Living in a fantastic city like Boston has many great benefits. There is amazing culture, dining, and an unparalleled professional sports atmosphere. However, sometimes it’s nice to get away from the city for a bit to unwind and relax. Just over an hour away from Boston, York, Maine is the perfect destination for weekend trips from Boston. You won’t have to travel very far, yet you’ll feel like you’re a world away! Whether you want to lounge and relax or keep busy with activities during your getaway, York and the surrounding area has something for everyone. So, take a look at these tips on what to do during your weekend trips from Boston to York.
Activities During Weekend Trips from Boston
York, Maine is an idyllic town with a classic New England coastline, lovely beaches, quaint shops, and friendly people. From adventures on the sea to shopping and everything in between, you can be sure you’ll find the perfect respite here in York. So, here is what you should put on your agenda!
Tour the Area Lighthouses
The lighthouses of Maine are as iconic as the lobster rolls, so don’t miss out on seeing a few during weekend trips from Boston. The Cape Neddick “Nubble” Light is the most notable in York, and the Portland Head Light isn’t too far away from us either.
Spot a Whale or Cast a Line
The coast of Maine is the perfect place to take to the sea for a variety of adventures. You can take a whale watching tour with First Chance Whalewatch to spot one of the giant’s of the sea, go on a lobster or fishing cruise, kayak and canoe, or simply take a scenic cruise around York Harbor.
See Historical and Heritage Sites
If you want to learn a little bit while on weekend trips from Boston to York, then there are several historical and heritage sites in the area to explore. These include Old York, the Strawbery Banke Museum, Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, the Seashore Trolley Museum, and the Kittery Historical & Naval Museum.
Explore the Beauty of Nature
Nature trails and hikes are a fantastic way to get to know the area and enjoy the natural beauty around you. There are several trails and walks to choose from including the Cliff Walk, Wiggly Bridge to the Steedman Woods Nature Preserve, Marginal Way Walk, Fisherman’s Walk, and the Rachel Carson Wildlife Preserve.
Portland Sea Dogs, a Red Sox Affiliate
Among many great things to do in Portland, ME, one of the best will feel just like home. The Portland Sea Dogs, a Boston Red Sox affiliate team, calls Portland home. If you’re a Red Sox fan, you should see a game while you’re here!
Indulge in Retail Therapy
When you come to York, you can take advantage of a number of shopping opportunities. There are numerous antique shops, and the York Village Shops offer beautiful and unique goods. There are also outlets nearby including the Kittery Outlets, the Freeport Outlets. The LL Bean store is also close enough for a visit.
Relax at the Beach
Of course, one of the best things to do on weekend trips from Boston to the Maine coast is to go to the beach. Long Sands and Short Sands, the two beaches in York are perfect for sunning, walking, swimming, and surfing.
Accommodations and Dining for Weekend Trips from Boston
Weekend trips from Boston aren’t complete without the perfect accommodations. Dockside Guest Quarters offers stylish and comfortable guest rooms and suites with luxurious amenities and beautiful views. And, our on-site restaurant is one of the best places to dine in York. You can experience the quality of food you’d expect at an exclusive establishment without any of the pretenses. Dockside Guest Quarters & Restaurant will provide you with the best possible experience during your stay!