, especially on Deer Isle. Whether you take photos, paint, kayak, sail, walk or just enjoy holding still, the Island is sure to please your senses. We are fortunate to have more than a dozen natural areas with public access, many donated by generous Island residents. Most of the preserves have shore acreage with winding trails and beaches, all offered to visitors free of charge. (Island Heritage Trust gratefully accepts donations to help maintain many of these exceptional properties.)
The Stonington Opera House, the non-profit organization that breathed life back into the landmark Stonington Opera House building, has brought theatre, educational opportunities, original productions, movies, concerts, play readings and so much more to the Island community. Visit the Opera House!
If you’re here during the 4th of July don’t miss the parade held in Deer Isle Village, it’s American spirit and creativity at its best. The fireworks are held at Stonington Harbor, and are downright spectacular for a small Island community.
Off the coast of Deer Isle is the island of Isle au Haut, home to a tiny year-round fishing community and the 2800 acre wilderness part of Acadia National Park. Please check the Recreation and Transportation members pages for ways to reach Isle au Haut. Don’t miss a visit to Stonington’s Lobster Hatchery developed by the Maine Center For Coastal Fisheries (formerly Penobscot East Resource Council).
Internationally renowned Haystack Mountain School of Crafts holds classes and workshops all summer. Tours of the campus are available on Wednesday afternoons. The many artists, artisans and craftsmen who make up our vibrant art community open their studios and galleries offering a spectacular variety of work.
The Annual Lobster Boat Races in July and Fishermen’s Day in July are two more reasons for visiting Deer Isle. And no summer vacation to Maine would be complete without a shore clambake or a lobster dinner at an Island restaurant. Seafood from our shores include lobster, shrimp, scallops, clams, mussels, various fish and sea urchins.