VINALHAVEN, MAINE

44.0487° N, 68.8367° W

GETTING HERE

Vinalhaven is only a ferry ride away.  From the Rockland Ferry Terminal the trip is an hour and fifteen minutes to the island. There are six ferry departures daily: the first  at 7:00 am and the last one back at 4:30pm.

Find more information on schedules and fares by clicking HERE.

 

GETTING AROUND

If you are coming for the day there is no need to bring a car.  Vinalhaven is an easy island to walk and bike around.  Bike & car rentals are available at The Tidewater Motel.  Planning is required if you need to bring a car, so be sure to ask about line reservations and driving on when calling the ferry office. 

There is also a local taxi company on the island to help you get around.

Vinalhaven Taxi (207) 720-0056.

 

SWIM

Go for swim in one of the island's rock quarries! The island has two public swimming quarries.  Booth's Quarry and Lawson's Quarry are both a walk from town, each is about 1.5 miles to the east and west from our shop. If you prefer salt water, Geary's Beach is a couple miles from town and a perfect little cove to go for a float.

Booth's Quarry  -----  Lawson's Quarry  -----   Geary's Beach 

 

HIKE 

Vinalhaven Land Trust stewards eleven preserves on the island with over 15 miles of diverse hiking trails to the public.  We recommend the Tip Toe trail for dynamic views of the Fox Islands, and the Lane's Island Preserve for its' Wyeth-esque meadows and craggy coastal windswept trails.

Take a look at the Trail map HERE!

 

EAT - VINALHAVEN

Coffee & Baked Goods

Downstreet Market Good Things Coffee House

Breakfast

HomeportFisherman’s Friend

Lunch

Greet’s EatsThe Nightingale The Sandbar

Dinner

The HavenSaltThe Nightingale The Sandbar The Pizza Pitt

 

EAT - NORTH HAVEN

You can take a water taxi to North Haven for dinner where there is Nebo Lodge or Calderwood Hall. North Haven is accessible by a 5 min water taxi ride across the Fox Island Thoroughfare. The water taxi is available every hour, on the hour until 5pm serviced from Brown's Boatyard. You must call ahead to let them know you want a ride. If you want to go to North Haven after 5:00 pm, Nebo Lodge will send a boat for you if you call ahead. 

 

STAY

Last minute lodging can be tricky to find as people tend to book in advance and stay for a while, we can't blame them. Here are some of our recommendations of where to start your search. You can also take a look at the Vinalhaven Chamber of Commerce site for more lodging tips

The Tidewater 

Bunny Sheppard's Bed & Breakfast at (207) 863 - 4388

The Libby House

Nebo Lodge on North Haven

 

SHOPPING ON MAIN STREET

Creelman Farm Creamery: Cheese & confections & local goods and specialties. 

Island Spirits: Wine, beer, cheese & specialty groceries

Phineaus Fogge: Women's clothing & accessories, with a smattering of antiques

Carver's Harbor Market: Our local full-service island grocery store, sandwiches to go, liquor, wine and beer

Go-Fish: Something for the kid in all of us

New Era Gallery: Featuring local artists, paintings, sculpture and photography

Island's Closet:  The island's variety shop, if you need something they will probably have it

Workdock: Internet access, computer workstations & conference room

WindHorse Arts: Handmade jewelry and watches

Second Hand Prose: Used book store benefitting the Vinalhaven Public Library