New England Lighthouse trip

I continued my tour of East Coast lighthouses over the weekend in the New England area, where I flew into Boston Friday night and stayed just northwest of the city in Burlington. After playing a morning round of disc golf at Simond Park, I headed back into Boston over to the harbor to take a boat cruise that passed by 13 lighthouses along the Massachusetts coastline. It’s been about 7 years since I was last in Boston, and it was really cool to see the harbor, especially on such a beautiful day. And the lights were pretty amazing too, with all the different styles and backdrops. I particularly enjoyed the Boston and Graves lighthouses, and even got to see the only twin lights still in operation on Thacher Island.

After the cruise, I drove up north and hit a couple more golf courses, one at Topsfield and the next in Amesbury. The Topsfield course was gorgeous and would have loved to played a second round there, but I had just enough daylight to get in nine holes at the Amesbury course. I then continued north through New Hampshire and into southern Maine, where I stayed the night at the charming Christina’s Bed and Breakfast in Camp Ellis.

I woke up around 6am on Sunday morning and took a walk along the beach by the B&B and over to the marina, where I enjoyed a beautiful (and chilly) sunrise. Then after breakfast, I had a short drive to Saco to play a private disc golf course, which offered some great views of the rolling hills and turning leaves of Maine. I was hoping to play all 18 holes, but only had time for nine, plus the cold dewy grass had completely soaked my shoes and I couldn’t wait to get into some dry shoes.

I then headed back over to the coast to take in some distant views of the Wood Island lighthouse in Biddeford Pool. Just south of there was another lighthouse on Goat Island, offshore from Cape Porpoise and near the quaint town of Kennebunkport. As I continued my southern trek of Maine, I briefly visited the Lighthouse Depot, the world’s largest lighthouse gift store. I didn’t buy anything, but I did get directions to the my next light, the Nubble lighthouse on Cape Neddick. Whereas I could only get a couple distant pictures of the Wood and Goat Island lights, I was able to get many photos from different angles of this beautiful light along the rocky cliffs.

I then headed back into New Hampshire and caught another boat trip out of the Portsmouth Harbor. We first went up to the northwest tip of the bay towards Dover and then went out into the ocean for some great views of the Portsmouth Harbor light and the Whaleback Ledge lighthouse on the Maine side. I was hoping to explore downtown Portsmouth next and even climb the lighthouse there, but I decided to move on instead and continue my lighthouse tour.

Which brings me to my next stop in Newburyport. There are two lights right near each other, the front and rear range lights of Newburyport Harbor. And the two couldn’t be more different from each other. I then made my way farther east to Plum Island to visit the quaint light there. Afterwards, I made my way south to my last stop of my weekend at the fantastic Annisquam lighthouse. It took a while to find, as it is way back in a private neighborhood, but the spectator views made it worth it. This was probably my favorite lighthouse of my trip, and I would have stayed there longer if I didn’t have a plane to catch back to Florida.

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