Last summer we had to opportunity to spend two nights in York, ME. This quiet seaside community depicts everything you’d expect from a New England Coastal town, but without the prices and crowds of some of the more popular destinations. (Hello, Freeport and L.L. Bean chaos.)
First, we have to tell you about the campground we scored – probably one of the most unique we’ve ever stayed at: Libby’s Oceanside Campground. Nestled high on a rocky cliff outside York, Maine, this campground boasts excellent views of the Nubble Lighthouse and the sunrise. With no amenities other than a bath house and laundry, this campground is meant to get you in touch with the ocean. Each site has a fire pit built into the cliff line and you are only a mile walk from Long Sands Beach (tide willing.)
We spent an unseasonably hot June day exploring the nearby towns of Kittery and Portsmouth. Fort McClary was our first stop outside the nearby Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. We did a quick tour through this fort, but spent more time admiring the bay and the five lighthouses you can see in the water.
Then it was on to downtown Portsmouth – full of all the little shops and eateries you expect to find on vacation, yet mixed with locals working in businesses and factories in the area.
We headed back to York for a walk on the rocks near Nubble Lighthouse, and a look across the bay at our campsite. Nubble is not a lighthouse that can be toured, but the park surrounding it is picturesque and full of tidal pools ripe for exploring.
York, ME -definitely worth it for a coastal taste of New England!