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7 Scenic Lighthouses in Maine

Everything You Need to Know About These 7 Scenic Lighthouses in Maine

With 5,000 miles of rocky coasts and 65 historical lighthouses, Maine has earned the nickname “The Lighthouse State.” Originally created to guide sailors home, the scenic lighthouses in Maine are now considered splendid pieces of art and history, attracting thousands of visitors each year. Unfortunately, modern technology has eliminated the need for traditional lighthouse keepers making many of these structures automated or obsolete, though they remain a unique reminder of the past.

If you’re looking for more unusual sites and destinations to visit, browse other Select Registry properties offering proximity to outdoor adventures. With so many stunning scenic lighthouses in Maine, the state has plenty of other beautiful areas to explore. Learn more about our other Maine properties, or check out our tips on planning an East Coast road trip and try to visit all 65!

The Cape Neddick Lighthouse in York, Maine

Built in 1879, the Cape Neddick Lighthouse is one of the most famous lighthouses in the country. Located on Nubble Island just steps away from York Beach, this lighthouse has been nicknamed Nubble Light because it was photographed from space by the Voyager Spacecraft, which took shots of the world’s most prominent human-made structures including the Taj Mahal and Great Wall of China.

Where to Stay

Hartwell House Inn: Just 16 minutes away in Ogunquit, Maine, this beautiful accommodation is within walking distance to the Marginal cliff walk and Perkins Cove, the town’s lobster boat harbor with plenty of options for shopping and dining.

The Goat Island Light in the Cape Porpoise Area of Kennebunkport, Maine

If you’re spending your trip in the southern part of Maine, you should make time to visit Goat Island and marvel at the lighthouse. Dating back to 1835, this structure was built to oversee the entrance of the Cape Porpoise Harbor. You can catch a glimpse of it from the Cape Porpoise Pier or on a boat tour.

Where to Stay

1802 House Bed and Breakfast: Set among towering pines and beautifully landscaped gardens, the 1802 House is an elegant historic inn.

The Curtis Island Lighthouse in Curtis Island, Maine

Overlooking the Camden harbor, this scenic lighthouse in Maine was built in 1836 on the southeast end of the island. Named after Cyrus H.K. Curtis, a regular summer resident, the structure is only accessible by boat. Take a ride on the water to explore this gorgeous lighthouse.

Indian Island Lighthouse in Rockport Harbor, Maine

Named after the Native Americans who sought refuge on this island during the French and Indian War, this lighthouse dates back to 1850, though major renovations were done in 1875. The lighthouse sits on the west side of Rockport Harbor, where it safely guarded the entrance until it was put out of service in 1934. Now, it’s used as a private residence!

Where to Stay Near the Curtis Island Lighthouse & Indian Island Lighthouse

Camden Maine Stay Inn: Located in Camden Maine, the Maine Stay Inn is a short drive from both of these scenic lighthouses. When you stay at this romantic inn, you’ll also be within walking distance to the charming seaside town’s shops and restaurants.

Camden Maine Stay Inn: Just a short drive from the lighthouses, Camden Maine Stay Inn is an elegant and historic home in the heart of Camden, which is known for its culinary sophistication.

The Pemaquid Point Lighthouse in Bristol, Maine

Located at the tip of the Pemaquid Neck is this scenic Maine lighthouse! A historical landmark, the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse was built in 1829 when commissioned by President John Quincy Adams. At one point in time, the lighthouse was kept by Marcus A. Hanna, the only man ever awarded the Medal of Honor during the Civil War and Gold Lifesaving Medal. Now, the keeper’s house has been converted into the Fisherman’s Museum at Pemaquid.

Where to Stay

Topside Inn: A 40-minute drive from the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Topside Inn sits at the top of Mckown Hill with a spectacular view of Boothbay Harbor.

The Owls Head Lighthouse in Owls Head, Maine

Active to this day, the Owls Head Lighthouse occupies the entrance of Rockland Harbor on the western side of the Penobscot Bay. Built in 1826, the structure is now the centerpiece of Owls Head State Park. If you’re interested in the paranormal, you should definitely visit this site, which topped Coastal Living magazine’s list of the most haunted lighthouses. It’s rumored that at least two ghosts call this place home, one dubbed the “Little Lady,” who has been spotted in the kitchen or looking out the window.

Where to Stay

Inn at Sunrise Point: After half an hour away, you’ll find the Inn at Sunrise Point, a serene ocean hideaway in Lincolnville, Maine. Located on five secluded acres with stunning ocean views, beautiful gardens, and plenty of privacy, this bed and breakfast is the perfect spot to witness spectacular sunrises over the Penobscot Bay.

Stay Select!

Exploring the dozens of scenic lighthouses in Maine can be an exciting trip. Whether you’re traveling as a family, couple, or with a group of friends, you’re sure to have a great time discovering Maine’s coast. Check out our other properties in Maine to learn about even more lighthouses and other picturesque destinations to visit.

Best Places to Stay in Boothbay Harbor

Topside Inn Exterior at Dusk
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sitting room
Topside Inn Lobster Trap
Topside Inn Guest Room
Topside Inn Lobster Gnocchi
topside view
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Topside Inn

Boothbay Harbor, ME

Best Places to Stay in Camden

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Camden Maine Stay Inn

Camden, ME

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living room
swirl room
orange room
blue room
guest room with fireplace
blue room
sitting room
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sitting room with tub and fireplace
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The Captain Swift Inn

Camden, ME

Best Places to Stay in Kennebunkport

1802 house exterior
guest room with fireplace
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window seat
burning fire place
sitting room
teal room
lavender room
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Garden with firepit

1802 House Bed and Breakfast

Kennebunkport, ME

Best Places to Stay in Lincolnville

The Inn at Sunrise Point exterior
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The Inn at Sunrise Point Guest Room
The Inn at Sunrise Point Guest Room
The Inn at Sunrise Point fireplace
The Inn at Sunrise Point Guest Room
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The Inn at Sunrise Point Porch

Inn at Sunrise Point

Lincolnville, ME

Best Places to Stay in Ogunquit

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Hartwell House Inn

Ogunquit, ME

Trellis House Front
Perkins Cove in Ogunquit, Maine.
Trellis House Beach
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Trellis House Muffin
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The Trellis House Bed+Breakfast

Ogunquit, ME

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