: Monhegan Wharf
: Swim Beach
: Monhegan House
Car: not necessary
Wildhaven is located on historic and breathtaking Monhegan Island, Maine. Monhegan is renowned as one the jewels of the northeastern coast, famous among artists, hikers, and fishermen for its natural beauty, charming village, artists studios, nearly 20 miles of hiking trails, and the highest cliffs on the Eastern Seaboard. Ten miles off the Maine Coast, Monhegan is a car free bucolic setting with a small year round population and surrounded by magnificent wildlife including whales, porpoises, seals, sealions, puffins, dozens of bird species, and more. Most of the Island was put into a nature preserve, leaving the island's coast, cliffs, and forest pristine.
Monhegan provides a tranquil and stunningly scenic base from which to enjoy Maine's best leisure and sporting activities, including swimming, sailing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, berry picking, shopping for local crafts, and bird watching. Hikers can choose from all levels of trails, leading to rugged cliffs and gentle paths through woods and along coastlines. Attractions include the enchanted Cathedral Woods with its unique fairy houses, Lobster Cove with remnants of a long ago shipwreck, and a historic lighthouse and museum rich in art and history.
The island features two small, inviting beaches, perfect for children and adults to swim, play in gentle waves and sand, climb rocks, and collect shells, sea glass, and smoothed stones. Small and large boats for hire can take travelers sightseeing, fishing, wildlife watching, or hiking on the neighboring uninhabited islands around Monhegan Harbor.
Monhegan has been home to a hearty population of Lobster Fishermen and craftspersons for centuries. Since the mid 1800s Monhegan has also been home to a large community of artists, including Rockwell Kent, Jamie Wyeth, and many renowned and contemporary painters and photographers. Many maintain open studios on the Island. Art classes and painting workshops are also available.