Destination guide

A windswept escape to Monhegan Island

Perched 10 miles off the coast of Maine, Monhegan Island is a sanctuary for artists, nature lovers, and those who simply appreciate sheer isolation. There are no cars or paved roads on the island which gives it a wonderfully shipwrecked feel. And with less than 100 permanent residents, the atmosphere is intimate to say the least. Monhegan Island vacation rentals are the perfect way to experience the island like a local, with darling clapboard cottages just steps from the coast.

Things to do

Get away from it all on Monhegan Island

Housed in the old lighthouse cottage, the Monhegan Museum offers visitors a fascinating glimpse at the island's colorful past. On the south end of the island, Lobster Cove shows off the wrath of the ocean. The wreck of the DT Sheridan lies scattered across the rocks and serves as a dramatic subject for painters, sketchers, and photographers. Touring the island is thirsty work, so why not wine up your day with a glass of local ale at the characterful Monhegan Brewing Company?

Activities

Welcome to an island of artists

Despite its modest size, Monhegan Island harbors a world-renowned art scene. It's known as a haven for creatives, and there's no better way to admire local talent than a walking tour of the private studios that dot the island. Wildlife watching is one of the island's biggest drawcards, so don't forget to pack your binoculars. Duck Rocks is a great place to watch playful harbor seals, as well as migrating birds. If you're lucky, you could even spot whales breaching just offshore. Scenic walks are one of Monhegan's greatest joys, with miles of cliffside bluffs, forested trails, and wildflower meadows to explore.

Weather

Watch Monhegan's Northern Lights

The warm summer months bring high season on Monhegan Island, when flocks of day trippers descend on the island. Of course, to get a true feel for the island it's best to stay at least a night or two. Visit towards the end of the summer and you could see the mesmerizing northern lights glowing on the horizon. While it might be a little blustery, there's something magical about Monhegan Island in the winter. With blazing fireplaces and cozy decor, there's no better place to watch winter storms roll in than one of the Monhegan Island vacation rentals.

Natural features

Live the Monhegan Island life

Rugged and windswept, Monhegan Island sits just off the coast of Maine. Passenger ferries depart from Port Clyde, rather conveniently, and once you're there you can spend your days beachcombing, wildlife watching, or wandering along the island's scenic trails. Monhegan Island vacation rentals make the most of the coastal landscape with stunning cottages that back right onto the water. This means you can wake up to the sound of crashing waves, cool off at the beach, and watch fiery sunsets from your own private deck.

How to get there

How to get to and around Monhegan Island

The nearest airport is in Rockland, ME (RKD-Knox County Regional), located 23.2 mi (37.3 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Wiscasset, ME (ISS), which is 24.3 mi (39.2 km) away.