"Vinalhaven - Connecting to the Past" Vinalhaven by karenincalifornia
Vinalhaven Travel Guide: 39 reviews and 83 photos
Vinalhaven is so off the beaten path, it gets only 2,000 or so visitors each year. And Vinalhaven thinks that's a lot! This beautiful island is located 15 miles off the coast of Maine - the closest mainland town is Rockland.
Vinalhaven holds exceptional significance for me. This is where 4 generations of my family once lived - until they were converted by missionaries to a new religion in the 1830's. After their conversion, they left the island to join the other members of their religion in the midwest.
I'm glad we made the side trip to Vinalhaven, even though it was short, and we fell into the category of the lowest of the low - the day trippers. Walking in the footsteps of one's ancestors is always exhilarating, sobering, and cathartic. I wouldn't have missed it for anything, and it pleased me greatly to see my children enjoy it, too.
- Pros:Quaint, just like it must have appeared 100 years ago, quiet, colorful, beautiful, produces good genes
- Cons: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!
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