Located along the picturesque coast of southern Maine, York Beach Surf Club has just opened its doors, offering a one-of-a-kind beachfront experience. This new 52-room family-owned resort pays homage to the rich history of northeast surfing culture while providing modern amenities and a warm hospitality experience. Let’s dive into the story behind this unique destination that blends Scandinavian minimalist design with the spirit of Maine’s coastal architecture.
Originally founded in 1963 by Sonny Perkins, a local surfer who played a pivotal role in the emergence of east coast surf culture, the York Beach Surf Club has been given new life under the ownership of Sonny’s son, Taylor Perkins. In 2020, Taylor purchased the property and embarked on the largest restoration project the region has seen in two decades. The hotel’s redesign, led by Perkins’ own design team, The Surf Company, embraces a style known as ‘Scandinavian Modern Maine,’ seamlessly blending contemporary minimalist aesthetics with traditional coastal elements.
The revitalized York Beach Surf Club offers 52 brand new guest rooms and bungalows, a heated saltwater pool and pool bar, and an oceanfront lawn space featuring the “Rolling Pearl,” a fully restored vintage 1964 International Harvester milk truck serving as a raw oyster and cocktail bar. Guests can indulge in locally sourced seafood and enjoy a variety of food and beverage options, including an all-day café and bar, a coffee bar serving artisanal drinks by Daybreaker Coffee Company, and in-room dining.
Moreover, the resort provides unique-to-the-property experiences, such as on-site surf lessons with private instructors and harvest moon wine pairings on the lawn. While a full-service restaurant, Fiske, is set to debut later in the summer, the vibrant Pineapple Café already serves East and West Coast “coastal” fare, along with the Pineapple Poolside Café that offers specialty drinks and small plates by the pool.
The design of York Beach Surf Club pays tribute to the evolution of surfing from the 1960s to the present day. From the exterior featuring natural wood bands reminiscent of surfboard stringers to the carefully crafted décor pieces and materials inside, every aspect of the property reflects the art of board making and the region’s surf heritage. The entrance showcases coastal Maine elements, including Maine cedar accents, gray wood floors, and bold black fixtures. The lobby displays classic 1960s longboards and original photography collections, providing guests with a nostalgic and authentic representation of the era.
Each of the resort’s 42 hotel rooms and 10 bungalows offers indoor and outdoor spaces, allowing guests to fully immerse themselves in the coastal atmosphere. The Surf Company’s design team has meticulously crafted custom furniture, including white oak headboards, valet and closet combos, and small benches near the entry. All rooms feature photography from Sonny Perkins’ archives, giving guests a glimpse into the rich history of the Surf Club. Outdoor patios, balconies with ocean or pool views, communal fire pits, and a walking trail add to the overall experience, inviting guests to embrace the beauty of the surroundings.
York Beach Surf Club aims to connect guests with the local community through thoughtfully curated cultural and wellness experiences. Private surf lessons, curated trips to nearby attractions, and access to complimentary foam surfboards allow guests to explore the region’s natural wonders. The property also hosts food and wine events, including the York Beach Oyster Fest and York Beach Food and Wine Fest. With ongoing cultural events, live performances, and demonstrations, guests can fully immerse themselves in the vibrant atmosphere of the Surf Club.
Situated on Long Sands Beach, one of southern Maine’s most celebrated coastal destinations, York Beach Surf Club offers breathtaking views of historic lighthouses and quintessential oceanside villages. Its prime location makes it an ideal base for exploring the region, with nearby attractions such as Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Portland, Maine, just a short drive away. Whether seeking adventure, relaxation, or a taste of New England’s coastal charm, the Surf Club’s central location connects travelers with everything the area has to offer.
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