A winter getaway had been on our agenda for months. We just couldn't seem to find time for it, however. And we weren't really sure where we wanted to go. A great package at the York Harbor Inn helped us decide and also served to help us choose a time frame to get away, since the price was good until the end of March. It was a wonderful package deal -- a fabulous price on the room (and we actually ended up with a free upgrade to a nicer room, too!), plus it included a voucher for a free meal. The breakfast is included in the price anyway, so we would use our meal voucher for supper on one of the nights.
It was pouring rain as we headed for the seacoast, but it really couldn't dampen our spirits. It was still raining when we arrived in Kittery, where we had planned to eat lunch. We had already decided that the Weathervane Seafood Restaurant would be our choice for lunch. After a nice seafood meal, we headed across the street to browse at Kittery Trading Post until it was time to check in at the inn. (It was still pouring rain and we were literally streaming with water as we left the car.) We especially enjoyed looking at the camping gear and the nifty home decor.
Thankfully, the rain had slackened a bit by the time we arrived at the inn. Thanks to our free upgrade, we found that we would be in the building below, the Yorkshire House. I failed to get a photo, so the one below, taken in a much nicer season, is from the website.
|Photo from York Harbor Inn.com|
|View from our room -- we often came and went by those stone steps|
|The Cliff Path is accessed via a park right across from the Inn|
We relaxed for the rest of the afternoon and, since we planned to use our meal voucher for the following night's supper, we eventually went in search of a place to eat. I had done a little research online, but all of the likely places were closed because of it being the off season. We finally ended up stopping at Wild Willy’s Burgers because we were both quite hungry. Once we figured out the ordering system, with the help of a friendly fellow customer, we chose simple burgers and hand-cut fries. Delicious! The murals on the walls in the main eating area were unusual and very nice. We saw the one just below from where we sat. Mr. T had to duck into adjoining booths to get pictures of the others.
|Isn't this beautiful? Loved this scene.|
|Depiction of a cloudy sky on the ceiling|
|The light detracts a little but not too much. Notice the soaring eagle at the top left.|
|Snowy mountain range above the forest scene|
|Cranberry cinnamon roll, and coffeecake|
|Partial view of the dining room|
|View from our table|
|There was a view of the sea between this house and carriage house, but the overcast sky rendered it nearly invisible.|
|We thought this whale weathervane very interesting|
|This door in the wall around a mansion fascinated us. That's not a window in the door. It's a mirror!|
After lunch we went for a nice long walk in Betty's neighborhood in Kittery. Then we returned to the inn and relaxed until time for supper. The main dining room wasn't open for dinner at this season, so we ate at the Ship’s Cellar Pub in the lower level of the Inn. It really does look like one is in a ship's dining room on an old ship. The woodwork is amazing. We were not in the area pictured below, but were in a side area which was also nifty. There are two fireplaces in the Ship's Cellar Pub.
|Photo from York Harbor Inn.com|
|The windows in the area where we were seated look just like portholes.|
|The Atlantic Ocean is across the street just on the other side of that fence.|
|The baked stuffed haddock that Mr. T ordered. We both had mashed potatoes and roasted asparagus for the sides.|
|It included dessert! He had flourless chocolate cake with whipped cream and a dish of vanilla ice cream alongside.|
|I chose a sort of blueberry lime mousse. Absolutely amazing.|
and another walk before heading out. On the way home we walked for a bit on the Long Sands beach and we also stopped to visit Nubble Light.