Rainy Days in Southern Maine
People erroneously cancel their plans to come to Maine if they know or think that the weather is going to be stormy. Those who have been to the Inn during or after a storm know what a mistake not coming is. One cannot describe in words how truly awe-inspiring the ocean is at those times. The waves are incredible! It's a humbling experience to just observe the immense power of the ocean.
In addition, the Stage Neck Inn offers indoor amenities which rival those typically found at a property of twice this size. There is an indoor pool with a Jacuzzi tub, a fitness center with a co-ed sauna, two year-round and two-seasonal restaurants, and many quiet nooks and chairs in which to sit and relax with a book. Stage Neck Inn also offers a day spa, The Spa at Stage Neck, in which you may enjoy body and nail treatments (massage, manicures, pedicures and more).
Did you know that it's only a 5 minute drive from the Inn to the Kittery Outlets and to the national headquarters of Stonewall Kitchen? There are also quaint boutiques, art galleries and antique shops nearby at which you will find some one-of-a-kind gift items for yourselves and your loved ones. Please CLICK HERE to see our scenic drives photo gallery illustrating just a few of the scenic byways within a 15 minute drive of the inn.
There are many, many things to do and see in Southern Maine. Here are a but few highlights all listed in detail on LOCAL ATTRACTIONS ...
There are a number of antique shops in The Yorks. Wells (20 minutes north) is renown for having more antique shops than any other town in southern Maine.
Art Galleries and Studios
There are a couple of art galleries in York. Stage Neck Inn is a member of and supports the York Art Association. They frequently offer programs for all ages. Just minutes south is Portsmouth, NH, which also has art galleries and retail shops in their downtown Market Street area.
When the weather outside is frightful, there are things to do within an easy drive of the Inn (should you decide not to just stay put and hang out at the indoor pool). Indoor amusements, planetariums, museums, stuffed animal customization, and "Eartha" the worlds largest indoor rotating and revolving globe are all within driving distance of the Inn (please see Local Attractions ~ for Children).
There are a couple of brewing companies in the area that offer production tours. Moreover, York is home to the national headquarters of Stonewall Kitchen. Please call ahead to inquire about tour availability and times.
Favorite Shopping Areas
If you like shopping, you will certainly have a variety of options. Here in York there are a couple of unique boutique shops right on Route 1A. Just minutes to our south is Kittery, which was one of the original shopping areas offering factory-direct outlets.
Portsmouth, NH, offers a bustling downtown area in which there are artisan shops, boutiques and unique stores. Just minutes from the downtown is the Fox Run Mall, Walmart and more.
Wells to our north offers a large clustering of antique shops plus a couple of factory outlets. There is an art gallery featuring many nautically-themed items as well as a couple of unique Maine products/coastal gift stores.
Historic and Scenic Attractions
How about a driving tour? Below is a photo of Nubble Light, one of our country's most-photographed lighthouses. It is situated just a few minutes north of the Inn.
Travel north to scenic Perkins Cove, Kennebunk's Summer Street with her magnificent captains' homes and "the Wedding Cake House" which features ornate "gingerbread trim". Just a bit beyond Kennebunk is Kennebunkport. You must drive by Former President George W. Bush's oceanfront compound while you're in southern Maine!
The oldest jail in the United States is situated right here in York. Tours and educational programs are offered. Nearby are a real submarine you can tour, a children's museum. In Portland you will find a wonderful art museum with everything from ancient sculptures to modern paintings.
There are several seasonal theater companies in coastal New Hampshire and southern Maine. Most post their schedules online.We try to list current shows on our Upcoming Area Events page.