Sea Coast & Islands

Monhegan

  • Seaward of Muscongus Bay

  • The island of Monhegan, roughly 1½ miles by ¾ mile, is located about ten miles off the Maine coast, seaward of Muscongus Bay. Most of the village is wrapped around the harbor as seventy percent of Monhegan is protected wild land. Monhegan is a magnet for summer visitors, artists, and day-trippers who are drawn to the island’s stark beauty and rugged cliffs.

    Monhegan has no paved roads, no cars except for a few pickup trucks owned by the local inns or fishermen, no airport, only two public telephones, and two public restrooms. The only way to the island is by one of three ferry services that operate from Boothbay, New Harbor, or Port Clyde. All the ferries sell an excellent island trail map for a nominal fee which describes each trail and rates its difficulty. It also shows the locations of other attractions on Monhegan. Several bulletin boards on the island post studio and museum hours, events and other useful information.

    Seventeen miles of hiking trails encircle the island, plus connecting trails. There is a well-established artist’s colony in the village, scenic working lighthouse and excellent Monhegan Historical and Cultural Museum. At the southeast end of the island is a rusting shipwreck which can be explored.

    Places to stay vary from simple rooms at one of the inns, to cottages and houses available for rent. Some inns serve meals and others have kitchen facilities. Most are open from mid-May through early October. Only one or two have rooms available in the off-season.

    Monhegan has four restaurants, a half dozen places to get a sandwich or cup of chowder, a couple of markets for food supplies, and beer and wine are available. Only a couple establishments are open in the winter months.

    Lodging Resources
    10 Lobstercove Road, 207-596-0175
    Fish Beach House, 207-594-9151
    Hitchcock House, 207-594-8137
    The Island Inn, 207-596-0371, www.islandinnmonhegan.com
    The John Sterling Harbor House, 518-583-2680
    Monhegan House, 207-594-7983, www.monheganhouse.com
    Shining Sails B&B, 207-596-0041, www.shiningsails.com
    Trailing Yew, 207-596-0440
    Tribler Cottage, 207-594-2445

    Restaurants
    Island Inn, 207-596-0371, www.islandinnmonhegan.com
    Scruffy Dog
    Monhegan House
    Trailing Yew

    Sandwiches/Pizza
    North End Market, 207-594-5546
    Scruffy Dog
    Fish House Market
    The Novelty
    The Barnacle
    Hot Fat

    Coffee/Pastries
    Carina
    The Barnacle
    Black Duck
    The Novelty
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    Monhegan: A Guide to Maine's Fabled Islands

    What draws visitors to Monhegan-a small island off mid-coast Maine?
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The island of Monhegan, roughly 1½ miles by ¾ mile, is located about ten miles off the Maine coast, seaward of Muscongus Bay. Most of the village is wrapped around the harbor as seventy percent of Monhegan is protected wild land. Monhegan is a magnet for summer visitors, artists, and day-trippers who are drawn to the island’s stark beauty and rugged cliffs.

Monhegan has no paved roads, no cars except for a few pickup trucks owned by the local inns or fishermen, no airport, only two public telephones, and two public restrooms. The only way to the island is by one of three ferry services that operate from Boothbay, New Harbor, or Port Clyde. All the ferries sell an excellent island trail map for a nominal fee which describes each trail and rates its difficulty. It also shows the locations of other attractions on Monhegan. Several bulletin boards on the island post studio and museum hours, events and other useful information.

Seventeen miles of hiking trails encircle the island, plus connecting trails. There is a well-established artist’s colony in the village, scenic working lighthouse and excellent Monhegan Historical and Cultural Museum. At the southeast end of the island is a rusting shipwreck which can be explored.

Places to stay vary from simple rooms at one of the inns, to cottages and houses available for rent. Some inns serve meals and others have kitchen facilities. Most are open from mid-May through early October. Only one or two have rooms available in the off-season.

Monhegan has four restaurants, a half dozen places to get a sandwich or cup of chowder, a couple of markets for food supplies, and beer and wine are available. Only a couple establishments are open in the winter months.

Lodging Resources
10 Lobstercove Road, 207-596-0175
Fish Beach House, 207-594-9151
Hitchcock House, 207-594-8137
The Island Inn, 207-596-0371, www.islandinnmonhegan.com
The John Sterling Harbor House, 518-583-2680
Monhegan House, 207-594-7983, www.monheganhouse.com
Shining Sails B&B, 207-596-0041, www.shiningsails.com
Trailing Yew, 207-596-0440
Tribler Cottage, 207-594-2445

Restaurants
Island Inn, 207-596-0371, www.islandinnmonhegan.com
Scruffy Dog
Monhegan House
Trailing Yew

Sandwiches/Pizza
North End Market, 207-594-5546
Scruffy Dog
Fish House Market
The Novelty
The Barnacle
Hot Fat

Coffee/Pastries
Carina
The Barnacle
Black Duck
The Novelty


 

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Monhegan: A Guide to Maine's Fabled Islands

What draws visitors to Monhegan-a small island off mid-coast Maine?

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