Cape Neddick Lighthouse makes list of ‘Beautifully Isolated Places’

Buzzfeed recently published a list of “19 Beautifully Isolated Places Where You Can Finally Get Some Peace And Quiet.” The list includes locations from around the globe, and only two are from the U.S.: Baranof Island in Alaska, and Cape Neddick Lighthouse off the coast of York, Maine.

Photo by Bear Golden, shared under Creative Commons license

Photo by Bear Golden, shared under Creative Commons license

“A photo of this famous lighthouse is actually carried in the Voyager spacecraft,” the list says of Cape Neddick Lighthouse, often called Nubble Light. The Southern Maine landmark come in at No. 8 on the list.

The lighthouse was built in 1879 and has been automated since 1987, according to Nubblelight.org. Nubble is a popular tourist stop in York, and it’s a great spot for taking photos. But can you go and stay there to, as Buzzfeed suggests, finally get some peace and quiet?

Nope.

“The island and light station are off-limits to the public,” says VisitMaine.com. “But the light can be seen easily from the mainland at York’s Sohier Park.” The island is about a stone’s throw from the mainland.

Bonus: A nearby restaurant has a webcam that’s aimed at the lighthouse 24/7. So even if you can’t get there, you can at least watch a time lapse the sunrise.

EDIT: A post on the official Facebook page for Nubble Light clarifies that while no “occasional tours” are offered, “we have started offering raffles last year and two winners each season can bring 5 friends over for an afternoon tour.” Tickets go on sale May 1 for $10 each, according to the post, and all proceeds will go toward park and lighthouse upkeep.