A 20-minute drive down the Pemaquid peninsula from the quaint Maine village of Damariscotta is a breathtaking spot that leaves an indelible impression on all who visit. The Pemaquid Lighthouse, which should be familiar to the keen observer from it’s appearance on the Maine quarter, has stood on this rocky point since 1827. The grounds house a small (but fascinating!) museum as well as lighthouse keepers house (which can be rented), an art gallery, and a multipurpose building used for cultural programs. For a small donation, one can ascend the lighthouse and be rewarded with stunning views of the land and sea.
On warm spring and summer days, it’s common to find painters and photographers capturing the stunning beauty of the area. The Point is also a popular venue for weddings and retirement ceremonies.
Adjacent to the light house grounds is another landmark that holds memories for generations of visitors: The Seagull Shop. Sadly, in original structure, which stood since the the 1930’s, burned to the ground in September, 2020. But through the help of a croudsourced funding and can-do Maine spirit, The Seagull Shop rose again from the ashes and is now better than ever. It’s a wonderful spot for ice cream, souvenirs, and lunch or dinner overlooking the expansive Atlantic Ocean.
Not far from the lighthouse is the historic Hotel Pemaquid, which dates to the 1880’s. Convenient to the lighthouse and Seagull Shop, the hotel has all the charm you’d want in a Maine getaway. Also, many of the cottages on the point are available for rent (but be warned – Demand is high!).
The “loop” is a wonderful walk, breathing in the sea air, listening to the lobster boats and making friends with other friendly folks (and dogs!) that are doing likewise. Kresge Point, named for the Kresge family who still owns cottages here (and were the founders of K-Mart), is a perfect spot for watching sunsets is is not to be missed.
A short drive from the Point itself is a small, but well-stocked, grocery store and ice cream parlor. A little further still, one can find fabulous restaurants and shops, so make sure to explore the peninsula and find all the hidden treasures it has to offer!