Deer Isle – Stonington

Reachable by bridge, Deer Isle still retains the some of the flavor of New England life in the 1950’s.  A cluster of small communities, with about 3,000 residents, comprise the year round population.The schools, churches and community organizations are central in bringing the community together throughout the year. Public suppers, festivals, craft fairs, boat races, basketball games and other sports events, all contribute to a strong sense of community and Island pride.

Lobstering is the mainstay of the economy although the diversity of the Island’s businesses draw many visitors from off Island. Internationally renowned Haystack Mountain School of Crafts has brought a wealth of artists and artisans to the Island, many of whom have chosen to live here permanently. Galleries and studios dot the island, and some are open year around by appointment.A wide variety of accommodations are available from inns, motels, rental cottages and campgrounds. Restaurants, coffee bars, antique shops, libraries, gift shops, book stores and galleries/studios all offer a rich selection of places to visit, to browse and to Buy Local.

Deer Isle is a paradise for photographers, birders, boaters/kayakers, artists, naturalists and anyone who loves the outdoors. The area is home to Island Heritage Trust hiking trails, and several other conservancies are located on neighboring islands, including Acadia National Park land on Isle au Haut, accessible via Isle au Haut Boat Service . The mixture of spruce-covered islands, quiet coves, granite outcroppings, fields of lupine and wildflowers, lobster boats, windjammers, glistening waters and pristine winter snow make a visit to Deer Isle, at any time of year, an enriching experience.