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Cape Neddick Lighthouse, AKA Nubble Light, Is One of Maine's Most Photographed

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Cape Neddick Lighthouse, a.k.a. Nubble Light, is one of Maine's most photographed lighthouses.

© 2000 Kim Knox Beckius
Maine has more than 60 lighthouses, and a few of them lay claim to the title of Maine's most photographed. I suppose it would be impossible to count clicks as tourists and locals alike wait, lenses poised, for clouds to position themselves perfectly and for Maine skies to dazzle with the hues of early morning gold, mid-day cobalt, sunset rose or the inky blue velvet of nightfall.

While it may not be possible to declare a clear winner in the "most photographed" competition, one thing is certain: Many, many people visit the Cape Neddick Lighthouse, also known as Nubble Light, in the southern town of York Beach, Maine, each year, and visiting without a camera would be pure folly.

Here are some quick facts about the Cape Neddick "Nubble" Light, along with directions so that you can find this scenic spot and stake out your own perfect shot.

Year Built: 1879

Cost to Build: $15,000

Year Automated: 1987

Owned By: The Town of York

Keeper's House: The Keeper's House consists of six rooms and is constructed in the shape of a cross. Roof points of the Victorian structure are positioned to indicate the four signs of the compass--north, south, east and west.

Best Times to Visit: The lighthouse is lovely year-round, but you'll get a special treat when you visit during the holiday season. The lighthouse is decorated with white lights each year, and the Annual Lighting of the Nubble takes place the first Saturday after Thanksgiving. The lighthouse remains illuminated with white lights through New Year's Day. Nubble Light is also decked out in white lights during "Christmas in July," held each year at the start of the York Days Celebration. The lighthouse remains lit throughout the week-long celebration.

Getting There: From I-95, take exit 7 for York. At the light, bear right onto Route 1 South. At the light at the top of the hill, turn left onto Route 1A. Continue to follow Route 1A/York Street to York Beach. York Street becomes Long Beach Avenue/Route 1A as it follows the shoreline. Watch for a right turn onto Nubble Road. It is approximately 1 mile to Sohier Park, from which you can view the Cape Neddick Lighthouse. Parking at Sohier Park is free.

If you are navigating via GPS: Set your destination as 11 Sohier Park Road, York Beach, Maine.

Where to Stay: If you'd like to stay overnight near the Nubble Light, consider the nearby York Harbor Inn, or compare York, Maine, area hotel rates at Expedia.

Gift Shop: A gift shop selling Nubble Light souvenirs is located at the Sohier Park Welcome Center. It is open seasonally.

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