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CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine — Built in 1791 and sitting on a bluff perched above the sea, the exquisite white edifice of the Portland Head Light has been painted by the likes of Edward Hopper. Yet it’s the boulder-strewn coastline Winslow Homer depicted so brilliantly in Prouts Neck that comes to mind when walking along the rocky shoreline at Fort Williams Park. Both artists appreciated Maine in the offseason, when crowds were at a minimum. Stroll around the entirety of Portland Head Light, taking in its 80-foot height. On rare occasions, the lighthouse is open for a quick climb to the top. Then hit the trails that trace the shoreline. Lobstermen haul up traps from the backs of their boats, while farther out to sea, oil tankers make their way in and out of Portland Harbor. Book at least one night’s stay at the nearby Inn by the Sea (rates from $188), where you can dine on fresh Maine seafood at night and walk the adjacent beach during the day. www.portlandheadlight.com, www.innbythesea.com

Correction: An earlier version had an incorrect photograph.

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