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This Gilded Age resort has become an upscale summer-cottage community, very different from neighboring York Beach ME.




York Harbor, at the mouth of the York River, is an upscale summer resort with a bit of the flavor of nearby Ogunquit.

Once a community of fishermen, it was developed into a Gilded Age seaside resort in the 1870s, and competed with Newport RI and Bar Harbor ME for wealthy summer residents.

Some vacationers came to stay in York Harbor's grand hotels, others to build large summer cottages of their own.

The Gilded Age is gone, the resort hotels have been demolished, but York Harbor retains a wonderful variety of late 1800s/early 1900s houses in Shingle style, with public buildings in Mission Revival, Colonial Revival, and Second Empire styles.

It is still an upscale community. Compared to neighboring York Beach, which is eclectically popular, York Harbor is aristocratic in feeling.

It's interesting to bike, walk or drive around York Harbor to see its period architecture. York Harbor's beaches are small, with small and exclusive parking lots. In fact, parking places are at a premium in the town, which is presumably the way local residents want it.

—by Tom Brosnahan

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