When thinking “quintessential Maine,” a few things come to mind–blueberry pie, lobster, stunning lighthouses that dot the Maine coastline. Fortunately, there are plenty of lighthouses to explore just a stone’s throw from our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast.
Whether you want to spend a day visiting lighthouses from Kittery to Portland and beyond, or just check out one for the requisite photo-op for Instagram, there are plenty of all shapes and sizes to choose from. And on a summer day like today, you’ll definitely need the hashtag #nofilter – because they are so beautiful all on their own!
Whaleback Lighthouse might guard the mouth of Portsmouth Harbor, but it sits firmly in Maine waters, making this Kittery Point lighthouse Maine’s southern most lighthouse. You can stop to check out this light on your drive into Maine, but only visitors on Sundays (from Memorial Day until Columbus Day) will have the awesome experience of a tour of the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse!
Between here and the northern shores of Portland’s Casco Bay, you encounter ten more stunning lighthouses. York Maine is home to two such lighthouses, but the Nubble Light, is particularly photogenic – yes, definitely Instagram worthy. Enjoy a “nibble on Nubble” with a great spot for lunch and ice cream right next door for some extra time to enjoy the sights.
Right here in Kennebunkport, just a few minutes’ drive from our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast, you’ll find Goat Island Light. One of the smallest lighthouses in Maine, it recently underwent a major renovation to restore it to its historic look. While you can’t walk out to tour it, it is just a short paddle by kayak (check out Coastal Maine Kayak and Bike for rentals) to explore on foot. Head a few miles north from Kennebunkport Maine to Biddeford Pool, which is home to Wood Island Lighthouse. Here you can enjoy summer tours of the lighthouse keeper’s home, the wildlife sanctuary grounds, and the light tower itself!
Even more stunning lighthouses dot the coastline in the Cape Elizabeth and Greater Portland area, but Portland Head Light is a personal favorite! Fort Williams Park is perfect for a seaside picnic and offers plenty of grounds for exploring, but best of all, Portland Head Light offers a great lighthouse museum. The lighthouse itself is stunning, surrounded by rocky cliffs and open ocean vistas.
But no matter which lighthouses you choose to explore this summer, you’ll find plenty to explore close to our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast!