Dockside Guest Quarters » Blog http://www.docksidegq.com Bed and Breakfast on Maine Coast Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:58:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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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 rocky New England shoreline, our quaint fishing villages and, of course, our delicious lobster. Another big thing that comes to mind when people picture Maine is one of the many lighthouses that dot the state’s coast. Each of the lighthouses in […]

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Lighthouses in MaineThere are many iconic things about the state of Maine.  We’re famous for our rocky New England shoreline, our quaint fishing villages and, of course, our delicious lobster. Another big thing that comes to mind when people 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 the 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

Photo Credit: Elisa Self / Allagash Brewing Company / Flickr

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 Maine is Beautiful!http://www.docksidegq.com/blog/spring-in-maine-is-beautiful/ http://www.docksidegq.com/blog/spring-in-maine-is-beautiful/#comments Fri, 20 Feb 2015 15:43:01 +0000 http://www.docksidegq.com/?p=543 We 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 […]

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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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