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York Introduction

Perched on the south coast of Maine, York is a genteel resort town fringed by soft sand and grass-covered dunes. It's adorned by sun seekers from New England and beyond, who flock to bask on the beaches, soak up the atmosphere, and dig into a bounty of fresh seafood. Everywhere you look, you'll find postcard-perfect scenes, including one of America's oldest and most photographed lighthouses. Beyond seascapes, York is a stone's throw from Portland, one of New England's most charismatic cities.

Hotels in York

York swaps international chains for characterful inns and guesthouses. Today, many of the town's historic buildings have been reimagined as luxury hotels in York. Perfect for couples, they feature beach chic decor and sparking views of the North Atlantic. Family resorts are set at the water's edge and fronted by grassy lawns and sun-drenched terraces. Others feature swimming pools and on-site drinking and dining options. Boutique properties raise the bar with outstanding attention to detail. Expect perks like luxury toiletries, complimentary bicycles, and gourmet breakfasts. Cheap York hotels keep things simple, with basic rooms and affordable prices. Wherever you stay, expect a warm New England welcome.

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Where to stay

Hotels in York Beach make the most of the coastal setting with stunning North Atlantic views. You'll be within strolling distance of iconic Nubble Light, as well as Long Sands Beach. Inns and B&Bs in York Harbor offer a quintessential New England experience. Breezy terraces provide a great vantage point for watching boats cruise in and out of the harbor. Discount hotels, motels, and motor inns are strung along Long Beach Avenue. For more choice, head up the coast to Ogunquit, where you'll find a sun-drenched sandy beach and lively LGBTQ nightlife.

Things to see

Stretching for 2 miles along the coast, Long Sands is a great place to top up your tan or cool off in the North Atlantic. Fun-loving Short Sands is popular with families, offering amusement arcades, colorful beach umbrellas, and a historic candy shop that's been churning out saltwater taffy since the late 1800s. With its whitewashed tower and Victorian keeper's cottage, it's easy to see why Nubble Light is one of America's most photographed landmarks. It teeters on the tip of a rocky offshore island, creating a postcard-perfect New England scene. Be sure to stop by the lobster shack for an on-the-go lunch. Golfers will be in their element in York, with a trio of 18-hole courses to choose from. History buffs shouldn't miss the Museums of Old York. They're housed in 9 of the town's best-preserved buildings, including an 18th-century jail and a colonial warehouse.

How to get to York

York is set on the southern tip of Maine, a 45-minute drive from Portland and 1.5 hours from Augusta. Most visitors arrive by car, via the Interstate 95 or US Highway 1. Portland International Jetport offers flights to a handful of US cities. Boston Logan International Airport, a 1-hour drive south of York, is another popular gateway. Privately operated buses and coaches run from Portland to Bangor, Boston, Augusta, Waterville, and New York City. Portland and Boston are also serviced by Amtrak trains.