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Worth the Trip: Monhegan Island in Maine

I finally had the chance to cross something off my New England bucket list about a month ago. Dan and I took the Balmy Days boat from Boothbay Harbor and visited Monhegan Island. Monhegan is roughly 10 miles off the coast of Maine, about an hour and a half by boat from Boothbay Harbor. The reason that people visit? The gorgeous scenery. Coastlines with rocks tumbling into the ocean and a forest in the middle of it all. There are trails all over the island. You can see a trail map here, but be sure to buy one when you are there to support the locals (that live there year-round!). In the time that you have there with the boat schedule, it may be tough to walk the entire island. We ended up doing half of it. A few tips:

  • It can be a rough ride on the boat if you get seasick. Pack the Dramamine! Poor Dan suffered on the way there but we bought some at a convenient store on the island.
  • The convenience store on the island sells sandwiches that you can take with you on your hike. When you hit Main Street, make a right and it’s on the road to the Church.
  • If you want to hit Monhegan Brewing Company for a microbrew after your hike, hike the lower portion of the island clock-wise, and you’ll end up at Lobster Cove Road where the brewing company is located. (We skipped this as we figured that post-seasickness and microbrews didn’t quite mix.)
  • We hiked the lower portion of the island counter-clockwise, doing the hiking first and then ending up at the Lighthouse and Museum last, which was worth a quick trip.

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