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Maine Lighthouse Road Trip: Ogunquit & Cape Neddick | Nubble Lighthouse

This past May, I went on a solo road trip through the coast of Maine in search of the prettiest coastline views and beautiful lighthouses. I covered a lot of ground, and if you'd like to catch up on some of my other destinations, I'd love for you to follow these links:



As excited as I am to talk about Ogunquit, I'm so sad that this is my last post from my Maine road trip. Even though this adventure replaced what would have been my very first trip to Europe, this was honestly so memorable, and really reminded me how amazing it is to live close to New England. Maine is a very special state, and I can never get enough of it when I visit. And since I love it so much, almost everyone I've ever talked to about it has said that I had to go to Ogunquit, so I made sure to squeeze it into this itinerary. I was only here for about 24 hours, but man, I definitely fell hard for it. 




During my time in Ogunquit, I couldn't help but think to myself, "I know I'm in Maine, but I feel like I'm on the Cape." Those famous Maine landscapes that are synonymous with the state aren't as prominent here. Instead, you get a huge, sandy beach, a charming town center filled with restaurants, beautiful shops and tourist souvenirs, and houses covered in weathered shingles and hydrangeas. So clearly, I was a fan. 

Maine Lighthouse Road Trip: Bailey Island

This past May, I went on a solo road trip through the coast of Maine in search of the prettiest coastline views and beautiful lighthouses. I covered a lot of ground, and if you'd like to catch up on some of my other destinations, I'd love for you to follow these links:



Today's post is all about a very happy surprise. While planning my road trip, I decided rather than driving all the way to Ogunquit from Camden, I wanted to stop somewhere to spend the night to break up the drive. I looked at a map, picked a general region, did about 10 minutes of research, ended up in Bailey Island, and didn't really think too much about it, or plan a whole lot. And it ended up being such a beautiful stop with one of my favorite coastal viewpoints. 


Maine Lighthouse Road Trip: Camden | Owl's Head, Marshall Point & Pemaquid Lighthouses

This past May, I went on a solo road trip through the coast of Maine in search of the prettiest coastline views and beautiful lighthouses. I covered a lot of ground, and if you'd like to catch up on some of my other destinations, I'd love for you to follow these links:


Okay, friends - when I last left you, I had made it all the way up to Lubec (almost to the Canadian border!), and now it's time to start working my way back down the coast. Next up on my adventure is Camden, as well as three beautiful lighthouses that are all relatively close to each other.

Camden was a town I had actually made a mental note of years ago when Josh and I drove through it during our first trip to Acadia. I remember driving down the main street area thinking it looked so picturesque and perfect for a weekend getaway, so I decided to spend two nights here for a little relaxation. 

Camden is another great home base if you're looking for a place to stay that has a distinct town feel with shops and restaurants, but also easy access to some other coastal sites and lighthouses. It's also only an hour from Boothbay Harbor, which I loved and you can read more about my time there here. You could definitely take a day trip to Boothbay, or vice versa (stay in Boothbay and day trip over to Camden).



There are three lighthouses I visited that are all an hour or less from Camden, but more on those in just a moment. Right now, let's talk about why Camden should be on your itinerary for your Maine adventure.

One Week on Cape Cod in Photos: July 2021

I’m taking a quick hiatus from my Maine recaps to share a few snapshots from our annual summer trip to the Cape. Most of you probably know by now that we spend a week on the Cape every July, and this is a trip we hold close to our hearts.

As much as I love exploring the world, coming here is an actual, true vacation. We don’t really plan anything, we slow down and don’t pack a ton in like we do when we travel to other places for the first time. We take naps, we sleep in (well, I do, Josh’s body doesn’t allow him to sleep late). It’s just easy, relaxing and carefree and full of beautiful scenery.

Since we do the same thing every year for the most part, no explanations are really needed. If you’re at all curious about our favorite things, I would suggest you hop on over to this post here.

At the end of this post, I also have links to some other posts you may find helpful, as well as a shopping guide for some things that are featured in this post. Take a peek at the very end if you see something you like. 


Maine Lighthouse Road Trip: Lubec | West Quoddy Light

I recently went on a solo road trip up and down the coast of Maine. If you'd like to take a peek at some other posts from this adventure, you can follow these links to see some more beautiful scenery and lighthouses:



In past visits to Maine, Bar Harbor is the furthest North we've ever stopped to explore, so I was pretty excited to drive all the way up to Lubec, which is the Eastern-most point in the continental U.S. My biggest motivation for making the trek up here was West Quoddy Lighthouse. I've seen pictures online of this little lighthouse for years, and have wanted to see it in person ever since, so once I read more about Lubec, I was even more convinced I had to drive up here. It's just over two hours from Bar Harbor, and honestly, even though I only spent a night here, it was a trip highlight for sure. I'm so looking forward to telling you all about it.


Maine Lighthouse Road Trip: Bar Harbor & Acadia National Park | Bass Harbor Light

I recently went on a road trip up and down the coast of Maine. If you'd like to take a peek at some other posts from this trip, you can follow these links to see some more beautiful scenery and lighthouses:



After two days in beautiful Boothbay Harbor, I was off to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. This was my third time in Acadia, and honestly, it never loses any of its appeal. If anything, it makes me appreciate it even more. Whenever we're here, we only ever stop for a day or two, and this trip, I was only here for two days. It's never enough time, and one day, Josh and I want to camp in the park for a whole week and really see as much of the it as we can. The coastline is seriously breathtaking, and even the town it calls home, Bar Harbor, is such a fun place to visit. I love this part of the state more with every visit, and had a wonderful two days here.


Maine Lighthouse Road Trip: Boothbay Harbor & A Puffin Tour

I recently got back from a coastal Maine lighthouse road trip, and today, I’m sharing my time spent in Boothbay Harbor. If you’d like to catch up on other posts from this trip, you can pop on over to these links:



I’ve wanted to visit Boothbay Harbor for years. A lot people who I've spoken to over the years have said they thought I would love it, so I decided to dedicate two days to this stop. I didn't plan much, except for a boat tour, which I'll get more into down below. So I really spent most of my time meandering through the town, snapping some photos, and just being completely relaxed and in the moment. 



I ended up absolutely loving it here. It’s a small little fishing village that has an authentic feel, while also easily catering to tourists with cute shops, restaurants, and plenty of rustic seaside scenery to be had. It was a place that forced me to slow down, go for walks, crack open a book, and I enjoyed every minute of it.

Maine Lighthouse Road Trip: South Portland & Arrowsic Lighthouses

I recently posted an overview/itinerary of my entire road trip route through the coast of Maine, where I hunted down lighthouses and that glorious coastal scenery this state is known for. If you'd like a quick overview of my entire journey, you can find that by clicking on this following link:



Today's post is all about my first 24 hours, and I packed in a good amount of lighthouses. My adventure started in Cape Elizabeth/South Portland, where I saw two of the three lighthouses that call this area home, as well as a lovely little beach I stumbled upon. I got into Portland in the late afternoon, so didn't have as much time to explore everything as much as I would have liked before the sun went down, and even had to skip one of the lighthouses, but I still had such a beautiful evening taking in all these sites.


Maine Coastal Lighthouse Road Trip Itinerary Overview

I just got back from a truly amazing adventure through the coast of Maine where I spent 10 nights and 11 days exploring little towns on the water and getting my fill of lighthouses. Did you know that Maine has 65 lighthouses? I didn't, until I started to plan this trip. Some of them are accessible by land, and many of them are on smaller islands, and are only accessible by boat or ferry. But, there is absolutely no shortage of them to see, and plenty of beautiful, pine tree-lined coastline to take in during such a beautiful drive through the state. 




I was lucky enough to visit 10 lighthouses, and also see a couple from the water, during my trip. Planning out my itinerary was a challenge and it took me a lot of time to figure out the best route so that I covered a lot of ground while also dividing up my driving time each day so I didn't feel like I was spending too much time in the car. So, I thought I would do a little overview post of my itinerary in hopes that it will help someone out there retrace my steps for the perfect coastal Maine lighthouse road trip.

Solo Traveling the Massachusetts North Shore: Newburyport and Plum Island

This past November, I took a little solo adventure through the Massachusetts North Shore region. If you'd like to catch up on all the beautiful little towns I was able to explore, you can click on these links:


On my way home after a wonderful few days exploring the North Shore, I decided to squeeze in one more little side excursion: Newburyport and Plum Island. I didn't really have a lot of time because I still had my drive home ahead of me, but I was up yet again before the sun, and drove off to Newburyport to walk around and get a quick little feel for the town, and then off to explore Plum Island, which I've heard was so beautiful.


Solo Traveling the Massachusetts North Shore: Salem Day Trip Itinerary

This past November, I took a little solo getaway through the Massachusetts North Shore region, and if you'd like to explore some other beautiful little towns with me, you can catch the links here:


Welcome back, friends. Let's talk about Salem, MA, a town that's known as the Halloween hot spot of New England. This was my second time visiting Salem, and as I mentioned in a prior post, I was last there about six years ago the weekend before Halloween so we could really experience the whole spooky season vibe. It's such a fun place to visit during the month of October, but be forewarned - it's busy. And I mean, BUSY. The streets were packed with people, parking was a nightmare, and it was hard to get tables at restaurants. Especially on weekends. But, there certainly is just something about Salem in October that's unique and quite an experience all on its own.



Despite having had the quintessential experience in the thick of Halloween celebrations, I've always wanted to go back, pretty much any other time of the year, to see Salem in a different light. And I'm laughing as I type this because this trip, I went back the weekend after Halloween - and it was vastly different. Far fewer crowds and plenty of room to walk around. I was there on a Saturday morning/afternoon, and the foot traffic definitely picked up by noontime, but I felt like I had more space to wander and really take it all in. 

Solo Traveling the Massachusetts North Shore: Gloucester & Manchester-By-The-Sea

This past November, I took a little solo adventure through the Massachusetts North Shore region. If you'd like to catch up on all the places I visited while on this trip, you can find the links here:


During this trip, I was on a mission to see as much as I could in a very tightly-packed three and a half days. And while I did cover a lot of ground, I will be honest, I didn't see as much of Gloucester and Manchester-By-The-Sea as I would have wanted. I was only in each of these towns for about three hours, so, as you can imagine, I didn't see it all. But, I will say, what I did get to experience, I loved. Manchester-By-The-Sea, especially, really surprised me with its beauty. So for today's post, I don't have a lot of information to share, but I do have some snapshots from some really lovely seaside moments from these two great little towns.


Solo Traveling the Massachusetts North Shore: Rockport

Hey guys, it's been a minute since I posted about my time in Marblehead while solo traveling the North Shore last November. Before I knew it, after getting back, the holidays were already in full swing and I took some time to just be in the moment, and also, reflect on this whole, crazy year. But I'm back, feeling refreshed and so excited to talk about the rest of my trip, starting with Rockport.

If you'd like to see all the other towns I visited along the way during this trip, you can catch those recaps here:



Exploring Motif 1. Photo by Nina Weinstein Photography.