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New England lodging >>> The Inn at Long Sands, York Beach, Maine

Editor's Note:  The Inn a Long Sands became, in May 2009. The 123 Restaurant and Inn. You can read our recent review on The 123 here!

Inn at Long Sands, York Beach, MaineThe Inn at Long Sands offers top-notch lodging and breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean

by Eric H.

YORK BEACH, MAINE -- The Inn at Long Sands can do no wrong. Located directly across the street from the Atlantic Ocean, the views alone make it worth a special trip.

Unlike some other lodging destinations on the same road, The Inn at Long Sandsdoesn't take advantage of its splendid

location by goofing off . You won't find rooms, support beams or staff falling apart at the seams. You won't come across unknowledgeable waitresses at the breakfast room saying they are out of bread. The hot tub is hot, every room faces the ocean instead of the dumpster, and all the pieces to the chess board are intact. The smell of homemade muffins and coffee in the afternoon are only topped by the bracing salt air permeating through the warm and inviting seaside door.

Immaculately maintained by the Masse family, the Inn at Long Sands features eight large-sized, individually decorated roomswith New England character. The private balconies offer incredible, unobstructed views of Long Sands Beach, one of the best beaches in Maine. Families saturate this wonderful two-mile stretch where the water is cold, but the appeal of the area isn't. Long Sands Beach is perfect for strolling, sunning, building a sandcastle, or just meeting friendly people. If you don't mind the frigid waters, it is also perfect for swimming. Sometimes, it's just best to relax on your own private balcony, and admire Long Sands Beach with the one you love.

The main lobby, with its hardwood floors and fireplace and ocean presence, is pure New England, as well as the main dining room with sun pouring into your breakfast time from myriad windows. It's like a big sunroom with nice people taking care of you. The same can be said for the outdoor porch, also ideal for breakfast, or just lounging at eye level with the ocean.

The Inn at Long Sands is truly special at nighttime. At night, hear the gentle roar of the ocean and have it lull you to sleep--there are few better feelings than this symphony, produced by Mother Nature. No Sharper Image sound machine can duplicate the marvelous sounds coming from Long Sands Beach.

The Inn at Long Sands may be quaint, but it isn't outdated. Free high speed wireless Internet, guest controlled heating, cable television and private phones in each room and the hot tub on the deck out back round out a total experience for even the most finnicky lodgers.

While many consider summer the ideal time to visit York Beach, the other three seasons have their own special qualities. Fall brings wonderful foliage and fewer crowds; winter, with virtually no crowds and an opportunity to relax and walk the stark, vacant expanses of the beaches, and then be rewarded with a cup of hot chocolate or tea at a cozy local restaurant; and spring with its flowers blooming and the chance to take nice, long walks in comfortable lightweight jackets.

No matter what time of year, there's no better starting point in York Beach than staying at The Inn at Long Sands. Just because seasons change doesn't mean the ocean goes away. Choose your time to stay and you'll come back a big fan of Maine. The ocean has that kind of pull, and the Inn at Long Sands delivers that presence -- and a fine staff -- for you to enjoy.

The Inn at Long Sands, 125 Long Beach Ave., York Beach, Maine 03910, Tel. (207) 363-5132


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