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.

Visit These Breathtaking Lighthouses While in York Beach, ME

Nubble Lighthouse in Maine

When planning a trip to York Beach, ME, you’ll want to make sure you see everything it has to offer.

Whether you enjoy relaxing at the beach, having delicious seafood dinners or taking in the natural beauty of the area, your trip will not be complete without checking out the two spectacular lighthouses nearby.  

York Beach is home to the scenic Cape Neddick (Nubble) Light and is just a stone’s throw away from the Boon Island Light, just a few miles off the coast.

These two lighthouses have a rich history and are breathtaking to take in. Make your York Beach, ME vacation complete by viewing both during your visit! 

Nubble Lighthouse

The Cape Neddick Light, better known as the Nubble Light, is a lighthouse located on the large rock island of Cape Neddick, just a few hundred feet from York Beach.    

This lighthouse is one of the most popular in the state and is truly a sight to behold from both water and land. Being surrounded by rocky coastline and featuring a distinctive white color, this islet is considered the most photographed lighthouse in the United States.

Interestingly, the Voyager spacecraft, which holds photographs of Earth’s most spectacular man-made structures in the event of contact with other life forms, includes a photo of Nubble Light, along with images of the Great Wall of China and the Taj Mahal.

This lighthouse is still in operation today and offers breathtaking views of the Atlantic. A nearby parking lot is open year-round that offers visitors incredible views for photographs or a space to simply relax.

Boon Island Lighthouse

Boon Island Light is a bit more remote than Nubble but is well worth the extra effort to see it. This lighthouse can be accessed by boat and is about 6 miles from the coast of York Beach. It is the tallest lighthouse in both Maine and New England at 133 feet and has a range of light of 19 miles.

Tours are regularly available to the island and offer breathtaking views of this glorious lighthouse along with birds and seals that enjoy the shallow waters around it.

If you’re planning a trip to York Beach, ME in the near future to take in spectacular lighthouses and other local attractions, we ask that you think of us for your lodging needs at Sands by the Sea.

We are a motel and vacation suite located along the York Beach waterfront. We offer spacious rooms, comfortable amenities, exceptional service and incredible oceanfront views that will guarantee you’ll have a vacation you won’t soon forget.

Sit back and relax after a day of the town at Sands by the Sea. Give us a call today at 207-363-2211 to book your stay.

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! 

Best Places to Take Instagram Photos in Maine

 Best Places to Take Instagram Photos in Maine

With so many options and places to see while visiting Maine, it can be difficult to fit everything into one trip. The Pine Tree State has much to offer from authentic lobster shacks to beautiful historical lighthouses. Maine has everything for your perfect getaway this Fall. When traveling on vacation, it important to get great photos to share with family and friends via Facebook and Instagram.

 If you are planning a trip to Maine this Fall, check out these must-see scenic places- perfect for that Instagram-worthy shot!

Nubble Lighthouse– Have you even visited Maine If you haven’t seen the iconic Nubble Lighthouse?  While you won’t be able to tour the inside of this lighthouse the view is definitely worth the trip.

Mount Agamenticus Trail– This beautiful trail is a great way to get outdoors, engage with nature, and take excellent photos with amazing backdrops Be sure to visit Mt. Agamenticus, during your trip to Maine. There are many hiking and mountain biking trails on the mountain and at 692 feet above sea level, you’ll be able to see the skyscrapers of Boston.

Marginal Way– Head out for a walk through this scenic coastal trail located in downtown Ogunquit. There are plenty of beaches with benches along the way to relax and take in this breath-taking view.

Old Orchard Beach and PierYou are sure to get a great photo on this busy pier. There are plenty of things to do as you walk through this coastal beach. While there you will find a plethora of bars and restaurants, live entertainment, novelty shops, and more!

If you are planning a trip to Maine, be sure to book your accommodations at Sand By The Sea Motel! This beautiful waterfront motel is the perfect backdrop for flawless photos sure to make all your followers green with envy! Visit Sands By The Sea to check rates & accommodations for your upcoming trip!