I rented an apartment in town for $495 for one week. The Tidewater motel in town looks very interesting with the Tide from Carver Harbor flowing right under the motel as it enters Carver Pond. There are 3 resturants in town which has some very quaint architecture.
Lane's Island Preserve is a must visit spont on the island which beautiful views of the entrance to The Island. A nice sand beach and lovely hiking trails.
About 2 miles from the Ferry Landing is "The Basin" and if you have a kayak it is a lovely spot to explore with rich wildlife including bald eagles and seals.
Sounds of the sea. Very convient location in town
"The Lobster house" is right on the harbor with lobster boats at your toes. I would recommend this to any one trying to get away from it all. The house has sheets, towels, and everything for the kitchen.
A real Lobster experience all with in a short walk to town. It had been owned by a lobster man for years. The house has four bedrooms - Bedroom one has a queen bed on the first floor, Bedroom two has 2 single beds, bedroom three has a single bed, and bedroom four has an antique double bed. There are 2 bathrooms one up and one down. The kitchen living room is very large with a stone fireplace and overlooks the harbor. There is a bonus of a washer, dryer, and dishwasher too. Great view of the working harbor with the Vinalhaven fleet of lobster boats. there is also an art studio that opens to the long dock and a bait house at the end of the dock. A great combination for an artist.
We spent our week on Vinalhaven Island at The Point. It is a vacation rental home right on the ocean; however, the owner treats the house more like his primary residence than a rental. The home was immaculate and was decorated very eclectically - the owner is a world traveler and adventurer. Decorations from the Himalaya's adorned the living space and books on adventure travel abounded. I was in heaven.
This is the second beach house that my wife and I have rented on vacation - the other having been in Florida. We were extremely happy with the houses on both occasions. For long vacation stays of a week or more I wouldn't do anything less than a house any more. In comparison to family and friends who often stay in condos, houses typically cost little to no more and have vastly more amenities.
Off the coast from The Point were several tiny islands, many of them were uninhabited. I would kayak out to them and explore entirely alone; almost like I was the first person ever there. It was wonderful.
The Point sits on about 10 acres and faces the ocean. It was about a hundred yard walk down to the ocean from the back patio. The house had about 1,000 feet of rocky ocean frontage. Beautiful.
We loved spending the early mornings and early evenings sitting on the deck reading and watching the lobstermen work the waters in front of the house. Even though it was summer many of the evenings were cool enough to have a fire in the wood burning stove. I read a couple of the adventure books, both about mountain climbing, that the owner had in his collection. Based on the house decor it appeared that the owner had many numerous trips to Mt. Everest and led an expedition to climb it. He also led expeditions to South America and the North Pole.
Vinalhaven, despite its beauty, is not a major tourist destination. Consequently, accommodations are few and far between. There are a couple of B&Bs (Libby House and Moses Webster House) and a motel, but this is not the place to find a Doubletree, Marriott or Ayres hotel. This is why you do not want to miss the last ferry going back to Rockland if you haven't booked a place for an overnight stay.
If I were staying more than one day here, I would check out one of the vacation rentals on the island. There are a few, and it appears the largest collection can be found on the vbro.com website. (I've had very good luck finding places to rent through vrbo.) I checked out the selections out of curiosity, and most on Vinalhaven are rented by the week and many are located on oceanfront property.
If you are looking for a slow-paced, relaxing way to spend a week in a beautiful location - rent a house on Vinalhaven!
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