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Get Real in Maine

Stage Neck Inn serves as a one-stop vacation destination and a "home base" for visitors from near and far. What is it about Maine that has drawn visitors to her shores for centuries?

We love that there is a unique quality and "realness" to Maine. Come experience that essence in various ways while you're here ...

Experience History with a Glance

With the expansion of rail service to this area, southern Maine area began drawing wealthy families from New York and Philadelphia in the early 19th Century. Many built homes here (large, even by today's standards) which birthed the areas strong focus on tourism.

Unfortunately, in the mid-20th Century, many Maine towns that line the Atlantic Ocean felt "progress" meant tearing down rather than restoring their old buildings. Many grand and historic summer attractions were lost.

York is a beautiful exception thanks to many forward-thinking residents who worked hard to preserve her charm. What a personality our little town has! Thanks to individuals and Old York Historic Association (www.OldYork.org), many landmark buildings remain. The Old Gaol, one of the oldest colonialist buildings in the United States is here.

You could make a day of just driving around and seeing the spectacular architecture that varies broadly. The shoreline near Stage Neck Inn is dotted with spectacular and historic homes, which can transport you to another era with a single glance. York Harbor's high cliffs are home to incredible mansions which were "summer cottages" for famlies who traveled here by rail from New York, Pennsylvania and other industrial meccas.

For those who want a different experience at the resort, Stage Neck Inn offers the opportunity to stay in one of these historic homes. Check out our 7-bedroom, 5.5 bath Stage Neck Inn Grand Seaside Cottage. Guests at The Cottage have access to all of the Amenities at Stage Neck Inn! Might be perfect for that extra special group getaway (up to 16 people).

Relax and Unwind

We encourage you to make your visit to Maine about relaxing at a deep level. Breathe in the peace & tranquility of the surroundings.

Pack your swim suit & shorts and leave your designer duds at home. Of course, we have nice restaurants (including Shearwater at Stage Neck Inn) and wonderful summer theatre (Portsmouth offers Seacoast Repertory Theatre and Prescott Park; Ogunquit is home to the historic Ogunquit Playhouse). The "dress code" in southern Maine is pretty casual and comfortable.

Perhaps because of the strong work ethic which still exists, most Mainers are down-to-Earth. Being friendly and kind is always "in style" here. So, settle into our warm vibe, laugh and enjoy! "Maine, the way life should be" is a very fitting moto from many perspectives!

Eat Local Bounty

It's hard to imagine that lobster was once considered "the food of peasants". It is said that lobsters were so plentiful here, that people were free to just pick them off the beaches and taken them home to prepare. Well, that must have been before people actually TRIED them :)

Today, Maine Lobster is treasured world-wide. There is NOTHING like freshly-hauled and prepared lobster. Previously-frozen lobster meat is a poor representation of our Atlantic treasure! While you're in Maine, try a boiled Maine lobster or a fresh Maine lobster roll (traditional preparation is simple ... toss with mayo and serve on a toasted buttered hot dog roll)!

We know lobster! In the 1950's Bill Foster, father and grandfather of the current owners, was featured in the Betty Crocker Cookbook for his preparation of a New England Lobster and Clambake. If you're here for a meeting or here with a group of family/friends, speak with Ruth Alibrandi (group sales director @ ext 410) about hosting your own Maine Lobster Clambake!

We've said it for a while, but "Maine Lobster is always in season at Stage Neck Inn." Visit Shearwater and enjoy seasonal outdoor dining overlooking Harbor Beach or the Atlantic Ocean and York River. Corey Nachampassak, Executive Chef for Shearwater at Stage Neck Inn, relies on locally-purveyed dairy, protein and produce when creating our menus. We aplaud local producers who are able to provide such wonderful ingredients despite our relatively short Maine growing season.

Explore Nature's Wonders

Southern Maine offers something for everyone. Of course there is the Atlantic Ocean and pristine tidal rivers, like the York River which passes by The Inn. But there are thousands of fresh-water lakes in Maine, many here in southern Maine.

We are fortunate to have rocky cliffs and sandy beach side-by-side on our grounds. Harbor Beach offers a great spot for  body surfing, exploring tidal pools, or just sunning! Take a drive ... the diversity in our shoreline is stunning. And you get your choice of beautiful skies, whether you are into sunrise or sunset!

Did you know that the Nubble Light, situated just a couple of miles from Stage Neck Inn, has historically been one of the most often photographed lighthouses in the United States? Sky + water + sun/moon = backdrops which always enthrall. Phone cameras are great, but you might even want to dust off and bring along your SLR. Just don't forget to be in the moment and experience the wonder of it all!

Go on ... get outdoors! You'll find myriad activities from hiking to sailing within minutes of Stage Neck Inn.

Reel in the Fun

York Harbor offers the best of both worlds for fishing enthusiasts. There are opportunities to fly-fish, go deep-sea fishing or just get out on the water. While you're here, we can refer you to folks offering excursions to expand your Maine adventure.

What's your pleasure? Itching to reel in "the big one"? Greg Brown will take you seaward on a reel adventure for striped sea bass (www.GCoveCharters.com); Captain Kyle will take you to some pristine fishing spots upriver (www.soulflyoutfitters.com).

Are you into mind-body balance? Koan Wellness offers yoga classes on Stand Up Paddle Boards in York Harbor ... talk about getting real with nature on vacation!

Be sure to check out our Upcoming Area Events, Recreation Near Stage Neck Inn and Local Attractions pages. Explore local scenic wonders and engage with local businesses here to serve you! We even have some suggestions for Rainy Day Fun!

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