Every summer people flock to this coastal treasure from all over the world to experience the picturesque scenery, fabulous beaches and rich history and tradition the area offers. Originally incorporated in 1652, York is the second oldest town in Maine, second only to Kittery.Greater York is mainly comprised of York Village, York Harbor, The Beaches and Cape Neddick. Each area offers distinct characteristics and attractions for visitors and year-round inhabitants alike.
York Village – The town center is located along Route 1A and is comprised of boutique shops, municipal buildings and features the home of York’s Historical District – a preserved collection of buildings and artifacts belonging to The Museums of Old York.
York Harbor – Further along the winding Route 1A coastal route lies the scenic Harbor district where large shingle-style homes pepper a quaint collection of restaurants and exquisite Oceanside inns offering stunning views of the harbor, beaches and beyond.
Long Sands – The coastal route continues toward Long Sands Beach; a mile stretch of sandy coastline and a major attraction for beach-goers in the summer months. Reaching out toward the Atlantic on the north side of Long Sands Beach is a peninsula affectionately known as “The Nubble”, home to Cape Neddick Lighthouse – one of the most picturesque working beacons in the country. Shingle-style mansions and cozy cottages align the rocky cliffs overlooking Long Sands Beach to the south and Short Sands Beach to the North.
Short Sands –Immediately to the north of The Nubble lies Short Sands, where beach denizens enjoy sun and fun by the water and stroll through the cozy village area featuring, souvenir shops, arcades, boutiques and restaurants that provide a low-key, family friendly atmosphere throughout the summer months
Cape Neddick. The Cape Neddick river meanders its way through the heart of this small, predominantly residential community located between York Beach and Ogunquit. Winding wooded residential roads characterize much of Cape Neddick making it an attractive location for those that prefer a more private, rural lifestyle while the stretch of coastline along Shore Road offers expansive, shingle style oceanfront homes perched above the rocky coast.