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