Orchard Cottage offers year round vacation rentals, weekend getaways, family reunions and retreats in York Harbor, Maine. Our spacious, charmingly appointed, 8 bedroom home is ideally located for seaside activities, enjoys harbor views and ocean breezes and is just a short walk to the beach. © 2012 Orchard Cottage Website Design by Barr Design www.laurabarrdesign.com
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Spend the day in York Harbor: Take an early morning stroll on the beach. Take Fisherman's Walk along the river to the Wiggly Bridge. Pick up lobsters for dinner at Sewell's Bridge. Visit John Hancock Wharf and George Marshall Store Gallery. Spend the afternoon at the beach and enjoy the Cliff Walk.

Spend the day in York Village: Have Breakfast at the Bagel Basket. Visit Historic York including the Olde Goal (Jail), a One Room Schoolhouse, John Hancock Wharf and the old George Marshall Store Gallery. http://www.oldyork.org/Visit/index.html
Visit the local shops, the Farmer's Market, and Stonewall Kitchens http://www.stonewallkitchen.com for lunch and shopping.

Spend the day in York Beach: Walk along Long Sands and Short Sands Beaches. Visit the famous Nubble Lighthouse. Go duck pin bowling, and watch salt water taffy being made in York Beach after lunch at Goldenrod's old fashioned soda fountain restaurant http://www.thegoldenrod.com. Visit the playground, the zoo and the amusement park. Get ice cream at Brown's homemade ice cream shop. Drive up to Cape Neddick Beach. Stop at Pie in the Sky Bakery on Route One on the way home for a wild Maine blueberry pie for supper.

Spend the day in Kittery: Explore Fort Foster, on Gerrish Island, and Fort McClary, and view the lighthouses. Have lunch at Chauncey Creek Lobster Pound. Shop at the Kittery Outlets. Don't miss Kittery Trading Post. http://www.kitterytradingpost.com Visit “When Pigs Fly” bakery on the way home for some fabulous breads.

Spend the day in Ogunquit: Explore the shops, restaurants, and galleries. Walk along the “Marginal Way” a paved pathway along the ocean's edge. Enjoy breathtaking views. Go for a swim at the Ogunquit beach. Have lunch at Barnacle Billy's in Perkins Cove. Don't miss the Harbor Candy Shop http://www.harborcandy.com.

Spend the day in Portsmouth, New Hamshire, just 15 minutes away: Stroll the cobblestone streets. Explore the shops and many restaurants. Visit the historic village at Strawbery Banke. Watch the boats go by on the river from Prescott Park. Enjoy an outdoor concert. Check out the tugboats. Go whale watching or visit the Isles of Shoals http://www.islesofshoals.com by boat.

Spend the day in Portland, just 45 minutes away: Visit the Old Wharf area and its shops and restaurants. Visit the Art Museum, the Children's Museum and the Firehouse Museum.

There is so much to do!

Just a two minute walk from the house you'll find York Harbor's lovely crescent beach. The ocean water is clear and pristine and perfect for a swim or just to cool your feet. The beach has fine, soft sand which is perfect for building sandcastles or taking a moonlight stroll. The surf is usually gentle and body surfing and boogie boarding are popular. There's a cliff walk which takes you along the water's edge and provides spectacular views. Magnificent homes and dramatic rocky bluffs dot the coastline.

Just across from the property there's a beautiful park that sits on a bluff overlooking the ocean. There are 3 restaurants within walking distance of the house and two inns. There are many other wonderful restaurants in York as well as in Ogunquit and Portsmouth, N.H., which are both just 15-20 minutes away. There is a binder in the house filled with brochures and menus from many of the surrounding restaurants and attractions.

York Harbor boasts a varied and unique natural beauty. The York River empties into a peacefully protected harbor and then into the wide Atlantic. Just upriver from the harbor are inlets and grassy wetlands perfect for kayaking. The York River is tidal and its swift current and accompanying eddies make for a fun ride.Walks along the river's edge provide some stunning vistas. Boat lovers can see many of the classic boats, typical of the Maine coast, that are moored along the river. You can stroll through the Steedman Woods by crossing over the "Wiggly Bridge", a short walk up the river and just north of Route 103. Between Steadman Woods and Sewell's Bridge you can explore Hancock Wharf. Once owned and operated by John Hancock, the barn which housed the operation has been preserved and is open to the public. Stop in next door to see exhibits of New England artists at the George Marshall Store Gallery
http://www.georgemarshallstoregallery.com. Just up the river is Sewell's Bridge where you can fish or stop to pick up fresh lobster, right off the boats.

The back roads and trails around York Harbor are perfect for walking, running or biking. You can enjoy live theatre at the Ogunquit Playhouse, and concerts or movies at the Portsmouth Music Hall http://www.themusichall.org. Charter a boat and go fishing or lobstering. Go whale watching. Go shopping at the Kittery Outlets or drive to LL Bean in Freeport. Visit York's Wild Kingdom http://www.yorkzoo.com, the museums of Portland York Beach Amusement Park http://www.yorkzoo.com/amusements.htm, Ogunquit galleries or spend an afternoon at the historic village of Strawbery Banke http://www.strawberybanke.org in Portsmouth.

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Originally named Kelly Cottage, Frank D. Marshall built the house in 1913. The prominent Portland, ME architect John Calvin Stevens is believed to have designed the house. During the boom of 1880-1890, many summer mansions and cottages were built in York Harbor while the town joined Newport and Bar Harbor as fashionable East Coast summer destinations.