With a winter population of just 65 residents, Maine’s Monhegan Island in the summertime becomes an artists’ colony just a stone’s throw (9 miles) from Port Clyde. It is without doubt one of the most picturesque spots in New England.
Whether you arrive on the island by your own yacht (pick your weather carefully, as the anchorage can be rolly) or on one of the ferries from Port Clyde, New Harbor, or Boothbay Harbor, Monhegan offers some great adventures in a tiny package. Some seventeen miles of hiking trails crisscross the mile-square island and offer jaw-droppingly gorgeous views of the bold Atlantic. There’s even an old shipwreck to check out on the southernmost beach, and of course some ice cream to be enjoyed after a day spent hoofing around the island.