Over 70 Lighthouses stand sentry over the Maine coast, and seven of them can be seen from the Boothbay Harbor Region. Once tended by dedicated light keepers and their families, most towers are now either automated or decommissioned. For many people the world over, however, nothing embodies the spirit of Maine like the image of the lighthouse keeping vigil along the rugged coast.
The Inn at Cuckolds Lighthouse, erected in 1892 off the tip of Southport Island, has welcomed thousands of vessels passing each year. The Inn at Cuckolds Lighthouse is set to open this summer as a luxurious retreat for adventurous travelers who want to experience their own private island while staying in the lighthouse. Guests will be transported to the Cuckolds by licensed Launch Captains in a restored Navy motor whaleboat.
Burnt Island Light is the most prominent lighthouse seen from Boothbay Harbor. Built in 1821, its red light is visible for 12 miles, and it foghorn can be heard throughout the harbor. Living History Tours are available in season, with the roles of former light keeper and his family played by local actors & historians.
Hendricks Head Light in Southport was built in 1829 off the tip of Southport. Its 43 foot tower is small compared to many, is no longer operational, and is now privately owned, but easily visible from the beach.
Ram Island Light in Boothbay is only 36 feet above mean high tide, but its light can be seen for 13 miles. There’s a great view from Grimes Cove at Ocean Point, but the light is best seen from a boat passing between Ram and Fisherman’s Island.
Sequin Light, Georgetown, is Maine’s second oldest lighthouse, built in 1795, and its highest, at 180 feet above mean tide. It can only be seen by boat.
Pemaquid Point Light, Bristol, sits atop a magnificent outcropping of igneous rock that tumbles down into the sea for hundreds of yards from the light. Built in 1827, it is so quintessentially Maine that it was chosen as the image for the Maine state quarter. The former light keeper’s house serves as fisherman’s museum. This lighthouse is well worth the 45 minute drive from Boothbay.
Monhegan Island Light, Monhegan Island, was built in 1824, at the site of a 1614 fishing settlement. Look for an excursion from Boothbay Harbor to get you there.
A group of local citizens are working together to restore the Cuckolds light. For more information on the project and how you can help, visit the Cuckolds website by clicking here. To view the lighthouse when you are in Boothbay Harbor, visit us at Newagen Seaside Inn for a nice view from the coast or we would be happy to show you the town landing where the view of the Cuckolds, surrounding islands and Maine coast is magnificent.
The New York TImes recently featured Rachel Carson and her connection to Southport Island and Newagen Seaside Inn in their August 17, 2012 story entitled “Rachel Carson’s ‘Rugged Shore in Maine”. They truly captured her love of the Maine Coast, Southport Island and Newagen Seaside Inn.
The New Times writes:
“The coast northeast of Portland indents to green, hilly peninsulas and fjord-like estuaries — “salt-water rivers, now arms of the sea,” in Carson’s words. I drove along one of those rivers, the Sheepscot, to Boothbay Harbor, a white-clapboard fishing village and resort, where shops and restaurants slope down to a busy waterfront. As I passed onto a swing bridge that leads to Southport Island, the location of Carson’s cottage, the hectic, information-laden world began to slip away.
The island retains the pristine timelessness that attracted Carson, with its “deep dark woodland and rugged shore.” I meandered five miles south to Cape Newagen, the island’s tip, site of the Newagen Seaside Inn, a hotel dating from 1816 that Carson often visited. The stately white colonial building sits above “the hollow boom of the sea striking against the rocks,” she wrote.
The owners of Newagen, Scott and Corinne Larson, invite you to visit Newagen Seaside Inn and the Rachel Carson monument. Many Rachel followers make the pilgrimage to the “the rock” where her ashes are scattered. The stately Adirondack chairs overlooking the rocky coast and saltwater river provide a spot where one can reflect on her impact and appreciate the world around us that moved Rachel Carson and others to protect. For more information or to visit, contact Newagen Seaside Inn directly at 1-800-654-5242. Or to make reservations, click here.
Photo: Chris Becker, NY Times
Quote: Frank M. Meola, NY Times August 17, 2012
Let’s face it, when summer hits and vacation comes, we look for those road side stands, diners, dives and ice cream scoops. Charles Kuralt said, “You can find your way across this country using burger joints the way a navigator uses stars.” Ain’t that the truth! So we’ll just say we use these places as a road map for a good New England vacation. Mr. Kuralt spent much time in the Boothbay Harbor region and I’m sure frequented some of our favorite hang outs near the Maine Coast, in and around Boothbay Harbor and even across the Maine border.
1) Moody’s Diner (our favorite) located on Route 1 has served over 1 million guests since 1927. They’ve made themselves famous serving the comfort foods you’d expect from a Route 1 diner such as blueberry pancakes, Thanksgiving dinner, great soups, chowders and homemade desserts. Be sure to try their four berry pie a la mode.
2) Red’s Eats, located in Wiscasset on Route 1, has been causing traffic jams since 1938. Global foodies make the pilgrimage to chow on their best sellers, a $22 Lobster Roll or fried clams. They also serve hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese, chicken sandwiches, ice cream among other things. The building is about the size of a mini van and there is no inside seating. Long lines (of about an hour or more) have caused local citizens to propose a by pass to ease congestion. Others have suggested moving Red’s Eats.
3) As we move outside of Boothbay Harbor, another classic diner that’s a Maine favorite is Becky’s Diner located on Commercial Street in Portland. This is a Maine experience at its best, cheap eats, diverse crowds and if you’re lucky Millie will be your waitress. Their motto, “Nuthin finah, than a Becky’s Dinah.” You can get breakfast all day or a Lobster Roll with an entire lobster for $13.95. That may seem steep, but compare it to Red’s Eats at $22. If you’re in Portland, skip the chains and hit this classic hang out.
4) Just south of the border in Portsmouth, New Hampshire is The Friendly Toast. A quirky, very casual, kid friendly, retro, off the wall diner. Not for those who are in a rush. Expect a 30 minute wait, on a good day, but well worth the wait.
In addition to these 4, there are a plethora of fabulous local markets, general stores and dives throughout the state with salty staff and savory dishes. To begin planning your food centered vacation, contact the vacation planning experts at Newagen Seaside Inn at 1-800-654-5242.
The Farnsworth Art Museum offers a nationally recognized collection of American art in its elegantly appointed galleries. Such great names in 18th and 19th-century American art history as Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Sully, Thomas Eakins, Eastman Johnson, Fitz Hugh Lane, Frank Benson, Childe Hassam, and Maurice Prendergast are represented in the museum’s permanent collection entitled Maine In America.
The museum also houses the nation’s second-largest collection of works by premier 20th-century sculptor Louise Nevelson and has opened four new galleries to showcase contemporary art. Its Wyeth Center exclusively features works of N.C., Andrew, and Jamie Wyeth – Americas first family of Art.
The Farnsworth also owns two other buildings open to the public. The Farnsworth Homestead, located behind the museum, offers a glimpse into the life of prosperous Victorians. A 25 minute drive away in th village of Cushing is the Olson House, perhaps Maine’s most famous home, which was immortalized in Andrew Wyeth’s notes painting Christina’s World. Ask at the museum for directions or information. The museum is open daily 10am to 5pm. 16 Museum Street, Rockland, Maine (207) 596-6457
To begin planning your Maine vacation, contact the vacation planning specialists at Newagen Seaside Inn at 1-800-654-5242.
Pemaquid Point, with its dramatic streaks of granite reaching to the sea, squeezed and shaped by massive movements thousands of years ago, would be a fascinating place to visit even without its pretty white lighthouse. The spot is one of the most visited attractions of the Maine coast, receiving more than 100,000 visitors each year.
The picket fence, which is a work of art, is worth the trip alone. The light keeper’s house is now a museum, and there is an art gallery at the park, but the best part of this trip is climbing around on the point itself, enjoying the spectacular scenery and taking the inevitable photo of the light reflected tidal pool. The Lighthouse is open in season from 9am to 5pm.
To begin planning your Maine vacation, contact one of the vacation planning specialists at Newagen Seaside Inn at 1-800-654-5242.