Monhegan Island Day Trip

Monhegan IslandAnother 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.

monhegan-inn-viewAs you walk through the woods watch for the Fairy Houses. Stop to build one of your own from natural bits and pieces and see how creative you can be!

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.

Monhegan Island Fish House MarketFor 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.

Monhegan Island LighthouseWalk 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!
boat-tour
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.

Rams Head LightAfter leaving the harbor you will pass Ocean Point on your left and then the Ram Island Lighthouse on the right.  Next on the left will be the Pemaquid Lighthouse perched on the seaside cliffs.

What started out as a tiny spot on the horizon starts to look much larger.  Before you know it you are pulling into the dock at Monhegan Island.monhegan-island-color

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!

See more Ocean Point Inn things to do in the area including visiting Camden and Rockland and other day trips to Damariscotta, Bath, and Boothbay Harbor.