Deer Isle in Penobscot Bay offers charm and mystery all its own. Accessed from the mainland by the 1939 Sedgwick Bridge, Deer Isle is remote – sporting over 112 miles of shoreline between East Penobscot Bay and the Blue Hill Peninsula. Deer Isle was a huge source of granite harvested for the Smithsonian and Arlington Cemetery, now it is home to artists, art galleries and many scenic natural preserves like Island Heritage Trust and Shore Acres Preserve, which protect the natural integrity of the coast.
Deer Isle draws travelers to embark on a similar journey as John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charlie in 1960, he wrote of Deer Isle with haunting affection. Deer Isle hosts frequent farmers markets in summer, and has local seafood restaurants. Staying at Deer Isle you will discover several cozy bed and breakfasts, inns, oceanfront homes and cottages and campgrounds. Deer Isle has a few tour companies offering sea kayak and sailing excursions. Stonington is a classic fishing village on southern Deer Isle, host of the annual Maine Lobsterboat Races.
Blue Hill is a beautiful Maine coast town that has attracted sailors and artists for centuries. Visitors can enjoy a gentle hike up Blue Hill Mountain for grand ocean views or rent kayaks or canoes and tour Third Pond or Blue Hill Bay and the rockbound coast. Visit the Jonathan Fisher House exhibiting the art and life of Fisher who was a farmer, artist, scientist, mathematician, and poet. Play a round of golf at the Blue Hill Country Club. Blue Hill is home to a few lovely inns with excellent dining.
The coastal town of Brooklin in Eggemoggin Reach has a vibrant history, E.B. White – Charlotte’s Web author grew up here and Brooklin is now home to Wooden Boat School and magazine, several boat yards, art galleries and lobster pounds. Bucks Harbor is a quiet boating town at the head of the Reach, home to childrens’ author Robert McCloskey. Nearby Surry is a peaceful, pretty Maine town on the banks of the Union River, near the city of Ellsworth between Downeast Acadia and the Stonington Peninsula.
Blue Hill Area
Auberge Tenney Hill l 207-374-2169
Blue Hill Farm Bed and Breakfast l 207-374-5126
Blue Hill Inn l 207-374-2844 l 800-826-7415
Eggemoggin Oceanfront Lodge l 207-359-5057
Breezemere Farm Inn and Cottages l 207-326-8628
Eggemoggin Reach Bayfront Bed and Breakfast l 207-359-5073
Alamoosook Lakeside Lodge l 207-469-6393 l 866-459-6393
Orland House Bed and Breakfast l 207-496-1144
Shady Oaks Campground/Cabins l 207-469-7739
Sign of the Amiable Pig l 207-469-2561