We’re Ready to Kick Off Spring in Maine!

Fishing in Maine

If you ask us, the spring months are some of the best months to travel to Maine. As we transition from our snowy ski hills to our warm sandy beaches, the warm weather brings plenty of new opportunities to explore when traveling to Maine.

Let’s take a look at some ways you can enjoy the spring weather in Maine! 

Let’s Start Fishing! 

As the ice begins to melt, there will continue to be more opportunities to fish! The official fishing season in Maine begins April 1st, so it’s safe to say you can start breaking out your fishing gear and making sure it’s ready to go for the start of the season! Maine has thousands of miles of rivers and streams, ad nearly hundreds of freshwater lakes for guests to fish in. When you plan your trip, you can expect to catch unique fish like chase brook trout, rainbow trout, lake trout, landlocked salmon, smallmouth bass, pike, musky, and more! 

Don’t forget that if you want to fish for saltwater creatures, you can also fish off Maine’s rugged coastline! 

Check Out Maine’s Lighthouses

You can visit Maine’s historic lighthouses all year round. However, there is something about visiting them in the spring that makes the experience that more special. The Portland Headlight, Nubble Light, and Rockland Breakwater are some of the most popular lighthouses people visit when they travel to Maine. 

Explore the Different Dining Options in Maine

Maine is known for its delicious seafood, but did you know that we have plenty of other dishes we’re proud of too? When visitors travel to Maine, they often feel pressured to eat as much lobster as they can. Although lobster is available all season long, the best season to get them is between June and December. 

So, during the off-season, don’t be afraid to try some new dishes! Besides our fishing, we are also known for our farm-to-table food experience, and we serve excellent unique comfort food dishes. In the spring, keep your eyes out for fresh fish, new beer, and blueberry-filled desserts! 

Visit the Ocean

The start of spring means that warm beach weather is near! After a cold, snowy winter, you deserve to take a stroll on the beach or plan a sailing trip to explore the waters. 

When you stay at Sands by the Sea, you will have access to the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. Contact us for more information, or reserve your room online today to start planning your spring Maine vacation! 

3 Tips to Help You Save for Your Next Beach Vacation

How to Start Saving for Your Vacation

Life can be stressful, which is why you deserve to treat yourself to a nice vacation. There are plenty of mental and physical health benefits of taking a vacation, including decreasing burnout and increasing your mental power. Planning your dream vacation can be exciting, but as we know, it can also be expensive if you’re not prepared.

Many families avoid taking vacations because they believe that they won’t be able to afford to take one. However, if you start saving and organizing your trip now, your plan to take a vacation could come true.

Here are some of our tips to help you start saving for your next beach vacation:

Creating a Budget

One of the first steps to planning a successful vacation is to create a budget. If you don’t establish a budget of how much money you’re willing to spend on your trip, it can be difficult to follow a savings plan. You may want to keep track of how much money you spend each month on bills, groceries, and other expenses on your budget.

Once you establish your budget, you can focus on cutting expenses, finding a way to accumulate a second source of income, and allocating your money towards a savings goal.

Start Saving Your Money

Between flights, reservations, and setting aside money for food and activities, you can expect a vacation to cost anywhere between a few hundred to a couple of thousands of dollars, depending on where you want to go. Although your vacation’s initial cost can look intimidating, it can be an achievable goal as long as you take the right steps and give yourself enough time to save. 

Many families have found that opening a separate savings account and naming it can be great motivation!

Planning Your Airfare and When You Want to Travel

When you’re taking a vacation, there are times during the year that are more expensive to travel than others. For example, early June or late August is typically a great time to travel because not all students are on summer vacation. However, you’ll notice that holidays and weekends are more expensive times to travel. Do your research and plan accordingly! 

Are you looking for the perfect place to relax? Stay with us at Sands by the Sea! Located in York Beach, ME, we are proud to be one of York Beach’s most beloved motels. Contact us today to start planning your visit! 

4 Tips for Planning a Romantic Getaway

Planning a Romantic Getaway

What’s more romantic than a beach vacation? The soft sand, blue ocean, and salty sea breeze, the beach makes for the perfect romantic and relaxing getaway. It’s fun planning a romantic getaway; however, it can be stressful trying to make it perfect.

Here are 4 suggestions for planning the perfect romantic beach vacation:

Try a New Adventure Together

If you have a usual vacation spot that the two of you travel to frequently, now’s the time to change it up. There are many beautiful beaches around the U.S. that are just waiting for you to try. Going to a new destination together is a great way to connect with your significant other on a whole new level.

Get to Know the City You’re In

If you need an escape from the beach, don’t forget to dedicate some time to explore the city you’re in. Who knows, you may even find some amazing new restaurants, shopping areas, and other fun things to try! Discovering a new city together is a very special way for a couple to connect.

Book a Nice Room with a View

An oceanfront view is a perfect way to start and end your day. If you’re spending the time and money to plan a romantic getaway, you should be budgeting for a nice room with a view. Having a nice, spacious room with a view is romantic and it will encourage you both to take time to relax together.

Plan for Downtime

When you travel to a new place, it can be tempting to want to try everything. However, this often leads you to having a very packed schedule. One of the key components to planning for a successful romantic beach getaway is to account for downtime.

If your goal is to bond and reconnect with your partner during this trip, you have the greatest chances of doing so when you schedule downtime into your trip.

Plan a Vacation in Maine

Are you looking for a romantic beach getaway in Maine? If so, come stay with us at Sands by the Sea! When you stay with us, you will find breathtaking seaside views, delicious seafood restaurants just minutes away from our motel, and you’ll get to explore everything Maine has to offer. 

Give us a call today at (207) 363-2211 to start planning your next romantic stay.