Have the winter of your discontent made summer by this house in York. Take postcard photos from a 2010-13 remodeled 5 bedroom oceanfront home about 1500 feet from Nubble Lighthouse; a mile to the nearest beach. All of the rooms have ocean views; half of the rooms have a view of the Nubble Light House. From the deck, lower level sunroom, or sunny dining room there are panoramic views from Long Sands Beach to the Nubble Light. On a clear night, you can see four lighthouses(from left to right): Nubble or Cape Neddick Light, Boone Island Lighthouse, the Isle of Shoals, and Whalebeck Light. Watch the dawn strike the Nubble Lighthouse; the rhythmic waves crashing against the rocks; the sea birds, the pleasure, lobster and fishing boats, and kayakers. Explore rocky pools at low tide. The perfect place to relax or to walk. Enjoy the cries of the seagulls and the salt air. The appliances, the 42' and 46'' HDTVs, the Xbox360 Kinect, 5 Sonos wireless speaker units (for hooking up to Internet radio or sync your music with your smart phone, iPad, or iPod) are all 2010 or 2011 new. Enjoy WiFi, and a multifunction printer to print your boarding passes. Free long distance to U.S. and Canada.
Why stay here? My wife and I bought this place as it has one of the most stunning locations that we have ever found. For a family gathering or retreat, there are five levels and a .61 acre yard allowing places to be apart or together. There is a separate game/family room for the children, just out of earshot from most of the rest of our home, another living room right by the kitchen and dining area, a deck off of the dining area, and a first floor sunroom for a get away. The Nubble is magical for us at any time of day or year. The leaves in York were stunning again this fall. My sister says that the Christmas lights on the Nubble makes it even more enchanting, as you can see from the picture she took. Her is a link to a video shot by guest, Beth Dow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ddeAXykUX0 The storms can be majestic, and I hope that at least one photo shows the awesome power of the waves as they roar and spray on the rocks. Each dawn seems different, the dawn mist, the red in the morning, or the break of any day on the Nubble. No matter what you are doing you can enjoy the incredible light as it changes through the day. Some of the sunsets are spectacular, too. On moonlit nights, gazing on the shimmering waves, sometimes I hear 'Clair de Lune' other times, 'Moonlight Sonata' or 'La Mer.' We love the sound and smell of the ocean, and the cries of the seagulls, even as they drop shell fish on the rocks. We hope that you will, too.
Things to do: Here are a few links to give you some ideas about what you could do:
for surfing or stand up paddle boarding:
We have seen stand up paddle boarders on calm days go out toward the lighthouse. On anything but a really calm day, I wouldn't want to try it. :-)
You can rent kayaks:
kayaks and bikes:
and kayak in the ocean or up the York or Cape Neddick rivers and time your trip with the incoming or outgoing tide.
In the summer, there is some live entertainment here:
The food at the York Harbor Inn is very good. I recall them having some live music, too. Their website lists some additional attractions, as well as some cooking schools by Stonewall Kitchens.
More things to do: Stonewall Kitchens, which is just about opposite the I-95 exit for York, and it is a lovely place to shop for delicious goodies, have lunch, or just sample and browse until you make up your mind.
Some people fish off our rocks, or go on a boat to sightsee or to fish.
For history buffs, there is an old wharf owned by John Hancock, An Old Gaol (jail) which is also a museum, Inns and other historic things such as an old cemetery with death angels on some of the grave stones.
There are three or four golf courses relatively near by:
There is an outlet complex just over the state line from the NH -- ME border in the next town of Kittery. York, has no shortage of art, craft or touristy shops. You can almost always find something to do, and when you can't, Boston is 68 miles away. :-)
My family went to York Beach for summers for over 50 years. I grew up in Worcester, MA. I went to college in Philadelphia, and law school in Omaha. My wife, Delinda Mercer, a psychologist, moved to from Philadelphia to Scottsbluff (where I practice law) for me. The next moving choice is her choice -- that next move will eventually be to York. Our blended family has 4 children. The oldest, Sara, went to Bates College in Lewiston, ME. Our other three children are teenagers, who love the beach.
My family started going to York when I was 4 years old. I spent many a summer in York, surfing, and working at the Oceanside Store. What surprised me is that my wife, Delinda wanted us to return there, eventually to retire. I have a photo of Nubble Light and a rainbow that I took from the deck. Everytime I look at that photo, I think of Wordsworth:
MY heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky:
So was it when my life began,
So is it now I am a man,
So be it when I shall grow old 5
Or let me die!
The child is father of the man:
And I could wish my days to be
Bound each to each by natural piety.
Edward Weston described his career in photography as his love affair with light. Every time I go back, Weston, also, comes to mind. Each time, I see something different, sometimes new. Even as I do my DIY homeowner things, sometimes, I will just stop to take in the wonders around me. The changing light, weather, sights, smells, and sounds make our home on the Nubble a multi-sensory delight for those who take the time to partake of them. We hope that you will feel that way, too.
We bought this home as it has one of the most spectacular views that I have ever seen! We and some our guests who shared their photos have tried to capture some of that sense of wonder and place. The views are remarkable all year, not just in the summer. We enjoy the fall colors; the Christmas lights on the Nubble; the clean starkness of the snow, the rebirth that is Spring, and the ocean smells and sounds of summer when we open the windows more.
As mentioned, every room has an ocean view, half the rooms have a lighthouse view. There are five levels to allow space together or away. For example, the living room, dining room, and kitchen are open to each other. The dining room has a panoramic ocean view, with the lighthouse on the left. The kitchen has black granite countertops, cherry cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and it is well outfitted to suit most needs of those who cook. There is a five burner gas stove. The appliances are mostly Breville or Cuisinart.
There is a separate game/living room with an Xbox Kinect. The first floor sunroom and the deck are other away spaces. In good weather or bad, it is a place to relax and enjoy.