The state of Maine Coastal Island Registry has a database with 3166 coastal islands.  The largest is Mount Desert Island and the smallest are ledge exposed above the mean high tide.  Fifteen island communities are inhabited year round.  Many island names are repeated.  For example, there are 30 “Ram Islands,” 30 “Little Islands” and 20 “Bar” Islands.

With this many islands there are a number of ferries from Ocean Point Inn that provide transportation to and from the islands, especially in the summer.  Visiting one of these islands by ferry is a great day trip.  Each island is unique in its own way and that can be an education in itself.mail boat

Monhegan Island is about 12 nautical miles off the mainland.  In the summer the Balmy Days out monheganof Boothbay Harbor makes the trip daily.  There is also a daily ferry from New Harbor in season and the Monhegan Mail boat leaves from Port Clyde.  All three options will give you a great boat trip.

The Casco Bay Lines provide ferry service from Portland to six islands in Casco Bay every day of the year!  The islands include Peaks Island, Little Diamond   Island, Great Diamond, Island, Cliff Island, Chebeague Island and Long Island.  Have lunch at the Diamonds Edge Restaurant on Great Diamond Island, Peak’s Café on Peak’s Island or Calder’s Clam Shack on Chebeague Island.  Bring your bicycles and bike around the islands.

Matinicus Island is 23 miles out to sea making it the most remote inhabited on the Atlantic Seaboard.  Life here is not for the weak or faint of heart!  There is no year round store, no bars or restaurants, no doctors or police, no paved roads and only one industry.  Life on Matinicus is a challenge.  The M/V Everett Libby crosses from Rockland to Matinicus based on high tides.  The ferry does not run daily so be sure to check dates online.  It is sure to be an amazing adventure!

Vinalhaven is located 12 miles off the coast of Maine in Penobscot Bay.  It is the states largest offshore community vinalhavenbackand has one of the world’s largest lobster fishing fleets.  The Maine State Ferry leaves from Rockland.  the ferry will take cars as well as bikes but be sure to make round trip reservations well in advance.  Vinalhaven is a rich and varied island community providing many amenities for the 1200 year round residents.

Other islands with ferry service that make fun day trips from Ocean Point Inn include North Haven, Islesboro, Swan’s Island, Isle of Haut, Grand Manana and Deer Isle.  Reserve your ferry ahead of time and have a real out island adventure.

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On your next stay the Ocean Point Inn, try visiting some museums that are close by but not as well known as some.  They have a lot to offer and will give you more insight on the history of Maine.

Fawcett’s Antique Toy Museum, Famous Art & Antique Shop

The Toy Museummuseum is in Waldoboro on Route 1 between Damariscotta and Thomaston, three miles north of Moody’s Diner.  It is open daily 10-4 from Memorial Day to Columbus Day.

Both adults and children will be fascinated by the collection.  Enjoy Mickey Mouse and all his friends from the 1930s, Lone Ranger Art, original animation and so much more.  New items arrive regularly.

Merryspring Nature Center

merryspringLocated in Rockport and Camden, the trails and gardens are open to the public daily and there is no admission fee.  This is a beautiful 66 acre nature park and educational center.

Owls Head Transportation Museum

The museum has over 150 antique exhibits including over 200 aircraft, motorcycles,owls head bicycles and automobiles.  Amazingly, all of the vehicles still operate!  It is located in the small town of Owls Head which is a few miles south of Rockland.

The museum is very child friendly with interactive activities and exhibits plus a small gym for children.

1811 Old Jail in Wiscasset

OJJailerHouseSmallerWhen you are in Wiscasset, stop to visit one of the oldest remaining jails in New England.  A jailor’s house that was built in 1839 is attached.  There is a dining room and a kitchen where the jailor’s wife could feed as many as 50 prisoners.  the Old Jail was home to prisoners who ranged from sailors in foreign navies to debtors, drunks and vagrants.  Prisoner graffiti remains on the walls.

Hendrick’s Hill Museum

Hendrick's hillLocated in Southport, this museum is open 11-3 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in July and August.  The 1810 house includes a kitchen, parlor, map room, marine room, pantry and three bedrooms.  The property also has a boat house.  Many marine antiques are on display.  A visit gives you a view of life on the Maine coast during this time frame.

Montpellier:  A Mansion like none other in Maine

Henry Know who was the Secretary of State in Washington’s cabinet built the mansion on land inherited by his wife Lucy.  He wanted to become a gentleman farmer.  It was named Montpellier in honor of France’s support during the Revolutionary War.  Montpelier-1-_rev2-770x370

Henry and Lucy sailed up the St. George River in 1790 and first saw their new home.  Today’s building is a re-creation of the original Montpellier which was demolished by a railroad company in 1871.

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