Time enough for that after the honeymoon!
Though this is a small town, there are still some great York Maine hotels with the names we all recognize, like the newer MicroTel Inn & Suites or Best Western. Both of these options are very conveniently located on Route 1, farther away from the ocean than the others - but closer to Kittery Outlet shopping!
One of the grandest hotels in Maine is the Cliff House resort (open seasonally). Perched on top of Bald Head Cliff in Cape Neddick on the Ogunquit town line, the Cliff House boasts an in-house spa, indoor and outdoor pools, and a fine restaurant open to the public.
If you are a family wanting to stay near the beach and other attractions in downtown York Beach, however, if you're at the Cliff House it will mean driving or taking the summer trolley rather than simply walking. But boy, what a view!
For lodging that keeps you within walking distance to all the fun York Beach has to offer, hotels in York Beach Maine include the oceanfront Union Bluff, which has two very good restaurants (I eat here a LOT) and some excellent wine tasting dinners and other special events.
The popular Sands by the Sea is directly across the street from Short Sands beach, and has an outdoor pool to enjoy. No need to take a car anywhere if you vacation here.
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The seasonal Viewpoint is the only hotel in Maine that's on Nubble Point, home to our world-famous Nubble Lighthouse. Comprised of only nine luxury suites, the ViewPoint is a private oceanfront retreat combined with the quality and attention to detail found at only the finest hotels.
A bit far for walking to either Short Sands or Long Sands beaches, particularly with children, the Viewpoint is the closest hotel in York Maine to Brown's Old Fashioned Ice Cream and Fox's Lobster House in the shadow of the lighthouse - yum!
Lining Long Sands Beach is where you'll find the majority of York Maine hotels.
The largest of them all is the year-round Anchorage, which has recently undergone some terrific additions in the form of an outdoor pool to complement their indoor pool, and new guest rooms and buildings. Across the street is the Sun & Surf restaurant, which is owned by the Anchorage and the only oceanside restaurant on Long Sands beach.
The only hotel on Long Sands beach that is on the ocean side of the street is the Cutty Sark, where all the windows frame nothing except the Atlantic ocean!
One bedroom efficiencies can be found a bit farther from the beach at The Inn on Ridge Road.
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Long Sands beach is also home to a number of smaller hotels and York Maine motels. With names like the Nevada, the Sunrise, the Long Beach Motor Inn, the 123 Inn, and the Sea Turn, there's a coastal Maine vacation on tap for you, even if you're on a budget.
Travel farther south on Maine's coastal Route 1A, and you'll enter York Harbor, where two lovely inns await: the York Harbor Inn and the Stage Neck Inn. Stage Neck is directly on the ocean, the York Harbor Inn a bit further back. The historic York Harbor Inn has several buildings from which to choose, and Stage Neck Inn has both a pool and an in-house spa. Both have fine restaurants within.
Continuing in York Harbor to Harris Island and the Dockside Guest Quarters! The seasonal Dockside is home to many weddings out there on Harris Island, and their Striper Tourney in June is getting quite a local reputation!
We had my parents' 50th wedding anniversary at the Dockside, because the grounds are so lovely for taking pictures. If you have a kayak, bring it to the Dockside, because the town docks are within walking distance. The Dockside Guest Quarters also boasts an excellent restaurant.
The only difficult part of vacationing here in Maine's playground is deciding which of our York Maine hotels you're staying in this year!