Sunday, March 25, 2012

York, Maine

Here at York Harbor Beach, low tide is spectacular and the view provides a straight shot to the Gulf of Maine.

Just before The Piscataqua Bridge to New Hampshire is York, Maine.  And it is always nice to have an excuse to go to York (the Yorks to be specific), especially off season.  

 
Rich in history, including our own, York holds the title of the first chartered town in the country (1641).

York Town Hall

First Parish Congregational Church
York has an impressively rigorous historical society which owns and operates nine historic properties.






Methodist Church
The southern Maine coast is very different from Mid-Coast and Down East Maine.   While points further north have a great many peninsulas, islands, inlets, protected harbors and are just rockier in general, southern Maine has far fewer outcroppings and has instead its dramatic sandy beaches.

 

 

 

Vintage or kit car? 

 
York is also home to the very popular, 9-acre Stonewall Kitchen Headquarters/Company Store/Production/Cooking School,  and the famous Nubble Lighthouse. And of course, York Harbor is known for its grand (late) 19th century Shingle Style houses.

It is incredible that a lovely town like York can be only about 6 miles away from the cacophony of the Kittery Outlets including the Barbour and Orvis outlets, which fortunately are right next to each other.

 

 

However, this being Maine, here is what is right behind both stores. 

13 comments:

LPC said...

Is it true sand? Or does it verge on mud? I can't tell from the photos. I'm dying to go to Maine, but I've got the granite crags in mind.

Anonymous said...

York, Maine in the summer is wall-to-wall people, and the crowds obscure the natural beauty.

Anonymous said...

True sand! Photos from higher up the beach would show this.

But as someone from Midcoast Maine, I must say I am partial to the rocks and long peninsulas. I'm not a fan of the appearance of beaches which are all sand. Reid State Park in Georgetown is one of my favorite "bathing beaches" because it has both stretches of sand, and rocks.

girltuesday said...

I love the Maine posts, Muffy. Did you know that only about 2% of Maine's coastline is sand. But I confess, like Anonymous @ 10:02, as a native MidCoaster, I prefer the rocks and craggy peninsulas.

@LPC, if you make it to the northeast, we'll take you down to Reid for the best of both worlds: sand and rocks (bonus: it's about 10 minutes from our house and less than that to Five Islands Lobster)! :)

Worthington said...

I would say that is a kit car, as your observations are right on (coming from a youngster who watches Top Gear and Dad is a 'car dude').

Beautiful Maine, I miss it so much. One of my best friends has several family homes on Long Island in Casco Bay. It is just such a beautiful, natural place.

Anonymous said...

Muffy, these pictures are beautiful! Thank you.

TRVS said...

One of my favorite places in New England--off season in particular. Long Sands is my favorite beach in New England...perfect for walking four legged friends and playing bocce at low tide. Every August we visit with the same families we vacationed with as children--over 4 generations and 120 strong now, we take over a good chunk of the beach for our annual body surfing competition and bocce tournaments. Still plenty of room for everyone else! Thanks for the lovely photos.

Anonymous said...

I love Five Islands Lobster! Red's is great too. Shaw's in New Harbor has a lot less atmosphere, but the harbor is just so beautiful.

Patty said...

my family has summered in York for generations. Always a cool breeze and always fun to watch the taffy being made at the Goldenrod. Did you make it to Nubble Light ?
Thanks for sharing all the photos.

Patsy said...

We have a kit car - not a roadster, though.

I think it depends on the kit - some are EXACT replicas and some original cars use new parts and pieces.

Let The Tide Pull Your Dreams Ashore said...

I am catching up on your posts and loving every single one!!! We had an old MG growing up...so many memories with that car! xx

Pete said...

Loved the Barbour outlet during our recent visit to Maine.

Anonymous said...

I think the car is a morgan roadster, but hard to tell from the side profile. Lots of vintage cars have more modern light housings..they rust easy.