Up to 61% off hotels in York, Maine

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York Harbor, Maine Travel Guide


York, Maine, is one of America’s oldest cities.  Originally settled by the Native American tribe Abenaki, the town was called “Agamenticus” which was the name given by the tribe to the York River.  The tribe was wiped out by a plague and the area was resettled in 1630 by English colonists.

In 1640, Sir Fernandino Gorges, a friend of Charles I, created the city, calling it “Gorgeana.”  Sir Gorges lost power and Gorgeana became the Village of York.

The Old Gaol sits on the hill and has been overlooking the village since 1719.  It is the oldest surviving English building in the U.S.  Visit the cells and dungeons.  The restored living quarters where the jailer and his family lived next to the cells.  One bedroom window opens into one of the cells.

The Old York Cemetery has the usual collection of fascinating tombstones plus a grave said to be that of a witch.  It is covered with a huge slab of stone to protect the villagers from a reappearance.

Jefferds Tavern was built in 1750 and was restored to recreate a true Colonial tavern.  Built in 1741, the York Corner Schoolhouse is a one-room school used for more than 100 years.

Travel Destination

A classic Maine vacation destination, York is an ideal getaway for families.  York Beach is divided into different beautiful beaches.  The popular Long Sands Beach has  2 miles of sand and is great for surfing.  Short Sands Beach has a carousel, playground, arcade, restaurants and shops.  There is a candy store that since 1896 has let people watch them make salt water taffy.  

York Harbor hass seaside inns and resorts, a beach with gentle surf and views of the Atlantic Ocean and ships going in and out of the harbor.

The Cliff Walk winds around the northern side of the entrance to the harbor along the cliff side.        

It is a short one mile out and back trail that abruptly ends.  You’ll get spectacular views of the harbor and the beach below plu the huge mansions along the coast.

York River

Walk across the aptly named Wiggly Bridge on York River.  The Nubble Light, built in 1879, is a beautiful lighthouse and may be the most photographed lighthouse in the U.S.  

Mount Agamenticus the tallest mountain on the southern Maine coast at 692’ above sea level.  Mountain bikers, hikers and horseback riders enjoy the hike to the summit.  You can also drive there for a picnic and views as far as Boston, Cape Elizabeth and Mount Washington.

The York River is an estuary where fresh and salt water mix with the tides.  Protected marshes and coves act as a nursery for young crustaceans, fish and shore birds.  Birds seen here include sandpipers, egrets, great blue herons, night herons and kingfishers.  Watch awhile and you’ll see bald eagles and ospreys dive for fish  You can also see fox, deer, muskrats or a river otter.

Anglers come here in pursuit of flounder, bluefish and striped bass.  Fishing from bridges is allowed except over the boat channel.  

Hotel Deals

So visit York Harbor for a classic New England vacation and do it with a savings.  Here are some great deals on hotels with discounts up to 61% off regular rates.

  • Northeaster Motel       61% Discount
  • Great Island Inn       60% Discount
  • Port Inn & Suites, Ascend Hotel Collection       50% Discount
  • Best Western York Inn       46% Discount
  • Stage Run By The Sea       42% Discount
  • Ogunquit River Inn, Ascend Hotel Collection       41% Discount
  • Abalonia Inn       40% Discount
  • Seacoast Motel       39% Discount
  • Coachman Inn       37% Discount
  • Wentworth by the Sea, A Marriott Hotel       37% Discount
  • York Harbor Motel       36% Discount
  • The Grand Hotel       35% Discount
  • Sheraton Harborside Hotel       34% Discount
  • Stage Neck Inn       34% Discount
  • The Water Street Inn       34% Discount
  • Fairfield Inn by Marriott Seacoast       30% Discount
  • Marginal Way House Hotel       30% Discount
  • The Sea View Motel       30% Discount
  • Quality Inn       26% Discount
  • Pink Blossom Family Resort       25% Disscount
  • The Majestic Regency Resort       24% Discount
  • Dunes On The Waterfront       21% Discount
  • Stones Throw       21% Discount
  • Sea Turn Motel       20% Discount
  • Old Village Inn       19% Discount
  • Sands by the Sea Motel       19% Discount
  • Inn at Sea Chambers       15% Discount
  • The Mariner Resort       15% Discount
  • Anchorage Inn & Resort       14% Discount
  • Meadowmere Resort       14% Discount
  • The Lighthouse Inn & Carriage House       14% Discount
  • Grand View Inn & Cottages       13% Discount
  • Towne Lyne Motel       13% Discount
  • Anchorage by the Sea       11% Discount
  • Gorges Great Hotel       11% Discount
  • The Milestone       10% Discount