Cape Cod lighthouses are majestic and quintessentially New England. In fact, many visitors to the region make it a point to see at least one of the many Cape Cod lighthouses during their vacation. And, more often than not, it’s one of their favorite things to see in Cape Cod!
One lighthouse that is postcard-worthy is the Gay Head Light Cape Cod MA.
A Martha’s Vineyard Treasure
The Gay Head Light sits 160 feet above the sea on the beautiful bluffs of the western side of Martha’s Vineyard.
The original wooden lighthouse built in 1799 was replaced by the current brick and brownstone tower in 1856. A massive first order fresnel lens with 1008 prisms was also installed at that time. The light now has a flashing white and red beacon, but the original lens can be viewed at the Vineyard museum in Edgartown.
Today, the land surrounding Gay Head is owned by the Wampanoag Tribe, who are very protective of the light and the fragile cliffs on which it sits.
Cape Cod Vacations
The true splendor of a New England vacation – any time of year – should include a trip to see the Gay Head Light or any of the famous Cape Cod Lighthouses.
And when you visit, be sure to book your stay at one of the many award-winning Cape Cod hotels. Hotel staff will see to it that your stay is relaxing, enjoyable, and unforgettable!