Monday, April 19, 2010

Nubble Lighthouse

Lighthouses in Maine. The two go together like, Florida and oranges! Many people come to Ogunquit, Maine every year and want to see the dramatic coastline, and the lighthouses that dot the seashore. There are a couple of lighthouses in the Ogunquit area.  One is the fabled Nubble Lighthouse.
I decided to take a quick drive over to the "Nubble" and check it out today. My buddy, John and I drove down scenic Shore Road into Cape Neddick. The Cape Neddick Light station grounds are maintained by the town of York as a park.  Built in 1879, lighthouse sits on a small rocky island or "nub” in the ocean, hence the name Nubble Light. The island was formed from the last ice age. The rocky seascape is dramatic. It’s a favorite spot for divers, sightseers, kayakers and people sunbathing on the rocks like Atlantic seals.

The ocean air is intoxicating as the 180 degree ocean views. I decided I need to come out to this point more often! With Fox's Ice Cream stand re-opening for the season, I have another reason to drive over!
Access to the island is from a small cable trolley system. The lighthouse keeper would transport groceries and other supplies to the island on a basket that would be trolleyed over on the cable. It almost looks like a ski lift.

The Details:
Nubble Light.
Admission is free. From Ogunquit Beach Inn take a right on to Shore Road. Go through Ogunquit into York and follow to 1A. Go through kitschy York Beach. Before Long Sands Beach take a left onto Nubble Road. Follow to Lighthouse. Park is free.
What to bring: Camera, water, sun block. There is an information bureau, and an ice cream stand too.
There are massive rocks, perfect for sunbathing. However, walk on the rocks at your own risk.
The Nubble Light is one of the most photographed lighthouses in the country.

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