Dockside Guest Quarters » Blog http://www.docksidegq.com Bed and Breakfast on Maine Coast Wed, 11 Feb 2015 21:03:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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Enjoy a Play at the Ogunquit Playhousehttp://www.docksidegq.com/blog/ogunquit-playhouse/ http://www.docksidegq.com/blog/ogunquit-playhouse/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 12:13:19 +0000 http://www.docksidegq.com/?p=517 The charms of Maine in the summer and spring are varied and numerous. The great activities, beautiful environment, mild weather, and friendly people add up to make the perfect getaway. One of the best parts of summers near our York, ME bed and breakfast is taking in a play at the Ogunquit Playhouse. Not only […]

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Ogunquit PlayhouseThe charms of Maine in the summer and spring are varied and numerous. The great activities, beautiful environment, mild weather, and friendly people add up to make the perfect getaway. One of the best parts of summers near our York, ME bed and breakfast is taking in a play at the Ogunquit Playhouse. Not only is the Ogunquit Playhouse a fantastic place to see a show, but it’s also an integral part of the region’s history. So during your next summer visit to Dockside Guest Quarters, be sure to get your tickets to see a play at Ogunquit Playhouse.

About the Ogunquit Playhouse

The Ogunquit Playhouse is located, fittingly, in Ogunquit, Maine. It’s one of the last remaining theatres from the “Straw Hat Circuit,” which is known as Summer Stock. These special seasonal theatre companies are a part of New England’s unique charm and a beloved tradition. The season at the Ogunquit is 21 weeks, expanded from its previous 10 week stint each summer. Because it is one of the last remaining theatres of its kind, the Ogunquit Playhouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the colonial revival building was raised to National Level of Significance “in consideration of the significant contributions made by its founder Walter J. Hartwig and the Playhouse to Performing Arts Education throughout the nation.”

Along with presenting memorable seasons of quality plays and performances each summer, the Ogunquit Playhouse is involved in theatre and performing arts education, including a renowned children’s theatre program. Other programs include education for middle and high school children as well as school performances. One of their outreach programs (through funding from The Davis Family Foundation and Bank of American) allows under-served families and children to the Ogunquit to experience the joy of live theatre, which they otherwise would not get to enjoy.

Plays at the Ogunquit Playhouse

While the full 2015 season schedule has yet to be announced, the shows during the season should prove to be entertaining and well performed.  The Broadway adaptation of the Whoopi Goldberg film, Sister Act will be on the schedule, as well as the beloved Victor Victoria.  Rounding out the season are Nice Work if You Can Get It and a surprise Broadway show! Keep an eye out for the full schedule by visiting the Ogunquit Playhouse Box Office online. If past seasons are anything to go by, you won’t want to miss this schedule of performances!

Accommodations and Dining Near the Ogunquit Playhouse

When you’re making plans to attend a performance at the Ogunquit Playhouse, make sure to book your stay at Dockside Guest Quarters & Restaurant.  Our York, Maine rooms and suites are the ideal place to call your home-away-from-home.  With beautiful and comfortable furnishings in a classic coastal style and modern amenities, Dockside Guest Quarters will provide you with an experience you won’t soon forget.

Not only do we have great accommodations, Dockside is home to a fine dining Restaurant. The casual atmosphere belies the sophisticated cuisine that is on offer.  Our chef uses fresh, organic, local Maine ingredients to prepare delicious dinners, hors d’oeuvres, gourmet salads, and sandwiches. The menu changes seasonally to take advantage of the best ingredients.

So start planning your summer getaway to the York area and prepare for a memorable trip to coastal Maine!

Photo: B Lee Mannino via Wikimedia Commons.

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5 Things to Do in York, Mainehttp://www.docksidegq.com/blog/things-to-do-in-york-maine/ http://www.docksidegq.com/blog/things-to-do-in-york-maine/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 16:15:05 +0000 http://www.docksidegq.com/?p=445 The town of York, Maine is a true gem located on the southern tip of the state.  Many travelers might overlook the town, as they think they need to travel further north to get the full Maine experience.   However, York will provide the quintessential Maine getaway. There are many things to do in York, […]

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Things to do in York MaineThe town of York, Maine is a true gem located on the southern tip of the state.  Many travelers might overlook the town, as they think they need to travel further north to get the full Maine experience.   However, York will provide the quintessential Maine getaway. There are many things to do in York, Maine that will keep you entertained during your time in town.  Whether you want to take to the water, explore the beaches, see the sights, or simply relax, these things to do in York, Maine are perfect for a delightful getaway.

Visit Cape Neddick “Nubble” Lighthouse

The most iconic sight in the York area is the Cape Neddick “Nubble” Lighthouse, and viewing it is one of the favorite things to do in York, Maine.  It’s one of the most photographed lighthouses in the country, and a photo of the lighthouse was included in the Voyager spacecraft as an example of Earth’s most prominent man made structures should the craft be discovered by extraterrestrial intelligence.  Luckily, visitors to Cape Neddick don’t have to encounter the Voyager to take in this beautiful sight.  Located at the end of Long Sands Beach, the lighthouse is on Cape Neddick Point, which is inaccessible to the general public.  However, don’t let that discourage you from venturing out to get a view of the light from the mainland at Soheir Park.

Visit One of the Beautiful Beaches

Another favorite among the many things to do in York, Maine is to visit the beaches in the area.  There are three major beaches for visitors to choose from, so you can find a favorite to frequent or explore all three.  Long Sands Beach is about two miles long and has great surf.  Short Sands Beach is just a quarter of a mile long and is surrounded by attractions such as an amusement park, shops, and a playground. York Harbor Beach is a bit smaller than Long Sands Beach and has free parking as well as amenities to make your day at the beach more comfortable.  All three of these beaches offer sandy shores and beautiful views of the Southern Maine coastline.

Take to the Sea

A visit to Southern Maine is the perfect opportunity for you to explore the waters of the coast of New England.  Some of visitors’ favorite things to do in York, Maine include taking fishing and sailing charters and going whale watching. For great sailing, The Silverlining takes daily trips lasting between one and two hours. Fishing charters are also popular, as are whale watching excursions.

Play a Round at One of the Area’s Golf Courses

If you’re someone who doesn’t feel they’ve truly taken a vacation without playing a round of golf, then you’re in luck.  There are several great golf courses in York and the surrounding area.  The Ledges Golf Club, The Links at Outlook, Cape Neddick Country Club, and Old Marsh Country Club all offer great courses.

Stay at Dockside Guest Quarters

No matter how many of these things to do in York, Maine you check off of your list, the thing that will make your time in the area truly memorable is a stay at Dockside Guest Quarters. Our accommodation choices include guest rooms in the Maine House, separate suites in multi-unit buildings, and a seaside house. And during your time with us, be sure to reserve a table at our Dockside Restaurant, featuring fine dining in a comfortable atmosphere. We can’t wait to have you with us for the ultimate Maine experience!

 

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Great Wedding Venues in York, Mainehttp://www.docksidegq.com/blog/great-wedding-venues-york-maine/ http://www.docksidegq.com/blog/great-wedding-venues-york-maine/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 14:43:48 +0000 http://www.docksidegq.com/?p=471 Are you planning a New England wedding and want the perfect country venue that’s not too far away? There are numerous wedding venues in York, Maine that will offer you the dreamy coastal wedding you’re looking for, and in a coveted destination that is just far enough away. It is one hour driving from Boston, and only five […]

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Are you planning a New England wedding and want the perfect country venue that’s not too far away? There are numerous wedding venues in York, Maine that will offer you the dreamy coastal wedding you’re looking for, and in a coveted destination that is just far enough away. It is one hour driving from Boston, and only five from New York City, which means York is surrounded by international airports, making it an accessible place to get to for all your wedding guests. This small vacation town offers the quintessential Maine experience without the inconvenience of driving way up north. In our humble opinion, however, only one location in York offers the perfect combination of beautiful surroundings, delicious food, and gracious hospitality for your wedding guests.

Dockside Guest Quarters

Dockside is among the most popular wedding venues in York, Maine. This lovely Southern Maine bed and breakfast sits right on the York Harbor, offering one of the most breathtaking views in town. The docks are always busy with yachts and lobster boats, giving the landscape a splash of color and life.

Dockside can offer you a convenient all-in-one package with a venue for the ceremony and the reception, as well as lodging for you and your guests, which includes some of the best food you’ll find around town. This venue can accommodate up to 160 guests, but is happy to host your wedding if it is more intimate as well. Included in the lodging fees is the famous Dockside breakfast buffet.

Ceremonies are typically held on the lawn in front of the historic building facing the ocean. Following the ceremony hors d’oeuvres and cocktails are served on the lawn while the evening festivities are prepared and anticipated. Your wedding guests will then move into the newly renovate restaurant overlooking the harbor to be treated to dinner and dancing. All the menus are completely custom, and designed to reflect your personality and desires. The chefs can do anything ranging from elegant multi-course plated meals to lobster bakes. The most important thing is that it is exactly what you want.

Religious Wedding Venues in York, Maine

If you’d prefer to have your wedding in a religious setting, there are more than a few options in York, Maine. A local church is a beautiful option for a religious ceremony. May we recommend hosting your post-service festivities here on the water at our beautiful venue of Dockside Guest Quarters?

Some nearby churches include:

Whether you’re planning a wedding for the 2015 or 2016 season, you’ll find every amenity you need in York, Maine. Dockside encourages off-season visits to scout the venues and get planning under way, and is happy to host you on your trip and show you wedding facilities and packages. On your stay enjoy the beauty and culture of York, Maine, and the rare opportunity to relax in a quaint coastal town.

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