One of the best ways to learn about the rich maritime history of Maine is to visit the many impeccably preserved lighthouses that dot the state’s 5000 miles of rocky coastline. While Maine lighthouses are recognized today primarily for their unique beauty, their importance in safe maritime navigation was an invaluable resource to ship captains from the 18th until the 20th century. The difficulty of navigating the markedly dangerous coastline necessitated the creation of structures that would serve as beacons of light and sound to guide ships safely back to shore. Today, the 65 lighthouses that still stand have earned Maine the nickname “The Lighthouse State”. No trip to Vacationland would be complete without seeing at least one of these awe-inspiring structures up close and personal.
Maine has more lighthouses on the ocean than any other state in the nation, and each one has its own unique appearance, distinctive history and, more often than not, haunting legends that only add to its appeal. Fourteen of the state’s lighthouses are located in the Midcoast region, including one that has been nationally recognized for being one of the most haunted in the country! So while you’re on your Maine vacation, consider taking a lighthouse tour to experience the uniqueness of the Maine coast.
To get the most out of your visits, a guided lighthouse tour is one of the most enjoyable ways to learn as much as possible, and also one of the only ways to see some of the more secluded lighthouses. While not all of Maine’s lighthouses are open to the public, over 30 of them allow visitation to the surrounding area and many even open their doors to the public to allow them to see the interior. Long Reach Cruises, located in Bath, offers scenic lighthouse cruises and boat tours throughout the Midcoast region. All cruises include admission to the famous Maine Maritime Museum where you can explore Maine’s maritime heritage and culture through one-of-a-kind exhibits and over 20,000 documents, artifacts and pieces of artwork.
Of all of the lighthouses located in this region, Owl’s Head Lighthouse has earned the most attention for its abundance of eerie occurrences; so much so that Coastal Living magazine named it one of the ten most haunted lighthouses in the entire country1. It comes as no surprise, then, that its fascinating history makes it one of the most anticipated lighthouses to visit during tours. Owl’s Head is located near Rockland, which is home to the Maine Lighthouse Museum. Lighthouse fanatics and history buffs alike will appreciate the chance to peruse through the largest collection of lighthouse lenses, lighthouse artifacts and Coast Guard memorabilia in the United States—it’s certainly worth the trip when you’re in the area!
Other lighthouses in the area that you might get a chance to see during a guided boat tour are Brown’s Head Light, Burnt Island Light, Curtis Island Light, Doubling Point Light, Fort Point Light, Grindle Point Light, Hendrick’s Head Light, Marshall Point Light, Monhegan Light, Pemaquid Point Light, Rockland Breakwater Light, Seguin Island Light and Squirrel Island Light. For those who are truly interested in taking the opportunity to see these maritime towers, a guided tour offers you special access and unbeatable views of Maine’s lighthouses that are not reachable by car.
When it comes to unbeatable and distinctive accommodations during your Maine vacation, Sebasco Harbor Resort takes the cake—especially if you want a true lighthouse experience. Built in 1940 by the original owner of Sebasco, Nathan Cushman, the Lighthouse at Sebasco Harbor Resort offers the ideal spot for guest seeking comfort with unbeatable oceanfront views. Even though it was not built to be used as a working lighthouse, it has nonetheless served as a landmark for sailors over the years.
The Lighthouse accommodations include 10 guest rooms—two with a king bed, two with two double beds, and six with a queen. Regardless of which room you stay in, the window views that overlook the pristine, rocky coastline of Casco Bay will fill you with an inexplicable sense of serenity that you have to feel to believe. The communal top floor of the Lighthouse boasts a 360 view of the surrounding landscape through oversized windows where you can take in the natural beauty from the comfort of the room’s luxurious seating options. It’s the perfect place to end a memorable day of sightseeing along the Maine coast. Call or click to make your reservations now!
1. “Top 10 Haunted Lighthouses.” Coastalliving.com. Coastal Living, n.d. Web. <http://www.coastalliving.com/travel/top-10/top-10-haunted-lighthouses-00400000000244/>.