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Waking Up To A Maine Beach Sunrise

Sunrise at Long Sands Beach, York Beach, Maine
Long Sands Beach in the early morning. Buy this scene as a decorative pillow.

Article, photos by Eric Hurwitz created for on 9/23/2021. Find us on Twitter: @newenglandinfo

One of my all-time favorite things to do in Maine is waking up early while staying at the fantastic Grand View Inn and Cottages and walking across the street to Long Sands Beach to experience a magical sunrise.

Yes, it would be more convenient opening the shade, peeking out the window, taking a look at the splendid views and then going back to bed.  Walking 50 ft. to the beach from the Inn, however, makes a big difference in what the human eye sees..

Panoramic sunrise of Long Sands Beach in York Beach, Maine
Panoramic view of Long Sands Beach at sunrise.

On the right morning (depending upon the weather conditions), the aptly-named Long Sands Beach affords, as a main course, the most spectacular, expansive views with a bright orange sky serving as the yummy, sweet creamsicle dessert in the sky. Looking due east, all you see are rocks, sand, water and sunrise. There's no need for any more elements to complete the scene.

This location is clearly not just for the birds...

Sunrise at Long Sands Beach, York Beach, Maine
Bird walks on the beach.

September makes for a nice time to visit although any month will do (the Grand View is open from May 1 to Oct. 31, though). At this time, the sun rises around 6:20 a.m. (not super early!). The summer crowds are gone so even fewer people walk Long Sands early in the morning. This allows for the feeling that you virtually have the whole place to yourself. It sure makes for a great stroll...

Sunrise on Long Sands Beach, York Beach, Maine
The expansive Long Sands Beach during sunrise. Buy this scene as a decorative pillow.

And here's some additional great news: This location is only about an hour from Boston, Mass. No need to drive a gazillion miles up the Maine coast to get a true taste of the state's true seaside beauty!

Long Sands Beach is located on Long Sands Ave. (Route 1A). The
Grand View Inn and Cottages is located at 800 York St. (Long Sands Ave., Route 1A), York Harbor, Maine.

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Up for another sunrise in York? Let's take a drive up the road to Nubble Lighthouse.

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Looking for a great place to eat in southern Maine? Jonathan's in Ogunquit is definitely your place.

You've just seen this sunrise. Now how about a sunset? If that sounds good, you've got to check out Old Silver Beach in Falmouth, Mass.

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