A travel journal
to York by gorboduc
Quote: The Yorks are a charming trio of towns located on the southern Maine coast. Situated about halfway between the Kittery outlets and Kennebunkport (summer home of George Bush Sr.), they make a good base for exploring southern Maine.
Restaurant | "The Goldenrod"
The Goldenrod has expanded since the founder, Mr. Talpey, started pulling taffy by hand. There's now a resturant and soda fountain in addition to the candy counters.
The Goldenrod serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It's reasonably priced and very popular with families.
There's usually a line as you wait to be seated in the Tudor-esque dining room, but it moves quickly. If you want a chance at some privacy (and a view of passersby who are shopping in York Beach), ask for a table in by the windows at the edge of the main dining room.
Breakfast consists of competant renditions of old favorites like pancakes and eggs. The homemade blueberry strudel (really a strusel topped coffee-cake) is especially tasty.
Lunch and dinner consist of an extensive menu of sandwiches and burgers. If your kids are picky, never fear--the menu includes old favorites like PB and J and cream cheese and jelly. For adults, there is a daily lunch special consisting of a sandwich and a dish of homemade ice cream. The special runs between $5 and $6.
The dinner menu is like the lunch menu, only with the addition of several hot meals, including Yankee Pot Roast. Hot meals run around $7 - $8.
Whatever you do, save room for homemade ice cream. The roster of flavors changes on a weekly basis. If it's available when you're there, try the ginger ice cream, an old New England favorite. And make sure that you try the heavenly penuche fudge sauce, which is also homemade.
The owners of the Goldenrod run a tight ship, so the resturant is spotless and service is cheerful and efficient. The waitstaff is especially good with kids, since so many families eat here.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 29, 2002
2 Railroad Avenue
York Beach, Maine 03910
Restaurant | "The York Harbor Inn"
It has two resturants, the more casual pub, and the formal dining room.
The pub is in the inn's basement, but is cosy, with warm wood panelling and a fireplace. It serves pub grub like burgers and sandwiches.
The formal dining room is romantically decorated in pastels. For a stunning view of York Harbor, request a table by the windows.
The seafood is a strong point here, but everything, from crispy Chicken Cordon Bleu to fresh Maine scallops is well prepared.
Appetizers run around $10 and entrees are between $20 and $30.
If you're looking for the romance of the formal dining room, but would like more moderate prices, check out the dining section of the local papers--either the York Weekly or the York County Coast Star. The Inn frequently runs early-bird specials where you can choose form a set menu--soup or salad, entree, dessert, and coffee--for around $30.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 29, 2002
York Harbor Inn Coastal
York Harbor, Maine 03911
Carla's serves tasty sandwiches for lunch all week long, but breakfast is served on Satudays only.
There's a menu of yummy standard items, including a very good Eggs Benedict, but the action is on the specials board where new breakfast ideas appear every Saturday, including California Benedict (Eggs Benedict with tomatoes and avocado instead of Canadian Bacon) and Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes with real maple syrup. Entrees range between $5 and $7, and egg dishes include homefries and toast. Just decide what you want and give the cashier your order.
There are a small number of tables to sit at and you can usually grab one without much trouble. The restaurant and the tables are small, however, so it's probably not the best place to choose if you're with a large party or have kids.
Carla's is a fine bakery, as well as a resturant, so don't leave without trying her signature almond scones.
On second thought, don't--they're addictively good, and it's a sad thing if you aren't able to have them on demand.
Carla's Bakery Cafe
241 York Street
Attraction | "The Kittery Outlets"
If you come here on a weekend or a rainy day, try to arrive early, before parking becomes impossible.
Note that you can often avoid traffic when going between the outlet malls by searching out the small roads that connect the backs of the parking lots, especially in the malls that line the south-bound side of Route 1.
Chocolate lovers will want to check out three outlets, in order of importance:
Kittery Premium Outlets
375 Us Route 1
Kittery, Maine 03904
Attraction | "Long Sands and Short Sands Beaches"
Long Sands is mostly white sand (the end closer to York Harbor is studded with medium-sized rocks) and is (surprise) longer than Short Sands. However, Long Sands can become quite narrow at high tide.
Nevertheless, it's popular with families and surfers (who surf the end of the beach closest to The Nubble) and tends to be less crowded than Short Sands.It also has good views of the famous Nubble Lighthouse.
Short Sands has metered parking in a lot in front of the beach. Both the lot and the beach fill up with people early during the summer season, so you may want to grab breakfast a nearby resturant like The Goldenrod and steak a claim right afterwards.
There are no surfers on Short Sands in the summer. The sand is soft and white and the beach is wide in high tide or low and doesn't drop off quickly once you're in the water. At one end of the beach, the Fun O Rama arcade will entice kids in for a game of ski ball, and at the other, there are rocks which make for cool tidal pools at low tide.
Short Sands is surrounded by the bulk of the buisnesses in York Beach, including the candlepin bowling alley (next to the Fun O Rama), the old-fashioned movie theater (behind the Fun O Rama), and plethora a resturants and gift shops that line York Beach's main street, Railroad Ave.
Long Sands Beach Relaxation
Long Sands Road