Cape Elizabeth Travel Guide

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    FLAG AT HALF-STAFF, SEPTEMBER 2001
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Cape Elizabeth Things to Do

  • VISIT THE LIGHTHOUSE

    THIS LIGHTHOUSE is located near the town of Cape Elizabeth, which (according to Wikipedia) is the most affluent town in Maine, according to the 2000 census. It is just south of Portland.There are actually two lighthouses there, but the other one was discontinued in 1924 and is now privately owned.The operating lighthouse is the most powerful light...

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  • Portland Head Light

    If you are driving on the coast of Maine on a scenic tour, then the Portland Head Light is the must-see lighthouse along the way. The most popular and most photographed lighthouse in the world (unconfirmed), the Portland Head Light is a gorgeous white lighthouse on the Coast along Port Elizabeth in Southern Maine. The Lighthouse was ordered built...

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  • Another lighthouse

    On our 1st pass through Cape Elizabeth, we came across this lighthouse and I thought we were at the Portland Head Light but just weren't looking at it from the right angle. We were in a bit of a rush to get to Ogunquit so we took a photo and left but luckily we had a little free time the next day and came back to the area to find the real Portland...

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  • Portland Head Lighthouse

    "The rocky ledge runs far into the sea, and on its outer point, some miles away,the lighthouse lifts its massive masonry, A pillar of fire by night, of cloud by day."--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Cape Elizabeth is home to one of the most spectacularly beautiful lighthouses on America's east coast, the Portland Head Light. It is the oldest lighthouse...

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  • Cape Elizabeth Lights: West Tower

    Like it's twin East Tower, the West Tower was first lit in 1874. However, it is no longer operational having been deactivated in 1924. Today the West Tower is a private residence. The foundation of the West Tower is stone, and the tower itself is made of cast iron. It no longer has a lantern.We drove up Two Lights Road and took a picture of the...

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  • Two Lights State Park

    Two Lights State Park consists of 41 acres of rocky headlines which rise high above the pounding surf of Maine's legendary rugged coast. Established in 1961, the park takes its name from the twin lighthouses located nearby at the end of Two Lights Road. The lighthouses, which are not open to the public, are outside the boundaries of the state park....

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  • Cape Elizabeth Lighthouses: East Tower

    Standing high on a ridge overlooking the entrance to Casco Bay are two lighthouses, namesakes for Two Lights State Park." The light station was established in 1828 and the first of the historic towers standing today, the East Tower Light, was first lit in 1874. It was automated in 1963 and is still an active aid to navigation.The 67-foot tower is...

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  • Goddard Mansion at Fort Williams

    Stand high on a hill overlooking Fort Williams are the ruins of what was once a magnificent oceanfront residence, the Goddard Mansion. This was the home of Colonel John Goddard and his family who lived here during the mid to late 1800s. Karen and I enjoyed walking through the ruins and trying to imagine what life must have been like for those who...

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  • Fort Williams Park

    Fort Williams, which once protected the shoreline of Cape Elizabeth and also provided the Harbor Defense for Portland. Officially closed and deactivated in 1963, the fort is now the site of a beautiful 90-acre park on Casco Bay. Fort Williams Park is a popular place for walking the rock coastline, running, biking, baseball games, tennis and...

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Cape Elizabeth Restaurants

  • Try the Lobster Rolls

    On our way to Maine Karen told me of this wonderful seaside restaurant where she had eaten with her sister on a visit several years earlier. The only problem is, she couldn't remember the name of the place, or its exact location, but she did remember the general area. Both of us were delighted when we found The Lobster Shack and she instantly...

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  • Seafood by the sea!!

    Great Seafood right by the sea!! The dinning room is small, but you will want to sit outside anyway. SItuated on a rocky point overlooked by a lighhouse, it does not get much more Maine. Fried Clams. Real Clams in real batter. Not frozen, not necks, whole clams!! The best lobster roll around.

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Cape Elizabeth Local Customs

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    Lobster Boat off Cape Elizabeth

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Lobstering is big business in Maine and lobster boats can be seen frequently along the state's rocky coastline. This photo of a lobster boat at work in Casco Bay was taken from Portland Head in Cape Elizabeth.

    Lobsters were once so plentiful here that Native Americans used the crustaceans to fertilize their fields. In pioneer days the lobster was considered a poor man's food, but as the supply has dwindled the price has gone up until today lobster is a delicacy. Although not as plentiful as they once were, lobsters are still abundant here. In the year 2000, more than 57,000,000 pounds were harvested in the state of Maine, with a value of more than 187,000,000.

    The day is gone that you could get cheap lobster in Maine, but it is still a better bargain here than in other parts of the country. No trip to Maine would be complete without at least one good lobster meal.

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Cape Elizabeth Warnings and Dangers

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    Portland Head Light

    by herzog63 Updated Jul 8, 2003

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    You better bring lots of film! As you might want to take lots of pictures!!! There are a few different angles to shoot from and most people seem to want every angle and then even double up on the shots!

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Cape Elizabeth Off The Beaten Path

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    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Jul 6, 2007

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    The Ram Island Ledge Lighthouse stands on Ram Island, about a mile offshore from Portland Head in Casco Bay, near the entrance to Portland Harbor. The island is submerged during high tide and is surrounded by dangerous ledges. It may not be visited by tourists.

    The best view of Ram Island is from Portland Head, although a telephoto lens is needed to take a good picture of it. The light can also be seen from some of the tour boats leaving Portland.

    The granite tower is nearly a twin of Graves Light in outer Boston Harbor, which was built almost at the same time, in 1903-1904. The light and fog signal are still active and have been powered by solar panels since January 2001.

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Cape Elizabeth Sports & Outdoors

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    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Jul 5, 2007

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    Maine is known for it's rugged rocky coastline and not for its sandy beaches. However this small Beach at Ft. Williams Park, with smooth pebbles, lies in a little cove between the Portland Head Lighthouse and Fort Williams. It was a pleasant day in August when we were there, however, the water here never gets warm. Still we saw a few hardy people enjoying the beach, and some children were swimming.

    For those who dare, the beach is open to the public year round. Winter swimming is not recommended since the water may be frozen.

    Other recreational opportunities in the park include tennis courts, walking the rocks along the shore, picnic areas and open green space for throwing a frisbee, flying a kite or whatever.

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  • An extra 20 Feet!!

    You can see the ring on the tower that is about 3/4 of the way up. That is where an additional 20 feet was added to the tower in 1865!

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  • Great Views!!

    There awesome views from Portland Head Light!! In the winter you can watch the big storms churn up the ocean and the in the summer when the sun is shining the water is a nice blue color! We enjoyed a nice cool breeze on the day we visited!

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  • Fort Williams

    Portland head Light is located in Fort Williams. It's a 90 acre park with Picnic Tables, Trails and it is used year round by the locals as a place to have fun!! It is a great place to wander around and take in the ocean views or you could pack a lunch a make a picnic!!

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