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Beautiful cliffs and woods, spectacular sunsets over the bay, miles of trails and a charming village are just a few of the attractions this small island has to offer. Monhegan is situated 10 miles from the nearest mainland, is approximately 1-3/4 miles long by 1/2 mile wide and is as unique today as it was in 1614 when Captain John Smith established a year round fishing and supply station. Our small fishing village encompasses only one third of the island while the remainder is preserved in its natural state. With only a mile or so of dirt roads (you leave your car on the mainland) you truly feel that you have stepped back to a time when life was quieter and simpler. There are over 17 miles of hiking trails throughout the spruce and fir woods. Follow these trails to the dramatic headlands on the east side rising 160 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, or you may choose to browse through the several galleries and artist studios in the village featuring local works of art. Whether you partake of the island restaurants, bask in the sun on Swim Beach, or chat with the friendly local people, you will find the Monhegan experience to be a unique and special one.

WHAT YOU MAY NEED

Bring warm clothes as nights and the ferry crossings may be cool. Good ankle supportive shoes are necessary for hiking over rocky trails through the woods and along the cliffs. There are no street lights so we recommend you bring along a flashlight for nighttime outings. Monhegan is quite informal and casual dress is appropriate for all the eating establishments. We have no bars or restaurants which serve alcoholic beverages. Groceries, beer, and wine may be purchased at the local store. There are numerous galleries, shops, and artist studios to visit. Monhegan also has an excellent Museum at the Lighthouse open July through mid-September.

Ferry services run all year from:

Port Clyde - Monhegan Boat Line (207) 372-8848; 60 minute trip

Seasonally from:

Boothbay Harbor - Balmy Days 1-800-298-2284; 90 minute trip

New Harbor - Hardy III 1-800-278-3346; 60 minute trip

We ask that you call the ferry to reserve your trip across. Safe parking is provided on the mainland. Call us to arrange a special charter trip to or from the mainland.


If you need accomodations on the mainland, we recommend the Ocean House Hotel in Port Clyde at 1-800-269-6691.


SHINING SAILS
P.O. BOX 346
MONHEGAN ISLAND, MAINE 04852
(207)596-0041
E-Mail info@shiningsails.com


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