Monhegan Island Maine
At lower points along the coast (especially at half tide) you can see a profusion of harbour seals playing among the rocks. Ramble back to town by way of the Monhegan Island Light, which has provided a beacon for sailors since 1824. Next door, the keeper’s cottage now houses the Monhegan Historical and Cultural Museum, with displays on all aspects of island life and Monhegan-related works by Rockwell Kent, Hopper and others.
Back in town, the turn-of-the-century Island Inn dominates from the top of a bluff, literally a stone’s throw from the harbour. Built between 1816 and 1910, it’s Monhegan’s largest and most comfortable hotel, with 34 rooms decorated in typical Maine style—antique furniture, painted wood floors and cosy down bedding. Since there are no TVs or telephones to distract you, head to the Inn’s wide porch for some real evening entertainment, watching the sun set over the water, with the Maine coast beyond. Now you know why all those artists came and stayed.
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