National Lighthouse Day: Lakeside Nautical Table + Giveaway

Happy National Lighthouse Day! I’m sharing some lighthouse love along this table from the archives for a little nautical fun in celebration!

National Lighthouse Day is observed on August 7th, honoring the beacon of light that for hundreds of years symbolized safety and security for ships and boats at sea across America’s shorelines.

On August 7, 1789, the United States Congress approved an act for the “establishment and support of Lighthouse, Beacons, Buoys, and Public Piers.” In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Act and the commissioning of the first Federal lighthouse, Congress passed a resolution which designated August 7, 1989 as National Lighthouse Day.

It seemed fitting to pull out the Red, White and Blue for a little celebratory nautical fun!

I weighed anchor and set sail at a table with a Tommy Hilfiger navy anchor tablecloth, straw placemats with alternating red and blue stripes, and nautical flatware.

One of the four salad plates has a lighthouse reminiscent of the iconic Portland Head Light, in Cape Elizabeth, Maine that we visited on our Coastal Maine Getaway. 

Portland Head Light was first lit on Jan. 10, 1791. Commissioned by George Washington and dedicated by the Marquis de Lafayette. It is Maine’s oldest lighthouse and one of the most visited, painted, and photographed lighthouses in New England.

 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was a frequent visitor at Portland Head Light, and friends of the Keepers. It is thought Longfellow’s poem “The Lighthouse” was inspired by his many hours at Portland Head Light.

Towle Everyday Living flatware features a nautical rope border and sailboat design.

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse was commissioned in 1827 by President John Quincy Adams and is the lighthouse depicted on the Maine quarter, making it the first lighthouse to be featured on a piece of US currency.

The stunning views from Pemaquid Point Light will take your breath away!

Anchor glasses with a rope detail from HomeGoods are first mate to blue goblets from Dollar Tree.

A galvanized rope handled lantern filled with shells and a pillar candle provides a centerpiece for a table.

Rockland Harbor Breakwater Light

Walk across the almost mile long granite breakwater that took almost two decades to build, to reach the lighthouse.

Tip: Go at low tide so you’re less likely to get wet walking the granite pier.

The Cape Lookout Lighthouse is a 163-foot high lighthouse on the Southern Outer Banks of North Carolina. It’s painted with directional diamonds~ white diamonds facing east & west, and black diamonds for north & south. It’s one of the few lighthouses that operates during the day with its rotating 1,000-watt beacon flashing every 15 seconds 24 hours a day.

The Cape Hatteras Light is on Hatteras Island in the Outer Banks in the town of Buxton, North Carolina and is part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Cape Hatteras Light Station was moved in 1999 due to the threat of shoreline erosion.

The lighthouse was moved 2,900 feet in 23 days and now lies 1,500 feet from the seashore, its original distance from the sea.

In celebration of National Lighthouse Day, I’m giving away a Thomson Pottery ‘By the Sea’ 16-piece dinnerware set to one winner.

Produced from 2005- 2007, the set includes 4 dinner plates, 4 assorted salad plates, 4 bowls and 4 mugs.

To enter this giveaway, leave a comment telling me your favorite lighthouse or coastal town to visit.

Subscribers/followers automatically get a second entry.

Subscribe by email and let me know by comment.

For a third entry, Pin a photo from this post and leave an additional comment telling me so.

(The Pin/Save button pops up on the upper left corner of each photo).

This giveaway is open to those living in the continental U.S. through midnight August 20th.


Happy National Lighthouse Day!

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  130 comments for “National Lighthouse Day: Lakeside Nautical Table + Giveaway

  1. Sherry T
    August 7, 2019 at 6:34 am

    All the lighthouses are beautiful and unique and I love them all!! My favorite, however, is Portland Light due to it’s history. Imagine visiting a spot commissioned by George Washington and dedicated by the Marquis. Plus, a place that inspired Henry Wadsworth Longfellow to write poetry. ❤️ Thank you for sharing these beautiful lighthouses and providing pertinent facts on each one.

  2. August 7, 2019 at 6:37 am

    Mary, I love your nautical table in celebration of National Lighthouse Day! Heceta Head Lightstation in Oregon is one of my favorites, the view is breathtaking, similar to Portland Head. I’m a long time follower. Thank you for the giveaway!

  3. Julie
    August 7, 2019 at 6:37 am

    Hi Mary! My favorite lighthouse is where I live. Beavertail Lighthouse in Jamestown Rhode Island! Second favorite would have to be Cape Hatteras! Absolutely love your nautical table setting!

  4. August 7, 2019 at 6:43 am

    I pinned a photo of your table and Cape Lookout Lighthouse to my boards. Thank you, Mary!

  5. August 7, 2019 at 6:47 am

    Love the trip of lighthouses! I have visited the Rockland lighthouse. I walked the mile long granite walkway only to find the lighthouse closed.😔One of my favorite lighthouses is the Ponce Inlet lighthouse in Ponce Inlet,FL. We live only 12 miles from it and frequently take our guests to visit it. I would love winning the dishes! A beautiful table setting it would be prior to visiting the lighthouse! Thank you.

  6. August 7, 2019 at 6:47 am

    Hi! Buxton Lighthouse was/ is beautiful. The Outer Banks was one of my favorite trips for its beauty, calming, coastal feel. Doesn’t hurt that they serve Apply Uglies at one of the local shops. Warm homemade Apple Fritters like no other we’ve tasted.

  7. Danielle Giamundo
    August 7, 2019 at 7:04 am

    Dear Mary, I absolutely love this post! For me, the coast of Maine is magical. Acadia National Park has a few lighthouses, but my favorite is Mount Desert Island – called Bass Harbor Head Light. It sits at the top of a rugged rock shoreline, and although you cannot go inside the lighthouse, it is an iconic view from below. I am a working gal and I live vicariously through your posts because your interests mirror mine. But without the time, nor the exquisite talent that you have, your posts guide me to imitate some of your ideas, if only part way. It gives me insight to what I can do in my retirement! I too have a pontoon boat and I love having dinner parties aboard. Receiving your dishes would not only be another connection to you, but I love sticking with the nautical theme on our vessel. Thank you for sharing your talents. I recommend your blog to everyone!

  8. Joy
    August 7, 2019 at 7:14 am

    Mary, Not only is your photography outstanding but I applaud your timing and ability to capture the light flashing on “The Diamond Lady”! We have visited all seven lighthouses on the NC coast. The Diamond Lady is our favorite! I’m a follower by email and on FB. Thank you for the giveaway and chance to win! Joy

    • Cathy from Tennessee River!
      August 7, 2019 at 8:11 am

      I would love to win this for my dear friend who has a deep passion for lighthouses, she recently retired, she and her husband bought a camper and they recently drove thru parts of Michigan to view many of them, but I am not sure which was her favorite.

      • Vicki
        August 7, 2019 at 10:14 am

        Oh, Mary I loved this post as I always do !But ,this one really hit home.We have been to the Cape Hatteras lighthouse on one of our travels.We hope to take a trip out West and stay in a lighthouse on the coast.I am redecorating our bathroom and have decided to go with a lighthouse theme .So far I have ordered 3 shower curtains with no luck.Another one should arrive today !Thank goodness for Amazon ! The dish set is very unique ! Good luck to all…But I hope it’s me !!

  9. Joy
    August 7, 2019 at 7:18 am

    I pinned your table and several lighthouses to my “travel” boards. Thanks again! Joy

  10. Françoise Deschamps
    August 7, 2019 at 7:56 am

    Je suis admirative de toute la vaisselle que vous avez pour chaque circonstance.Habitant en France , je ne peux pas concourir pour gagner celle-ci, mais pas grave ! j’ai toujours autant de plaisir à lire (en les traduisant) vos billets.
    Je suis trop âgée pour voyager, mais j’aurais beaucoup aimer voir votre jolie région, avec ces lacs et le Maine.
    Bonne journée et caresses à Lola

  11. Jamie
    August 7, 2019 at 7:59 am

    The Portland Lighthouse is my sentimental favorite. I visited there with my daughter and granddaughters several years ago. Thank you for all the beautiful photos and interesting facts. Love to start my day this way! I pinned several to my boards. Thanks

  12. Theresa R Keller
    August 7, 2019 at 8:22 am

    Hi Mary! My favorite lighthouse is the one on Hunting Island, SC because I lived in Beaufort SC as a child and we went there a lot! My 2nd favorite is the brick lighthouse in Corolla NC…. it is so charming. Thank you for the opportunity to win the dishes and for sharing all of your lighthouse history. Have a great day ;)

  13. August 7, 2019 at 8:28 am

    Beautiful photos and fabulous table, I do love lighthouses. I grew up on Lake Erie and my favorite light house was more of an 🍦 ice cream 🍨 stand than I think it was an actual lighthouse. It is in Bay Village at Huntington Beach. I always thought it was a lighthouse when I was little!!! I would like to take an east coast trip sometime and see some real lighthouses!!

  14. Mary Andersen
    August 7, 2019 at 8:31 am

    Thank you so much for this beautiful post.I have had my whole life a yearning to see a lighthouse. My dream came true this summer when my family and I traveled to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. Traveling to the Outer Banks was so memorable. It is such a beautiful coast and seeing The Cape Lighthouse was like a dream come true. I love your blog and look forward to every post. Thank you!!

  15. Janet
    August 7, 2019 at 8:34 am

    My favorite lighthouse is Nubble lighthouse in York Maine. Very close to some of your Maine featured lighthouses Mary. No matter what season Nubble is always beautiful!

  16. Mary Andersen
    August 7, 2019 at 8:35 am

    I have pinned several of your photos to my travel board on Pinterest. Thank you!!!!

  17. Franki
    August 7, 2019 at 8:38 am

    Talk about ” lighting up my day!!” This set would be perfect in our setting! The “Bodie Island Lighthouse” at “Kitty Hawk, NC” Outerbanks is a favorite. We’ve also visited & climbed the Key West, Hilton Head, Cape May lighthouses. “Someday” I’m going to sleep overnight in one! franki

  18. Denise R
    August 7, 2019 at 8:41 am

    My favorite Lighthouse is the Cana Island Lighthouse located in Door County, Wisocon. You ride in a trailer, pulled by a tractor, over a causeway thriugh Lake Michigan to get to Cana Island! What an experience! I pinned close-ups of your lovely tablescapes for inspiration. Thank you for another amazing post.

    • Cheryl Foley
      August 7, 2019 at 12:56 pm

      Lovely tablescape! I do enjoy your posts very much. I haven’t been able to visit it yet, but the Cape Hatteras lighthouse is my first choice😊 I am a subscriber of yours, and happily share this to Pinterest.🐠🌞

  19. August 7, 2019 at 8:42 am

    Mary, your table is nautical perfection. I love seeing your captures of lighthouses, there is always a little mystery to them. A couple of years ago we visited Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod, and Nantucket…the light houses were amazing! What a lovely giveaway for one of your readers. Happy Wednesday❤️

  20. Lauren S
    August 7, 2019 at 8:44 am

    Love your lighthouse tablescape. You always have such lovely details for your tables. My favorite coastal town in Bar Harbor, Maine. My favorite lighthouse is right here in New Jersey in beautiful Cape May. I am a longtime follower of your creative blog and always enjoy your wonderful ideas.

  21. Karen
    August 7, 2019 at 8:48 am

    Hi Mary! Great post! We visited Point Cabrillo Lighthouse during a trip up the California coast. It was built after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake to help warn ships carrying lumber to the city away from the coastal shoals. It is on the rocky coastline of Mendocino County.

    There were lots of things to do there including tour the restored lighthouse and the Lightkeeper’s Home and Museum. But as a birthday surprise, my husband arranged for us to be a lightkeeper for the night! We stayed overnight in the main lightkeeper’s house and it was so very cool!

    Thanks for bringing back a great memory!

  22. katwell321
    August 7, 2019 at 8:52 am

    What a fantastic table! I have to say my favorite light house is Point Loma Lighthouse in San Diego. When I went to San Diego State we would go here often. As always, you provide such inspiration!

  23. August 7, 2019 at 8:57 am

    I love visiting Martha’s Vineyard, where there are many lighthouses.But I am going to pick the West Quoddy Head Lighthouse I visited as a child. It is located in Lubec, Maine.

  24. August 7, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Hi Mary …I just found your blog …kindred spirits we are! I also collect and love transferware…blue and white and red and white…blue ball jars …I have too many and love arranging my flowers from my wee garden. I look forward to your future posts ! I’m at JayeB’s Little Green Cottage !

  25. Mary
    August 7, 2019 at 9:03 am

    Love the lighthouse photos! My favorite lighthouse is Split Rock Lighthouse at Two Harbors, Minnesota.

  26. August 7, 2019 at 9:09 am

    I can’t say that I’ve ever visited a lighthouse, Mary, but I loved seeing you awesome photography of your trip. I hope the dishes go to someone who will appreciate lighthouses and a nautical theme. You are so generous, Mary, and your table is so beautiful! ♥️💙♥️

  27. Maureen
    August 7, 2019 at 9:18 am

    There are a few places that I like that are on all sorts of coasts. One of them is Jacksonport, Wisconsin in the Door County Peninsula. Gorgeous area especially as the leaves change in the Fall.

  28. Emmie
    August 7, 2019 at 9:18 am

    My favorite lighthouse is Split Rock Lighthouse at Two Harbors, Minnesota on Lake Superior.

  29. Maureen
    August 7, 2019 at 9:19 am

    I am a follower via bloglovin.
    I look forward to your postings.

  30. August 7, 2019 at 9:20 am

    Hi Mary, I enjoyed your history of the lighthouses today. My favorite lighthouse is Cape Hatteras as we vacationed for nine years in Rodanthe when our children were small. Consequently we saw the lighthouse on numerous occasions. However, as you mentioned the lighthouse was moved since we visited it. So many happy memories.

  31. Joan
    August 7, 2019 at 9:24 am

    I posted a picture of your tablescape to my board Tablescapes, as well as the words of Longfellow to my board Thoughts too………

  32. Vicky
    August 7, 2019 at 9:28 am

    There is no doubt that Maine is the place to go to satisfy one’s thirst for lighthouses. My husband and I took a trip up the coast of Maine last summer, visiting as many lighthouses as we possibly could. One of my favorites was Owl’s Head, perched out on a granite outcropping high above the Atlantic.

  33. Donna Phillips
    August 7, 2019 at 9:32 am

    Mary , your nautical table setting is a masterpiece of coastal delight !
    I spent many years of my youth in Delray Beach , Florida and that town and beach has a special place in my heart ! As a transplant to the beautiful state of North Carolina, I have visited The Cape Lookout light house and consider that to be my favorite !
    Thank you for your delightful blog posts !

  34. Marilyn Giardini
    August 7, 2019 at 9:44 am

    Whenever I’m in Maine, I always look forward to seeing the Nubble Lighthouse. Sincerely stated, Marilyn G.👼😇

  35. Elaine Carroll
    August 7, 2019 at 9:53 am

    Love the light houses, I lived dow the street from the West Chop lighthouse on Martha’s Vineyard and would walk to it daily. Just a note , the lighthouses in New England are painted white! Interesting as you go south, you get into stripes and other colors of lighthouses.

  36. Virginia
    August 7, 2019 at 9:55 am

    Fantastic post this morning. Just love lighthouses. The Outer Banks was a vacation spot for my family from the time i was five years old. Hatteras Lighthouse was the first my little legs could climb and has always been a favorite but my parents eventually built in Corolla where The Corolla Lighthouse can be seen from the deck so that one has to be my favorite and the one my grandchildren climbed for the first time. We sold the house last year which has a stained glass window of the Corolla Light and lots of Lighthouse decor. Since we love sailing I would be thrilled to be the winner of the “By the Sea” set. I pinned the entire post to my entertaining board and am an email subscriber. Thank you for taking me down Memory Lane this morning.

  37. Cyndi Raines
    August 7, 2019 at 9:58 am

    Love them all and one day I would love to visit Maine to see all the unique lighthouses you’ve just shown us and hope to see a whale also. My favorite is our Fort Gratiot Lighthouse that guards the mouth of the Great Lake Huron. I don’t like heights, but did climb her which was quite an experience. However, I did not go out on the catwalk, ha, the climb up was enough for me and what a view! I even have a similar picture of the winding stairs posted above, great minds think alike! Lol I will pass on this awesome giveaway as I already have a set of dishes with lighthouses. You are very generous Mary and good luck to all who enter! Happy Lighthouse Day! I plan on going to ours today and visiting the gift shop! ❤

    • Cyndi Raines
      August 7, 2019 at 10:45 pm

      P.s. Did visit the gift shop today as stated above and found out Michigan has129 lighthouses, the most of any state,so come visit the Great Lake State! You won’t be disappointed, 😊

  38. Nancy Kaler
    August 7, 2019 at 10:05 am

    Marblehead on Lake Erie!

    • August 7, 2019 at 2:34 pm

      That’s where I grew up! Did you also see Port Clinton now has one too – they brought it back – it’s on Perry Street!

  39. Marilyn Giardini
    August 7, 2019 at 10:07 am

    Hello, I just want to tell you that I truly enjoyed looking at your nautical table setting. The Towle Nautical Flatware and the beautiful Napkin Rings add to the beauty of your Nautical table setting! It is truly aesthetic. Also, Thank You, Kindly for the opportunity to enter your Contest!! Bon Voyage for now and I hope you enjoy the remainder of the summer! Nautically Yours, Marilyn G.👼😇. PS.-I hope Lola is fine.: I truly enjoy seeing her pictures!

  40. Sonny Nuckols
    August 7, 2019 at 10:19 am

    Hi Mary, My precious son was the Lighthouse lover. He collected them from all over and unfortunately we lost him last April. He got to visit many of them when he travel up and down the southern coast. He wanted his ashes to be spread at sea at a lighthouse. We miss him so very much and I know he would have loved your gorgeous table. He always told me that he wanted to go to Cape Cod for the lighthouse es but he never got the chance. I love your beautiful tablescape, thank you for sharing.

  41. Sherry M.
    August 7, 2019 at 10:31 am

    I have only been to coast in the Deep South. One day I hope to be able to go up the coast of Maine. However, I have visited the light house in St. Augustine, Florida which is beautiful.

  42. Anita Napier
    August 7, 2019 at 10:37 am

    These are so beautiful! I especially love the Portland lighthouse. My friend loves lighthouses and she recently lost her husband who shared her love for them. She and their children still visit Cape Hateras every year to visit as it was his favorite place. She needs these dishes.

  43. penelope helms
    August 7, 2019 at 10:44 am

    My family has visited the Outer Banks almost every year for the last 30. My favorite lighthouse is Bodie Island, as we see it the most as we move about the area. People don’t mention it as much but it is lovely. I

  44. Clara
    August 7, 2019 at 10:47 am

    Mary, I love this tablescape! You brought the beach to us today! Yay! I love lighthouses & their history. It’s always wonderful when at sea to see that beacon directing you safely to shore. Key West lighthouse is a favorite. Thanks for such a relaxing post in this oppressive heat! Clara ❤️

  45. penelope helms
    August 7, 2019 at 10:49 am

    I have pinned the pic of moving the Hatteras Lighthouse to my OBX site. That was truly an engineering marvel, and the result was to place the light at its original distance from the shoreline.

  46. Clara
    August 7, 2019 at 10:49 am

    Mary, I pinned several of the tablescape pics & lighthouse pics. This post was so enjoyable! Have a great day! Clara ❤️

  47. Cheryl King
    August 7, 2019 at 10:58 am

    I have actually never been to the coast, so I would love to see ANY of these fascinating lighthouses! With those pretty dishes, it would be easy to pretend….

    • Linda Stolk
      August 7, 2019 at 4:27 pm

      Michigan has so many wonderful lighthouses and I love to see them all, but I think my favorite is Pointe Betsie in Frankfort, Michigan.

  48. August 7, 2019 at 11:04 am

    As we live on the west coast, my favorite seaside town is Yachats, on the central Oregon Coast. The nearest/most favorite lighthouse is Heceta Head just south of there. However, I must mention that we were lucky to spend a week in Cape Elizabeth several years ago and loved exploring the coast of Maine as well as taking a short trip to Boston. Very different coasts, yet so much the same! Happy Lighthouse Day, I love receiving your emailed blogs/photos.

  49. Debbie
    August 7, 2019 at 11:04 am

    Mary, thanks for the giveaway. I love this post. I pinned the picture of Cape Hatteras light. I have always wanted to visit there. I am a long time subscriber and especially love your posts about all your sweet fur babies. My favorite lighthouse is Yaqina Head Lighthouse in Newport , Oregon. I have visited there may times and I always get excited to see it again. Thanks again.

  50. August 7, 2019 at 11:22 am

    We took a cruise to Nova Scotia and went on a an excursion to Peggy’s Cove. Absolutely beautiful lighthouse and community. I live in Jersey and we have quite a few here but that one by far was my favorite.

  51. August 7, 2019 at 11:33 am

    Such a beautiful setting…..both the pictures and the dishes. Being by the water is so calming to the soul, your beautiful pictures bring these same feelings out. I actually live in a small community called “lighthouse landings” because of a small lighthouse that guards a high spot on the lake we live on. It makes me smile everyday

  52. Kim Jefferson
    August 7, 2019 at 11:49 am

    I love your nod to National Lighthouse Day with your beautifully set table. You are so talented and I am so happy that you share your inspiring ideas.
    It would be fun to won these dishes. I am a subscriber and pinned this table setting idea.
    You ask us to mention a favorite lighthouse or coastal town. We retired and moved to our favorite coastal town, Oceanside, a suburb of San Diego. I feel like I am on vacation everyday, I truly love where I live. We have an interesting looking lighthouse here called Old Point Loma Lighthouse..I have tried but
    I don’t know how to add a picture.

  53. August 7, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    Happy National Lighthouse Day Mary! I hope you have a chance to get a little boating in to celebrate:@)

  54. Linda L Hovgaard
    August 7, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    We have 11 lighthouses on the Oregon Coast. 7 are open to the public & most are still active. There are 2 privately built lighthouses both of which are certified by the US Coastguard as official private aides to navigation. One of my favorites is Tillamook Rock Lighthouse which is built on a rocky island 1.2 miles offshore of Tillamook head. It is not open to the public but is so picturesque and sports a beautiful view with the waves crashing along the shore. We also have two lighthouses in our neighboring state of Washington. The mouth of the Columbia River across from Astoria is such an important shipping lane and covers such a huge area that 2 lighthouses were built. North Head Lighthouse was built to warn ships arriving from the north after the older Cape Disappointment Lighthouse was found to lack in warning ships approaching from that direction. You have inspired me Mary – one of our future road trips with be down the Oregon Coast to visit all the different lighthouses. Our coast house is in Astoria on the northern tip of Oregon so we will start with the two Washington lighthouse on the Columbia river and work our way down from there. Once again, love your table setting, your beautiful photos, and the history and tutorial is such an added bonus. Wait, there are two future road trips – I would like to check out the East coast lighthouse as well! Thank you Mary!

  55. Ann
    August 7, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    Mackinaw island we love it there actually going for my 32 Anniversary in 2 weeks

  56. Claire Whelan
    August 7, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    Ballycotton lighthouse sits on an island out at sea near our beautiful clifftop village of Ballycotton in East Cork on south coast of Ireland. We do tours daily during summer season. ( see our website http://www.ballycottonseaadventures….). Its a stunning very special we would say magical place. We have welcomed many lighthouse enthusiasts from all parts of USA to our lighthouse. If your readers are ever in Cork Ireland check us out you will get a very warm Irish welcome.

  57. August 7, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    Only been to Maine once and we stayed at Kennebunkport. Lovely! Saw a couple of lighthouses on that trip.

  58. Julie
    August 7, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    We like the light house at Boca Grande..It is our fave place to go and hangout..

  59. Kathy M.
    August 7, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    My favorite lighthouse is the one in Pensacola, FL on the Naval Air Station where you can climb to the top and watch the Blue Angels fly. It is an incredible experience.

  60. August 7, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    Thank you for all the beautiful pictures and history of National Lighthouse Day. Thank you also for your Give A Ways, it is so kind of you! My favorite Lighthouse is Kilauea Lighthouse on the island of Kauai, Hawaii where we celebrated an anniversary and my 50th birthday. It is also a wildlife refuge which is operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Many protected species of Hawaiian seabirds roam the grounds. It is a beautiful lookout point for seeing sea turtles and humpback whales. This lighthouse definitely holds a special place in my heart!

  61. Alice Genzlinger
    August 7, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    I would love to give my 80 year old sister the gift. I am a native of North Carolina and she still lives there and has fallen in love with the Cape Hatteras lighthouse . For each birthday and Christmas I search for cards with lighthouses on them to send her. Thank you so much for giving us this chance.

  62. Tina
    August 7, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    One of my favorite coastal towns to visit is Galveston,Texas! I remember going there as a child, and then again after my husband and I got married. As far as lighthouses, I would love to go see Cape Hatteras one day. I would really love to win the nautical dishes! My mother in law collects lighthouses, and I would gift them to her. She would be so thrilled! Thank you for the chance to win another wonderful prize, Mary. I love your blog. Tina

  63. Tina
    August 7, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    I am also one of your subscribers. Your posts brighten my day!

  64. August 7, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    Hi Mary! AWESOME post!!!!

    I grew up on the Great Lake Erie – north coast of Ohio. We have two lighthouses – one Marblehead and they (finally) brought back the old lighthouse they removed earlier to Port Clinton on the main water road, Perry Street.

    My sister has the sweetest lake house and I would do anything to be able to win this for her!!!!! It would make a great blog post! Thanks for this generous giveaway.

  65. Suzyque
    August 7, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    We went on a cruise to Canada and Maine, and we visited the Portland Head Light on Cape Elizabeth. Mid August, we will be taking a bus trip to N.C. Outer Banks,, and I think we will see several lighthouses on that trip. I also visited a small light house (Brown’s Point) in Tacoma, WA and the small park around it was absolutely charming. While on the Outer Banks trip I hope to find some neat items for a tablescape. Thank you for all your inspiration.

  66. Loryl
    August 7, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    Being from the Midwest my favorite lighthouse is in Door Co., WI. The Cana Island Lighthouse is a majestic beacon that is slowly and lovingly being restored to its original beauty. Today they are celebrating what they have accomplished so far with a fete on the island to celebrate National Lighthouse Day. Years ago when the lake was down you could walk across the rocky causeway to the island. Now you have to take a wagon ride across the causeway. They recently had to buy a tractor with higher/bigger tires to make it through the water safely! We have many beautiful photos of our favorite light!!

  67. August 7, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Lighthouses always fascinate me, they look like they hold so many secrets and stories of days past! It was fun reading the details of these, thanks Mary! I will offer my spot in the giveaway to another reader as my cupboards are overflowing! 😂

  68. Donna C
    August 7, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    I love visiting Lewes, Delaware and Sanibel Island, Florida. Thank you for the giveaway!

  69. August 7, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    We were in Maine a few years ago and actually brought back an antique buffet for the LakeHouse. Acadia National Park is still one of my favorite spots in the nation. I have a picture of Pemaquid Lighthouse but didn’t make it to Portland Lighthouse.

    Your tablescape is gorgeous! And there on Lake Norman… wow!

    I have to say I am partial to Presque Isle Lighthouse here on Lake Erie in Erie, Pennsylvania and I also like Cleveland Harbor Pierhead Lighthouse also on Lake Erie but located in Cleveland, Ohio.

    I am a subscriber to your beautiful blog and I am going to post your tablescape to my Tablescape board and also to my outdoor dining board.

    Happy Day to you my friend!

  70. August 7, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    My comment disappeared!
    We were in Maine a few years ago and actually brought back an antique buffet for the LakeHouse. Acadia National Park is still one of my favorite spots in the nation. I have a picture of Pemaquid Lighthouse. You brought back fond memories!

    I am partial to Presque Isle Lighthouse on Lake Erie …in Erie Pennsylvania. And I also enjoy Cleveland Harbor Pierhead Lighthouse… also on Lake Erie in Cleveland , Ohio.

    I am a subscriber to your beautiful blog.

    I pinned the table with Lake Norman in the background to my Outdoor Dining Board and I pinned the tablescape to my Tablescape board.

    Hope this works this time!

    Happy Wednesday!

  71. Marion
    August 7, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    Mary this is such a generous giveaway. I am a subscriber.

    • Marion
      August 7, 2019 at 4:05 pm

      I have visited Mystic seaport.

  72. August 7, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    I live in Missouri and the only one I have seen is the Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse • Hannibal MO, Hope to see more in the future and I have a collection and my bathroom is in lighthouses.

  73. Marilyn
    August 7, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    This is a wonderful giveaway to win. the Mystic Seaport is the only coast I have visited.

  74. Joan
    August 7, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    i love visiting the Mystic seacoast. Mary this is a giveaway that anyone would be over the moon to win.

  75. Martha Franks
    August 7, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    Mary, great post! I am a lighthouse lover and always take in as many as I can whenever I travel. Love Hatteras light and all the Outer Banks lighthouses. Also love the lighthouse on Tybee Island near Savannah. I have been to Portland Head and several others in Maine! I pinned several of your pictures. Thanks for the lovely trip! Hope I win!

  76. Doris
    August 7, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    Enjoyed the climb and beautiful views of lighthouse on Tybee, as well as, St. Simon Island.

  77. Betsy
    August 7, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    Hello Mary,

    This looks like such a gorgeous day by the lake. I am on a quest to find those napkin rings and the flatware. I think I need to start making more frequent stops at Home Goods!

    My all-time favorite coastal town is Savannah/Tybee Island for it’s shopping, non-stop food venues, warm water beach, and historical architecture. I’m submitting a runner up West coast location of Laguna Beach as it is an artist haven.

    Thank you for your dedication to inspiring all of us and making our days a bit more lovely!


  78. Betsy
    August 7, 2019 at 5:44 pm


    I pinned the photos of the nautical flatware, the complete tablescape, and of course the photo with the lake in the background.

    Happy Summer!


  79. Judy Levin
    August 7, 2019 at 6:35 pm


    I love La Rochelle, France or closer to home, Bodega Bay, California. I love the smell of fresh sea air and SEAFOOD!
    Beautiful pictures, Mary,

  80. August 7, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    Beautiful lighthouse table decor Mary…I so love visiting lighthouse and learning of their history.
    I must say that I truly loved visiting the lighthouse on Cape Elizabeth. The history of it was so fascinating to read.
    I also must way that the coast of NC has so many wonderful lighthouses. Great and thoughtful giveaway. You always these special days of recognition.

  81. August 7, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    Cape Lookout in North Carolina. I live in county where it’s located and it was my late husbands’ Favorite Place. Explore Fort Macon in Atlantic Beach NC. So much history!

  82. Carol Wilson
    August 7, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    My favorite lighthouse is Hatteras. It is the tallest and to me the most stately lighthouse of all. It is so beautiful especially at night.

  83. Sue
    August 7, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    I love the history you told along with the pictures of your post celebrating National Lighthouse Day. I like both the Rockland Breakwater Light because I am intrigued with the mile long walkway to the lighthouse and the Cape Lookout lighthouse because of its height and the directional diamonds painted on its sides.

  84. Suzen
    August 8, 2019 at 12:26 am

    Hi, Mary! I have to say, I absolutely love your tablescapes. My favorite lighthouse is Egg Rock Lighthouse in Frenchman’s Bay/Bar Harbor area. I happen to have a b&w photo (that I took while on a whale watch tour) hanging in my living room.

  85. Suzen
    August 8, 2019 at 12:28 am

    I pinned 2 photos to my board. Beautiful ones, of course!

  86. Suzen
    August 8, 2019 at 12:31 am

    Oops! Forgot to add… I am your #1 stalker.. LOL! Just kidding. I follow and subscribe. I can’t help it if I don’t want to miss anything…… ☺️

  87. Lynn
    August 8, 2019 at 4:26 am

    Since lighthouses are my favorite passion I pinned almost all of them to Pinterest. Even though I love the lighthouses of my home state of North Carolina, the Portland Head lighthouse is still my favorite. Thank you for sharing this wonderful collection.

  88. Amy Kaminski
    August 8, 2019 at 9:45 am

    Being from Michigan and being surrounded with lighthouses, these dishes would be perfect. I hope one day to visit all those you have mentioned here. What a fun trip that would be! Thanks Mary.

  89. Marie
    August 8, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    I pinned

  90. Marie
    August 8, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    I live in centeral SD and never been close to an ocean or great lake to even see one lighthouse let along have a favorite. But it’s on my bucket list!

  91. Liz
    August 8, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    One of the most fascinating lighthouses I have seen is Cockspur Island Lighthouse on the Georgia coast below Savannah. Unfortunately, you cannot walk or drive to it; it can only be accessed by water. It was completed in 1839 as a day marker and a light was added in 1848. It is part of Fort Pulaski National Monument.

  92. Cheryl Deuel
    August 8, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    As a Wyoming girl,we love going to the ocean and Portland Headlight is our favorite Lighthouse. We were just there again in June. Love this post and all your wonderful lighthouse pictures!

  93. Debbie
    August 8, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    Mary, thank you for another wonderful post! I enjoy them so much and they inspire me to set beautiful tables at home. You have so many lovely components, I can’t imagine the storage closet you have!! :) We’ve been to Martha’s Vineyard and that was so beautiful. I’d love to go back. The other coastal town that we love is Savannah. Being from Florida, we have a lot of beautiful coastline as well! I’ve pinned your table setting and I’m a long time subscriber.

  94. Marty K
    August 8, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    I loved seeing the Portland Head lighthouse last year on our cruise out of Boston. So pretty…
    I also pinned the picture of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse to my Lighthouses board.

  95. Deborah
    August 8, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    I’ve never visited any lighthouses, but my favorite coastal town is Port Aransas, Texas.

  96. Janice Baxter
    August 8, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    My favorite lighthouse is the Ocracoke Lighthouse in Ocracoke, NC. never knew there was a special day celebrating lighthouses! I love just walking around in Ocracoke village-the shops are fun and the British graveyard there is a special place.

    • Janice Baxter
      August 8, 2019 at 11:12 pm

      I pinned your photo of the Portland Head Light. Thanks for a chance to win. I enjoy your site-especially your beautiful pictures of flowers and your Lola.

  97. KitsyKeelSmith
    August 9, 2019 at 12:33 am

    I have two favorite lighthouses in North Carolina. We lived on Oak Island for ten years so the Oak Island Light is one of them. Also I camped for many years on Cape Hatteras so that is also a favorite. Look forward to your blog every day.

  98. Sandy K Park
    August 9, 2019 at 1:33 am

    Oh Mary, my favorite lighthouse and coastal town has got to be Key West, Fl.

  99. Sandy K Park
    August 9, 2019 at 1:35 am

    Welllll Mary, I pretty much pinned almost every lighthouse picture and your nautical tablescape. Hope I win.

  100. Maureen D. Eha
    August 9, 2019 at 7:32 am

    My favorite lighthouse is the Ponce de Leon Inlet Light in Central Florida. It is 175 feet tall and is not only the tallest lighthouse in the state but also one of the tallest in the country. I have taken all three of my kids (now adults) there at various times through the years for school field trips or just for fun. And yes, I have walked all the stairs to the top!

  101. Maureen D. Eha
    August 9, 2019 at 7:38 am

    I pinned several of the photos of your table to my “nautical tablescapes” board. As I live in Florida, the set of dishes you are giving away would be appropriate and welcome!

  102. Kim Horn
    August 9, 2019 at 7:42 am

    Oh my! Just beautiful.
    I love lighthouses.
    My favorite is Pemaquid on it’s rocky shore.
    Been to the top several times. Live in Ohio. We too have light houses on Lake Erie. I have only been to Marblehead.
    Another favorite is Marshall Point in Port Clyde Maine. Wish I was in Maine now! Love it. Now I will be thinking of these beauties today. ⚓⛵

  103. Ann Butler
    August 9, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    Hello, I love coastal towns. One of my favorite is Edmonds, Washington. It is not on the sea but it is on the Puget Sound, such a great body of water.

  104. Ann Butler
    August 9, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    I pinned the picture of the light house in Maine to my Favorites. Looks so pretty you can almost hear the seagulls.

  105. Darlene Gardner
    August 9, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    Mary, Since I just live up the road from you in Clemmons in Forsyth County, I have to say that my favorite lighthouse(s) are those found in NC. We have been to Currituck, Oracoke, Hatteras, Bodie, and Lookout. And when I taught 8th grade, my room had lots of lighthouses and one really great poster print I made of Cape Hatteras on my honeymoon! (It now hangs in my stairway which has a lighthouse theme). Of course, I pinned your beautiful settings. ;

  106. Donna saye
    August 10, 2019 at 5:59 am

    I want to enter for this beautiful set! Thanks so muc!

  107. Robin
    August 10, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    As a (not born but raised) Houstonian for 20 years we spent weekends in Galveston, TX. Fast-forward to living in NJ for over 30 years it is amazing that this tiny state has 18 lighthouses and 11 are open to the public. Sandy Hook is the oldest operating lighthouse in the USA!!! It has been in operation since 1764 and is part of the fabulous Gateway National Recreation Park. I love this area. I have your blog bookmarked (but not subscribed to) and tune in each week to see your wonderful tablescapes. They are inspiring. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity!

  108. Ruth
    August 10, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    My favorite lighthouse is at First Landing National Park VA because it is the first lighthouse in USA and I was fortunate enough to visit there in July 2019 with my daughter and grandson we climbed up to the top it is on military base and the history is so impressive. If you haven’t been there it is one you would want to put on your list as must visit

  109. Cookie
    August 11, 2019 at 3:33 am

    My favorite coastal town to visit is Boca Grande in SW Florida.. at one time I did have a pic of their lighthouse but can not locate it. I have so enjoyed your blog today with coastal tablescape and lighthouse pics.

  110. JoAnn
    August 11, 2019 at 7:26 am

    Being a Jersey girl, I love Barnegat Lighthouse!~ Beautiful views of Long Beach Island, Barnegat Bay, and Island Beach!

  111. Kay Hogan
    August 11, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    We live in Georgia and love St Simons Island. Love all the old lighthouses and the history that goes with them.

  112. August 11, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    I used to live in Duluth, MN on the shores of Lake Superior. It was gorgeous!

  113. August 11, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    I subscribed to your emails.

  114. Sue Fisher
    August 11, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    My favorite lighthouse is Heceta Head a few miles north of Florence Oregon. It’s beautiful to took at no matter what the weather!

  115. Cheryl Deuel
    August 12, 2019 at 8:48 am

    I’m a subscriber and I love the Portland Lighthead. Love your blog and look forward to all your posts

  116. Linda R Cunningham
    August 12, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Mary, your post as usual is stunning! I use to live in Coronado, California and when friends and relatives came to town we loved to take them to the Point Loma Lighthouse located on Point Loma peninsula at the mouth of San Diego Bay in San Diego California. It is located on the military base at the southern tip of Sunset Cliffs National Park. On November 15, 1855, the light keeper climbed the winding stairs, and lit the light for the first time, until March 23, 1891 the light was extinguished. The National Park Service has refurbished the interior to its 1880’s appearance. From the lighthouse you are able to see most of San Diego, Coronado Island and the airport. Worth the trip!!!

  117. Norma Wagner
    August 12, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    Loved the lighthouse on Tybee Island

  118. August 13, 2019 at 10:45 am

    I adore lighthouses and think I will do a watercolor from your stunning photo of Cape Hatteras. Can’t say that I have a favorite since I live in New Mexico and don’t often get to visit them. Poor me! Don’t enter me in the giveaway as I have way too many dishes already.

  119. Pamela Grove
    August 14, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    My favorite coastal town is easy to give, that’s St. Michael’s, Maryland. Ever since visiting the location as a child of about 10 or 11 I COMPLETELY fell in love. Unfortunately in those days it usually wasn’t in the budget when traveling around with my family for us all to go to the expensive restaurants or even go and get a big bushel of crabs to eat (we caught our own which I’m sure my brother and dad liked better but not me) and any time we were anywhere close to the place I always wanted to go and at least walk around town. If I didn’t look so MUCH like my dad’s side of the family at times (most of the time usually and they would say the same thing) I would swear I was adopted. Somehow this seaside, ocean, beach, lighthouse, water loving female ended up in a family where everyone else has little use for all of that and would far more visit the mountains and all that good stuff. I love those things too, but they don’t compare to the coastal world for me. So when I FINALLY became a REAL grownup, out of college, dating and with my own job and at least a little money what is one of the first things I do, go to St. Michael’s and here it is almost 40 years later and its still the same. However now I CAN sit down in the Crab Claw for a big seafood meal (if I didn’t now have to eat gluten free) but at least I got 20 or so years in. It has always been and always will be one of my very favorite places on earth and while I adore almost any coastal or “water town” out there, I guess the childhood memories will always make it something unique in my heart. This was where I was able to go in my first lighthouse. My second guest room (even though I live 4 hours from the ocean) is in lighthouses. I never knew there was such a thing as National Lighthouse Day (I SHOULD have know though, they have it for every other bizarre thing in the world) until I read it on this site.

  120. Peggy Kuppers
    August 19, 2019 at 9:20 am

    Annapolis, Maryland is a beautiful and historical town to visit – a favorite of ours since my husband graduated from the US Naval Academy! Thomas Point lighthouse in an unusual lighthouse in the Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis. Thanks for a beautiful post.
    I have subscribed by email.

  121. Peggy Kuppers
    August 19, 2019 at 9:22 am

    Just pinned this beautiful lighthouse table to my tablescape Pinterest board!

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