Dockside Guest Quarters » Blog http://www.docksidegq.com Bed and Breakfast on Maine Coast Mon, 13 Apr 2015 16:50:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Memorial Day Weekend Getaways in Mainehttp://www.docksidegq.com/blog/memorial-day-weekend-getaways-in-maine/ http://www.docksidegq.com/blog/memorial-day-weekend-getaways-in-maine/#comments Fri, 03 Apr 2015 15:14:16 +0000 http://www.docksidegq.com/?p=638 It’s been a long winter, and if you’re anything like us here at Dockside Guest Quarters  & Restaurant, then you’re more than ready for warm weather and fun in the sun. Believe it or not, Memorial Day is just around the corner, and with it will come the unofficial start of summer. York, Maine is the […]

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Memorial Day Weekend GetawaysIt’s been a long winter, and if you’re anything like us here at Dockside Guest Quarters  & Restaurant, then you’re more than ready for warm weather and fun in the sun. Believe it or not, Memorial Day is just around the corner, and with it will come the unofficial start of summer. York, Maine is the perfect place to spend summer days and make happy memories with loved ones. The beautiful beaches call out to those who love the ocean and our quaint New England village will charm visitors from far and wide.  To get the most out of the holiday, take a look at how to celebrate the start of the summer season, take a look at these ideas for Memorial Day Getaways in Maine.

Memorial Day Weekend 2015 in Maine

Memorial Day is an important part of the US calendar.  It is a time to reflect on the service members who fought to protect the freedoms we enjoy in our country and honor their sacrifices. Over the years it has also come to signify the beginning of the summer season.  After months of snowy winter weather and muddy spring days, summer in Maine is one of our favorite times of year.  Attractions in Maine reopen after being closed for the off season, the warm weather beckons people outside, and the shore becomes populated by beach-goers ready to thaw out from the long winter. This year, Memorial Day is Monday, May 25th, and it’s right around the corner. So it’s time to start planning what you’re going to do to celebrate. Memorial Day weekend getaways in Maine are full of possibility and many activities to choose from.

Activities for Memorial Day Weekend Getaways

Whether you want to take it easy during Memorial Day weekend or pack in the fun, there are activities to suit everyone’s taste.  Here are just a few of the things visitors can do during Memorial Day weekend getaways.

  • Hang out at one of the York area beaches. These classic New England beaches have rugged shorelines but plenty of sand to stretch out on in between swims in the rolling surf.
  • Nothing is more iconic in coastal Maine than one of the great lighthouses we have in the area. Visit the Cape Neddick “Nubble” Light in York Harbor or take a short trip to Cape Elizabeth to view the Portland Head Light.
  • See a play at Ogunquit Playhouse. This amazing summer stock company will wow you with high quality productions of classic plays as well as new favorites.
  • Explore York Village.  There are shops and places to stop for treats in this picturesque seaside village.  It’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon.
  • Visit one of the many museums or heritage sites in York.  Our area is rich in US history and Memorial Day is a great time to explore and appreciate that history. Old York and the Kittery Historical and Naval Museum are just two options.
  • Honor those who have died in service to our country by seeing the annual Memorial Day Parade in York. The parade takes a route that allows veterans to place wreaths on the town’s monuments before arriving at the First Parish Church Cemetery for a ceremony.

Accommodations for Memorial Day Weekend Getaways

When planning Memorial Day weekend getaways in Maine, the right accommodations make a significant difference in your vacation experience. For the finest stay in the York area, Dockside Guest Quarters & Restaurant has you covered. Our accommodations are all individually decorated with classic New England decor and comfortably furnished to include all the amenities you deserve when you’re away from home.  Many of our rooms have gorgeous water views and private decks.  Or for more privacy and comfort and a week or longer stay, the Captain’s Quarters is the ideal place to call home while in Maine. The house has a fully equipped kitchen and 3 bedrooms to accommodate your group’s needs.

Not only are our accommodations top-notch, but we have a Restaurant with beautiful waterfront views and delicious dishes made with fresh local produce. You can  expect high quality fare without the pretension associated with many fine dining establishments. Guests can look forward to classic dishes such as Crab Cakes, New England Seafood Chowder as well as other fresh Maine seafood dishes and steaks.

As you can tell, Dockside Guest Quarters will provide you with fine accommodations, great dining opportunities, and a wonderful overall Memorial Day getaway in Maine! We’ll see you soon!

 

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The Most Spectacular Lighthouses In Mainehttp://www.docksidegq.com/blog/the-most-spectacular-lighthouses-in-maine/ http://www.docksidegq.com/blog/the-most-spectacular-lighthouses-in-maine/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:00:22 +0000 http://www.docksidegq.com/?p=629 There are many iconic things about the state of Maine.  We’re famous for our lobster, our rocky New England shoreline, our quaint fishing villages, and lobster.  Another big thing that comes to mind when you picture Maine is one of the many lighthouses that dot the state’s coast. Each of the lighthouses in Maine is […]

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Lighthouses in MaineThere are many iconic things about the state of Maine.  We’re famous for our lobster, our rocky New England shoreline, our quaint fishing villages, and lobster.  Another big thing that comes to mind when you picture Maine is one of the many lighthouses that dot the state’s coast. Each of the lighthouses in Maine is a classic in its own way, and each is definitely worth a visit if you have the time.

Lighthouses in Maine

There are so many lighthouses in Maine that it would be almost impossible to see them all in one trip.  We’ve narrowed the selection to lights closest to Dockside Guest Quarters in York, ME. These lighthouses in Maine are all located between York Harbor and Portland.

Cape Neddick Lighthouse

The closest of the lighthouses in Maine to our property is Cape Neddick Lighthouse, which is located here in York.  Also known as Nubble Light, it was built on Nubble Island, just off of Cape Neddick in 1879.  It is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Boon Island Light

Boon Island Light is located, as its name suggests, on Boon Island off the southern coast of Maine. It isn’t too far away from Cape Neddick. It is the tallest lighthouse in Maine and the rest of New England, standing at 133 feet. While Boon Island Light is not open for tours, it is possible to see the tower by boat.

Goat Island Light

Located off of Cape Porpoise near Kennebunkport, Goat Island Light dates back to 1835. It was built to guard the entrance of Cape Porpoise Harbor.  Goat Island is currently closed to the public, but the tower and house are easy to spot from the shores of Cape Porpoise or by boat.

Wood Island Lighthouse

One of the lighthouses in Maine that is still active, Wood Island Light is located in Saco Bay. The tower stands at just 47 feet tall, but the light is 71 feet above water. It is the second oldest lighthouse in the state after the Portland Head Light and seasonal tours are offered by the Friends of Wood Island lighthouse.

Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse and Cape Elizabeth West Lighthouse

Together, the Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse and the Cape Elizabeth West Lighthouse are simply known as the Cape Elizabeth Lights, or Two Lights. The western tower is no longer active and is privately owned, but the eastern tower is active and is called the Cape Elizabeth Light. The lighthouse facility is located adjacent to Two Lights State Park, where visitors can view the lights and access the grounds.

Portland Head Light

The Portland Head Light is located on Cape Elizabeth at the entrance of the primary channel into Portland Harbor. It is the oldest of all the lighthouses in Maine, as it was completed in 1791. After being adjusted several times, the lighthouse stands at 80 feet above the ground and 101 feet above the sea.

Where to Stay When Visiting Lighthouses in Maine

When you are planning a trip to see some of these iconic lighthouses in Maine, be sure you book your stay at Dockside Guest Quarters.  Our guest accommodations offer classic New England style and supreme comfort.  You’ll enjoy amenities like luxurious bedding, private bathrooms, and many rooms have water views and decks.  Our York, Maine bed and breakfast is the perfect place to call your home-away-from-home while you explore the coastline and its lighthouses.  And for fine dining, our Restaurant offers delicious dishes without the pretense of many establishments. We use the freshest, local ingredients possible in our dishes, so you can look forward to amazing flavors.  At Dockside Guest Quarters, you’ll get the complete seaside New England experience. We can’t wait to see you soon!

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Where is York, Maine and Why Should I Visit This Year?http://www.docksidegq.com/blog/where-is-york-maine/ http://www.docksidegq.com/blog/where-is-york-maine/#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 13:38:34 +0000 http://www.docksidegq.com/?p=604 If you’re dreaming of a Maine vacation this summer, then you have your pick of fantastic destinations.  If you’re set on a coastal getaway, then York, Maine should be at the top of your list.  But where is York, Maine and why should you visit this summer? The answer to the first part of the […]

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Where is York MaineIf you’re dreaming of a Maine vacation this summer, then you have your pick of fantastic destinations.  If you’re set on a coastal getaway, then York, Maine should be at the top of your list.  But where is York, Maine and why should you visit this summer? The answer to the first part of the question is simple enough, but the second part has more than one answer.  We here at Dockside Guest Quarters & Restaurant know all about what makes York special, and we want to share it with you.  Whether you like lounging on the beach, or perusing unique local stores, or seeing fantastic landmarks, then York has something for you! We’re going to tell you our favorite things to see in do in the area and we’ll also answer the question “where is York, Maine?” so you know just where to go to have all the fun.

Where is York, Maine?

So now you have a tiny idea about why York is an intriguing getaway destination, you’re probably looking for someone to answer the question, “where is York, Main?” Well you don’t need to Google it, because we’ll just tell you.  York is located near the southern tip of Maine, right on the coast.  This makes it ideal for those who want to experience a classic Maine seaside village without having to travel very far north. It’s also just over an hour from Boston, MA so it makes a wonderful place for a quick weekend jaunt or last minute visit. It’s also just 45 minutes away from Portland, ME, which is full of great attractions worthy of a day trip. Even closer to York is Portsmouth, just across the state line in New Hampshire. So when you ask “where is Portland, Maine?” the answer is that it’s in the perfect location for exploring the New England Coast.

Reasons to Visit York, Maine

The location of York isn’t the only factor that makes it a must-visit.  There are so many activities to take part in and numerous sites to tour that you won’t find yourself wanting for something to do.  Or, if you’re someone who likes to do nothing while on vacation, then York is ideal for you as well! Here are just a few of the things you can expect to experience in York, Maine.

Activities & Sites

No matter what type of getaway you want to have, York will provide the right environment.  There are several beaches in the area, perfect for lounging, swimming, and other activities.  There are also several places for scenic hikes, including the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge.  Or you can go see one of Maine’s iconic lighthouses, the Nubble Light on Cape Neddick!

Shopping

If you enjoy leisurely walks around quaint New England villages while taking in the charm and culture around you, then York won’t disappoint. With small, local, specialty shops, you can find everything from souvenirs to gourmet cooking materials. Local favorites include Stonewall Kitchen, Knight’s Quilt Shop, Cottage Home, R&R Chocolate and York Village Marketplace.

Dining & Accommodations

The best part of visiting York, Maine is definitely dining and staying at Dockside Guest Quarters and Restaurant. Our Restaurant features menus of classic New England dishes with inventive twists, made with the freshest local ingredients possible. Our guest accommodations are beautifully furnished and offer all of the comforts you’d want in your home away from home.  When you choose to stay at Dockside Guest Quarters, you’ll be glad you asked the question,
“Where is York, Maine?” and came to pay us a visit.

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The Locals’ Guide to York Harbor, Mainehttp://www.docksidegq.com/blog/the-locals-guide-to-york-harbor-maine/ http://www.docksidegq.com/blog/the-locals-guide-to-york-harbor-maine/#comments Sun, 08 Mar 2015 04:30:16 +0000 http://www.docksidegq.com/?p=554 Are you planning your first visit to York Harbor, Maine? If so, you’ll quickly find there are so many things to see and do. We know it can be hard to decide where to begin, so we created a Locals’ Guide to York Harbor, Maine just for you. Dining in York Harbor, Maine You can […]

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York Harbor, MaineAre you planning your first visit to York Harbor, Maine? If so, you’ll quickly find there are so many things to see and do. We know it can be hard to decide where to begin, so we created a Locals’ Guide to York Harbor, Maine just for you.

Dining in York Harbor, Maine

You can hardly visit New England without indulging in a bowl of New England Seafood Chowder and the Dockside Restaurant serves up a delicious bowl of this hearty classic chocked full with scallops and shrimp.

Located on York Harbor with beautiful water views, the Dockside Restaurant specializes in New England seafood dishes and local, organic fare for lunch and dinner daily. Lunch options include a Classic Lobster Roll, Fish and Chips, Crab Cakes, Native Fried Clams and much more. Dinner entrees include Pan Seared Diver Scallops, Steamed or Stuffed Maine Lobster and Fire Roasted Vegetable Ravioli, just to name a few.

If you’re not quite ready for a meal, feel free to stop by for a glass of wine or a local beer while you enjoy a beautiful view of York Harbor. Celebrating a special occasion? We’re happy to help arrange an exceptional evening for you and your party.

Shopping in York Harbor, Maine

York Harbor’s local shops are fun to peruse and offer unique selections. The Little Red Hen Gifts & Things, for example, is an eclectic gift shop that features a variety of items for the home. You’ll find souvenirs, soaps and candles, glassware, jewelry and books. You’ll also discover antique furniture and vintage collectibles. This family-owned shop is open 7 days a week May through December.

Foodies will love stopping in Stonewall Kitchen, which stocks specialty foods, gifts, kitchen accessories, tableware and more. Stonewall Kitchen also offers hands-on cooking classes, as well as cooking demonstrations where you can sit back, relax and taste the featured menu items. Open daily.

Looking for something new to wear to dinner? Daisy Jane’s is open daily and offers stylish women’s clothing, jewelry and accessories.

Entertainment/Bars in York Harbor, Maine

If you’re looking for a place to enjoy a beverage in the evening, you may want to check out The Central Restaurant and Bar,  which serves Maine craft beers and wine. York Grille and Pub offers several drink specials during the week, as well as live music.  Inn on the Blues Restaurant also offers beer, wine and a menu of fun cocktails, as well as live music.

If you feel like staying a little closer to “home,” the Dockside Restaurant is a great place to grab a drink.

Beaches in York Harbor, Maine

There are several beaches in the York Harbor area for you and your family to enjoy.

Harbor Beach is a sheltered sandy beach against a rocky shoreline. It offers parking (limited), offers restrooms and has lifeguards on duty. In addition to enjoying the beach, we recommend checking out the walking trails, too.

Long Sands is a family friendly beach with parking. It offers a 1.5-mile stretch of white sand, lifeguards, restrooms and shops/restaurants within walking distance.

Short Sands is another great beach with a large parking area, lifeguards on duty and shops/restaurants just a short walk away. After spending a day relaxing on the sand or playing in the surf, enjoy an evening concert at the Short Sands Gazebo.

Dockside Guest Quarters

Let Dockside Guest Quarters serve as your home base during your stay in York Harbor. Overlooking southern Maine’s rocky shoreline, our Maine bed and breakfast offers unparalleled views. Our appealing accommodations, bountiful breakfasts and creative cuisine offer guests in search of the ideal Maine coast bed and breakfast a relaxing and rejuvenating getaway.

 

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Where to Go to Enjoy Maine Lobster Seasonhttp://www.docksidegq.com/blog/maine-lobster-season/ http://www.docksidegq.com/blog/maine-lobster-season/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:07:58 +0000 http://www.docksidegq.com/?p=576 When you think about Maine, many things may come to your mind.  Depending on where in Maine you’re thinking about, you could picture moose or lush green forests.  If you’re thinking of the coast, then you’ll definitely picture rocky shorelines, lighthouses, seaside villages, and best of all…lobster! Maine lobster season is a wonderful time of […]

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Maine Lobster SeasonWhen you think about Maine, many things may come to your mind.  Depending on where in Maine you’re thinking about, you could picture moose or lush green forests.  If you’re thinking of the coast, then you’ll definitely picture rocky shorelines, lighthouses, seaside villages, and best of all…lobster! Maine lobster season is a wonderful time of year when the people of Maine take to the sea to catch its most delicious inhabitant.  When you come to Dockside Guest Quarters this summer, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to enjoy Maine lobster season and the bounty it brings.

When is Maine Lobster Season?

While the stalwart fisherman of Maine can be found lobstering pretty much year round, peak Maine lobster season is between June and December.   There are actually several types of lobsters that can be caught off the coast of Maine.  These varieties include soft shell lobsters, which are caught in summer and hard shell lobsters that can be caught year-round, but see higher numbers in the summer due to demand and nicer conditions.

Maine Lobster Season Activities

If you want to get in on the action of Maine lobster season, then you can go on a lobster cruise.  Veteran fishermen will take you out to get hands on experience in catching lobster.  Nearby charters include Kylie’s Chance Scenic Lobster Tour, which will show you the ins and outs of lobstering as well as providing beautiful views of the coast. This trip is an hour and a half. Another option is Finestkind Scenic Cruises’ Lobstering Trip, which travels along the coast of Ogunquit.  See traps being hauled with accompanying expert commentary on the finer points of the process and the lobster’s habitat.

Where to Enjoy Maine Lobster

If you’re looking for somewhere to have a lobster roll or another dish made with fresh Maine lobster, then you will find no shortage of lunch shacks dotting the Maine coast.  However, at the Dockside Restaurant you’ll find lobster dishes prepared with the freshest ingredients possible.  We favor local and organic fare in our kitchen, and it makes a big difference.  You’ll be able to choose from entrees like our Lobster and Cheese Panini, Classic Lobster Roll, Maine Lobster served two ways at lunch and our Drunken Lobster Sauté, or fresh Maine Lobster served two ways at dinner. You may also enjoy an appetizer of Lobster Bisque Shots! While you’re enjoying the fruits of Maine lobster season, you’ll have unparalleled views of the water from our dining room.

And when you stay in one of our accommodations, you’ll never be too far away from the best things about Maine lobster season.  Our guest rooms and suites are all furnished in classic New England style and offer the utmost in comfort and amenities.  And our great location on the water not only provides great views, but we’re conveniently near all of the great things York and York Harbor have to offer! When you choose our York, ME guest quarters, you’ll be in a prime position to have a wonderfully memorable getaway to the Maine coast! We can’t wait to see you soon!

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Our favorite Portland ME brewerieshttp://www.docksidegq.com/blog/our-favorite-portland-me-breweries/ http://www.docksidegq.com/blog/our-favorite-portland-me-breweries/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:27:02 +0000 http://www.docksidegq.com/?p=570 What could be better than an ice cold beer after a day of adventure? An ice cold local beer! Lucky for you, Maine is home to 45 breweries, so your hardest decision will be which local beer to taste first. Let us help you narrow it down. Here’s a list of our favorite Portland ME […]

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Portland ME Breweries

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What could be better than an ice cold beer after a day of adventure? An ice cold local beer! Lucky for you, Maine is home to 45 breweries, so your hardest decision will be which local beer to taste first. Let us help you narrow it down. Here’s a list of our favorite Portland ME breweries.

Allagash Brewing Co.

Allagash Brewing Co. opened in 1995 by Rob Tod, a man with an appreciation for Belgian-style beers. Tod realized there weren’t many breweries offering Belgian-style beers in the U.S. He saw an open market and decided to go for it. He released his first batch of Allagash White in the summer of 1995. Allagash Brewing Co. now offers six year-round beers, as well as seven yearly releases and a few smaller releases.

Visit Allagash Brewing Co. for a brewery tour and guided tasting of four beers. Each tasting tour lasts about an hour and is limited to 10 visitors. The brewery is open for tours Monday through Saturday. Saturdays are busy days, so plan accordingly. Tickets for the brewery tour and tasting are free, however, reservations are suggested. Visit the Allagash website for more information or to make a reservation for a brewery tour.

If you don’t have time to take the brewery tour, Allagash Brewing Co. also offers tastings in its onsite retail store.  

Shipyard Brewing Co.

Shipyard Brewing Co. celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2014. This family owned brewery offers 20 varieties of beer, including eight year-round brews, seven seasonal brews and six specialty brews. Two more specialty brews are in the works: Imperial Stout and Imperial Rye IPA. Shipyard also produces Capt’n Eli’s Soda, a caffeine-free soda sweetened with pure cane sugar. Cat’n Eli’s Soda comes in seven flavors, including Root Beer, Orange Pop and Strawberry Pop.

Shipyard offers free video tours and tastings daily. Visit the Shipyard Brewing Co. website for more information about tours and tastings.

Here’s a fun fact: Shipyard Brewing got its start at Federal Jack’s Restaurant and Brew Pub on the waterfront. As the story goes, two master brewers started Federal Jack’s and Kennebunkport Brewing Co. in 1992. By 1994, ales produced at the brewpub became so popular that the owners created Shipyard Brewing Co. Stop by Federal Jack’s Restaurant and Brew Pub for a taste of Shipyard’s brews, as well as a bite to eat.

The Great Lost Bear

For a taste of nearly all Maine-brewed beers, stop by the Great Lost Bear. This restaurant/pub has 69 taps with more than 50 craft beers from the Northeast and 15 Maine microbreweries. It also features a Craft Beer Showcase every Thursday from 5-9 p.m.

Other Portland ME breweries include:

  • Bray’s Brewpub and Eatery
  • Gritty McDuff’s
  • Run of the Mill Public House and Brewery
  • Sea Dog Brewery
  • Sabago Brewing Co.

Dockside Guest Quarters

Portland, ME is about an hour’s drive from the Dockside Guest Quarters, making for a great day trip. After touring a local brewery or two, come back and relax at Dockside Guest Quarters in York, ME. Our accommodations include guestrooms in the Maine House, separate suites in multi-unit buildings, and a seaside house. During your stay, be sure to reserve a table at our Dockside Restaurant, featuring fine dining in a comfortable atmosphere.

 

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Spring in MaineWe may be somewhat biased, but here at Dockside Guest Quarters & Restaurant we think Maine is a pretty fantastic place to visit. During the month of May, the end of Spring in Maine brings the opportunity to enjoy yourself in the warmer weather among the blossoming landscape.  Winter in Maine can be harsh, and it fades slowly into the spring season, but once spring is underway, you’ll be able to see the special kind of charm our state has. As the temperatures begin to rise, the seasons for many activities begin to open. So, if you’ve been longing all winter for the chance to get out on the water, wander the beaches, see the local sites, or just soak in a bit of coastal atmosphere, then late spring in Maine is what you’ve been waiting for!

Things to Do in Spring in Maine

Spring in Maine is not only beautiful, you’ll find that it is the ideal time to visit the York area.  Earlier in the official spring season, spring can get off to a couple of false starts, but as the season progresses, you’ll find that there are few destinations with same pull as the Maine coast. During May, the winter chill will have worn off, but the summer crowds won’t have arrived yet.  So, when you plan your visit you can look forward to participating in some of your favorite warm weather activities.

Deep sea fishing season kicks off in April, so you can take to the water to cast your line during your springtime getaway.  Many of the area’s cruises also begin setting sail for the season again in May, so get ready to enjoy the scenic views from the water. Depending on the weather, you might even want to take off on a daytime adventure of kayaking, canoeing or biking with the assistance of an outfitter like Harbor Adventures.   Nature hikes are another great way to enjoy the greenery that spring brings with it.  The Cliff Walk or the trail from Wiggly Bridge to Steedman’s Woods Nature Preserve and Old York.

Other popular activities in spring in Maine include antiquing and shopping in York Village, and seeing the historic sites in the area.  If you’re a fan of whiskey, then you should definitely pay a visit to Wiggly Bridge Distillery, where they have two varieties of small batch whiskey produced on the premises.  The two varieties are both award winning, with one being their White Whiskey and the other Baby Bourbon Whiskey.

Where to Stay During Spring in Maine

When you’re making plans to visit during spring in Maine, be sure you book your stay at Dockside Guest Quarters & Restaurant.  Our accommodations will keep you in the utmost comfort and provide the perfect home-away-from-home during your time in York.  Our property is the perfect place to relax and read a book while overlooking the ocean, play badminton in the garden, or shuffleboard under the maple trees.  Also, the Dockside Restaurant is the perfect place to experience fine dining in a comfortable and casual atmosphere.  We can’t wait to have you with us in May!

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Thinking of Weekend Trips from Boston? Think of Us!http://www.docksidegq.com/blog/weekend-trips-from-boston/ http://www.docksidegq.com/blog/weekend-trips-from-boston/#comments Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:44:35 +0000 http://www.docksidegq.com/?p=540 Living in a fantastic city like Boston has many great benefits. There is amazing culture, dining, and an unparalleled professional sports atmosphere.  However, sometimes it’s nice to get away from the city for a bit to unwind and relax. Just over an hour away from the city, York, Maine is the perfect destination for weekend […]

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Weekend Trips from BostonLiving in a fantastic city like Boston has many great benefits. There is amazing culture, dining, and an unparalleled professional sports atmosphere.  However, sometimes it’s nice to get away from the city for a bit to unwind and relax. Just over an hour away from the city, York, Maine is the perfect destination for weekend trips from Boston.  You won’t have to travel very far, yet you’ll feel like you’re a world away when you visit Dockside Guest Quarters.  Whether you want to lounge and relax or keep busy with activities during your getaway, York and the surrounding area has something for everyone.  So, take a look at these tips on what to do during your weekend trips from Boston to York.

Activities During Weekend Trips from Boston

York, Maine is an idyllic town with a classic New England coastline, lovely beaches, quaint shops, and friendly people.  It’s also full of opportunities for exploration during weekend trips from Boston.  From adventures on the sea to shopping and everything in between, you can be sure you’ll find the perfect source of diversion in York. Here are just a few of the things that you can look forward to experience during your getaway.

Tour the Area Lighthouses

The lighthouses of Maine are as iconic as the lobster rolls, so don’t miss out on seeing a few during weekend trips from Boston.  The Cape Neddick “Nubble” Light is the most notable in York, and the Portland Head Light isn’t too far away from us either.

Spot a Whale or Cast a Line

The coast of Maine is the perfect place to take to the sea for a variety of adventures.  You can take a whale watching tour with First Chance Whalewatch to spot one of the giant’s of the sea, go on a lobster or fishing cruise, kayak and canoe, or simply take a scenic cruise around York Harbor.

See Historical and Heritage Sites

If you want to learn a little bit while on weekend trips from Boston to York, then there are several historical and heritage sites in the area to explore.  These include Old York, the Strawberry Bank Museum, Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, the Seashore Trolley Museum, and the Kittery Historical & Naval Museum.

Explore the Beauty of Nature

Nature trails and hikes are a fantastic way to get to know the area and enjoy the natural beauty around you.  There are several trails and walks to choose from including the Cliff Walk, Wiggly Bridge to the Steedman Woods Nature Preserve, Marginal Way Walk, Fisherman’s Walk, and the Rachel Carson Wildlife Preserve.

Hit the Golf Course

If you don’t feel like you’ve been on vacation until you’ve played nine, then you’re in luck.  There are several courses in the York area that will keep the golfer in your party happy.  Among the favorites in the region are The Ledges Golf Course, Pease Golf Course, Cape Arundle Golf Club, and Cape Neddick Country Club.

Indulge in Retail Therapy

When you come to York, you can take advantage of a number of shopping opportunities.  There are numerous antique shops, and the York Village Shops offer beautiful and unique goods.  There are also outlets nearby including the Kittery Outlets, the Freeport Outlets.  The LL Bean store is also close enough for a visit.

Relax at the Beach

Of course, one of the best things to do on weekend trips from Boston to the Maine coast is to go to the beach. Long Sands and Short Sands, the two beaches in York are perfect for sunning, walking, swimming, and surfing.

Accommodations and Dining for Weekend Trips from Boston

Weekend trips from Boston aren’t complete without the perfect accommodations. Dockside Guest Quarters & Restaurant offers stylish and comfortable guest rooms and suites with luxurious amenities and beautiful views.  And our on-site Restaurant is one of the best places to dine in York.  You can experience the quality of food you’d expect at an exclusive establishment without any of the pretense.  Dockside Guest Quarters & Restaurant will provide you with the best possible experience during your stay!

 

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The Best Things to Do in Maine for Familieshttp://www.docksidegq.com/blog/the-best-things-to-do-in-maine/ http://www.docksidegq.com/blog/the-best-things-to-do-in-maine/#comments Thu, 05 Feb 2015 21:06:19 +0000 http://www.docksidegq.com/?p=525 Does the chilly winter weather have you dreaming of summer holidays? York, Maine is one of the best destination for trips to the Maine coast.  And because Dockside Guest Quarters is child friendly, there is nowhere better to stay for a family vacation.  In the York area, you’ll find some of the best things to […]

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Best Things to Do in MaineDoes the chilly winter weather have you dreaming of summer holidays? York, Maine is one of the best destination for trips to the Maine coast.  And because Dockside Guest Quarters is child friendly, there is nowhere better to stay for a family vacation.  In the York area, you’ll find some of the best things to do in Maine for families.  From idyllic beaches, to boating adventures, your family won’t be short of activities to keep you busy with this selection of the best things to do in Maine.

Hit the Beach

The go-to family vacation activity would probably have to be the beach. And there are many reasons why it’s a perennial favorite.  Sun, sand, and sea are the perfect ingredients for a good time.  One of the best things to do in Maine is definitely visiting one of the great beaches here. Short Sands Beach is a great family friendly beach that even has a playground. Nearby restaurants and quaint shops complete the beach-going experience. Long Sands Beach is perfect for walking, sunning, swimming, surfing, or just relaxing.  Long Sands Beach is a lovely place to catch a sunrise.

Go Wild at York’s Wild Kingdom Zoo and Fun Park

This is a small, family oriented zoo with a menagerie of amazing animals including African lions, Bengal tigers, camels, zebras, lemurs and many more. The zoo also allows patrons to get up close to the animals with interactive opportunities like duck feeding and a fallow deer encounter. Throughout the zoo occasional presentations take place giving visitors an opportunity to converse with the zookeepers. Along with the animal exhibits and presidents there are other activities to entertain children and adults alike.  These amusements include rides, paddle boats, a petting zoo, a haunted house, and a miniature golf course.

Follow the Beacon to Area Lighthouses

One of the best things to do in Maine is visiting one of our area’s iconic lighthouses.  One of the most famous lighthouses close to Dockside Guest Quarters is the Cape Neddick “Nubble” Light.  Another notable lighthouse nearby is Portland Head Lighthouse.  These attractions not only provide a glimpse into Maine’s history, but the sites also offer amazing views of the beautiful coast.

Spot a Marine Mammal While Whale Watching

Children and adults alike will get a thrill out of spotting one of the ocean’s most majestic creatures.  That makes whale watching one of the best things to do in Maine for families. First Chance Whalewatch will take out on an 4.5 hour whale watching excursion.  Not only can you see whales, but you might also glimpse dolphins and other marine life native to the Gulf of Maine.

Explore by Sea and by Land

There are so many ways to explore our coastal Maine environment!  Hiking and nature walks along the shore and through the beautiful wilds are the perfect way to experience the area.  You can take the trail over Wiggly Bridge to the Steedman Woods Nature Preserve, or take the Marginal Way Walk, Fisherman’s Walk, or Cliff Path. You can also take canoe tours or a boat cruise to enjoy the views from the ocean.  The Silverlining is one cruise that takes you along the Ogunquit Beach coast for a relaxing and enjoyable time.

No matter which of the best things to do in Maine you decide to do while on family vacation, staying at Dockside Guest Quarters will complete your getaway experience.  With amazing views of the coastline and York Harbor, our accommodations offer luxurious comfort and great amenities. Dockside Restaurant is also among the finest in the area.  We offer expertly prepared food using fresh local ingredients.  With the water views, you’ll get the yacht club experience without any of the pretense. We can’t wait to have you with us soon!

 

Photo: By N.V. Deremer via Wikimedia Commons

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Planning a Honeymoon in Maine: The Ultimate Cheat Sheethttp://www.docksidegq.com/blog/planning-a-honeymoon-in-maine-the-ultimate-cheat-sheet/ http://www.docksidegq.com/blog/planning-a-honeymoon-in-maine-the-ultimate-cheat-sheet/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:08:15 +0000 http://www.docksidegq.com/?p=562 When you’re planning a wedding, it’s easy to get so wrapped up in the details that you forget about the honeymoon! If you need ideas, may we suggest planning a honeymoon in Maine? We might be a little biased, but we believe York, Maine, has it all. Are you seeking luxury accommodations? We have it. […]

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Honeymoon in Maine

Dockside Guest Quarters, York, Maine

When you’re planning a wedding, it’s easy to get so wrapped up in the details that you forget about the honeymoon! If you need ideas, may we suggest planning a honeymoon in Maine?

We might be a little biased, but we believe York, Maine, has it all. Are you seeking luxury accommodations? We have it. Do you love to try new restaurants? We have plenty! Do you love exploring beautiful places? York, Maine has some of the most incredible settings on the East Coast.

Accommodations for Your Honeymoon in Maine

You can put your mind at ease when you book a honeymoon with Dockside Guest Quarters. Dockside captures the essence of Maine: natural beauty, genuine hospitality and plenty of things to do and see. We’re located on a private peninsula, which affords incredible views of York Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean.

We offer several different options for your stay. The Maine House features charming rooms with large porches and sweeping water views. The Crow’s Nest, Quarterdeck and Lookout buildings feature suites. Each suite has its own kitchen and private deck.

If you’d like something more secluded, consider staying in the Captain’s Quarters. This three-bedroom seaside home offers a living room, dining room and a full kitchen.

Relaxing Honeymoon in Maine

After months of planning, take a deep breath and let go of all your worries during your honeymoon in Maine. You can relax as much (or as little) as you please. If you want to stick close to “home,” play a classic game of croquet on our lawn overlooking the ocean or a game of badminton by the garden. If you overdo it, feel free to relax in one of our Adirondack chairs and enjoy the sights and sounds of the harbor.

Borrow one of our bicycles for a tour along the beach. If you’d like to venture out a little further, rent our small outboard boat for an afternoon. Or hop on our Harbor/River Cruise offered only to Dockside Guests.

If you’d prefer to get out and about, there are a few things that should definitely be on your To Do list. Popular water-based activities include whale watching, boat tours, fishing charters and boat/kayak rentals.

Rather stay on dry land? Many of our guests enjoy scenic walks through the nature preserve or wildlife refuge. Want to find out more? Check out our blog on 5 Things to do in York, Maine for more suggestions.

Enjoy a Romantic Seafood Dinner

After a fun-filled day or even a relaxing one, the Dockside Restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy a romantic meal. Begin your evening with hors d’oeuvres and a cocktail in the lounge, followed by a delicious dinner in our dining room. Enjoy exceptional food and the best views of the prettiest little harbor in Maine.

Need help planning a destination wedding?

Still in the early stages of planning your wedding? Check out our blog on Great Wedding Venues in York, Maine.

 

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