DescriptionTiny Monhegan Island, 9 miles off the Maine coast, has the highest cliffs on the New England shore. Artists who flocked to the 1.5-mile-long island during the late 19th century are credited with popularizing it. Many working studios are open to the public.
Lobster and fishing boats, as well as pleasure craft, keep the harbor busy all year. A 1-day excursion from Boothbay Harbor and New Harbor also visits the island. Contrasting with the bustle of Monhegan's port is a wildlife sanctuary containing more than 600 varieties of wildflowers and some 200 kinds of birds, such as peregrine falcons, ospreys and marsh hawks.
Other peaceful retreats on the island include Cathedral Woods and the 160-foot cliffs Black Head and White Head. Nine miles of hiking trails lead to scenic points on the island; comfortable shoes are recommended, as some trails are fairly rugged.
Regular passenger service between Monhegan Island and Port Clyde aboard the Laura B. and the Elizabeth Ann is offered daily, May through October; the boats run Monday, Wednesday and Friday, rest of year. Cars are not permitted on the ferries. Round-trip fare $35; $20 (ages 2-12); $5 (pets). One-way fare $24; $10 (ages 2-12); $5 (pets). Reservations are recommended. Contact Monhegan Boat Line, phone (207) 372-8848.
A ferry service between Monhegan Island and New Harbor departs daily, early June-late Sept.; Wed. and Sat.-Sun., late May to early June and in early Oct., with additional departures Memorial Day and Columbus Day weekends. Round-trip fare $36; $20 (ages 3-11); $5 (dogs). Phone for one-way fares. Reservations are strongly recommended. Contact Hardy Boat Cruises, phone (207) 677-2026. Other cruise options are offered.
Things to SeeMonhegan Museum