Visiting the Portland Head Light
If you are in southern Maine, you need to check out the Portland Head Light! It is one of the most photographed lighthouses in New England and as soon as you pull into the park, you will be able to tell why! The lighthouse is picture perfect and just makes you so happy to look at it.
When I visited, I walked all around the lighthouse to get a bunch of different views. By far, my favorite view was just to the left of the lighthouse. You walk a little ways on a trail and then you come to a point when you can climb down on the rocks and get closer to the ocean. This was the best place to take pictures! No chain link fences or bushes in the way, just ocean and lighthouse. It was so serene to sit on the rocks and to listen to the waves crash on the coast, while looking up at the most beautiful lighthouse. Here are some pictures from that angle.
Other than this looking at this amazing lighthouse, it is also fun to walk around the park and read all of the different plaques about the history. Originally, I just wanted to visit the Portland Head Light because I love lighthouses and thought it was so cute and pretty. But, once I got there I realized that there was so much history behind it, and it had a huge roll in protecting the Portland area during war.
Of course I had to wear some nautical stripes to my lighthouse visit! I love this super soft sweater from Aerie, which is out of stock unfortunately. It was perfect because it was a little chilly and windy on the day I went. I paired it with these shorts, which go perfect with so many of my summer tops! I also wore these super cute gold Kate Spade sandals. They looked nice with my outfit, but if I were going to go again, I would definitely wear closed toed shoes. The trails that you walk on around the lighthouse have dusty dirt on them and my feet were a mess when I left! I would also recommend wearing some sunglasses on your trip to the Portland Head Light. I wore my go to Ray Ban aviators that you see my wearing all the time!
The Portland Head Light is in Cape Elizabeth, ME and it takes around an hour to explore the park and take some pictures. So, if you want to make a day trip out of it, you will definitely need some more activities to add to your to do list. Here's what I would recommend:
- Explore Cape Elizabeth: After you see the lighthouse, take a drive around the town. Cape Elizabeth is such a beautiful New England town. There are so many beautiful old houses to look at and there are some beaches to visit too! There is also another smaller lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth to see as well (the Cape Elizabeth Light).
- Stop at Red's Dairy Freeze: Once you get off the Casco Bay Bridge, you pass Red's Dairy Freeze ice cream stand on your way to the light in South Portland. My boyfriend and I made fun of the funny name when we passed it first, but we decided to stop on our way home because it was so hot out! It was SO good and I would 100% recommend stopping on your way out. They have a bunch of different flavors of soft serve ice cream, not just your typical chocolate, vanilla, and twist. I got salted caramel soft serve (it was to die for) and my boyfriend got a chocolate milkshake and said it was one of the best ones he had ever had. Their ice cream was so creamy and delicious!
- Portland Old Port: The Old Port is one of my favorite places and I need to write a post about it soon because there is so much to do! Shopping, great restaurants, and amazing water views are just some of the Old Port's offerings. And it is just a stone's throw away from the Portland Head Light, so you can head here next in order to make your day a day trip!