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Top 5 Romantic Lighthouses on Cape Cod

September 10th, 2016 by Julia Pearl

 Here is our recent wrap up of romantic lighthouses on Cape Cod.  Looking for romance?  Look no further than our top five romantic Lighthouse Cape Cod list that follows . . .

#1 Nobska Lighthouse

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Woods Hole, MA

Nobska Lighthouse is a classic New England style lighthouse, poised on a hill top looking out over Vineyard Sound, Martha’s Vineyard and the Elizabeth Islands.  Recently sold to the Town of Falmouth, and about to be restored by the “Friends of Nobska Light,”  this extraordinary location offers epic sunsets.  Better yet, stay up all night and share the dawn here.  Kissing in the lighthouse shadow is said to be good luck, and the view alone will fill your year with joy.

Nobska is an ideal location for special moments in your life. Check out Chad and Kendall’s elopement at Nobska, a special day photographed by the Woods Hole Inn. Parking is limited at the lighthouse itself, or walk fifteen minutes from the bike path in Woods Hole on Church Street.

 

#2 Edgartown Lighthouse

Edgartown Light

Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, MA

The Edgartown Light is at the end of North Water Street, across from the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard.  A short walk from the center of the village past rows of beautifully restored historic whaling residences, the Edgartown Light boasts an incredible vantage point between the harbor and the sea.  With deep water on both sides, this delicate peninsula has survived centuries of storms, welcoming sailors back into the protected harbor.  Drift knee deep into Nantucket Sound and grab your perfect summer selfie with the lighthouse behind you.  Romance, Cape Cod style!

The Lighthouse is open to the public daily from June 27th – September 5th.  Parking is limited, or it’s a ten minute walk from where the bus drops you in Edgartown.  Check out our suggestions for a great bike trip to Edgartown here.

 

#3 East Chop Lighthouse

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Vineyard Haven, Martha’s Vineyard,  MA

The East Chop light sits on a hill guarding the eastern entrance to Vineyard Haven Harbor on Martha’s Vineyard. Ferries, antique clipper ships, speed boats and sleek modern sailboats zip by this glorious vantage point looking out both at Vineyard and Nantucket Sounds.  The lighthouse is located on East Chop Drive, half way between Vineyard Haven and Oak Bluffs by car.  There is street parking in this residential neighborhood of million dollar homes.  Hop out and enjoy the view.  Take a minute to dream about your future home by the sea, hold hands and make a wish together.  Everything is easier with a partner at your side, especially exploring Cape Cod’s finest lighthouses!  Look here for more details on your fun day exploring Oak Bluffs.

 

#4 Gay Head Lighthouse

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Aquinnah, Martha’s Vineyard, MA

Perched above the sacred red clay cliffs of the Wampanoag, the Gay Head Lighthouse is located in Aquinnah on Martha’s Vineyard. From here, you are gazing west towards Block Island, with Cuttyhunk and the Elizabeth Islands to your north.  Still a working lighthouse, you can walk down to the beach below and pay your respects to John Kennedy Jr and his wife Carolyn Bessette whose plane crashed in the ocean near here on July 16, 1999.

The Gay Head Lighthouse has been recently relocated at great expense ($3.5 million), due to the rapid erosion of the cliffs.  Turn your head towards the Southwesterly breeze for the perfect wind-swept romantic selfie in this extraordinary locale.  An easy day trip from most of Cape Cod, more photos and how-to details for your trip are here.

 

#5 Wings Neck Lighthouse 

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Bourne, MA

The Wings Neck Light marks the channel to the Cape Cod Canal at the tip of Wings Neck, a promintory in Buzzards Bay.  With a huge view of the bay, Bassetts Island, Abiels Ledge, Cleveland Ledge and the busy freighter traffic of the canal, Wings Neck Light is not to be missed.  A short stroll from “The Big House” memorialized in George Colt’s epic book about 100 years in the life of a summer house, many Cape Codders have found romance here over the last hundred years.  If you appreciate “The Big House,” then the Wings Neck lighthouse should be on your bucket list.

Many of the houses adjacent to the lighthouse are also available for rent by the week in summer, so for true lighthouse lovers, this is a great option for your vacation rental on Cape Cod.

 

 

 

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