Lubec & Campobello Island
Lubec , the easternmost town in the continental United States, was settled in 1785 and incorporated in 1811. Its surrounding terrain offers a rugged coastal setting and natural beauty, combined with solitude and tranquility rarely found on other more frequented parts of the Maine coast. The combination of elegant Victorian/Greek Revival–style downtown, beautiful shorelines and easy access (be sure to bring your passport) to the former Roosevelt summer home on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, earned Lubec the title of third best in the 2010 list of America’s Best Little Beach Towns by Travel + Leisure Magazine.
The town’s inhabitants have celebrated their unique, unaffected character, community, and culture for close to 200 years. And with every intention of retaining that uniqueness, local businesses welcome and cater to a growing number of summer residents, new home-owners from “away,” and seasonal vacationers.
Home of the West Quoddy Head Lighthouse, Lubec offers visitors an opportunity to visit the lighthouse and visitor center, as well as picnic at cliff-top tables in the adjacent Quoddy Head State Park where they may spot lobster boats and trawlers plying the waters, or oceangoing cargo vessels perhaps heading for the deep-water port at Eastport. With four other lighthouses in the immediate area (Lubec Channel in Lubec, East Quoddy and Mulholland Point in Campobello and Little River in Cutler), Lubec is an ideal destination for fans of the coastal structures.
Lubec and the surrounding area offer the self-initiating a variety of seasonal and year-round activities including cycling, hiking, antiquing, fishing, boating, skiing, leaf-peeping, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. During the summer months, you might see frolicking seals, soaring bald eagles and—if it is your lucky day—surfacing humpback, finback and minke whales. In recent years, Lubec has seen an increasing amount of focus on the creative arts, providing interested residents and visitors with educational and enjoyment opportunities such as music, photography, painting and fiber arts.