents, you should always have them easily accessible. Whether you’re driving or flying, consider bringing a carryon bag that stays close to you throughout your travels. In your bag, you’ll want to include photo identification, passports, credit cards, and money. You may also want to add a light jacket and change of clothes if your bag gets lost or delayed. 

You’ll also want to keep all of your electronics and their charger close by for entertainment purposes. 

Plan Your Visit to York Beach, ME

Before you start packing your bags, you first have to book your trip!

When you plan your stay at Sands by the Sea, you are guaranteed to be only minutes away from Maine’s best seafood, beautiful ocean view and refreshing outdoor pool . Nestled on one of southern Maine’s most beautiful stretches of coastline, this is your ideal beach getaway. Give us a call at (207) 363-2211 to start planning your next stay!