Welcome to the town of Lubec, Maine, nestled on the shores of the Bay of Fundy, and home to the easternmost point in the Unites States!
Lubec is in indeed so far north and east that it is practically in Canada. You can see Canada across the bay, and the whole time we were there our cellphones kept jumping between international and domestic roaming. So if you visit Lubec, keep an eye on your phone, cause international roaming charges are the worst.
The town itself is rather small. You won’t see many chain places here, but you will find lots of small-town charm. We arrived late in the evening, still jet-lagged after a two-day travel fiasco trying to get to Maine from Los Angeles, and totally starving. Our first stop? Dinner at Water Street Tavern!
This is definitely the best place to go for some of the freshest seafood in the whole country! My friend Joe ordered lobster, and so the chef went out and caught one in the bay and brought it to the table still alive to show off his catch before cooking it up.
That’s pretty fresh.
Not pictured: I ordered the most amazing lobster mac and cheese I’ve ever eaten. You just can’t beat Maine when it comes to lobster.
Also not pictured: Joe wasn’t sure how to tackle a full lobster, so our server came out to help crack it open. In doing so, lobster juices flew everywhere…but mostly landed all over our friend Jim.
Not gonna lie… that’s kinda my favorite memory from our trip to Maine hehe.
Full of amazing lobster and completely exhausted, we headed to our hotel, Cohill’s Inn. For lodging, there isn’t a ton of options in Lubec. But even if there had been 100 hotels, I would still tell everyone to stay at family owned and operated Cohill’s Inn. It’s small (think only 9 rooms), but the rooms are quaint and delightful, and it’s located right on the waterfront. Plus the staff is super friendly, and they have a tasty complimentary continental breakfast served in the pub downstairs.
Since we were there at the very end of their season we didn’t really get the full Cohill’s experience, but that’s ok since we were just passing through anyways. But it looks like a lovely place to stay during the summer season! Fresh food and craft beer in the pub, warm coffee out on the deck while watching for seals and bald eagles, bike riding along the bay… you know, basically an idyllic east coast summer getaway.
Cohill’s is located at 7 Water Street, Lubec, ME – 04652
So why Lubec? Because it is the closest town to the easternmost point in the United States! After a quick breakfast at the inn, we headed out to go find it…
And where is the easternmost point? Well, officially, it is a rock just off the coast of Maine called Sail Rock. But you can’t exactly swim out there and take pictures on the rock.
So for tourism and visitation purposes, the easternmost point is located at West Quoddy Head State Park.
This is the best State Park I have ever been to, no joke. It had the most stunning views, and such vibrant colors! Here’s how we explored Quoddy Head:
Coastal Trail, 4 miles round trip
“The Coastal Trail (4-mile roundtrip) affords more challenging terrain (and spectacular ocean views), with some steep and rocky sections. This trail passes Gulliver’s Hole (a narrow chasm formed from the erosion of a vertical fault in the volcanic gabbro rock); High Ledge (a 150-foot-high bluff); and Green Point (a large ledge outcropping where hikers can reach the beach).” (maine.gov)
There are five trail options at West Quoddy Head, but we picked this trail because it is a combination of most of the other trails and offers the best collection of what the park has to offer. Four of the park trails connect with each other, so you can more or less combine them in any way you want to get the experience you are looking for.
Keep in mind though, that when the trail descriptions mention bogs, they aren’t kidding. Be prepared for a muddy and soggy hike!
One of the coolest parts? WE SAW ACTUAL BALD EAGLES.
Joe was leading the hike, and when he went around a bend, there were two of them just chilling in the middle of the trail! Of course they flew away immediately, so this was the best picture I got, but man, what a cool thing to see! Talk about once in a lifetime experiences.
The bogs were actually super cool too though, featuring sub-arctic and arctic plants rarely seen south of Canada. Plus you guys know how I feel about interpretive trails on boardwalks (I think they’re totally awesome, for any of my new Wanderers :D)
And then of course there is the lighthouse itself, commissioned by Thomas Jefferson back in 1808. The light still shines (two white flashes every 15 seconds), visible from up to 15-18 miles out to sea. The 15 red and white stripes were added to the tower in 1858 to make the station more visible in snow and fog.
The tower is closed to visitors, but there is a cool museum and giftshop inside the house.
Here are some tips to make your visit to Quoddy Head safe and fun (obtained from the official park website):
- The Park is often wreathed in fog that forms when warm, moist air from the mainland meets masses of cold air over the surrounding waters. Fog and sea breezes can make for chilly conditions, even in the height of summer, so bring extra layers. Be prepared for low visibility and carry a park map with you when hiking trails.
- Exercise caution and supervise children when walking on cliffside trails or by the shore. Tides can fluctuate more than 20 feet and flow in quickly.
Don’t forget to take a photo at the official plaque marking the easternmost point in the United States!
Location: 973 South Lubec Rd, Lubec, ME 04652 (Four miles off Route 189 in Lubec).
Contact: May 15 through October 15: (207) 733-0911
Off season: (207) 941-4014
Hours / Season: Open 9:00 a.m. to sunset daily from May 15 to October 15. Visitors may continue to enjoy the park during the off season by parking outside the gate and walking in during these same hours. Please be aware that facilities are closed during the off season.
Fees (per person at time of publication): Adults 12 and older $4 (non-resident), $3 (Maine residents)
Seniors 65 and older $1 (non-resident), free (Maine residents)
Children 5 – 11 $1, Children under 5 free