"Monhegan Island" Monhegan Island by AcornMan

Monhegan Island Travel Guide: 7 reviews and 10 photos

Monhegan island is located 11 miles off the coast of Maine and is shaped like a whale, with 150 foot headlands on the north side sloping down to low coves on the southern end. There are 17 miles of hiking trails through the wilds of the square mile of Monhegan, with hundreds of species of wildflowers and seabirds. Monhegan Island is also an art colony (Jaime Wyeth's studio was here for many years), with as many as 20 studios open during the peak summer months.

It is also one of the most boring places I have ever been in my life. Sure there are a few trails where you can walk around, and there are even some deer on the island, but it's a small place without much going on. Furthermore, there are no good places to eat anywhere on the island and some of the locals we encountered were rather rude and unaccommodating.

If you still want to go, Monhegan Island can be reached by an hour ferry ride from Port Clyde (year round) or from New Market and Boothbay Harbor (summer).

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Nice scenery
  • Cons:Boring, no good restaurants, some rude locals
  • In a nutshell:There is nothing particularly unique about Monhegan Island. Frankly I see no reason to go there at all.
  • Last visit to Monhegan Island: Aug 1987
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Jun 10, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    Monhegan eradicated its deer population in 1999, so that would leave AcornMan and his parents with nothing to do at all. God forbid one should spend some time reading, taking relaxing hikes, visiting galleries, maybe sharpening one's photography or watercolor skills. One of the happiest vacations of my life was a 2-week trip to Monhegan. No time to get bored when there's so much beauty to take in.

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    Nov 2, 2004 at 9:50 AM

    I, unlike some people, agree with you. We encountered almost "hostility" with some people from Maine and I found it sad. The cat tip was interesting. I find your honesty refreshing.

  • orlikins's Profile Photo
    Jun 22, 2004 at 4:28 PM

    it's important to be honest, not every place is going to be fun - those cats are well freaky though! :-)


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