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Portland Head Light

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Get ready to see one of the most iconic lighthouses in Maine, the Portland Head Light. Stand on the rocky shores, as the salty air flows through your hair. Look up to behold a towering lighthouse that has kept eternal vigil over the rugged coastline for years. Appreciate this legendary lighthouse and take many photos with a picturesque view!

What Is It?

By way of a bit of history, the Portland Head Light is actually Maine’s oldest lighthouse. This lighthouse, built back in the late 1700s, is steeped in rich history and has guided countless sailors through the stormy Atlantic waters. The construction of this lighthouse was ordered by George Washington himself! So, you’ll appreciate getting a slice of American history along with the scenic beauty of the area.

Where Is It?

Now, let’s talk about the setting. Portland Head Light is perched on the stunning cliffs of Cape Elizabeth. The combination of the towering lighthouse, rugged cliffs, and the crashing waves create a sight that will take your breath away. Come to watch the sunrise for a magical experience you won’t soon forget. Watch as dawn breaks and the sky transforms with hues of pink, orange, and gold. The majestic Portland Head Light stands tall against the dawn.

Fort Williams Park is the park that hosts the lighthouse and is definitely worth exploring. This oasis of greenery is equipped with walking trails, picnic spots, and even old military forts. It’s the perfect place to have a picnic, take photos, or just sit and gaze at the ocean.

History lovers and curious minds alike will love checking out the museum inside the former lighthouse keeper’s quarters. It’s a treasure chest full of maritime history, artifacts, and stories. You’ll get a sense of what life was like for the lighthouse keepers who kept the light burning through winds and waves.

But Wait There’s More

And guess what? After you’ve soaked in the history and beauty of Portland Head Light, you’re just a stone’s throw away from Portland. You must check out the food scene of Portland, it’s a foodie’s dream! Eat seafood to your heart’s content and sample the fresh craft brews. Explore the thriving arts scene and meander along the beautiful cobblestoned streets.

Experience this Portland Lighthouse

A visit to Portland Head Light is like stepping into a painting. Come experience this piece of history and book a vacation rental that keeps you central to all your adventures. Reach out to the team at GetAway Vacations today to reserve your stay!