Region: Downeast and Acadia
Service Area: Hancock County
Services/Features: Airport, Charter
The town of Stonington, south of Deer Isle, features a cluster of quiet communities where fishing is the mainstay of the economy. The spruce-crowned pink granite ledges, quiet woods and open fields, vistas of islands and sparkling water lure visitors from nearby and far away.
For more than a century artists have come to Deer Isle-Stonington, attracted by the scenery and the modest way of life. Writers, photographers and musicians add to the creative mix and often share their talents at public events. Twenty art and craft galleries display work produced by some of the most accomplished artists in the country. More than a dozen antique, gift and book shops invite leisurely browsing. The island has a wide variety of lodging accommodations, including B&Bs, motels and campgrounds. Island restaurants serve everything from made-from-scratch pizza to "right out of the water, melt in your mouth" seafood. Of course, that includes world-famous Deer Isle lobster.