Colonial-Style Inns Steps from Atlantic Ocean
In 1732, York Harbor Inn's proprietor valued a night's stay in pence and sent visitors to bed with two rules: no more than five can sleep in one bed, and no boots. After guests turned in, the host would tend to their horses. Today, York Harbor Inn has expanded into a campus of five colonial-style mansions along the Atlantic coast, with a strong sense of its 300-year history.
The Main Inn's multipaned windows peer over the ocean, as does its onsite restaurant, dubbed 1637. Helmed by noted chef Gerald Bonsey, 1637's gourmet menu spotlights fresh Maine seafood and other unique dishes, from lemon-herb brick-roasted chicken to baked stuffed haddock. From 1637, stairs descend to the Ship's Cellar Pub, a multiroom tavern with intricate woodwork resembling a yacht's hull.
After eating and listening to live music, you can head to the second floor and its elegant Country Inn guest rooms. Here, several luxury rooms also come with fireplaces and jacuzzi spa tubs. Across the lawn, some rooms in the Yorkshire building have partial ocean views.
York Harbor, Maine: Oceanfront Village with Rich Colonial History
Located on the Maine’s Atlantic coast, less than 10 miles north of the New Hampshire border, York Harbor incorporates four historical communities into one picturesque town with natural beauty and deep-rooted charisma. The Old York Historical Society promotes York Harbor's rich history by showcasing colonial exhibits and landmarks. A one-room schoolhouse from 1745, a tavern dating to 1750, and the 1719 Old Gaol prison welcome visitors into their walls.
Stroll York Harbor Beach’s secluded sands, or cruise down Route 1 to see more than 20 antique shops stocked with furniture, fine china, or wooden nickels. Hikers, bikers, and equestrians can traverse 10,000 acres of untouched coastal forest at Mount Agamenticus Conservation Region or walk across the Wiggly Bridge, which some believe is the world’s smallest suspension bridge.