At the furthest point of the eastern out-cropping in the state of Maine is the small town of Lubeck. Founded in 1811, the city is home to over a thousand people. From the University of Maine campus, the drive is about two and a half hours, but if you’re an antique junkie, there are plenty of cool antique shops along the way to break up the trip, as well as beautiful coastal views. way
Lübeck is the epitome of a cozy and charming seaside fishing town. The air is perfectly cool and kissed with a thin layer of mist that awakens your senses to the lush green foliage around you and the sea breeze. It is a quiet city, which some may find boring, but it is far from it. The energy in the city is so calm and relaxing that it feels like a welcome retreat from society.
This east-coast town is dominated by a rainy northwest climate with rocky cliffs and abundant greenery, giving it a feel similar to Forks in the movie “Twilight.”
The city is on the Canadian border. On the far side of the city is a bridge called “The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Bridge” that leads right from Lübeck to Campobello Island, an island in the Canadian province of New Brunswick. A passport is required to get to the island, as you will need to go through Canadian border customs.
The city also has some great restaurants. “The Fisherman’s Wharf” is a restaurant planted on a rocky outcropping before the sea. The highlight of this eatery is the large windows that allow a serene view of the waves crashing on the rocks below. This creates a very comfortable environment where family and friends can gather for hours. There are many great seafood options as well as a delightful wine and beverage list. Seafood as fresh as it gets.
During my stay there, I spent a weekend at the “Inn on the Wharf”, which I thoroughly enjoyed. The history behind the building is interesting. A couple, Judy and Victor Trafford, stumbled upon the town of Lübeck by accident in 2006, but fell completely in love with the town’s charm and natural beauty. After a while, they bought a house and then an old sardine factory that came with its own wharf. The factory, more than a hundred years old, was saved by the couple and turned into an inn. You would never have thought that it was a sardine factory and how charming it is. The rooms also have balconies attached, allowing you to step out over the rocky outcroppings to look out over the sea, which is quite a sight to say the least.
Perhaps the best-known part of Lubeck is its red-and-white-striped lighthouse that serves as a marker for the easternmost point in the United States. The charming lighthouse holds great significance and is a popular tourist attraction. It is named “West Quoddy Head Lighthouse” and is located within Quoddy Head State Park.
Quody Head State Park in Lubeck is a hidden gem in Maine. It is home to awe-inspiring black cliffs that roll over crashing ocean waves. The black rocks were formed during the Silurian era from volcanic magma.
Always shrouded in fog and cool sea mist, the state park is a great place to visit if you’re ever in Lubeck. For hiking trails “Coastal Trail” is a definite recommendation. It’s a moderate skill-level hike with mildly challenging maneuvers and a four-mile round trip, but the coastal views along the trail are pristine.
The lighthouse is now staffed by volunteers, but was once home to a lighthouse keeper. Visitors can visit the keeper’s former room. The tower itself is closed to the public, but the lighthouse beacon still shines, one of 63 remaining active along the Maine coast.
Lubeck is a must-visit city in Maine because it has so much to offer. The environment provides such a peaceful energy and helps you center yourself when your life feels a little chaotic.