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Have you heard of York Harbor? Nestled in the second-oldest town in Maine, this year-round vacation destination promises rich colonial history, stunning beaches, and fun attractions for the whole family. If you’re planning your next New England adventure, consider a stay in this quaint yet bustling coastal enclave. This is your indispensable guide to things to see and do in York Harbor.

The Beaches and Nature

When you visit York Harbor, you’ll be within steps of white sand and crashing surf. Long Sands is a favorite for those who love to catch the waves. For little ones, stop at Short Sands for a seaside carnival atmosphere with a historic saltwater taffy shop, restaurants, arcades, a playground, and a gorgeous carousel. Harbor Beach is small but scenic with free parking, the perfect place for a casual stroll.

At York Beach, you can take the Cliff Walk, a rugged hike along the coast. Cross the Wiggly Bridge, a favorite for kids, and land in the lush Steedman Woods Nature Reserve.

The Lighthouses

Maine is known for its incredible lighthouses, and one of the most beautiful of them is right here at York Beach. Nubble Lighthouse, built in 1879, is located on a tiny island in Cape Neddick at Sohier Park. Snap your own picture and then grab a lobster roll and an ice cream cone from the trucks in the parking lot. If you happen to be here in December, you’ll be able to glimpse the holiday decor.

You can also see the state’s highest lighthouse, Boon Island Light, from Sohier Park. Although neither lighthouse is open to the public, groups can arrange private tours to learn more about the history of these fascinating sites.

The Antiques and Artwork

Columbary House Antiques spans three buildings and hosts more than 20 different antique dealers, which makes it the perfect place for bargain hunters to spend a rainy afternoon. In-the-know locals say it’s an especially good spot to shop for home and garden items. You’ll find items that date throughout the nation’s history. In fact, the main building is a neoclassical farmhouse constructed in the 1830s.

Step into the present with the modern and contemporary art collections at the George Marshall Store Gallery. Thanks to its bucolic setting and impressive exhibitions, this gallery has been a York institution for more than 25 years.

If this sounds like your ultimate weekend getaway, consider a stay at the Stage Neck Inn. Our 4-Diamond resort boasts a spectacular oceanfront setting with walking paths and direct access to the beach. We offer elegant guest rooms, a luxurious spa, and a separate seaside cottage that’s ideal for large groups and special events. Call 207-363-3850 to learn more or reserve your stay online today.