Dockside Guest Quarters » Blog http://www.docksidegq.com Bed and Breakfast on Maine Coast Thu, 18 Jun 2015 19:16:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Why Should I Go Kayaking in Maine?http://www.docksidegq.com/blog/kayaking-in-maine/ http://www.docksidegq.com/blog/kayaking-in-maine/#comments Thu, 11 Jun 2015 16:02:02 +0000 http://www.docksidegq.com/?p=744 There are many ways to explore the beautiful coast of Maine. Hiking and biking will give you a view of the landscape, as will exploring the area beaches. However, to get to know our region from the water, we suggest kayaking in Maine. Sea kayaking is an exhilarating way to get out on the water […]

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Kayaking in MaineThere are many ways to explore the beautiful coast of Maine. Hiking and biking will give you a view of the landscape, as will exploring the area beaches. However, to get to know our region from the water, we suggest kayaking in Maine. Sea kayaking is an exhilarating way to get out on the water and see the different features that make our home so special. Whether you’re comfortable with a paddle or a  total beginner at kayaking, you’ll find the perfect adventure while kayaking in Maine.

Outfitters and Tour Companies for Kayaking in Maine

If you want help finding your way around as you’re kayaking in Maine, check out one of these outfitters. They offer rentals as well as guided kayak tours. So, whether you want to strike out on your own and explore or have an expert guide you around the area to see the sights, these companies have you covered.

Harbor Adventures

Harbor Adventures has a variety of kayak tours available as well as instruction. If you’re a complete beginner their Introduction to Sea Kayaking course is the perfect way to get into the swing of things. It goes over the fundamentals of kayaking such as strokes, rescues, safety, and different types of boats and equipment. There is both instructional and practice time included. Their other kayak tours include the Harbor Tour, the 1/2 Day Tour, the Lobster Luncheon, the Sunset Tour, and the Full Moon Paddle.

Excursions (Coastal Maine Outfitting Co.)

Operating out of Cape Neddick, Excursions offers both tours and instruction. Their half-day Coastal Explorer trip is good for beginners and experienced kayakers. The tour usually covers about three to five miles of coastline with a registered Maine Guide leading the trip. Theses trips are scheduled daily.

Portsmouth Kayak Adventures

At Portsmouth Kayak Adventures you can take both kayak and stand up paddleboard (SUP) tours.  All tours are lead by professional guides and include basic instruction. During the tour, your guide will point out places of interest as well as biological and historical facts. There is no experience needed to take one of these tours.

Where to Stay When Kayaking in Maine

Wherever you plan to do your kayaking in Maine, be sure you booking your accommodations at Dockside Guest Quarters. Our York bed and breakfast is the ideal place to relax and refresh between activities during your time in Coastal Maine. Our rooms and suites have classic New England style combined with modern comforts and amenities to enhance your stay with us. Plus, there is plenty to do on the waterfront property. You can play croquet, shuffleboard, and badminton. Or you can simply lounge on the lawn and watch the harbor activity or read a book. You’ll find that all of your worries will melt away at Dockside Guest Quarters. Plus, our on-site Restaurant is one of the best dining destinations in the area. An elegant yet comfortable atmosphere awaits diners at our York, ME restaurant. You can expect New England favorites prepared with fresh local ingredients. So, for the best all around Coastal Maine experience, you can’t go wrong with Dockside Guest Quarters! We’ll see you soon!

 

Want to know about York and the surrounding area? Download your copy of our Vacation Guide for our tips on what to do and see while you’re with us!

 

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The Cheat Sheet on York Attractionshttp://www.docksidegq.com/blog/york-attractions/ http://www.docksidegq.com/blog/york-attractions/#comments Tue, 02 Jun 2015 21:55:15 +0000 http://www.docksidegq.com/?p=724 There’s nothing quite like a summer getaway to coastal Maine. The balmy weather, the beaches, the seaside villages, the lighthouses, and the lovely scenery are all draws to Maine and the York area in particular. If you’re looking for some things to fill up your itinerary with, then the variety York attractions you can enjoy […]

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York AttractionsThere’s nothing quite like a summer getaway to coastal Maine. The balmy weather, the beaches, the seaside villages, the lighthouses, and the lovely scenery are all draws to Maine and the York area in particular. If you’re looking for some things to fill up your itinerary with, then the variety York attractions you can enjoy will give you a lot to do. From the charming beaches to historical sites, you won’t be wanting for fun during your Maine vacation when you check out these York attractions.

4 York Attractions

1. Cape Neddick “Nubble” Lighthouse

There is probably no York attraction more iconic than the Cape Neddick “Nubble” Lighthouse. And there is good reason for that. This landmark is the quintessential New England lighthouse. Nestled atop an island off Cape Neddick that features rocky shorelines, the sight of the light is simply picturesque. Though the grounds aren’t open to the public, there are stunning views from the beaches and Sohier Park.

2. Beaches

When people visit coastal Maine in the summer, chances are they’ll want to hit the beach at least once. That means the next in our list of York attractions is the beach.  There area actually three York area beaches. All are unique, but all of them feature great amenities and encapsulate the New England beach-going experience perfectly.  Choose from Long Sands Beach, Short Sands Beach, and York Harbor Beach.

3. York’s Wild Kingdom Zoo and Fun Park

If you have children with you when you come to York (or if you’re just an animal lover yourself), then one of the York attractions you should check out is York’s Wild Kingdom Zoo and Fun Park. This zoo and amusement park has great animal exhibits featuring species like Bengal tiger, kangaroos, camels, macaws, capybaras, zebras, lemurs, monkeys, and many many more. Plus, there are amusement rides and a haunted house on the premises.

4. Old York & Strawberry Banke Museum

York is a place that’s full of early American history. In fact, it was one of the earliest English settlements in the country. The Museums of Old York and the Strawberry Banke Museum bring the history of the area to life and show visitors what it was like to live in York during those early days.

No matter which of these York attractions you make time for, your time in the area will be enhanced by a stay at Dockside Guest Quarters. Our rooms and suites are appointed in classic New England style and have all the amenities you want in your home-away-from home during your getaway. Not only are the accommodations top-notch, but the property features plenty of recreation opportunities like shuffleboard, badminton, and croquet. Or simply enjoy our waterfront location and enjoy the views of York Harbor from one of the chairs on the lawn or curl up with a book in one of the picturesque spots on the property. And as an added bonus, the finest dining in York is just steps away at our onsite Restaurant, which features amazing interpretations of classic New England cuisine using the freshest ingredients. Staying at Dockside Guest Quarters will provide you with an unforgettable experience in York.

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5 Best Things to Do in Maine in Julyhttp://www.docksidegq.com/blog/things-to-do-in-maine-in-july/ http://www.docksidegq.com/blog/things-to-do-in-maine-in-july/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 05:46:46 +0000 http://www.docksidegq.com/?p=714 July is one of our favorite months here at Dockside Guest Quarters. Summer is in full swing and all of our favorite things about the season are apparent. No matter what your summer vacation itinerary entails this year, you’ll find that our coastal Maine environment is the perfect place to enjoy some time away from […]

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Things to Do in Maine in July

July is one of our favorite months here at Dockside Guest Quarters. Summer is in full swing and all of our favorite things about the season are apparent. No matter what your summer vacation itinerary entails this year, you’ll find that our coastal Maine environment is the perfect place to enjoy some time away from the day-to-day. If you’re looking for things to do in Maine in July, we have several suggestions. All the best things about summer in Maine await you when you visit in July. Whether you want to take it easy or pack in tons of activities while you’re in York, we have come up with some of the best things to do in Maine in July to help you start planning your ultimate summer getaway.

The Best Things to Do in Maine in July

1. Lounge on the Beach

Nothing says summer getaway quite like taking it easy with your toes in the sand and the roaring surf before you.  That’s why one of our favorite things to do in Maine in July is to go to the beach. York’s beaches are perfect for lounging, taking walks, sunbathing, playing games and playing in the surf. Whether you go to York Beach, Long Sands Beach or Short Sands Beach, you’ll have some fun in the sun.

2. Go Whale Watching

Another of our favorite things to do in Maine in July is whale watching. July is one of the prime whale watching months, so you have a good chance of spotting a Humpback Whale, Minke Whale, or even a rare Blue Whale. Other marine life you may encounter include dolphins and harbor seals. Head to Granite State Whale Watch or Nick’s Chance Whale Watch Tour to set sail.

3.  Participate in Local Events

Part of the joy of summer is participating in all of the annual local events that come up. You can go to the York Farmers Market on Saturdays and get to know the locals and browse fresh produce and other artisan goods. York Days is an annual event taking place from July 24th to August 2nd. The event includes a road race, concerts, fairs, the lighting of the Nubble Light and fireworks.

4. Enjoy Fresh Maine Seafood

When you visit Maine this summer, be sure to take advantage of all the fresh seafood that comes off the boats. The best place to get a taste of this bounty is at a top-quality York establishment like the Dockside Restaurant. From a Classic Lobster Roll for lunch to New England Seafood Chowder followed by a one and half pound Maine Lobster for dinner, you can get your fill of fresh Maine seafood at Dockside.

5. Stay at Dockside Guest Quarters

We might be biased, but out of all the great things to do in Maine in July, the best has to be staying at Dockside Guest Quarters. Not only are our accommodations stylish and comfortable, but our property is a wonderful place to relax and get away from it all. With the lawn overlooking the harbor, it’s easy to find a place to watch the activity on the water or settle in with a book. And our guests are welcome to play badminton, shuffleboard, and croquet on the property. Bicycles are also available for guests to borrow to take a beach cruise. Staying at Dockside Guest Quarters will make your time in Maine this summer memorable. We’ll see you soon!

For more information on our area, be sure to request a copy of our free York, Maine Vacation Guide. It’s full of great suggestions for what to see and do while you’re with us!

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Looking for Weekend Getaways from Montreal? How About Maine?http://www.docksidegq.com/blog/weekend-getaways-from-montreal/ http://www.docksidegq.com/blog/weekend-getaways-from-montreal/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 14:24:28 +0000 http://www.docksidegq.com/?p=705 Montreal is a beautiful city with a lot going for it. There is the amazing cityscape itself, great dining, fantastic arts and culture, and a population of friendly people. It is a wonderful place to live. However, everyone needs to step out of the ordinary every once in a while and see somewhere new. About […]

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Weekend Getaways from MontrealMontreal is a beautiful city with a lot going for it. There is the amazing cityscape itself, great dining, fantastic arts and culture, and a population of friendly people. It is a wonderful place to live. However, everyone needs to step out of the ordinary every once in a while and see somewhere new. About four and a half hours away from Montreal is York, Maine. This part of coastal Maine is ideal for weekend getaways from Montreal.  With beaches, historical sites, delicious food, and luxurious accommodations, Maine is the perfect destinations for weekend getaways from Montreal.

Activities for Weekend Getaways from Montreal

Whether you want to pack a lot into your itinerary or just take it easy, you’ll find plenty of recreational options in Maine.

Beaches and Boats

The York area is home to several beautiful beaches. Bask in the sun or wade in the surf at Long Sands Beach, Short Sands Beach, or York Harbor Beach. All three of the beaches are inviting with picturesque stretches of sand, rocky shorelines and sweeping sea views. Another way to enjoy the coastal environment is by boat. Take a chartered tour of the coastline on a sailboat such as the Silverlining. Or take a scenic cruise with Finestkind.

Historical Sites

York, Maine is an area rich in history and weekend getaways from Montreal are the perfect opportunity to explore that history. The Museums of Old York and the Strawberry Banke Museum will give visitors insight into what the area was like when it was first settled.

World-Class Theatre

During your time in Maine, you should take the opportunity to take in a play. The Ogunquit Playhouse consistently presents a spectacular schedule of performances each summer. This season’s highlights include Victor Victoria, Sister Act, Nice Work if You Can Get It, and Saturday Night Fever.

Waterfront Dining

One essential part of weekend getaways from Montreal in Maine is enjoying the fresh local food. The Dockside Restaurant has some of the finest dining in the area with beautiful waterfront views. The menu consists of classic New England fare and other delicious recipes prepared with fresh local ingredients. You can anticipate dishes like Drunken Lobster Sauté, Thyme Roasted Organic Chicken and Polenta, and Native Fried Clams. Bring your appetite!

Accommodations for Weekend Getaways from Montreal

Whatever you decide to do during weekend getaways from Montreal, your visit to Maine will be all the more memorable when you choose to stay at Dockside Guest Quarters. Our accommodations offer the utmost in comfort so you’ll be able to relax and refresh during your trip. Plus, our property has plenty of opportunities for fun. Our waterfront location makes an Adirondack chair on the front lawn the perfect place to watch the harbor activity. There is also a gazebo that’s perfect for relax with a book. Games like croquet, badminton, and shuffleboard are also available. You can also borrow one of our bikes or hit the water on our Harbor Cruise. The possibilities for recreation are seemingly endless. We here at Dockside Guest Quarters love York and we want to share that with our guests, so you can trust that your time in the area will be special. We’ll see you soon!

 

For more information about York, Maine and what to do and see in the area, request a free copy of our Vacation Guide!

 

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Celebrate 4th of July in Maine!http://www.docksidegq.com/blog/celebrate-4th-of-july-in-maine/ http://www.docksidegq.com/blog/celebrate-4th-of-july-in-maine/#comments Wed, 13 May 2015 18:40:39 +0000 http://www.docksidegq.com/?p=694 There are so many wonderful things about summer in coastal Maine.  One of the facets of the season that makes it so great is the opportunity to celebrate national holidays in an idyllic and picturesque setting. Here at Dockside Guest Quarters, one of our favorite things about the summer is celebrating the 4th of July […]

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4th of July in MaineThere are so many wonderful things about summer in coastal Maine.  One of the facets of the season that makes it so great is the opportunity to celebrate national holidays in an idyllic and picturesque setting. Here at Dockside Guest Quarters, one of our favorite things about the summer is celebrating the 4th of July in Maine. There are so many ways to celebrate this important US holiday, and we’ve come up with a few of our favorite things to do to help you start planning your 4th of July in Maine.

Things to do on the 4th of July in Maine

From hanging out at the beach to taking in a fireworks display, you’ll find a complete array of holiday fun when you celebrate the 4th of July in Maine.

Run the York 4 on the Fourth Road Race

For the fitness buffs out there, York has a great way to kick off your holiday.  Each year the York 4 on the Fourth gives runners the chance to run a four-mile course through York and along the coastline.  The race includes hills and slopes as well as flat straightaways.  The end of the race is rewarding due to the scenic ocean views runners are treated to.

Hit the Beach

Going to the beach is the perfect way to celebrate the 4th of July in Maine. York just happens to be home to a number of amazing beaches ideal for lounging and enjoying the coastal New England atmosphere during the holiday. All of the York area beaches are great, but you might find a favorite among them. Long sands beach is about two miles long and its stretch of white sand invites dog walkers and beachcombers. You can also find good places to surf at Long Sands Beach. The beach is within walking distance of many shops and restaurants. Short Sands Beach is another great option for those who want to spend some time in the sun this 4th of July. The beach is near a number of restaurants and shops as well as a playground, an arcade, and an amusement park. Short Sands Beach is also a great beach for children, measuring in at just a quarter of a mile long. Finally, York Harbor Beach is also near restaurants and shops and the beach also boasts washing facilities.

Enjoy Fireworks

Fireworks are of course the hallmark of any 4th of July celebration.  The bright lights and colors streaming across the night sky are probably the first things that come to your mind when you think of the holiday. In York, you can celebrate the 4th of July in Maine by enjoying fireworks in one of the two locations available. There will be a display on Short Sands Beach beginning at 9:00 pm on the night of the fourth.  The show should last about half an hour. Admission to the display is free. The fireworks display at York Harbor Beach is also free and begins at 9:00 pm.

Stay at Dockside Guest Quarters

No 4th of July in Maine is complete without a stay at Dockside Guest Quarters in York. Our fine accommodations will provide you with the perfect place to rest and refresh between all of your holiday activities. And our onsite Restaurant is the go-to destination for fresh and delicious New England fare in a beautiful setting with a casual atmosphere. Your experience at Dockside Guest Quarters & Restaurant will be one for the memory books. We’ll see you soon!

For more information on York, Maine, request a free copy of our Vacation Guide. It has tips on what to see and do while you’re in the area!

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Ogunquit Beach, Maine: 5 Quick Tipshttp://www.docksidegq.com/blog/ogunquit-beach-maine/ http://www.docksidegq.com/blog/ogunquit-beach-maine/#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 22:22:29 +0000 http://www.docksidegq.com/?p=682 One of the things visitors to coastal Maine look forward to the most is visiting the beach. There’s a good reason for that, Maine beaches are some of the finest in the country! Here at Dockside Guest Quarters we’re partial to Long Sands Beach, Short Sands Beach, and Harbor Beach here in York. However, in […]

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Ogunquit Beach MaineOne of the things visitors to coastal Maine look forward to the most is visiting the beach. There’s a good reason for that, Maine beaches are some of the finest in the country! Here at Dockside Guest Quarters we’re partial to Long Sands Beach, Short Sands Beach, and Harbor Beach here in York. However, in the neighboring town of Ogunquit, there’s another great beach to visit. Ogunquit Beach, Maine is a beautiful beach with wide expanses of sand and impressive cresting waves. It’s a favorite among locals and visitors, so we wanted to give you some tips about visiting Ogunquit Beach, Maine. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re planning a day trip away from York to hit the beach in Ogunquit.

5 Tips for Visiting Ogunquit Beach, Maine

1. Relax and Soak Up Some Sun

The best part about going to the beach can be taking it easy and not doing much of anything.  Ogunquit Beach, Maine is the perfect beach for this, as the expanses of white sand create the ideal location for lounging while catching some rays or reading a book.  The beach is also ideal for walking and beachcombing.

2. Explore the Town of Ogunquit

If you head to Ogunquit Beach, Maine, you should give the town of Ogunquit a look.  This former fishing village and artists’ colony has charm to spare.  With great local shops and galleries, you can simply pass some time in the afternoon, grab a bite, or find a special keepsake to take home with you.

3. Plan a Nice Walk Down Marginal Way

Marginal Way is an amazing scenic walk that goes from Perkins Cove to Ogunquit Beach. The walk isn’t difficult and there are plenty of places to stop and enjoy the glorious views of the ocean and Ogunquit.

4. Visit Perkins Cove

Perkins Cove is home to a variety of shops and restaurants that are worth exploring. The atmosphere is that of an old fishing village and many of the tour boats dock here.

5. View Ogunquit Beach from the Sea

To enjoy Ogunquit Beach, Maine from a different perspective, take to the sea aboard one of the touring vessels. Go sailing on the Silverlining with Captain Jack or take a scenic cruise with Finestkind, both sail out of Perkins Cove.

For more information on Ogunquit Beach, Maine and the York Harbor area, request a copy of our free vacation guide, here.

Where to Stay When Visiting Ogunquit Beach, Maine

When you’re making your plans to visit Ogunquit Beach, Maine, be sure to make your accommodation arrangements at Dockside Guest Quarters. Our York bed and breakfast is in an ideal location for enjoying all of the activities and attractions in the area.  Ogunquit Beach is just 15 minutes away from York, so you’ll have no problem venturing out on a day trip to see Ogunquit while still getting to take advantage of the charms of York. Our accommodations offer the utmost in classic New England style and modern comforts and amenities.

Each morning you will be treated to a full breakfast buffet featuring homemade baked goods and a daily selection meat and eggs. And for lunch and dinner, there is no better place in York to dine than the Dockside Restaurant.  We prepare amazing New England cuisine using the freshest local ingredients available. Plus, the restaurant and many of our rooms and suites feature amazing views of York Harbor. For an amazing coastal Maine experience, look no further than Dockside Guest Quarters.

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Our Favorite Shopping in Freeporthttp://www.docksidegq.com/blog/shopping-in-freeport/ http://www.docksidegq.com/blog/shopping-in-freeport/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 13:47:23 +0000 http://www.docksidegq.com/?p=675 Freeport, Maine is a charming town that’s just under an hour from the Dockside Guest Quarters in York. Freeport has beautiful natural features including Wolfe’s Neck State Park and the Desert of Maine. However what the area is perhaps most well known for is shopping in Freeport. The variety of stores makes shopping in Freeport […]

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Shopping in FreeportFreeport, Maine is a charming town that’s just under an hour from the Dockside Guest Quarters in York. Freeport has beautiful natural features including Wolfe’s Neck State Park and the Desert of Maine. However what the area is perhaps most well known for is shopping in Freeport. The variety of stores makes shopping in Freeport a perfect day trip from our Coastal Maine inn. There are both locally owned shops with unique goods and big name brands that you’ll instantly recognize, so no matter what you’re looking for, there’s a good chance you can find it in Freeport. Most notably, the flagship store for the iconic Maine brand L.L. Bean is located in Freeport. So, take a look at a few of our favorite places for shopping in Freeport and start planning your day trip from York!

Our Favorite Shopping in Freeport, Maine

From outdoor gear and clothing to charming handmade crafts, shopping in Freeport, Maine is definitely worth the day trip from York. With both big brand stores that you’ll recognize and stores with locally made art and decor, you can find the perfect thing to commemorate your time in Maine in Freeport.

L.L. Bean

When shopping in Freeport, many people’s first stop is L.L. Bean.  This iconic Maine brand has been making the highest quality footwear, clothing, home goods, and outdoor gear since 1912. It is famous beyond Maine due to its success with catalogues and now online ordering, but there’s nothing quite like experiencing it in person.  The Freeport store is the flagship store and the Freeport L.L. Bean campus includes several more stores specializing in certain categories of goods. The other stores include L.L. Bean  Hunting & Fishing, L.L. Bean Bike, Boat, & Ski, L.L. Bean Home, and the L.L. Bean Outlet. From their signature weatherproof Bean Boots to kayaks and other gear, you can find it all at the L.L. Bean Freeport Campus.

The North Face

Another well-known outdoor outfitter, The North Face has an outlet store in Freeport. Fleece jackets, winter outerwear, footwear, and outdoor equipment are all available at The North Face.

Cotton Weeds Quilting Shop

A locally owned quilt shop, Cotton Weeds has quilting supplies and a large variety of fabrics.  They also offer workshops and classes for those looking to improve their skills.

The Salty Lobster

The Salty Lobster has fantastic Maine art, crafts and clothing. If you’re looking for something unique and locally made to take home from your trip, then this is the place to go. There is even a live lobster in the store!

Wilsons Leather

Wilsons leather offers fine leather goods such as clothing, handbags, and footwear. They also have plenty of accessories to choose from.

Where to Stay When Shopping in Freeport

When planning your day trip to enjoy shopping in Freeport, be sure to make your accommodation arrangements in York at the Dockside Guest Quarters. Our guest accommodations encapsulate New England charm in their decor and modern comfort with their amenities. Our York Harbor bed and breakfast is the ideal place to call your home-away-from-home during your time in the area.  Plus, our onsite Restaurant is one of the best in the area. The Dockside Restaurant offers fine dining cuisine without the pretense of some other establishments. So for great accommodations, amazing food, and breathtaking ocean views, there is no place better to stay then Dockside Guest Quarters. We’ll see you soon!

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5 Things to Do in Ogunquit, Mainehttp://www.docksidegq.com/blog/5-things-to-do-in-ogunquit-maine/ http://www.docksidegq.com/blog/5-things-to-do-in-ogunquit-maine/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 05:05:01 +0000 http://www.docksidegq.com/?p=660 One of the great thing about Dockside Guest Quarters is that we’re conveniently located on the southern coast of Maine, and we’re not too far away from other seaside towns in the state.  Ogunquit is a one of the towns that our guests enjoy taking short day trips to. Quite like York, Ogunquit is a […]

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Things to Do in Ogunquit MaineOne of the great thing about Dockside Guest Quarters is that we’re conveniently located on the southern coast of Maine, and we’re not too far away from other seaside towns in the state.  Ogunquit is a one of the towns that our guests enjoy taking short day trips to. Quite like York, Ogunquit is a charming seaside town with great opportunities for sightseeing and entertainment. There are also amazing beaches in the area that are definitely worth a visit during your day trip. While we have an understandable love for York, we have a fondness for Ogunquit as well and want to share some of our favorite spots and activities with you.  From beaches to world class theater, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Ogunquit, Maine.

About Ogunquit, Maine

With a name that can be translated to “beautiful place by the sea,” Ogunquit, Maine is definitely worthy of a visit. Ogunquit has a history as a fishing village and as an art colony. Today people come from near and far to spend time in Ogunquit to appreciate the natural beauty of the shoreline and enjoy some of the great culture that has become part of the town.

Things to Do in Ogunquit, Maine

Whether you want to spend time outdoors, or enrich yourself with art, one of these things to do in Ogunquit, Maine will satisfy your needs.

1. Marginal Way

Marginal Way is on our list of favorite things to do in Ogunquit, Maine because of the pure natural beauty that can be seen when you take a walk down this trail. Marginal Way is a mile and a half cliff walk with a paved path. The pavement makes it accessible to hikers of different abilities and the views make the walk worthwhile for everyone.

2. Ogunquit Beach

This beach is clean and wide, perfect for walking and searching for shells. It is also known to be rather picturesque as photographers enjoy taking shots of the beach at different spots.

3. Ogunquit Playhouse

A visit to Ogunquit Playhouse is without a doubt one of the best things to do in Ogunquit, ME. This summer theatre company wows audiences season after season with world-class performances of old favorites and new productions. The Playhouse produces five musicals each season with the highest quality productions around. Big name actors and audience members are often seen on stage and off at the Ogunquit Playhouse.

4. Ogunquit Museum of American Art

The Ogunquit Museum of American Art is a great place to visit for those who appreciate American Art. The OMAA, as it’s known, has a permanent collection of paintings, sculptures, photographs, and graphics. It also plays host to a variety of temporary exhibits. The collection includes works from members of the Ogunquit Art Colony, like Edward Betts, Charles Woodbury, Hamilton Easter Field, and Robert Laurent as well as other American artists such as Marguerite, Charles Burchfield, Peggy Bacon, and Will Barnet.

5. Perkins Cove

Originally the home of the fishing community in Ogunquit, it also became the shared home of the artists colony. Today Perkins Cove is home to quaint shops and restaurants as well as several scenic areas perfect for a photo op.

Where to Stay When Visiting Ogunquit, Maine

When you’re deciding which of these great things to do in Ogunquit, Maine, don’t forget to make your reservations at Dockside Guest Quarters.  We’re just 15 minutes away from Ogunquit and offer luxurious waterfront accommodations in York.  Our accommodations combine a classic New England aesthetic with modern comforts, making our inn the perfect home-base for all of your adventures. Plus, you have the advantage of being right by our fine dining Restaurant. You can enjoy dishes prepared with the freshest local ingredients available, with flavors that will delight your tastebuds. The ocean views from the dining room are truly breathtaking and will put you at ease, allowing you to fully relax and enjoy your coastal Maine getaway.  For an unforgettable experience, the Dockside Guest Quarters & Restaurant won’t disappoint. See you soon!

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire is Worth a Visithttp://www.docksidegq.com/blog/portsmouth-new-hampshire/ http://www.docksidegq.com/blog/portsmouth-new-hampshire/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 06:09:08 +0000 http://www.docksidegq.com/?p=653 While there are many things to do here in York, Maine, if you’re staying at Dockside Guest Quarters for a while, then you might consider a day trip to Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Portsmouth is just a fifteen minute car trip from York and has several attractions that are definitely worth visiting. The area is full […]

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PortsmouthNH_Snikeltrut:iStock:ThinkstockWhile there are many things to do here in York, Maine, if you’re staying at Dockside Guest Quarters for a while, then you might consider a day trip to Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Portsmouth is just a fifteen minute car trip from York and has several attractions that are definitely worth visiting. The area is full of rich history and much of it has been preserved,  So if you enjoy taking a look back into the past and learning more about what it was like to be an American in days gone by, then you owe it to yourself to explore Portsmouth for a while. Here are few things to see when you visit Portsmouth, NH. 

Market Square

One of the first places you should visit when you visit Portsmouth, New Hampshire is Market Square.  This historic downtown area is full of great shops, restaurants and bars, and more.  Historic buildings are mixed with newer ones, making for a unique and charming atmosphere as you explore.  Amble around downtown on the red brick sidewalks simply taking in the sights and then stop for a coffee at one of the local shops for a low key afternoon.

Strawberry Banke Museum

Strawberry Banke Museum is an amazing outdoor history museum showcasing a collection of houses that make up the oldest neighborhood in the state that was settled by Europeans. Located in the heart of historic downtown, the museum grounds include 10 acres of buildings and beautiful grounds. Guests can learn about how the people of Portsmouth, New Hampshire lived through studying the architecture, crafts, tools, clothing, and plants that the residents used in their daily life. The beauty of Strawberry Banke is enhanced by its waterfront location. Costumed role players provide guests with stories and traditional craft demonstrations.  The museum also has beautiful gardens to explore and changing exhibits.

Prescott Park

Prescott Park is another place you should put on your list when visiting Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  The seaside park has beautifully maintained gardens full of bright blooms in the warm months.  Prescott Park is also great because performances there are common.  Many people recommend spending some time in the park and enjoying a play or musical performance. The setting could not be more ideal for such an activity, and even if there are no performances schedule, the beauty of the park is more than enough to satisfy visitors.

When you’re making plans for your day in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, be sure to book your stay at Dockside Guest Quarters & Restaurant.  We’re just a short trip away from Portsmouth and located in the heart of York, so you’ll be close to all of the attractions that you’ll want to experience during your time visiting coastal Maine.  Our accommodations have classic New England style and will keep you in the utmost comfort in between all of your outings.  Our on-site Restaurant is the ideal place to partake in waterfront dining and enjoy delicious dishes made with the freshest local seafood and other ingredients.  We know you’ll have a memorable getaway when you choose Dockside Guest Quarters.  We can’t wait to see you soon!

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Where to Find the Best Whale Watching in Mainehttp://www.docksidegq.com/blog/where-to-find-the-best-whale-watching-in-maine/ http://www.docksidegq.com/blog/where-to-find-the-best-whale-watching-in-maine/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 18:21:58 +0000 http://www.docksidegq.com/?p=648 Maine is known for a lot of things from scenic beaches and seaside villages to iconic lighthouses and fresh lobster. Another thing that is evocative of the state is whale watching in Maine. The waters of Maine’s coast are home to Minke, Humpback, Finback, and Blue Whales. To see one of these majestic creatures in […]

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Whale Watching in MaineMaine is known for a lot of things from scenic beaches and seaside villages to iconic lighthouses and fresh lobster. Another thing that is evocative of the state is whale watching in Maine. The waters of Maine’s coast are home to Minke, Humpback, Finback, and Blue Whales. To see one of these majestic creatures in its native habitat, there are several great charters to take you out on whale watching tours. With knowledgeable and experienced guides to take you out into the Atlantic, whale watching in Maine is an experience you won’t soon forget.  Take a look at some tips for whale watching in Maine as well as a couple of great tour companies. After you have the details, you’ll definitely want to head out to see to catch a glimpse of these beautiful giants during your next stay at Dockside Guest Quarters.

About Whale Watching in Maine

To get the most out of whale watching in Maine, inform yourself a bit about when to go, and how to prepare.  In general, the best time of year for whale watching is late spring through October, so it’s the perfect summer activity.  To prepare for your day whale watching, you’ll want to take a few things into account. If you get seasick or are afraid you might, take some preventative seasickness medicine. The waters don’t always get rough, but it’s better to be safe. Also packing snacks and drinks is advisable. And though the Maine coast is balmy in the summer, offshore it can cool down quite a bit, so dress accordingly, or bring layers to keep warm.  It’s also a good idea to set realistic expectations before you go. While the guides who will take you whale watching in Maine will know where to go and what to look for, there is never a guarantee that there will be a whale sighting. But if you by chance don’t see a whale, come prepared to have a great time out at sea with some colorful characters that will have you entertained in any event. However, bring your camera, because there is a good chance that you will actually see a whale!

Nick’s Chance Whale Watch Tour

Nick’s Chance Whale Watch Tour is a great cruise aboard one of the newest whale watching vessels in New England. The 87 foot boat is equipped with the most modern safety and navigational gear, so you can feel confident setting sail with them. The vessel also boasts a galley with snack items and light fare or you can bring your own. The cruise departs from Kennebunkport and heads to the feeding grounds of the Finback, Minke, Humpback, and rare Blue Whale. You may even chance upon an endangered Right Whale. And the deck space is ideal for viewing and taking advantage of the perfect photo op.  Captain Gary and his will regale you with stories and facts as he expertly navigates you to the perfect spots for sightings.

Granite State Whale Watch

Though this cruise departs out of Rye Harbor, NH, you will be exploring the waters off of Maine at Jeffrey’s Ledge. Rye Harbor is just a quick 20 minutes from York.  Granite State Whale Watch has been exclusively taking visitors out on whale watching adventures for 30 years, so they have great experience and knowledge. Naturalists lead the cruises and provide expert narration. The Granite State Whale Watch has two cruises each day, with the season running from June 15th to August 25th.

Where to Stay While Whale Watching in Maine

When you go whale watching in Maine, be sure to book your stay at the Dockside Guest Quarters &  Restaurant. Not only do our accommodations have classic New England style, but they also offer all the comforts you could want during your getaway. As an added bonus, our on-site Restaurant has some of the finest fare in the area without the pretense found in some other establishments. At Dockside Guest Quarters & Restaurant you can look forward to having the perfect coastal Maine getaway. We’ll see you soon!

 

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