Accessible by bridge, this island with classic Maine villages and coastal views sits quietly in the shadow of Acadia National Park. But despite its relative lack of renown, it’s well worth a detour and the perfect spot for a summer day trip.

Deer Isle, Maine

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Barred Island Preserve

walk to an island

The beautiful short hike at Barred Island Preserve leads you through an enchanting forest to a sand bar (appearing just before and after low tide) that leads out to Barred Island.


All I knew about Deer Isle was that there was nothing you could say about it, but if I didn’t go I was crazy. ”

– John Steinbeck

grab coffee + snacks at 44 north

Enjoy fantastic coffee at this women-owned business. They've got two locations on the island - Stonington and Deer Isle village!


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44 North // Deer Isle

Watch the lobstermen (and women!) at the Stonington harbor


Visit nervous nellie's

A jam and jelly shop with a sculpture village made of found objects? Or is it a living history museum? A place where the Old West meets the Mississippi Delta meets Maine island life? Only a visit can show you the magic of this peculiar roadside stop!


Check out the full travel guide to Deer Isle with more things to do, details, and a travel map!