When you’re a professional photographer, your camera is your paintbrush, and the world is your canvas. There is a place in New England, a hidden gem, that we want to share with you. It’s a town called York, and it’s in southern Maine. About 90 minutes from Boston, and you have easy access to New Hampshire and Vermont, as well. We try to get to York a few times a year, and when we do, we always stay at The Union Bluff. We don’t have to bring a camera with us everywhere we go, but what fun would that be? Having just returned after a couple of days in York (which included watching a certain ill-fated football game at The Union Bluff Pub), we wanted to share some of the fun and photos.
View of The Union Bluff Hotel from York Beach
If you are wondering why we’d return to the same spot, time after time, take a visit to York and you’ll find your answer pretty quick. Filled with the nicest, friendliest and most “down home” people you’ll ever meet, one visit and you’ll be hooked, too.
York is also home to what is said to be “the most photographed lighthouse in the world”. Cape Neddick Lighthouse, more commonly known as “Nubble Light”, is a beauty to behold. Located down the road from The Union Bluff at Sohier Park, Nubble Light has ample free parking and many views to easily photograph it from many angles.
Cape Neddick Lighthouse, also known as "Nubble Light".
It’s not always rest and relaxation at York Beach. We have been commissioned more than once for family portraits in the area. One of our favorites, little Waverly, was taken about 2 years ago. We hear she has a new baby brother, and is ready for some new family portraits.
Waverly posing on the grassy knoll, to the side of The Union Bluff Hotel, York Beach behind her.
If you’re looking for a quiet getaway, or if you’re not a “jump in the ocean” beach person, visit York off-season. If you like swimming in the ocean, an old-fashioned arcade and bowling alley, and some hustle and bustle”, visit in the summer. You can walk to York Zoo from The Union Bluff via an easy stroll through the quaint downtown area. Back at the hotel, you can see, hear and smell the ocean from your balcony.
The view of York Beach from The Union Bluff Hotel just after sunrise.
If you take the trip to York, or if you have already been, let us know what you think. We’d love to compare notes!