Have You Traveled to Maine During the Off-Season? Here’s Why You Should!

Traveling to Maine

Maine is always a great place to travel at all times of the year!  Usually, the summertime seems to be the most popular time to travel to Maine. However, Maine is still a wonderful place to experience even during the “off-season.”

 

Here are some reasons to consider traveling to Maine during the off-season:

 

The Breathtaking Fall Foliage

Maine has breathtaking views all year round. It’s hard to believe that they can get even better. In the fall, the leaves on the trees fade to shades of red, orange, and yellow. Because the state is filled with trees, there are eruptions of beautiful colors all around. October is the best month for leaf-peeping in Maine.

If you travel to Maine during this time, don’t forget to bring your camera!

Snow in Maine

Those who live in Maine know how to make the most out of their winters! The winter is a great time for travelers to ski, snowmobile, snowshoe, ice fish, cross-country ski, and dog sled! January and February are the peak of the winter months and are usually filled with snow and cold temperatures.

 

Visiting Maine During the Spring

When you visit Maine during the spring, you’ll start to see the green emerge after the long winter. The spring is usually a quieter time to visit Maine. So when you travel, you won’t have to deal with intense crowds and wait times. It’s a great time to see some wildlife like whales, puffins, moose, and eagles!

If you’re an avid angler, the spring is also a great time to visit Maine for a fishing trip. Although you can get lobster all year round in Maine, you’ll notice that it’s more difficult in the winter because of the harsh winter weather. However, the lobster season starts back up again toward the end of spring.

Because the peak travel season in Maine hasn’t started, you can find great prices on hard-shell lobster!

 

When You Travel to Maine, Don’t Forget to Stay in York Beach, ME.

If you’re planning a trip to Maine, book your stay at Sands by the Sea Motel. Visit our website to view our rates and accommodations for the spring/fall seasons!

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!

Planning Your Family Vacation

family on vacation

A family vacation is a great way to reconnect with your loved ones while having fun exploring a new place. There are also other benefits that help children with growth and development. A recent study conducted by the U.S. Travel Association reports students who traveled were more likely to be academically and financially successful.

Here are a few tips for planning your family vacation: 

Set an itinerary 

Although you may not have figured out your travel location, it is a good idea to decide what exactly you want to do on your vacation. Are you an adventurous family that enjoys outdoor activities, or more laid back? Start by writing down a few items you would like to so like hiking, fishing, sightseeing, etc.

Save Money 

Planning a vacation is not cheap, and the more family members you have, the more it will cost. If you want to book a trip for the spring/summertime, now is the best time to start putting money aside. Figure out how much your estimated expenses are and then begin setting aside a portion of that on a weekly basis.

Decide Location 

It can be tough to narrow down a location, but if you are looking for adventure or relaxation, there is no better place than York Beach, Maine. As one of the oldest towns in the United States, it offers a cozy atmosphere with exquisite restaurants, family fun amusements, and awe-inspiring scenery. Check out these must-see locations

Book Accommodations 

Once you have a substantial amount of money, you can book your plane tickets/ stay accommodations. Booking in advance can help you save money by getting a lower rate.

When planning a visit to York Beach, Maine, be sure to book a room at the Sands by the Sea Motel. Located on one of the most scenic stretches of coastline in southern Maine, it is the perfect place to begin and end your day! Call 207-363-2211 or contact us online today!

Fishing in Maine

dad and son fishing at lake

Fishing is a great sport and leisure activity that helps to improve your physical and mental wellbeing. No matter your experience level; advanced or beginner, it is important to be sure you have the proper tools before heading out for a fishing trip.

 Maine is plentiful of rivers and streams that house a variety of fish which include rainbow trout, landlocked salmon, smallmouth/ largemouth bass and many more types of fish. If you are heading out for a fishing trip in Maine, be sure to pack all the essentials so you can make the most of your expedition! 

Here are the necessary tools to bring:

Tackle Box– Every experienced angler has a tackle box filled with all the supplies they will need for a successful fishing trip. As you gain experience you will learn what works best for you. This is also a great place to store your first aid kit Here are some essentials you should include in your tackle box:

  • Pliers
  • Sunblock
  • Bobbers
  • Safety goggles
  • Flashlight
  • Line clippers
  • Hand towels
  • Insect repellant
  • Hooks
  • Line

First Aid Kit– Your safety is the most important aspect of a successful fishing trip besides catching the fish! There are many different sharp objects that you will need to use during the trip. 

Fishing line & line cutter– Typically, fishing line will come with your fishing reel, but you should always pack extras. Fishing line is extremely strong so you will need to bring a sharp knife or nail clipper to cut the line. Nail clippers are easy to use and much safer than a knife, especially if you are a beginner angler.

Bait– Worms are the most common bai used but ants, beetles, grasshoppers, and caterpillars can also be used as bait. In addition to live bait experienced anglers use lures to draw in fish. Lures are brightly colored plastic worms or fish placed on the end of the hook and typically used once you run out of living bait.

Here are a few places to fish in Maine:

Located on the coastline of southern Maine, Sands By The Sea Motel has been welcoming guests since 1961. After a long day of fishing, relax on our deck and enjoy the oceanfront view. Check out our rates to book your reservations for the Spring/Fall season!

Interesting Facts About Maine

 portland, maine, usa at portland head light.

Here at Sands By The Sea Motel, we take pride in being a locally owned and operated business. We love to share our knowledge with our guests about the history, local restaurants, and other exciting locations.

Nicknamed, The Pine Tree State, this land is well-known for its plethora of trees among other things.

Here are a few interesting facts about Maine:

  • The official state animal of Maine is the moose. The state is home to approximately 76,000 moose, the highest moose population in the lower 48 states.
  • The official state insect of Maine is the honeybee. The state has a rich beekeeping culture and even has a non-profit organization, the Maine Beekeepers Association, which was founded in 1976 to promote understanding of the insect’s importance. 
  • Maine is the single largest producer of blueberries in the United States.
  • 90% of the country’s lobster supply comes from Maine. Before they became the delicacy, they are today, lobsters were fed to inmates and indentured servants, or ground up and used as fertilizer, during the colonial era.
  • Portland, Oregon is named after Portland, Maine. Founded by Francis Pettygrove
  •   Maine is the only state that shares its borders with only one other US state. That state is New Hampshire.
  • Acadia National Park’s Cadillac Mountain is the highest point on the East Coast.
  • Maine has its own desert, which spans 40 acres outside the town of Freeport. The desert originally developed as a result of over-farming in the area.
  • The Maine Coon Cat, which is the official state cat of Maine, is the largest domestic cat breed
  • Maine is known as “The Birthplace of Prohibition.” The state was the first to ban the sale and manufacture of alcohol in 1851.
  • Donut holes were invented in Maine. Capt. Hansen Gregory, from Rockport, Maine came up with the hole in the donut after realizing the center of the pastry was not fully cooked in the middle.

Planning a trip to The Pine Tree State? Book your accommodations with Sands By The Sea Motel! Our locally owned and operated motel is the perfect location to begin your journey through Maine. Check rates & accommodations here

Gifting A Trip to Maine For Christmas with Gift Certificates

The holiday season is just around the corner which means it will soon be Christmas and you will have to buy gifts for your family and friends.

Rather than purchasing appliances that won’t be used or expensive game systems, why not embark on an adventure instead?

A trip is a great gift because it creates lasting memories in a place that the recipient may have never traveled to before.

This year give the gift of an experience with a trip to Maine for the Spring, Summer or Fall.

Paying for the trip

If you have an airline-branded credit card or another card that allows you to rack up miles or points be sure to use it. Your generosity might as well benefit both parties.

If you are going to surprise someone with a trip, be sure to ask them about their schedule ahead of time so that the trip does not conflict with any of their preexisiting plans.

Why Maine?

With historic lighthouses, beautiful sprawling beaches, and authentic lobster shacks, Maine is an ideal location to share and experience with a friend, family member or significant other.

Here are some great locations to visit on the trip: 

The York Beach Bucket– Located right on Short Sands Beach, next to the Sands by the Sea Motel, you will find the most delicious and fresh lobster rolls in town. Fresh lobster meat is delivered daily from the Taylor Lobster Company. Get them cold with mayo or warm with butter.

Nubble Lighthouse– Even if you have never visited the Pine Tree State, chances are you have seen photos of this beautiful and historic lighthouse. While the photos are usually quite beautiful, there is nothing quite like taking in this surreal scene at the ocean’s edge with your own eyes.

Acadia National Park– This “national treasure of Maine” is a premier destination for nature lovers. This park encompasses many different elements which include mountain ranges, hiking trails, and even a beach! 

Enjoy an oceanfront view with comfortable amenities, at the Sands by the Sea Motel! Contact us today to book your vacation for the upcoming Spring, Summer or Fall season.

Sands by The Sea offers standard rooms, 1-bedroom efficiencies, 2 & 3-bedroom cottages and 1 & 2-bedroom luxury condos as well as a luxurious 6-bedroom house with a private pool. This is a great gift to give to a couple, a friend or other loved one. Gift certificates can be applied to any stay at any time.

To purchase a gift certificate for the Christmas season email us at sandsbytheseamotel@gmail.com  or call (207) 363-2211. We look forward to hearing from you this holiday season!



Spooky Maine Vacation

Fall is the perfect time to immerse yourself in the mysterious ghost history of Maine. With Halloween just around the corner, there are many different options to learn and participate in a variety of spooky activities. There are many different places in Maine that are said to have been haunted.

If you are interested in embarking on an exciting spooky adventure in Maine, be sure to check out some of these locations:Spooky Maine Vacation  

Wood Island Lighthouse

Featured on the hit television show, Ghost Hunters, the Wood Island Lighthouse has been reported to experiencing a variety of paranormal activities. While you won’t be able to book a tour during this lighthouse’s off-season, you can still visit and walk along the boardwalk as the ocean water crashes along the shore. According to legend, there was an altercation involving a lobster fisherman and a local sheriff which resulted in both of their deaths. It is said that these two souls a still wandering the grounds today.

New England Curiosities

With a variety of different spooky activities, New England Curiosities is a must-visit while touring Maine. They offer group trolley tours of eclectic haunted locations around Maine, tarot readSpooky Maine Vacation ing, psychic readings, and amazing ghost stories. 

Wicked Walking Tours

This interactive tour immerses its participants into the haunted history of Portland Maine. Beginning at Old Port on a cobblestone street, you and your group will enjoy amazing storytelling and historic sites of witch trials, Abenaki attacks, pirates and ghosts. This is a great way to learn of Maine’s “dark history”

After a long day of exploring these haunted sites in Maine relax in your oceanfront view room at Sands by the Sea Motel. The scenic oceanfront views and comfortable amenities is the perfect way to unwind after a particularly chilling day of ghost stories and spooky adventures.

A Day in York Beach, Maine

 A Day in York Beach, MainePlanning a vacation is a lot more involved than just booking a hotel and flight. To fully enjoy your vacation, you have to actually have activities planned. If you are planning a trip to York Maine, here is a day full of activities to enjoy with your family, lover, or solitarily.

 

Breakfast

York Beach BucketLocated on the Short Sands Beach, this neighborhood café is an ideal location to grab a quick bite before heading out for the day. They have a vast menu with a variety of delicious items to choose from like the savory Maine Lobster Rolls!

Afternoon Activity

York Wild Kingdom Zoo and Fun Park A zoo, an amusement park, an 18-hole miniature golf course, paddleboat rides, and even a haunted house; there’s something for everyone at this amazing zoo and amusement park! This is the perfect activity to fill your afternoon.

Short Sands Beach– This beach is a tourist hot spot! Just walking distance from a variety of restaurants and shops, it is an ideal location to spend the evening while vacationing in Maine.

Dinner

Once you’ve had the chance to explore Maine and relax on the beautiful beach, you may be ready to dig into some delicious food!

1652– This local family-run restaurant is York Beach’s premier destination for local Italian food. With a beautiful oceanfront view, you can watch the sunset as the waves crash against the shore.A Day in York Beach, Maine

Rest & Relaxation

After a long day of exploring the culture and food Maine has to offer, it is time to rest and recharge for the next day. When traveling to Maine, stay at the Sands by the Sea Motel. With scenic oceanfront views and comfortable amenities for all stay types, the Sands by the Sea Motel is the perfect location to begin your vacation!