My husband and I took a day trip to Monhegan from Boothbay Harbor and the whole time I was wishing we didn't have to get back on the ferry to return to the mainland. In the future, we will return here and stay for a while.
Why? Because it is a beautiful island devoid of cars or crowds--just natural beauty as far as the eye can see. I'd love to be able to spend days--if not weeks--here exploring the hiking trails and just kicking back and relaxing. However, it isn't for everyone, and I think that's why it has been given such inconsistent reviews.
First, to call this 'an attraction' is kind of misleading. It's not an attraction--it is an island where real people live. If you want to spend a day (or more) hiking and enjoying the natural beauty of the island, then go here. If you want to spend a leisurely hour or so poking around in artisan's shops (or roadside stands), then go here (but bring cash--we didn't. Ooops!) If you are a photographer or painter, then DEFINITELY go here. I took my camera and could have stayed for days, just clicking away. But if you are expecting a tourist destination, stay in Boothbay or any of the other perfectly lovely Maine coast towns. We did that, too, and had a lovely trip.
But we'd love to go back to Monhegan and rent a little cottage for at least a week if not much, much longer. Maybe some day!
A final note: I'm including a photo of the public restroom, as it seems many of the reviews on here lament the lack of sanitary facilities. This concerned me, as I have the bladder of a small chipmunk! However, there are facilities, as you can see, and personally I'd happily pay fifty cents (or more) per use. It's like that in most European cities (and it costs more there, too!) Between the restroom on the boat and these restrooms, even I was fine. Additionally, while they do not have restrooms of their own, many of the little shops have a map hanging up to direct tourists like me to the facilities. I find this to be very helpful and welcoming. Thanks residents of Monhegan island, for preserving such a beautiful place and sharing it with people like my husband and I--if only for a few short hours.
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