Whether on a bright, sunny day or when Mother Ocean is kicking up her heels from an offshore storm, a drive down the Pemaquid peninsula is well worth the trip!

Pemaquid Lighthouse is definitely the main attraction, but there’s so much more too see: Colonial Pemaquid, Round Pond, and Pemaquid Beach to name a few.

Colonial Pemaquid, a National Historical Landmark,  takes you back in time. Visit the museum and learn a little about their historical artifacts. There is an excavation site, an old graveyard and the early 20th century reconstruction of Fort William Henry to explore. Stop by The Contented Sole for lunch or dinner and a lovely water view!

Round Pond, Maine is an “off the beaten path” village that has a “Monhegan feel” without leaving the mainland. Here you can visit one of the best country stores around, The Granite Hall Store. You’ll find unique gifts & cards, Irish woolens, housewares and a wall of penny candy! They also serve Gifford’s ice cream that you can enjoy outside in their Adirondack chairs. Just around the corner is Muscongus Bay Lobster where you can enjoy lobsters in the rough while listening to music on the weekends. The Anchor Restaurant has indoor seating with a great view. A great way to spend and afternoon!

Pemaquid Lighthouse is a treasure at sunrise, sunset and the hours in between. Be sure to respect Mother Nature and the posted warnings during high surf so a rogue wave doesn’t knock you into the icy Atlantic! The Fisherman’s Museum, focused on preserving the fishing and marine heritage of the Bristol area and run by the Coast Guard, houses historical artifacts in the ground floor of the Lighthouse Keeper’s house. You can even climb up the spiral staircase of the lighthouse for a bird’s eye view.

Pemaquid surf during offshore Hurricane Bill circa August 2009.