Another favorite day trip of ours from Ocean Point Inn is to head for the tranquility of Monhegan Island. This tiny island, twelve miles out to sea, is less than one square mile in area. The island has no paved roads and no cars, just wonderful walking trails that lead you to amazing vistas.
Browse the shops and galleries. The Black Duck Emporium has great gifts, espresso drinks and home baked treats. The Lupine Gallery features Monhegan Artists. Winter Works is a cooperative shop of creative items made by the Island’s winter residents. The Barnacle also has a few gifts as well as sandwiches, soups and pastries.
For lunch, I often get a crab roll at the Fish House Fish Market and eat it on the rocks at Fish Beach. After lunch, I like to look for sea glass and shells on the beach. You can bring your own lunch and enjoy eating at one of the many vistas on the highest cliffs in Maine.
Walk up the hill to the lighthouse where you can sit and enjoy the view. Keep your eyes peeled for whales, seals, birds and wild flowers. Sometimes along the path from the dock, artists will be selling their crafts. Note the lovely cottage styles as you walk around the island and try to imagine what it must be like here during a blizzard in January!
The Balmy Days II sails to Monhegan daily in season from Boothbay Harbor. The ride out and back is beautiful in itself. Capt. Bill Campbell will point out whales, seals, birds and other marine life as you go by the rugged coastline and outer islands.
Balmy Days offers an optional ride around the island for an additional fee. You can make your reservation for the Balmy Days by calling 207-633-2284 or 800-298-2284. Monhegan Island is a place that evokes fond memories and I bet you will want to return!