Island of the Sea: Monhegan Island, Maine
There are two stores in the village selling (very minimal) provisions: The Carina and the North End Market. Many people bring their own food supplies on the ferry if they are staying in a cottage or self-catering apartment. The North End Market, in addition to provisions, also sells sandwiches, pizzas, and wraps. Seafood can be bought at the Fish Beach, and some baked goods, soups, and sandwiches are available at the Barnacle.
For sit-down dining, there are three options: The Island Inn and Monhegan House offer breakfast, lunch, and dinnerlunch prices average $10 and dinner $15-$20 for an entrie. No alcohol is served, but diners can buy wine or beer at Carina, North End, or the Barnacle and bring it into the dining room. The Trailing Yew also offers meals, with dinner for around $18 (includes all courses and tip); reservations are recommended.
In all cases, advance reservations are highly recommended, as the number of rooms on the island is extremely limited and the season tends to book up in advance.
The Island Inn (207-596-0371), open from May until October, overlooks the harbor and exudes that classy turn-of-the-last-century summer hotel charm, all big front porch and waving flags and constantly occupied white chairs dotting the green sloping lawn. Rooms range from $105 per night (shared bath, meadow view) in the low season to $250 (suite, private bath, ocean view) in high season, double occupancy.
The Monhegan House (207-594-7983), a grey-shingled 1870s-era hotel, stands firmly in the village, overlooking the meadow and across from the church. Open from May until October, prices don't change too much from low to high season, with singles around $60 and doubles around $100.
The Trailing Yew (207-596-0440), just a short walk south of the village, offers a spartan style, described by an employee as"camping indoors." Don't expect electricity or frillssimplicity is the keyword here. Prices range from $45 to $65. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are also available.
The Hitchcock House (207-594-8137), open year-round, overlooks the meadow, village, and harbor from Horn's Hill. Four simple rooms, two efficiencies, and a separate apartment are available. Email or call for rates.
The Shining Sails Guesthouse (207-596-0041) has rooms, efficiencies, and numerous cottages scattered around the island, some of which are historic and many of which have no electricity.
Tribler Cottage (207-594-2445), along a quiet side street on the meadow and near the library, has self-catering apartments ranging from $65-$130 per night (staying by the week is a better deal). One of the apartments is available year-round.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication