Campus of Colonial-Style Inns Steps from Atlantic Ocean
In 1732, York Harbor Inn's proprietor valued a night's worth in pence, and sent lodgers to bed with two edicts: no more than five sleep in one bed, and no boots. After guests tuckered out, the host would tend their horses while the Atlantic Ocean's waves sang a quiet lullaby. Today, York Harbor Inn has unfurled into a campus of five colonial-style mansions set amid natural scenery and 300 years of 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 brims with fresh Maine seafood and signature dishes, such as apple-cider-brined pork and seafood ravioli. From the 1637, stairs descend to the Ship's Cellar Pub, a multiroom tavern with intricate woodwork that resembles a yacht's hull. After feasting, taking in live music, or comparing peg legs, overnighters can traverse to the second floor, where modest elegance seeps into the Country Inn rooms. Across the lawn, fireplaces or jacuzzi tubs await in the historic Yorkshire Building. Luxury rooms with king-size beds, marble-surrounded spa tubs, and heated bathroom floor tiles comfort boarders in the Harbor Hill Building.
York Harbor, Maine: Oceanfront Village with Rich Colonial History
York Harbor incorporates a quartet of historical communities into one picturesque town brimming with natural beauty and historical charisma. Travelers can stroll the secluded sands of York Harbor Beach, or cruise down Route 1 to inspect more than 20 antique shops stocked with furniture, fine china, or wooden nickels. Hikers, bikers, and equestrians can twist and turn through 10,000 acres of untouched coastal forest winding through the Mount Agamenticus Conservation Region or walk across the Wiggly Bridge.
The Old York Historical Society promotes York Harbor's rich history by showcasing colonial exhibits and landmarks. Among properties fit for sightseeing, a one-room schoolhouse from 1745, a tavern dating to 1750, and the Old Gaol prison, erected in 1719, welcome visitors into their historic walls.