If you are a lighthouse aficionado than you need to be in Rockland, Maine for June 28- 29, 2014 for the 8th Annual Midcoast Lighthouse Challenge. Since 2007, our Maine Lighthouse Challenge has offered a unique opportunity for participants to go inside seven lighthouses in the Midcoast area, many of which are not normally open to visitors. The weekend events are all things lighthouses in Midcoast Maine!
The weekend kicks off Friday night with a 4.5 hour sunset cruise out of Port Clyde Harbor that will jump start the lighthouse
filled weekend with the opportunity to see six lighthouses from the water four of which art best seen by boat. The lighthouses include Marshall Point, Ram Island Light, Franklin Island Light, Pemaquid Point, Burnt Island and Cuckolds Light. Tickets and reservations are required for the cruise and can be made by calling the American Lighthouse Foundation at (207)594-4174.
On Saturday and Sunday, the Challenge is actually from 9-5pm. At the first lighthouse you visit, you will be issued your commemorative booklet with directions to all seven lighthouses included in the event and will also list bonus stops like the Maine Lighthouse Museum in Rockland, the American Lighthouse Foundation Interpretive Center in Owls Head, the Sail, Power and Steam
Museum in Rockland and the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport which all are also focused on Maine’s rich maritime history. With each
lighthouse or bonus stop you visit you stamp your book. To complete the Midcoast Lighthouse Challenge you must visit all seven of the lighthouses. When you have completed the challenge, you turn in your passport to be entered into a drawing for a luxurious two-night stay at our Rockland bed and breakfast or other member of the Historic Inns of Rockland.
The lighthouses that are included in the Midcoast Lighthouse Challenge are Rockland Breakwater, Owls Head Light, Marshall Point Lighthouse (Port Clyde), Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Dice Head Light (Castine), Fort Point Light (Stockton Springs) and Grindle Point Lighthouse (Isleboro). Many of these lighthouses are only open to the public on these special weekends so it is a great opportunity.
The event itself is free but some of the locations have fees for parking
or entrance fees at bonus locations or a few of the parks the lighthouses are in and there will be the cost of the Isleboro ferry (pedestrian Excursion fare) to see Grindle Point Lighthouse. All places of course would welcome donations to help preserve these wonderful lighthouses.
If you have the chance to add another day onto your Lighthouse weekend and choose to stay at the Berry Manor Inn for the weekend we can help arrange a Lighthouse Air tour with a local site seeing plane in the area or you can hop on the ferry to Vinalhaven and catch the four lighthouses on or near Vinalhaven or we can show you where to go to view Indian Island Lighthouse, Curtis Island Lighthouse, Whitehead Light, Tenants Harbor Lighthouse, and a distant view of Two Bush Lighthouse. Or we can help you arrange a boat trip to see Saddleback Ledge Light, Heron Neck Light and Browns Head Light.
Join us on the Midcoast Maine Lighthouse Challenge!!