Have visited Monhegan several times over the last few years and enjoy it more each time I go. I am from the West Coast, so to be in Maine is such a treat. I often stay in Boothbay and then take the ferry over to the island. Love the ferry ride and then hiking all over this exquisite spot. Artists love this area, one can see why, the light and natural beauty is in abundance. In the future I plan on staying at the Monhegan Hotel to experience the place for more then one day.
Monhegan Island is one of the few places I've ever visited where we were unable to find even a single good place to eat. The retaurants that we did find were nothing special and certainly not worth mentioning.
Boothbay Harbor - The Balmy Days III
1 (207) 633-2284
1 (800) 298-2284
Coastal Rte 1 to Rte 27 South
Departs Boothbay 9:30 am
Departs Monhegan 2:45 pm
85 minutes journey time
New Harbor - The Hardy Boat
1 (207) 677-2026
1 (800) 2-PUFFIN
Coastal Rte 1 to Business Rte 1 (Damariscotta) to Rte 130
Departs New Harbor 9:00 am and 2:00 pm*
Departs Monhegan 10:15 am* and 3:15 pm
*May 28-31, June 25 - Sept. 26, then Fri.-Sun. until and including Columbus Day
60 minute journey time
Port Clyde - Laura B. & Elizabeth Anne
1 (207) 372-8848
Coastal Rte 1 to Rte 131 South
Departs Port Clyde 7:00 am*
Departs Monhegan 9:00 am*
Departs Port Clyde 10:30 am
Departs Monhegan 12:30 pm
Departs Port Clyde 3 pm
Departs Monhegan 4:30 pm
* Except Sundays in May/June, September/October
60 minutes journey time
If, despite my warnings, you still want to visit Monhegan Island, you can get there by an hour-long ferry ride from Port Clyde (year-round) or from New Market and Boothbay Harbor (summer only). One interesting thing about the trip was that a group of dolphins accompanied us for much of the journey. If you're lucky you may even spot some whales.
The only way to get arould Monhegan Island is to walk
on the unpaved dirt roads since there are no cars on the island.
One thing about Monhegan Island that I just had to comment on is the cats. The island is so small that the cats have all become inbred, which has the effect of making them polydactyl. This means that, instead of the customary five digits on each paw, a genetic mutation causes them to have seven to ten. The result is an island full of cats with gigantic paws. They look like clydesdale cats.
Even my parents, who love visiting quiet and relaxing places when they take vacations, were bored out of their minds on Monhegan Island. Bring several books if you go, because reading is just about the only thing to do. Even the handful of activities that are worth doing (such as taking a walk to see the island's deer) won't take much of your time, and you're likely to find yourself with a lot of idle time on your hands.