7 Ocean Ave, York Beach, ME, United States
NileGuide Expert tip:
With summer's crowds long departed, autumn is a great time to enjoy searing blues at Inn on the Blues. However, call ahead in winter due to this landmark's limited hours of operation during the colder months.
When Southern Maine Seacoast locals are seeking the best in live music and delicious food, the Inn on the Blues in York, Maine is always near the top of their list. Inn on the Blues' distinctive seaside Gilded Age home is a regional landmark and, located directly across from York Beach, it is synonymous with shore vacation fun. The Inn is probably most famous as a showcase for a who's who of blues musicians. James Cotton, Albert Cummings and James Montgomery are just some of the recognizable names that have been featured at this performance mecca. The sounds of wailing saxophones and shredding guitars blasting from the Inn are as familiar as the roar of the surf around York Beach. The bar and performance spaces are spacious with a rustic, beach atmosphere charm. Intimate lighting and a large dance floor have made the Inn a favorite of tourists who are ready to party. While great music has long been its mainstay, the Inn on the Blues is also well known for its diverse menus and guest accommodations. Meal offerings make the most of the local fare including lobster and scallops whether they be steamed or broiled. Complete set-ups for functions such as bridal showers, weddings and bachelor or bachelorette parties are possible. While not luxurious, the Inn's upstairs studio and suite apartments are comfortable and feature kitchens or kitchenettes and cable TV for those extended beach vacations. For those interested in exploring the southern Maine coast nightlife, the Inn on the Blues should be near the top of their own list.