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Maine Lighthouses – Touring some out-of-the-way places

May 13, 2010 by Scott Gile

One of the favorite pastimes of our guests is visiting the nearby Maine lighthouses. The closest one to Brewster House Bed & Breakfast is Portland Head Lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth. We also love to send guests to visit Cape Neddick Lighthouse (the Nubble) in York Beach, as well as Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse (Two Lights), Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Owls Head Lighthouse and Marshall Point (Port Clyde) Lighthouse. The locations of these and the other lighthouses in Maine can be seen on our lighthouse map.

Here we are at West Quoddy Head lighthouse - the Easternmost point in the USASome of our guests are already aware that we’re in the process of changing room numbers to room names, and that the names will be some of our favorite Maine lighthouses. We needed some new pictures of these lighthouses to put in the guest rooms, so we decided to venture a bit farther than most of our guests would normally go for a day trip from Freeport Maine. We went all the way to the Canadian border, to visit West Quoddy Head Lighthouse near the town of Lubec, Maine. We had a sparkling, sunny day, with vivid blue skies, as we visited this eastern-most point in the United States. While it made for a long day trip, it is a worthwhile one, and can be done with a (relatively) early start, and willingness to explore.

We were able to climb down the stairs from the park area to the rocky beach for some unusual angles to photograph the lighthouse. Since it was low tide at the time, we were able to scramble out on some of the rocks to get nice pictures back toward the beach and the lighthouse.

Lubec Maine Smokehouse and Mulholland Point Lighthouse CanadaAcross the waters of Quoddy Narrows is Great Manan Island, owned by Canada, while to the northeast, behind the lighthouse is Campobello Island, once a playground of the rich and famous, now a vacation spot that is part of New Brunswick, Canada.

While in the area, we went into the town of Lubec, where the Franklin Delano Roosevelt bridge connects the US with Campobello Island, and took photos of Canada’s Mulholland Point Lighthouse, across the river, and learned from a local museum curator about the smokehouses, where herring was caught and smoked.

Porcupine, Acadia National Park, Schoodic Peninsula MaineAs we returned to the south on US-1 we turned left at Gouldsboro Maine, to take the loop that Route 186 makes, to Winter Harbor, then into the Schoodic Peninsula and the remote part of Acadia National Park that relatively few of those who visit Maine ever see. From there we could see lobster boats passing Winter Harbor lighthouse, and we were greeted on the road by an adventurous porcupine (from whom we kept a respectful distance)! We also were able to find some fine opportunities for pictures at Prospect Harbor and Prospect Harbor lighthouse.

Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse MaineWe continued to Mount Desert Island, where we made for Bass Harbor Head lighthouse. We scrambled onto the rocks and took several photos, but were a little disappointed to find the sun almost directly behind the lighthouse, making picture-taking a bit difficult.

Driving back as night was falling, we stopped for some wonderful chowder in Camden Maine, then home to fall into bed, tired and happy after a full day of sightseeing!

Visit Maine Like A Mainer! Schoodic and Blue Hill Peninsulas

August 18, 2009 by Scott Gile

Maine Street, Blue Hill, Maine by Marian Gonsalves McMahonThe Schoodic peninsula and the Blue Hill peninsula encircle the jewel of Mount Desert Island like the pincers of a lobster. Yet for that very reason, many rush to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, without stopping to see the treasures that are these two magnificent peninsulas. This installment of our Visit Maine Like A Mainer! series takes a look at these wonderful areas.

Turning off US-1 toward the Blue Hill peninsula, just south of the route to Bar Harbor, makes you feel as though you have left civilization behind. Only the occasional farm interrupts the natural scenery as you drive toward the ocean. Taking one of the side roads, you can find yourself in one of the many villages that dot the area.

The peninsula is bounded on the west by Penobscot Bay, and on the east by Blue Hill Bay. Making your way down the west side, you’ll find South Orland, West Penobscot, South Penobscot, Castine, Brooksville, then on to Deer Isle, where you encounter Sunset and Stonington. On the east side, you encounter Surrey, Blue Hill and Brooklin. According to the regional information web site, Brooklin provides the setting for E.B White’s books, such as Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little.

The village of Blue Hill is the largest town on the peninsula, overlooking Blue Hill Bay, with a history of shipbuilding, copper mining, and granite quarrying. Today Blue Hill offers art, great food, historic lodging, and a delightful atmosphere. Detailed offerings are available from the Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.

Not far north of Mount Desert Island is West Gouldsboro, the gateway to the Schoodic peninsula. Along the west side of the peninsula, facing Frenchman Bay, lie South Gouldsboro, Summer Harbor and Winter Harbor. Along the east side is Prospect Harbor, Corea, and a lot of open space. At the tip of the Schoodic peninsula is that much less visited part of Acadia National Park known as Schoodic Point. We were recommended this by @JE_Turcotte, and a great recommendation it is!

Schoodic Peninsula
To quote the regional information site, Schoodic Point “offers a solitude rarely attainable elsewhere. Always it boasts spectacular scenery and the best surf crashing into rocks to be seen anywhere on stormy days. The interplay of land and sea and sunlight has inspired generations of poets, writers, and painters.”

Details of the lodging and dining opportunities on the Schoodic peninsula are available from the area’s Chamber of Commerce web site.

Visit Maine Like A Mainer! Downeast and Acadia

June 22, 2009 by Scott Gile

Somesville Bridge, Mount Desert Island, Maine
This stop on our tour through the regions of Maine brings us to Downeast and Acadia, for many, best known as the home of Bar Harbor, and that section of the Maine coast stretching north of Bar Harbor to the border with Canada. Previous posts can be found here.

This region has several sub-regions, each with its own beauty and activities. We won’t necessarily cover them all individually, but note that you can find out about each of them at the Downeast and Acadia region website. In this post we’ll briefly introduce the entire region, and in later posts we’ll talk more about some of the specific areas. One good overview page to check is Isabelle’s Travel Guide from @IsabellesTravel.

The area most people are familiar with is Mount Desert Island, and its best-known town, Bar Harbor. This is also the location of Acadia National Park – one of America’s most-visited national parks. The park encompasses the major part of Mount Desert Island, as well as the Schoodic Penninsula and several outlying islands. One of the sights not to miss is the view from the top of Cadillac Mountain, at 1,532 feet the tallest of the seventeen peaks in the park. The scenes from Park Loop Drive are wonderful, and you can easily visit the towns of Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor and Northeast Harbor, as well as Bass Harbor Lighthouse, and many other wonderful sights.

While Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park are perhaps the best known parts of the Downeast and Acadia region, the other parts are also well worth a visit! The East Penobscot Bay sub-region includes the wonderful new Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory, as well as Bucksport and Fort Knox (not the one with the gold, though). Its Blue Hill penninsula is beautiful, and filled with artists, charming inlets and harbors, and quaint villages.

Ellsworth and Trenton provide a wonderful gateway to Mount Desert Island, with a history of their own, antique shops, and more!

The sub-region known as Schoodic and Downeast provides a region of the Maine coast that sees far fewer visitors than the areas from Bar Harbor south. In fact, at Brewster House, we have guest who spend a few days in our area, then head north every year for several days of isolated reverie in the Schoodic and Downeast region.

Machias Bay is another historical beauty, set against the rugged Maine coast. In late August this area celebrates the Maine wild blueberries – a delight to the senses!

West Quoddy Head Lighthouse, MaineThe sub-region known as “Way Downeast” stretches along the coast to the Canadian border and includes West Quoddy Head Lighthouse – marking the easternmost point in the United States. It also stretches north and inland, to the Greater East Grand Lake region, and its magnificent wilderness vistas.

Before preparing this post, we asked friends on Twitter to recommend some of their favorite areas of Maine, saying we would link back to them if we used their recommendations. We received several great suggestions, many in this region. Those we didn’t use here, may well appear in future posts on some of the sub-regions of Downeast and Acadia.

Meanwhile, if you have any suggestions of things we should include in our “Visit Maine Like A Mainer” series, please feel free to post them in the comments, or to Tweet them to us.

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