Maine has more than 60 lighthouses, and a few of them lay claim to the title of Maine's most photographed. It would be impossible to count clicks as tourists and locals alike wait, lenses poised, for clouds to position themselves perfectly, for seagulls to swoop into view and for Maine skies to dazzle with the hues of early morning gold, mid-day cobalt, sunset rose or the inky blue velvet of nightfall.
While it may not be possible to declare a clear winner in the "most photographed" competition, one thing is certain: Many, many people visit the Cape Neddick Lighthouse, also known as Nubble Light, in the southern town of York Beach, Maine, each year, and visiting without a camera would be pure folly.
About Cape Neddick Light
Here are some quick facts about the Cape Neddick "Nubble" Light, along with directions so that you can find this scenic spot and stake out your own perfect shot.
Year Built: 1879
Cost to Build: $15,000
Year Automated: 1987
Owned By: The Town of York
Keeper's House: The Keeper's House consists of six rooms and is constructed in the shape of a cross. Roof points of the Victorian structure are positioned to indicate the four signs of the compass--north, south, east and west.
Best Times to Visit: The lighthouse is lovely year-round, but you'll get a special treat when you visit during the holiday season. The lighthouse is decorated with white lights each year, and the Annual Lighting of the Nubble takes place the first Saturday after Thanksgiving. It's one of New England's Best Holiday Light Displays. The lighthouse remains illuminated with white lights through New Year's Day. Nubble Light is also decked out in white lights during "Christmas in July," held each year at the start of the York Days Celebration.
The lighthouse remains lit throughout the week-long celebration.
Getting There: From I-95, take exit 7 for York. At the light, bear right onto Route 1 South. At the light at the top of the hill, turn left onto Route 1A. Continue to follow Route 1A/York Street to York Beach. York Street becomes Long Beach Avenue/Route 1A as it follows the shoreline. Watch for a right turn onto Nubble Road. It is approximately 1 mile to Sohier Park, from which you can view the Cape Neddick Lighthouse. Parking at Sohier Park is free.
If you are navigating via GPS: Set your destination as 11 Sohier Park Road, York Beach, Maine.
Gift Shop: A gift shop selling Nubble Light souvenirs is located at the Sohier Park Welcome Center. It is open seasonally.
More To Do Nearby: While you're in York, be sure to find the Wiggly Bridge on a scenic walk, tour the Museums of Old York, sample small batch spirits at Wiggly Bridge Distillery and savor one (or two!) of Flo's Hot Dogs--possibly the best hot dogs in all of New England.
Virtual Views: If you can't get to Cape Neddick Lighthouse, you can see this inspiring sight via live webcams.