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!

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!