November 28, 2016
For my Thanksgiving break, I headed up to my home in Maine to spend the week with my parents and sister. I'm from a tiny town in midcoast Maine, and there's not much to do... So sometimes you have to get creative! This vacation's entertainment came in the form of seeking out a few hidden lighthouses tucked in little peninsulas.
First stop: a little lighthouse by the name of Doubling Point Light. Having grown up minutes from one of Maine's most iconic lighthouses, Pemaquid Point Light, I hardly saw them as something special. Now, though, I love their stately presence, a reminder of an earlier time. They evoke a kind of nostalgia for simpler times along these rugged coasts. Nowhere is this more apparent than the quaint little lighthouse keeper residences, like this one.
Tucked away in a woodsy neighborhood in Arrowsic, Doubling Point Light can be a bit hard to find, if not for the tiny "Lighthouse" signs tacked onto trees leading the way. All said and done, it's really not too far out of the way, especially if you're heading down to Reid State Park in Georgetown, one of Maine's most beautiful beaches. The lighthouse peeks out from the woods into the Kennebec River, so it's fairly calm and protected – not as dramatic as those cliffside oceanfront lighthouses. Between the peaceful setting and empty grounds, my mom and I felt like we had discovered a hidden gem.
Wouldn't it be fun to go up the Maine coast stopping at lighthouses along the way? Although a bit of a detour, Marshall Point Light in Port Clyde is well worth the trip. My parents and I ventured down to the lighthouse one cloudy evening just as darkness was arriving.
Sweeping views, a holiday wreath, and lobster boats chugging into shore as we arrived – what more can you ask for? Marshall Point Light is about a 25 minute drive from the nearest town (Thomaston) down a winding peninsula – which is classic Maine. I think that midcoast Maine has managed to avoid much coastal development simply because of the tricky geography.
These tiny finger-like peninsulas deter everyone except the most persistent and hardy... which is just the way we like it. Southern Maine, you can keep your flat, sandy beaches lined with shops and houses. We'll take our rocky coves and pine-covered islands – and hidden lighthouses – any day.