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Deer Isle/Stonington

DEER ISLE / STONINGTON:

www.deerislemaine.com

The Deer Isle Bridge – spanning the Eggemoggin Reach which is part of the Penobscot Bay – connects the mainland to the islands of Deer Isle. Before it was built, cars had to be ferried over.

Deer Isle Tourist Office:  We suggest that you stop here for information about Deer Isle and Stonington from seasoned and dedicated volunteers who love the island.  After you cross the Deer Isle Bridge onto Little Deer Isle, follow the road as it turns to the left and the tourist office will be on the right.

Stonington Farmers’ Market: Fridays: 10 AM – 12 PM – Island Community Center, School Street. This is a great market featuring over 40 vendors – with crafts, too.  http://stoningtonfarmersmarket.com/  Be sure to stock up on Lucy’s Granola , 44 North Coffee and Millbrook Company baked goods for breakfast!  Directions:  Take Rte 15 towards Deer Isle. Cross the Deer Isle-Sedgewick Bridge. Follow Rte 15 towards Stonington until you see Cemetery Road. Go Right on Cemetery Road until you come to a stop sign. Keep towards your left on Sunset/School Street and you will see the Island Community Center building and the Stonington Farmers Market on your left. Parking is on the right side of the road.  We are a dog friendly destination but request that you keep your dogs leashed at all times.

Wild Maine blueberries – just waiting to be baked into pies, muffins, cobblers and stewed into glorious jams! Typically harvested in late July and August.

Stonington Farmers' Market

You’ll find familiar faces here at the Stonington Farmers’ Market – Lucy’s Granola, 44 North Coffee, El, El Frijoles and Black Dinah Chocolates – just to name a few.

Kingman Gallery:  Maine Fine Art Photography, 117 Center District Crossroad (corner of Sunset Road, 1/2 mile south of Deer Isle Village), Deer Isle, Maine 04627, 207-348-9333,  Anne Kingman Page, Owner, anne@kingmangallery.com, Tuesday – Sunday – 10 AM – 5 PM.

A stunning gallery with an engaging proprietress.  Well worth a visit.

Kingman II

Photograph of tulips by Lynn Karlin, of lowered jib at mooring by Douglas Wood and of Caterpillar Hill in the fall by Terrell Lester.

Barred Island Preserve:  Take the Sunset Road through Deer Isle (as opposed to following Rte. 15).  Bear right at the sign for Goose Cove Lodge and follow signs to Barred Island.  Be sure to check the tide chart and plan your hike to be there at low tide.

 “As you walk the paths of the Barred Island Preserve, you join the Wabenaki people, who summered here several thousand yeas ago, and the Stinson family, who farmed on this point a mere hundred or so years ago.

Frederick Law Olmsted, famed landscape architect of New York City’s Central Park and one of the founding fathers of our national park system, summered nearby and owned Barred Island at the turn of the century.  His Grand-niece, Carolyn Olmsted, donated the island to The Nature Conservancy in 1969 for the enjoyment of the people and visitors of Deer Isle”. (From their brochure)

Barred Island is accessible at low tide.  Bring a picnic and enjoy the beauty of the coast.

Barred Island is accessible at low tide. Bring a picnic and enjoy the beauty of the coast.

Yellow Birch Farm:  73 Reach Road, Deer Isle, Maine 04627, greeneziner@gmail.com

Two artists, a gallery, a farm stand selling summer produce, a goat farm producing chèvre, goat yogurt, soaps and beauty creams  and memorable farm table dinners – Yellow Birch Farm has it all.  The farm stand is open Tuesdays-Saturdays: 10 AM – 5 PM.  They are also at the Stonington Farmers’ Market on Fridays from 10 AM – 12 Noon.  And their goat milk products can also be found at the Blue Hill Co-op.

Yellow Birch Farm

Yellow Birch Farm Table Dinners:   “Last summer we had six evenings of “Food and Craft”,  which took place in our gallery and featured organic food from our farm and other local farms.  Our dear friend Martha was chef extraordinaire, and our incredible interns and our family, were the hosts, servers and sous chefs.  We learned so much, ate well, and everyone had a delightful time.  Enjoy the images and if you are interested for the 2014 season, you may leave your information at:” (From the website)

Having been to two of these dinners in 2013, I can attest that they are absolutely lovely affairs.  It’s a BYOB evening with amazing people to meet and get to know over a truly wonderful meal.  And, I now have a new appreciation for all things goat!

Farm Table Dinner - YBF

Restaurants:

Aragosta:  27 Main Street, Stonington, Maine 04681, 207-367-5500, aragostamaine@gmail.com, www.aragostamaine.com, Dinner:  Thursday – Monday 5-8 – Chef’s Tasting Menu, Lunch: Thursday – Sunday 11 AM – 3 PM.  “Farm to table dining overlooking the beautiful Stonington Harbor”

Aragosta, meaning “lobster” in Italian, is presented by Chef Devin Finigan of Brooklin. Her farm-to-table cuisine features only the freshest and best quality meat, seafood and produce from local purveyors. Her love of Mediterranean and Italian cooking and the Maine coast come together for a beautiful menu of delicious food that is simply good. Guests will enjoy dishes like Chef Devin’s specialty, butter-poached lobster ravioli, while overlooking the breathtaking views of Stonington Harbor. The kind, knowledgable staff will guide guests through the menu and thoughtful wine list to create a memorable dining experience. Join us for lunch on our beautiful deck as well, where Chef Devin has created a menu that puts an elegant twist on classic pub fare. (from TripAdvisor)

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Water’s Edge Wines:  6 Thurlow’s Hill Road, Stonington, Maine, 207-367-6348 Serving lunch Wednesday – Saturday, menu changes weekly, wine and beer by the glass.  They also carry wine, beer, cheese, bread, coffee, sweets, bagels, gourmet foods, chocolates and gift baskets.   www.watersedgewines.com

Madelyn’s of Deer Isle, Maine:  495 North Deer Isle Road, Deer Isle, Maine, 348-9444 (Road side eatery to satisfy your fried food fix)

Lily’s House:  For those of you who fondly remember, Lily’s Café, a gem of a restaurant for its mouthwatering, homemade, homespun meals created from locally sourced organic and sustainable ingredients, you will be happy to know that Kyra is going to do a Wine Bar on Thursdays from 4-7 this year beginning June 6th. Lily’s will also be hosting a House Fair on July 20th. And, she is   also supervising an entrepreneurial program with a few high school students who will be doing a lunch stand in various places on the island three days a week.  The food will be delicious! Tuesday at the Congregational Church parking lot in Deer Isle, Wednesdays at the Deer Isle farmer’s market and Thursdays downtown Stonington in the PERC parking lot.

450 Airport Road @ Route 15, Stonington, Maine 04681,  207-367-5936,  kyra@lilyshousestonington.com

Kyra, the chef/owner of Lily’s Café has ended her tenure as such and is branching out into new directions offering workshops that reflect her interests in culinary arts, design, textiles and gardening.  Check out her website:  Lily’s House for the calendar of events featuring wine tastings, cooking classes, quilting gatherings and wherever else Kyra’s talents lead her.  She invites you to “Come in, stay awhile. Celebrate your passions.”  A lovely invitation indeed!

Check out Kyra's website for upcoming events.  Enjoy her blog and sign up for her newsletter.

Check out Kyra’s website for upcoming events. Enjoy her blog and sign up for her newsletter.

Photographs borrowed from the website.

The Cockatoo Portuguese Restaurant: 300 Goose Cove Road, Deer Isle, Maine 04627, 207-348-2300, (They really do have a cockatoo!) www.thecockatoorestaurant.com/about.asp  Open 7 days a week from noon until 9 PM.

Suzen and her pet cockatoo

 

Pilgrim’s Inn and The Whale’s Rib Tavern: 20 Main Street, Deer Isle, Maine, 207-348-5222, The restaurant and bar area are open Wednesdays through Sundays. On Mondays they offer an abbreviated menu for a smaller number of guests in our dining room by reservation only, and on Tuesdays they are closed.  http://www.pilgrimsinn.com/whales-rib-tavern.html

“The rustic ambiance of our historic barn, our cozy tap room, and intimate bar create a warm and inviting atmosphere. We utilize fresh local ingredients and Maine made products, and our menu offers a range of food and prices to suit many tastes and palates. You’ll also find a thoughtful wine list, a full bar, and microbrews from Maine. Reservations are appreciated and attire is casual. Our restaurant has seasonal hours and is open on specific days. Please call 207-348-5222 for more information.” (from their website)

Pilgrim's Inn

Fisherman’s Friend Restaurant5 Atlantic Avenue, Stonington, Maine 04681, 207-367-2442,  Hours are Sunday – Tuesday:  11 AM – 8 PM   Friday & Saturday 11 AM – 9 PM, Closed Wednesday   www.fishermansfriendrestaurant.com  Menu

 

Recreation:

Old Quarry Ocean Adventures: 130 Settlement Road, Stonington, Maine 04681, 207-367-8977, www.oldquarry.com (Kayaking and hiking trips to Isle au Haut, sailboat rentals and sailing lessons, paddle boarding)

Old Quarry

Island Heritage Trust: www.islandheritagetrust.org (Hiking trails)

Guided Island Tours: With Captain Walt Reed, Registered Maine Guide, 207-348-6789, www.guidedislandtours.com (Enjoy the beauty of the Penobscot Bay)

Guided Island Tours

Island Country Club: “The best little club in America.” 442 Sunset Road, Sunset, Maine, 207-348-2379, www.islandcountryclub.net (Golf and tennis open to the public and they serve the “best crab roll” – we have it on good authority!) http://www.islandcountryclub.net

The public is welcome to enjoy a 9 hole golf course and 3 HarTru tennis courts

The public is welcome to enjoy a 9 hole golf course and 3 HarTru tennis courts

Exploring Maine by Bike:

Biking in Maine

Shops:

44 North Coffee: 11 Church Street, Deer Isle, Maine o4627, 207-348-5208, www.44northcoffee.com, 44northcoffee@gmail.com, Monday – Friday: 8AM – 4 PM “44 North Coffee is proudly run by the highly caffeinated team of Melissa Raftery & Megan Wood. With long-time affections for coffee, world travel, & a love for Deer Isle, Maine and its community, we are proud to see this endeavor come to fruition. Our commitment lies in purchasing organic & fairly-traded green beans through a wonderful green coffee broker who has extremely high visibility and in-country efforts. The logo has been designed, the first green coffees have been chosen, and the roasting has begun! Stay tuned as we update our offerings and post local coffee related events.” (From their website).

Megan and Melissa and their wonderful coffee.  Don't go home without some!

Megan and Melissa and their wonderful coffee. Don’t go home without some!

44 North Stonington:  70 Main Street, Stonington, Maine, 207-348-5208 – From the same ladies who bring you the delicious 44 North Coffee – a coffee shop in downtown Stonington.  “The coffee is hot, the pastry is fresh and the baristas are serving with a big ole smile!”

44 North Stonington

The Periwinkle:  8 Main Street, Deer Isle, Maine, 207-348-5277, theperiwinkle@myfairpoint.net, open 7 days a week:  9 Am to 5 PM.

Periwinkle

 This sweet store has been around for years and friends of ours have taken it over and are breathing new life into it.  Newly opened in June 2014, the Periwinkle will carry natural wooden toys, games, candles, penny candy (remember that?) tees, hats, vests, Christmas items, cards, books, fir pillows, soaps, jams and jellies, 44 North Coffee, Reach Sea Salts and so much more.  Definitely worth a stop.  Tell Candy that Kill Kare sent you!

Nervous Nellie’s Jams and Jellies: 598 Sunshine Road, Deer Isle, Maine, 207-348-6182, www.nervousnellies.com (Specialty foods, tearoom and fun sculptures!)  Open everyday from 9 AM to 5 PM.

Blueberry is only one of the delicious flavors that Nervous Nellies offers

Blueberry is only one of the delicious flavors that Nervous Nellies offers

Turtle Gallery: 61 North Deer Isle Road, Deer Isle, Maine 04627, 207-348-9977, www.turtlegallery.com (Fine art and contemporary craft)  Monday – Saturday:  10 AM – 5:30 PM, Sunday:  2-6PM

The Lester Gallery, LLC:  Has sadly closed.

Blue Heron Gallery: 15 Main Street, Deer Isle, Maine 04627, 207-348-6051, www.blueherondeerisle.com

Entertainment:

Stonington Opera House: 1 Opera House Lane, Stonington, Maine 04681, 207-367-2788, www.operahousearts.org (Movies and other entertainment – check the website or call for current listings.)

A classic!

A classic!

Where to purchase lobster:

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Greenhead Lobster LLC: Hugh Reynolds – Owner (Hugh is the husband of CFW alumna Polly Dodge Reynolds and the son-in-law of CFW alumna Amey Eckles Dodge). 38 Ocean Street, Stonington, Maine 04681, 207-357-0950. They will pack lobsters for travel and they also ship lobsters to your home: www.overnightseafood.com

It just doesn't get any fresher than this!

It just doesn’t get any fresher than this!

Stonington Lobster Co-op: 51 Indian Point Road, Stonington, Maine 04681, 207-367-2286, 800-315-6625 – (Go down to the dock and pick out your own lobsters!)  Hours:  Monday-Saturday – 8 AM – 4 PM

Take a bag, go down to the pier and choose your own lobster.

Take a bag, go down to the pier and choose your own lobster.

Of Interest:

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts: 89 Haystack School Drive, Sunshine, Deer Isle, Maine 04627, 207-348-2306, www.haystack-mtn.org – amazing setting on the water! Their tour is highly recommended by one of our guests. It is offered on Wednesdays at 1 PM, costs $5 per person and lasts about an hour.

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts is an international craft school located on the Atlantic Ocean in Deer Isle, Maine. The school offers intensive studio-based workshops in a variety of craft media including clay, glass, metals, paper, blacksmithing, weaving, woodworking and more. Programs range from short workshops to two-week sessions and anyone may participate, from beginners to advanced professionals.

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts is an international craft school located on the Atlantic Ocean in Deer Isle, Maine. The school offers intensive studio-based workshops in a variety of craft media including clay, glass, metals, paper, blacksmithing, weaving, woodworking and more. Programs range from short workshops to two-week sessions and anyone may participate, from beginners to advanced professionals.

 

Deer Isle Artist Association: 15 Main Street, Deer Isle, Maine www.deerisleartists.com  The Deer Isle Artists Association is an organization of artists, both professional and emerging, and people who are interested in the arts. Many of the members live in Maine, at least part of the year, but there is no residential requirement. Committed to promoting the visual arts in this part of Maine, the DIAA also encourages student artists by awarding scholarships to graduating high school seniors continuing their education in the arts.

DIAA

Be on the lookout for the venerable Victory Chimes plying the waters of the Penobscot Bay -the only original three-masted schooner in the famed Maine Windjammer fleet — and the last of her generation.

Victory Chimes