10 Things To Do In Southern Maine After Visiting The Distillery
York is a beautiful coastal town in Southern Maine. We have a lot of visitors at Wiggly Bridge Distillery who travel from out of town just to visit this coastal beauty. While sipping on their craft cocktails people often plan their next few days in Southern Maine by asking what they can do while they are in town. Below are some favorite things to do in Southern Maine other than sip on some delightful handcrafted spirits.
Wiggley Bridge –
No we are not talking about the distillery. We are talking about the actual Wiggley Bridge which, in fact, is the worlds smallest suspension pedestrian bridge!
Located right off of Route 103 it is a short, but beautiful walk. It is one of the best ways to experience Maine’s beauty in just about a mile. Heighten your senses by walking across this “wiggly” bridge and feel the wind and watch the water rush beneath you as you cross. Once over the bridge, it leads to a series of foot paths through the woods. A great way to spend some time outside with the family.
Fisherman’s Walk –
You can keep your car right where you parked to visit the Wiggley Bridge and start your next adventure on a gravel footpath that begins on the same side as where the parking is located on Route 103. The York River will be on your right as you continue down and pass by some waterfront historical housing. It is a simple, quiet, and calming walking path. Take in the ocean air and watch as boats pass by. This walk is not terribly long and by the end of it you will stumble upon Harbor Beach.
Cliff Walk –
If you’re up for it, you can continue on from the Fisherman’s walk and move forward to a more rugged pedestrian path called the Cliff Walk. This path begins just past the Harbor Beach where you left off from the Fisherman’s Walk. This path is a bit more laborious as you do have to do some climbing and sometimes the ocean elements can beat down some areas of the path. It is another way to take in the breathtaking Southern Maine scenery.
Nubble Light House –
First illuminated on July 1, 1879, the Nubble Light House is visited by thousands of tourists annually. It is said to be the most photographed New England lighthouses. It is a beautiful lighthouse built on a rocky island just a few hundred feet from the shore. It makes for the perfect spot to take pictures, paint, or sit back and take in its beauty while breathing in the ocean air. It is certainly a worthwhile visit. For more history or other general information for the lighthouse you can check out the official Nubble Light House website.
Long Sands Beach –
York is home to some beautiful coastline views. It wouldn’t be a coastal town without sandy beaches to burry your toes in. A favorite is Long Sands Beach which is about a mile long sandy beach that runs parallel to Route 1A. There is a public restroom and metered parking along the way. At Long Sands Beach you are able to swim, surf (in certain areas) and play volleyball. You’ll want to keep an eye on the tide as the beach almost disappears when the tide comes in. On a beautifully clear day you may be able to see the Nubble Light House in the distance as well as Boon Island.
Short Sands Beach –
When the tide is up on Long Sands Beach you can head just about mile north to Short Sands Beach, which is just that, a short beach. This beach has a higher sand bar so you have room to sunbath no matter if the tide is in or out! Short Sands Beach is wonderful to bring your family as it is walking distance to restaurants, kid activities, gift shops and it is the home to Wiggly Bridge Distillery’s original location!
People come from all over New England and even Canada to catch surf at Long Sands Beach. There is a local surf shop where you can rent boards and have a blast riding the waves. The designated area where surfing is permitted is marked by orange flags or buoys. It is a great area for long boarders and beginners. Check out http://www.liquiddreamssurf.com/ to get more information on rentals and the surf in York, Maine!
Mount Agamenticus –
Affectionately called “Mt. A” and known for its unique trail system, it is a reservation park that provides habitats for wildlife and a beautiful venue for hiking, biking, and sightseeing. Depending on the time of year, it is an awesome place to bring out your snowshoes. At the summit, on a clear day, you may even be able to see as far as Boston. Check out Mt. A’s website for trail maps or to plan group event!
Museums of Old York –
Looking to go back in time and brush up on your history? Time stands still at the Museums of Old York. See what life was like three centuries ago in a series of historic buildings. A favorite is the Old Gaol (jail) which is incredibly, the nations oldest royal prison. Visitors are welcomed and the museums are open year round. Check out their website for special events and other information.
Fort Foster –
Another breathtaking spot, that over looks Portsmouth Harbor, to bring the family. This is a town owned park that is located in Kittery Point and provides you with trails, playground, picnic areas and the remains of the actual fort. If you have a kayak or paddle board you can bring that too! For more information maps and trails check out the official Fort Foster website.
For information on where to eat, stay or play check out The Greater York Maine Chamber of Commerce