Southern Maine Lighthouses
Ahh, the romance of a lighthouse! Sure it may be lonely living and there is a light going around and around all the time – but with it comes the beauty of the sea and ocean living. And a great reason to visit: Maine Lighthouse Weekend. Always in September– so you can think of it as an early celebration of Fall – the weekend is highlighted by lighthouse open houses and fantastic coastal views.
Here are our top five ways to enjoy Maine Lighthouse weekend
The Nubble Light
Set on a rocky island outlet, the Cape Neddick Lighthouse – the Nubble as it is affectionately called – is one of the most painted and photographed lighthouses in the world. The treacherous cable basket across brings to life how difficult a job it was to man this lighthouse, even just a few yards across. The crashing waves and the swift ocean current create fantastic views. And with a little gift shop and welcome center, this is definitely one of the more enjoyable lighthouses to visit.
The Goat Island Light
One can view this light off the Cape Porpoise Pier or by boat tour. The lighthouse is maintained by the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, who occasionally offers tours of the Goat Island and the Light for an up close and in depth adventure. Plus this gives you amply reason to drive by Walker Point and check out Kennbunkport for lunch.
The Portland Head Light
Portland Maine is home to the oldest lighthouse in the state, the Portland Head Light, which was commissioned by George Washington in 1791. It is located in Fort Williams Park, a popular place for picnics, hiking and sunbathing in the summer overlooking Casco Bay. And since you are enjoying a beautiful September day in Maine, why not pack a picnic and take a short drive from Ogunquit to take in the tranquil bay?
The Bug Light
While on the way to your picnic, you can also see Bug Light in Portland’s busy harbor. If you choose to stop in South Portland, visit the Portland Breakwater Lighthouse, aka Bug Light. It is also home to the Liberty Ship Memorial and Greenbelt Walkway to view the skyline of Portland. You may even make this the stop for appetizers since it is also known for picnicking. Or maybe just take in the South Portland Historical Museum for an extra bonus.
The Wood Island Light
Located off an island in Biddeford Pool – or as many know it, Fortune’s Rocks – the Wood Island Light offers special tours abound the LightRunner in July & August. It is really quite a treat – You will have a beautiful half-mile walk along the elevated wooden boardwalk to the lighthouse and the opportunity to tour the keeper’s house, climb the tower, explore the grounds and take photos.
Still not sure about Maine Lighthouse Weekend?
Add a little extra fun with a walk along Marginal Way to Ogunquit’s own little lighthouse or start in Southern Maine, then hop up to Camden and Mid-Coast for even more coastal views. Be sure to bring your camera. There really is nothing as beautiful as the Maine coast and the joy of visiting real working Maine Lighthouses.
If you’re thinking of visiting our Ogunquit hotel in September to enjoy a cozy cocktail by the pub fireplace or to head to Maine for a weekend getaway, check out our Maine Lighthouse package and great hotel room choices with a central location.