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Quaint, just like it must have appeared 100 years ago, quiet, colorful, beautiful, produces good genes
Few lodging accommodations on the island (also considered a plus), no nightclubs if you're the nightclubbing type
In a nutshell
A great way to spend a lazy day and gorge oneself on the best lobster rolls in Maine!
Vinalhaven's population is only 1200, so the main street in town is rather short. You won't find the endless souvenir shops here that you can find in Bar Harbor (thank goodness). We did find a nice shop for Maine souvenirs (focusing on - of course - lobsters). It also had the most delicious fudge. I wish I could remember the name of the shop, but there are so few, I'm sure my description will lead you right to it. When you are leaving the ferry terminal, head to town (just follow the people). The shop is on the north side of the main street, and is one of the first shops you will reach once you get into the commercial area.
What to buy: Of course I had to get a Vinalhaven T shirt. And some delicious fudge, which was the best we found in Maine.
Updated Aug 11, 2006
karenincalifornia Says: In an area where everyone either is in the lobster business or is related to someone who is, what do 4th graders on Vinalhaven write about when they are given a creative writing assignment? Being a lobster, of course! I found the cutest link to stories written by 4th graders...
karenincalifornia Says: What do you do if you are a small island off the coast of Maine with a small population and you have only only two churches? You have one church that is run by a man and caters to only one faith, and then you have another that is inter-denominational, open to all religions...
When hiking or exploring the beaches- mosty rocky ones.....be on guard for the seaweed covered rocks.....they are VERY slippery.....and the wet darkly colored ones are slimy and slippery too. Use cation when jumping from rock to rock or climbing down to the edge of the sea. One can easily end up soaked because of a slick step. Don't forget that the water is extreamly cold too.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Luggage and bags: pack light if you are walking on the ferry on a day trip...the village is about 4 blocks from the ferry.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring layers of clothing....when the sun goes behind the clouds the temp can drop 15 to 20 degrees.....add in wind chill and water temps it can be down right nippy out there.....
The temps can range 20 degrees also from mid island to the shore.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: band aids......
Photo Equipment: as much as you can carry... this is a very beautiful island. Don't miss Lane's island.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: There are many summer rental houses here.
Miscellaneous: The weather changes very quickly here so be ready for the hot sun to the cool clouds and fog banks.
Written Jun 13, 2007
Staying for a week on Vinalhaven is like living inside a Norman Rockwell painting. The people are friendly, the town is charming, life's pace is comfortable here. The 4th of July parade is America at it's best. The town is centered around a harbor filled with a large lobster fleet. If you like nature there are numerous walks through out the island. Lane's Island is a very beautiful walk highlighted when the sun is out and the wild flowers are in bloom. You must leave your city pace behind and slow down to read a book you've never had time to jump into or catch a sunset and a sunrise while listening to the sea gulls cry.
Updated Apr 4, 2011