We really enjoyed our stay here.
Likes: Monhegan Island was very beautiful and unique. Be sure to take a hike or at least climb to the highest point on the island -short, steep hike- for a fantastic view of the harbor. Arriving at the island was extremely exciting because we got lost on our way to the ferry departure and were 5 min late for the last ferry of the day but luckily, we got on. The boat ride out to the island was beautiful and thrilling with one member of our party getting seasick and vomiting off the side of the boat. There was a wild, primitive feel to the ocean and the boat ride which was very special.
Good food is a high priority and we thought dinner and breakfast were excellent with good service.
We rented a little rowboat and paddled around the harbor which was fun.
We traveled with another couple and had a blast but I'm not sure if I would've enjoyed it very much if it had been just my husband and me- there's not much to do in the way of entertainment.
We also enjoyed laying on the grass of the front lawn and napping in the sun. Many artists with easels were a few yards away. Our friends were more energetic and spent hrs hikng the entire perimeter of the island. A little convenience store down a foot path sold the NY Times which was nice.
Dislikes: Room quality was mediocre/poor. We had the most expensive room in the hotel- a suite at the front corner with an awe-inspiring view of the harbor and ocean. We mostly sat outside on our own private porch area with the wind whipping around us. Our suite also had an enclosed porch that we used at night. The room was very large in terms of square footage but was in desperate need of an update.
I think the owners are being cheap by not reovating it. The room rate was steep and should've had new carpeting, better furnishings and removal of the unattractive, old floral wallpaper. We were in high spirits because of our friends but otherwise I might have found the room a little depressing.
Our friends stayed in a very small room with a shared bath- they like to economize and were happy with their room- their views were off the back of the hotel- no water views.
The main drawbacks to the island are lack of entertainment. Besides hiking and lazing around, I'm not sure what else there is to do. You could set up an easel and paint, sit on a rocker on the front porch and read or visit with other guests, take a hike through the forest and along the cliffs or wander around the footpaths on the island.
I saw some signs for art studios but we didn't see anyplace to browse- no book stores or shops/galleries.
Some would find Monhegan Island very boring. Three nights here would be about my limit but I still give an enthusiastic recommendation for Monhegan Island and The Island Inn because it was a unique and beautiful experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Island Inn sits atop a bluff looking west over Monhegan harbor toward the ocean and in the evening it provides a perfect location to view the dramatic sunsets and the magnificent colors that accompany them. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Island Hotel Monhegan
- The Island Inn Monhegan Island, Maine