Lighthouses and Waterfront Attractions
The Nubble Lighthouse
York, Maine. If you take a left as you leave the Inn, the Nubble Lighthouse is located three miles northeast. The Nubble Light is located just north of Long Sands Beach. This beautiful landmark is an active lighthouse and is located on a small rocky island at the end of the point. This famous and well-photographed lighthouse resides on a rocky outcrop of a small island. The annual "Lighting of the Nubble" always takes place the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Sohier Park, York Beach, Maine 03910.
The Goldenrod is located in the heart of Short Sands Beach on Railroad Avenue. The Goldenrod has been making traditional salt water taffy since 1896 – an oceanside treat for all ages. Taffy is made in full view of spectators and it is quite an educational experience to watch. As the bubbling mass of ingredients is cooled, pulled, twisted, cut, and wrapped before your eyes, the sweet aroma of melting sugar cane fills the air. The impeccably clean machinery is displayed for all to admire. It's a very interesting process to watch. Of course, the kisses are also a nice treat to take home. Call 207-363-2621 for seasonal hours and more information.
Boon Island Lighthouse, York Harbor, ME. – Boon Island Light is six miles offshore and visible in clear weather from Harbor Beach. Erected in 1811 on a barren rock island, the 132 foot lighthouse operates today, as in the past, as a continual beacon to sailors. It can be seen up to 21 miles at sea.
A story of a happening on this island is told in the novel Boon Island by Kenneth Roberts, 1956. Fact, and legend perhaps, has it that in December 1710, the Galley Nottingham wrecked on the island. Twelve of the crew of fourteen survived the wreck. After 20 days the ships carpenter died, his bones were stripped of their "beef" and the fat from the kidney was used to soothe frostbitten feet. After 24 days, a passing vessel discovered the shipwrecked survivors and brought them to shore.
Perkins Cove is located 12 miles north of the Inn just off Route 1A. You can take a nice drive up the scenic Shore Road and venture to Perkins Cove in Ogunquit. Once in Perkins Cove, take a walk on the Marginal Way, a mile and half footpath along the rocky coast, window shop in the unique stores or hop on one of the excursion cruises aboard the Finest Kind boat charters. It's a wonderful mix of shops, restaurants, art galleries and touring boats.
Fort Foster - Pocahontas Road Kittery Point, Maine
Beautiful hidden beaches, picnic areas and restrooms. Explore the remains of Fort Foster's bunkers built in 1872. There is a small admission fee. Open seasonally from dawn to dusk. Phone: 207-439-2182