Bundle Up for Maine’s Best Beacons on the Coast
Maine is famous for its picturesque lighthouses scattered along the coast. While they’re especially great in the summer, have you ever visited these purpose-built structures in the winter? That’s arguably the best time of the year to visit. Marvel over these practical and historic beacons of safety, framed by the harsh and raw beauty of the ocean in winter.
Out of Maine’s 65 lighthouses and 3,478 miles of coastline, we’ve narrowed down the top three lighthouses to visit this winter to make the most of your trip. Most if not all are open to the public, with one offering a special viewing of the private quarters where the lighthouse keeper would stay in years past.
Are you ready to explore our collection of the most beautiful lighthouses to visit in Maine this winter? Shine on!
Get Your Camera Ready for These Maine Lighthouses
Still in use today, the Cape Neddick Light Station was built by Congress in 1879 and began operating that same year. The builders were instructed to construct the structure on a “Nub” of land, which would eventually inspire the lighthouse’s unique moniker. To help protect this Maine treasure, the Nubble Lighthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places to preserve its historical presence for future generations to enjoy.
If you or a client want to live on the coast and take in the “Nub,” the median home value here in York is $492,174.
Built in 1791, Portland’s famous Portland Headlight is the oldest lighthouse in the state. Located on Cape Elizabeth, this lighthouse comes with an award-winning museum. The Headlight is the most photogenic lighthouse in the state, so it’s no surprise that it’s also easily one of the most photographed lighthouses in all of America. With jagged rocks, white cap crashing waves, and a natural beautiful shape of the shore, photos taken here will quickly become your favorite.
Help your client get close to the crashing waves and picturesque coastline by owning a home in Portland. The median home value is $362,110.
Constructed in 1827 after being commissioned by John Quincy Adams, the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse offers a unique experience for guests. There is a Fisherman’s Museum on the first floor, and an apartment (available for short-term rentals) sits on the second floor.
Skip the lighthouse rental and own a piece of the historic area yourself. The median home value is $206,838, coming in at one of the lowest median prices on the Maine coastline.
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