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The Locals’ Guide to York Harbor, Maine

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. Whispering Sands Gifts, for example, is an eclectic gift shop that features a variety of items for the home. You’ll find locally made gifts and souvenirs, as well as jewelry and clothing. Looking for nautical decor? Look no further! Be sure to pick up some of their saltwater taffy or fudge.

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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