My sisters and I came over from New Harbor on the early ferry so we had almost 2 full days on the island. We were met at the dock by the Inn's truck, our bags were driven to the inn and we walked up - less than 10 minutes. Monhegan is really laid back, it is a place for rejuvenation, not a place to go to be entertained. The locals are lovely people who willingly share their island with people who show it, and them, the respect they deserve. You need to understand Monhegan and how it works, and you will have a perfectly wonderful stay. None of the places that serve food serve alcohol, but you can buy it in several locations and bring it to the table, or give it to the inn to bring to you at dinner. There are no street lights, so flash lights are handy to have. Galleries aren't always open because the artists are out painting and enjoying the island themselves, but there is a map of the galleries and the hours they are open. There are great places for meals, and the Trailing Yew serves a wonderful dinner and breakfast, both of which are included in the price. The evening meal offered baked haddock with a fresh fruit salsa or meatloaf, or lobster if ordered earlier in the day. (Extra charge for lobster). Breakfast was choice of oatmeal, eggs any way, homemade, fresh doughnuts, toast, sausage, juice, fruit and great coffee.The three of us had 2 rooms in the Main building- electricity in the hallways, kerosene lanterns in the living room and bedrooms. The bathroom is shared with the other rooms on the second floor, the rooms were simple and clean with a lovely breeze coming in from the ocean. My bed was a bit firmer than I prefer, but with the cool air while the rest of the world was steaming, it was a pretty restful night. I was really impressed with the quality and variety of items available at the store- and given the effort, time and expense of getting things from the mainland to the market, the prices were reasonable.
We took two great hikes, interspersed with visits to galleries, beaches, a bit of gelato, and lunch.
The main trail around the perimeter is well marked, the interior ones had a few glitches, but with the island only a mile wide, it is pretty hard to get lost- turned around maybe, but not lost, especially with the $1 trail map that is sold on the ferry, proceeds going to trail maintenance.
I plan to return with my flashlight, a stack of books, a camera, good pair of shoes, and time on my hands. This is what Monhegan Island is all about.
- Also Known As:
- Trailing Yew Hotel
- Trailing Yew Monhegan
- Trailing Yew Monhegan Island, Maine