“LIGHTHOUSES! Let’s go take pictures of Maine lighthouses!”
As a photographer, Danny is always looking for a new and interesting subject. We love to travel so both passions blend perfectly.
“Hey, we could make this a KickStarter project!” So, we did! We dropped thank you cards in the mail once we got there, did some great shots for prints and calendars and shared our experience. It wasn’t a huge funding but it offset some general expenses and was FUN to do.
We selected Maine as our destination, flying to Bangor and heading to Bar Harbor via a rental car. We arrived late on Friday night and on Saturday we got up and drove to the Town of York to see the Nubble Light House in the sunrise.
Our first view of a lighthouse in Maine, the Nubble Light House, was breathtaking! The air was cool with a breeze off the water. Danny took some amazing pictures while I walked around and took in the surroundings. Once the sun was up we drove a short distance to get coffee and a to-go muffin for breakfast at Long Sands General Store and Deli. This was a quaint long-standing local place with a lot of native character. We sat across the street at the waters edge, taking in the view of the lighthouse and warming up in the rising sunlight.
We drove up through Ogunquit and a house made from rocks captured our attention. I enjoy taking pictures of doors and this building had stunning wood doors. After we stopped, we learned this was the Ogunquit Library. This fieldstone home (now a library) was constructed in 1897 in a Romanesque style and set on a tree-lined road. There were many other unique homes in this areas so I was able to talk a lot of door pictures before we moved forward.
We continued our drive and stopped, as we had planned, at the family owned Maine Diner.
This one of a kind diner is featured on the Diner, Drive-in’s and Dives TV show. We were not disappointed! This was somewhat of a touristy place but had local home grown food (in the garden out back) and super friendly service. We tried Seafood chowder and it was very tasty. The locals were very friendly and the place was crowded!
From here we drove through Kennebunkport Maine. The town was very busy but had pretty houses and shops throughout. We stopped for a few minutes but then quickly drove up to Cape Elizabeth and stopped at Two Lights State Park for more lighthouse pictures! These first twin lighthouses in Maine were built in 1828. The eastern light is still active and the western one is now a private residence.
Our last lighthouse of the day was Portland Head Lighthouse. While it has grown as a visitors’ park, the original tower was first lit in 1791. The rocky shoreline added such a mesmerizing view. There was a wedding taking place on the grounds and many tourists were in and out of the houses.
We drove into Portland for the night and ate at Lobsterman’s. We have rarely eaten lobster so we gave it an honest. It was good and so much cheaper than in restaurants in Georgia, though neither of us became huge Lobster fans.
Early the next morning, we drove to Owls Head Lighthouse. The skies were overcast so Danny did not get many pictures. We learned this lighthouse was authorized by President John Quincy Adams in 1825 and was 100 feet above sea level. The current lighthouse replaced the original one and was built in 1852. It was a short walk from the car and we were only there 45 minutes.
We moved north to Rockport then Camden. Here we stopped and ate breakfast at Mariner’s Diner and had their scrumptious blueberry pancakes, yum! After scouting out this cute little town we drove to Deer Isle. This Island had a cluster of small communities with lobster and fishing as its constant economy. We found an Internationally renowned art schooled called Haystack Mountain School. We took a quick tour of the campus and learned the school started in 1951 but this location was built in 1960. There were long rows of art studios nestled under a mature tree line and in a stair stepping grade down to the edge of the water line. This was worth the stop! Before we left this area of Deer Isle we stopped to take pictures of the Pumpkin Island Lighthouse.
Finally we reached our ‘main’ destination, Bar Harbor. We checked in to a Bed and Breakfast (our first ever stay in a B&B) named Ivy Manor. Our hostess was wonderful and our room was gorgeous. This cute tutor style house was located at the edge of town so we were able to walk and get a good feel for the flavor of Bar Harbor.
We scheduled a plane tour of the area. This tour gave us amazing views but we both ended up airsick! Yuck! We were so busy looking out and down and around. After a short time of recovery and a light lunch we headed over to Acadia National Park. The first thing we learned was that we did not schedule enough time for this park; there were many things to see. One of our favorite stops that day was the Duck Brook Bridge. This is the largest continuous concrete arch bridge west of the Mississippi.
Winding down our day we drove up to Cadillac Mountain. This ride is a 1530 ft. climb in elevation with amazing views. The fir trees were so pretty and the air was crisp, clean and smelled like Christmas. After we spent a while taking in the air and smells, we drove and stopped at Bubble Pond in Acadia and then a stop right outside the park at Asticou Azalea Park. We did not go into this areas but stopped at took pictures at the edge of it. The colors here were amazing and it looked like a painting.
Our last lighthouse stop for the day was Bass Harbor Head Light. We arrived at sunset and Danny was able to get some great pictures of the cliff
lighthouse that was built in 1858. Though the sky was not what he was hoping for, it was a very dramatic sky. I watched as he stood out on the rocks with all the other photographers. It was scary to watch as he perched on a small rock and stretching for that ‘great shot’. He did get some wonderful pictures!
(All images Copyright Danny Price 2015. All rights reserved)