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Maine's iconic lighthouse atop the "rockbound coast" is a must-see if you have the time to detour from US 1 in Midcoast Maine.




You've seen photos of it before: the white lighthouse with a black top perched above tortured metamorphic rock formations, exemplifying the wild ways of nature.

It's Pemaquid Lighthouse, set in a park of that name near the southern tip of the peninsula that extends south into the Atlantic from Newcastle and Damariscotta (map).

The excursion south from Damariscotta 15 miles (24 km) along ME Route 130 through Bristol to Pemaquid Point is among the most pleasant and rewarding side-trips in Maine.

Cruising through fertile farming country set with hamlets and villages, you pass numerous antiques and crafts shops, and catch glimpses of the sea.

Finally you drive by the polished Bradley Inn, then the wonderfully historic Hotel Pemaquid before coming to Pemaquid Lighthouse Park, operated by the municipality.

Pay the small admission fee and enter the park to visit the Fishermen's Museum in the lighthouse keeper's residence. The museum provides lots of information about Pemaquid Light and many other Maine lighthouses.

But the most memorable part of your visit is in walking the grounds, taking in the dramatic, panoramic views, perhaps clambering over the tortured rocks to a better vantage point, hearing the surf crash on the shore, and sniffing the salt air.

This is unforgettable Maine.

Right beside Pemaquid Lighthouse Park is the Sea Gull Shop, serving light meals (good lobster rolls!) with fine sea views, and selling absolutely no less than 100,000 gifts, treasures, trinkets, T-shirts, plaques, tchotchkes, cards, jokes, games and...well, you'll see.

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