Why Visit Maine in the Winter?

Lighthouse, snowy winter day in Maine

Typically, when people think of Maine, they picture waves crashing on a beautiful lighthouse, the sun shining, people eating the best lobster they’ve ever had, and colorful umbrellas spread across miles of beach, a northeast summer getaway. But the great state of Maine is not limited to the summer months! There are plenty of activities, sports, and events to try in every season.  

Here are a few reasons to consider visiting Maine during the winter months!


Skiing is a popular winter activity, but have you ever tried skijoring? Skijoring is a cross between cross-country skiing and dog sledding and is perfect for the snowy months in Maine. All you do is put a harness on your dog, clip into your skis and glide across the snow as your dog runs up ahead. Skijoring is better suited for medium to large athletic dogs and is a great way to include your furry friends in your winter adventures!

Ice Fishing

Many people enjoy the leisurely act of fishing on warm summer mornings, but others prefer to bundle up, gather their friends and family, and spend a winter’s day fishing on the ice! 

Ice fishing in Maine begins on Jan. 1 and lasts until Mar. 31. You will need a license, but those are easy to get all over the state. If you have never tried ice fishing before, you will need to invest in some equipment, and there will be a learning curve, but if you love fishing and can handle a challenge, this is a great sport for you to try out this winter. 

Winter Festivals

Maine has several winter festivals and carnivals throughout the state if you’re looking for fun winter activities for the whole family. From ice carving, live entertainment, food and drinks, holiday lighting ceremonies, and so much more, you won’t regret visiting Maine during the winter season! 

When planning a winter trip to Maine and considering staying in York Beach, Sands by the Sea is your best option! Our luxurious motel and vacation suite is just walking distance from exciting attractions and offers spacious rooms, comfortable amenities, exceptional service, and incredible oceanfront views.

To book your wintertime stay, call (207)363-2211 or make your reservation online!

Fun Winter Activities Near York Beach, ME

Snowshoeing in Powdery Snow

If you’re planning a trip to Maine this winter to take in the incredible nature and many attractions, consider spending a few days in York Beach, ME.

York Beach and neighboring York are home to natural wonders, exciting outdoor activities and some of the best restaurants and breweries in the state, making it the ideal location to hang out during the snowier time of the year.

No matter if you’re interested in snowshoeing, skiing, snowmobiling, ice skating or anything in between, make the smart decision by booking a stay in York Beach.

Skiing, Snowshoeing & More at Mount Agamenticus

If you’re a bit more on the adventurous side, we suggest spending a day at Mount Agamenticus after a fresh snow fall.

Whether you enjoy skiing, snow shoeing, hiking or snowmobiling, Mount Agamenticus offers several exciting trails for these thrilling adventures.

Should these activities sound a little too intense for your party, you can always drive to the summit of the mountain to take in incredible views of the ocean, nearby hills, reservoirs and mountains.

Ice Skating at Mackey Skate Park

Located in York, Mackey Skate Park is home to two ice skating rinks that make for the perfect midday activity during your stay.

The rinks are open throughout the winter (weather permitting) and are completely free to the public.

The smaller rink is perfect for your little ones to play around on, while the bigger rink will typically have a few pickup hockey games going on throughout the day.

A fire pit is located in between the rinks as well when you need to warm up a bit.

Relaxing at York Beach Beer Company

Speaking of warming up, there’s no better way to do so in York Beach then by having a meal at York Beach Beer Company. The brewery is located in an old brick post office that has been renovated into a state-of-the-art facility.

Whether you enjoy a hoppy IPA or something on the lighter side, York Beach Beer CO has something for all beer enthusiasts. Be sure to come hungry, as The York Beach Bucket delivers pizza to those looking for a snack while sipping on their favorite new beer.

When you’re planning a winter trip to Maine and are thinking of staying in York Beach, we ask that you think of us at Sands by the Sea.

Our luxurious motel and vacation suite is just a short distance from each of these attractions and offers spacious rooms, comfortable amenities, exceptional service and incredible oceanfront views.

To book your wintertime stay, we invite you to call today at 207-363-2211.