We’re quickly approaching a really exciting day of the year – Open Lighthouse Day – which means that visitors to our Maine Bed and Breakfast have the opportunity to venture inside some of the incredible gems that speckle the Maine coastline. While we are extremely fortunate that, starting during summer 2011, the Friends of Wood Island Lighthousebanded together to offer tours of the facility. Their volunteer effort has truly been remarkable, as the group has offered six plus tours a week during the warm weather, including a boat ride (because it really is on Wood Island!), guided walk through a bird sanctuary, and a tour of the lighthouse and
tower. That said, reservations have sometimes been a little tough to come by, because this donation-suggested activity is both amazing and budget friendly! So if you didn’t get the chance to visit during the summer, you can take advantage of Open Lighthouse Day this Saturday to get your fill.
Not only will Wood Island Light be open to the public, but two lighthouses outside of Portland will also open their doors for exploration. Less than thirty miles from our Maine Bed and Breakfast, you’ll encounter two more lighthouses, the Portland Head Lighthouse and the Portland Breakwater Lighthouse. Unlike Wood Island, both of these are land based (no boats required!), but that surely won’t reduce the fun factor. At the Portland Breakwater light, also known as “Bug Light,” you’ll be able to explore the light tower. It’s on the small side, but if you’d like to make an adventure out of it, you could consider taking one of the Casco Bay cruises, which will give you an up-close and personal view, without having to climb any stairs! Portland Head Light, one of the more iconic lighthouses in Maine, will open its keepers’ house and light tower to the public and, of course, Maine Bed and Breakfast guests. Just make sure you can handle at least 85 steps beforehand, because it’s a requirement for participation. But if more organized fun isn’t exactly your thing, consider asking someone at the front desk for suggestions or self guided trips to see some other lighthouses in the area. But no matter what, you’re sure to catch some of the infectious energy and good spirits up and down the coast because of Open Lighthouse Day 2012.