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“Monhegan is a beautiful destination”
Review of Monhegan Island

Monhegan Island
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Owner description: A square-mile rock off the coast of Monhegan that is home to 70 residents.
Reviewed 15 April 2014

I have lived on Monhegan for 14 years and even as a resident, I think this is the best place in the world to get away from it all. Monhegan is a true vacation, slow down and unwind.

7  Thank TaraHire
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Reviewed 1 March 2014

We visited Monhegan island last summer from New harbor. What an excellent ferry ride it was !! There are no concrete or tar roads on island. Enjoy the natural beauty of the island with some home made ice cream and food on the island. Ocean everywhere from the top of the island where lighthouse is located. Amazing place to relax and be little away from technology world. Just another worldly!!

Enjoy the island located at about an hour distance by ferry from New harbor !!

Monhegan, Maine (truly a vacationland for all ages no matter what the duration of the vacation is - a day visit or short two day visit while you are exploring Maine.)

1  Thank travelerenthu
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Reviewed 17 January 2014

Hubby and I are retired....not spring chickens physically anymore. Not knowing what to expect at Monhegan Island, we took the boat trip over. Boat was great....island was a surprise. It's true...no public restrooms and only a few places to get food. It was either a snack shack by the dock or the Monhegan House, which is gorgeous but pricy. Being a lighthouse fanatic, we took the trail up to the top. Had to stop several times to regroup our oxygen and strength but finally made it, gasping :-) View was fantastic...stayed a while. Then back down on the trail. By this time, we would have sold our souls for a big glass of iced tea and lunch. Found both at the Monhegan house...at this point, price was no object....we were desperate.

10  Thank Catherine R
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

This is a really different attraction. This island is definitely not full of luxury or just a place to relax, if hiking is your way of relaxing. Would say that it is beautiful for what it is. Great place to hike and enjoy the ocean views. Inhabited by lobster fisherman and artists.
There are no roads on the island, and therefore no vehicles, except maybe an ATV or golf cart and a couple of pickups for hauling lobster cages. Everything gets there by ferry. Our ferry trip was quit nice. We went from Port Clyde, since that was the only port of the three that have Island ferries that was running the Monday we wanted to go. Ferry ride was very nice. We were traveling with another couple who had heard that the island was a great place to spend the day, and this was the last day of a week's vacation. The ride consisted of viewing lots of lobster traps everywhere, an interesting variation from things we were used to seeing on vacation. We really didn't know that we were going to a lobster island.
Upon arriving we needed to use the restroom and were told which way to head to get to the restroom. It was a long hike, and just about did us in just to get there and back. Seems there is only one public restrm there, and they asked you to pay just to use it. That wasn't bad except we felt that the boat people should have prepared us for the hike so we could have used the one on the boat. We really felt that the people on the island really didn't want visitors. The hiking maps and trails were not at all well marked, and we got lost on the first hike we went on, and ended up going on very hard trails and spending almost all day. At almost 70 years old, and with leg problems, it was completely exhausting, and very hard to enjoy the beautiful views at the top.
We really needed a nice lunch, but found nowhere to have that. The couple of restaurants we saw in hotels, etc, were closed, and we ended up getting a snack at a store with a VERY limited selection, and sitting at a picnic table, which was nice, except we were there on a very not day, and really needed some AC in our exhausted stage.
There were a couple of nice art galleries that were interesting to browse through, but we didn't even get to the lighthouse because of the trails not marked at the top, and we missed the trail by it. We ended up on a trail where we met a photographer who told us that trail was interesting because people had built fairy houses along it. We saw several (all built out of natural materials from the island), and probably nice thing for children to do, but just not what we had expected.
Overall I would say that we really didn't know what to expect, so we were disappointed, again maybe it was our fault. The lobster fishing was interesting, and views were pretty, but really not nearly as nice as the leaves changing in VT and NH, and not any prettier than just along the ME coast. I would recommend this to people who have lots of time, and really want to hike. The electricity even goes off at 9:30 in the couple of inns and hotels, so it is truly getting back to nature, which should be good for everybody.

10  Thank AnneC31
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

We just went to Monhegan Island for a day trip, and we went on the last weekend of the season. (We prefer Maine at this time of year b/c everything is on sale and places are less crowded.) This was our first time to MI and we took the am boat from New Harbor, which was about an hour ride. The ferry ride itself starts to clue you in to the community you are going to. People, dogs, suitcases and packages all going out to the island for the day or longer. Not too much muss and fuss on the boat either, this is about transport not sightseeing per se. As we pulled into the little wharf, the scene was magical, like a movie set. Gray shingled houses making a fishing village that expands up the hillside. Little boats bobbing at mooring balls in the harbor and no joke, kids playing on the small sand beach. We were very lucky to be there on a day with no clouds and temps in the mid 60s. We did a great hike first up to Burnt Head, which took less time than we supposed, and we sat and watched the waves and sea for a bit. Saw no one else--perfect! With that stroll we got a sense of the actual scale of the island (and the map) and decided we could certainly ramble a little farther and so we walked south along the cliff trail down to Lobster Cove and back to town. Along here we saw a few folks but everyone seemed to be enjoying the peace so no chatting to passers-by was needed. The ledges and cliffs on the trail are gorgeous and the day just kept getting more beautiful. On our way back to town we stopped in at the brewery (where they do have tastings but not a pub/seating area) and meandered down the hill past the shops that were still open. We stopped in 3 or 4 places to peruse coffee, sandwich, and souvenir options, and while there were a lot of locals chatting and catching up, I never sensed that we customers were unwanted. I enjoy not being shadowed as I shop. We saw some lovely sandwich options at one place that had outdoor picnic tables, but as it was the end of the season, supplies had run out (as had many tshirt options on the island), but that is to be expected in a place where everything has to be imported by ferry. In the end, we resisted the special food truck/chip van they were having that day even though everything smelled good and we ate at the Barnacle right by the wharf. Due to the absence of crowds, we could sit right on their patio and watch the wharf and the world of MI go by. Lots of deliveries to/from the wharf, people packing up for the winter, etc. The whole day, including the view from the lighthouse area, was like a novel or movie. Painters on the beach, artists by the lighthouse, picturesque homes and plenty of quiet. Like Amish Country, MI is a place to enjoy peace, quiet and looking around, but you must realize people live here--this is not an amusement attraction. It is so pristine (thankfully) that you can't even leave your trash on the island. Indeed it is the only place I have hiked in years where there was no litter on any trail or pathway.

10  Thank Laurie_B_VA
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