3 Fun Places to Explore While Vacationing in Maine

Jordan Pond and View of the Bubbles in Acadia National Park

Should you be planning a trip to Maine in the near future and are looking for fun places to explore with your family or friends, there are a wide range of attractions and natural wonders to choose from.

Whether you want to get out into nature, explore quaint and historic towns or visit beautiful lighthouses, there is really something for everyone in Maine.

Acadia National Park

Known simply as the ‘National Treasure of Maine’, Acadia National Park is one of the most beautiful and majestic places in the United States and is something everyone should take in at least once in their life.

Whether you love nature and want to get out on a hiking trail, or you want to take in the incredible views from one of the several visitor areas along Park Loop Road, you’ll be amazed by the incredible sites and wildlife in the park.

There are over 100 miles of hiking trails in the park, including the popular Cadillac Mountain, which has an elevation of 1,530-feet at its summit (the highest point in the park).


A well-known town along the coast of Maine, Kennebunkport is one of the most popular summer destinations in the state and will regularly see some of the Nation’s most influential people taking a rest from their fast-paced lives.

The town is home to several beautiful bed-and-breakfasts, delicious restaurants, historic homes and quaint streets with unique shops, studios, boutiques and more.

While in the area, be sure to check out the fishing village of Cape Porpoise, which is just two miles to the east. It has more shops, galleries and even active lobster boats to explore!

Nubble Lighthouse

Located just a few hundred feet from York Beach, ME, Nubble Lighthouse (Cape Neddick Light) is one of the most photographed and well-known lighthouses in the United States.

The lighthouse itself is located on the large rock island of Cape Neddick, and in late November, is adorned with holiday lights that will truly take your breath away.

If your upcoming trip finds you in York Beach, we ask that you call on us at Sands by the Sea for a beautiful and accommodating waterfront motel, suite or cottage. 

Located on the waters of York Beach, we proudly offer a wide selection of motel rooms with comfortable king beds and sofas, suites with full kitchen areas and balconies, cottages with living areas and laundry and more.

Whatever your needs may be, we will have the perfect accommodations to make your Maine vacation something you’ll remember fondly for years to come. Give us a call today at (207) 363-2211 to book your stay.

Fun Fall Activities When Visiting York Beach, ME

Group of Pumpkins in Fall Folliage

If you’re traveling to York Beach, ME this fall and are looking for fun fall activities that the whole family will enjoy, there will be no shortage of options to choose from.

From the annual York Harvestfest at Short Sands Beach to the Lighting of the Pumpkins in Old York, visiting the Museum of Old York and more, you’ll be sure to have a great time enjoying a variety of seasonal activities with your family.

There’s nothing quite like a fall trip to Maine, so make sure to book your trip today to enjoy these exciting activities and more.

York Harvestfest

The 36th Annual York Harvestfest is upon us and will be held at Short Sands Beach on Saturday October 16 from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

This is a free festival that features live music, local food vendors, old-fashioned market vendors and more. There is also an accompanying Kidsfest that will have storytelling, interactive activities, face painting and more.

These events will go on rain or shine. For more information, be sure to visit the York Region Chamber of Commerce site.

Lighting of the Pumpkins

If you’re planning on traveling to York Beach this Halloween, you won’t want to miss the Lighting of the Pumpkins and Trick-or-Treat being held on Saturday, October 30 at the Old York Museum Center.

This is a free event running from 3:30pm to 6:00pm where you will experience Halloween in 18th-century style. Trick-or-treating will be taking place in several of Old York’s historic buildings where ghosts of Halloweens past will hand out candy to those who dare.

The Lighting of the Pumpkins will take place at the Old Burying Ground in York Village at 5:00pm. Children are encouraged to bring a pumpkin to the burying ground where they will be lit to create a spooky illumination.

For further information, make sure to check the Old York Historical Society site.

Museums of Old York

As mentioned above, Old York is home to several historical buildings. If you wish to explore these while you’re in town they are well worth the time.

There are both guided and self-guided tours available for these buildings that include the Remick Barn Visitors Center, Jefferds’ Tavern, the 1719 Old Gaol (jail), the 18th century Emerson-Wilcox House, the deconstructed Ramsdell House, the Colonial Revival Elizabeth Perkins House and gardens, the Old School House, the John Hancock Warehouse, as well as an art gallery and genealogy library.

Who knows, you may even see the friendly white lady, who has been known to “visit” the museum this time of year.

If you’re planning a trip to York Beach, ME this fall and are looking for a spacious and affordable motel along the waterfront, we ask that you choose us at Sands by the Sea.

Offering over 60 spacious rooms, as well as suites, luxury suites and vacation cottages, we have everything you need for a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Call us today at 207-363-2211 to learn more.


York Beach, ME: The Ideal Golfing Destination

Group of men golfing

Finding the right destination for an upcoming golfing trip is always a challenge. You need to find a place that not only has beautiful golf courses, but a place that everyone will enjoy spending time in.

York Beach, ME is the perfect destination as it has several state-of-the-art golf courses within a short drive, while also offering some of the best seafood, breweries and accommodations in the state.

When booking your next golfing trip with your friends or family, be sure to think of York Beach, ME for an unforgettable time both on and off the links.

Beautiful golf courses nearby

Maine has long been considered one of the best states for golfing in the country, being home to some of the most beautiful and unique courses you’ll ever see.

York Beach is situated in an ideal location as The Ledges Golf Club, Cape Neddick Country Club and the private York Golf And Tennis Club are within just a few minutes’ drive.

A 20-30 minute drive from the village will get you to other public courses that include Pease Golf Course, Old Marsh Country Club and more.

Delicious seafood restaurants, breweries

When traveling to Maine for a golfing excursion, you’ll have no choice but to try the fresh and delicious seafood the state has to offer.

York Beach has several mouth-watering seafood restaurants that you really can’t go wrong with that include Fox’s Lobster House, Lobster Cove, Fishermen’s Dock and more.

If your party is looking for a space to have a few drinks before or after your meal, be sure to check out York Beach Beer Company as well.

Exceptional waterfront accommodations

No golfing trip is complete without having a great place for your party to stay.

If you’ve made the decision to book a golfing trip in York Beach, there are several affordable and accommodating options along the waterfront, including Sands by the Sea.

Sands by the Sea offers over 60 spacious rooms, as well as suites, luxury suites and vacation cottages to meet the needs of any party.

When you’re looking for a relaxing, centrally located place to stay after a long day on the golf course, we ask that you give our experienced team a call today at 207-363-2211 to book your stay!