How to Explore Monhegan Island: Things To Do

If you or someone you know has visited Midcoast Maine, chances are you’ve heard of Monhegan Island. This small, rocky island is ten miles from the mainland and is only accessible by boat. It’s a summer haven for artists and other visitors who appreciate its isolation, relaxation, and calm, unhurried pace. Here’s why a trip to the island should be on your vacation itinerary.

Monhegan Island is just one of many islands off the coast of Maine! Find out what else you can do in the area when you download our free Vacation Guide. It’s full of recommendations for great places to visit during your stay at Topside Inn.

Monhegan Island: Things To Do

Go Hiking

With wilderness areas, cliffs, and crashing surf, it’s no surprise the main reason people go to Monhegan Island is to hike. If you’re looking for a route that’s short and easy, consider exploring the Whitehead Trail, Burnthead Trail, or Lobster Cove. (There are about 18 other trails to choose from for those who have a bit more time.) Be sure to dress appropriately and view a trail map before heading out.

Drink Some Beer

There’s nothing better than a cold beer after a long hike. Take a trip to Monhegan Island Brewing Company where you’ll find a variety of brews crafted right on the island. One of our favorites is Balmy Days, a German Kölsch that has been Citra hopped to give it some extra bitterness. We also recommend the Trap Stacker Special Ale. It’s produced in the fall and boasts a malty flavor that’s perfect during the cooler season. Or, if you prefer an English style bitter, try the Quadricentennial Pale Ale. This beer commemorates Captain John Smith’s arrival to Monhegan Island in 1614. It’s a smooth, delicious, and easy to drink!

Admire Local Art

Did you know that Monhegan is an artist’s community? While you’re there, be sure to set aside some time to browse a few galleries. Lupine Gallery focuses on showcasing local art and features paintings and sculptures by over 50 contemporary artists. You can also check out the Monhegan Museum of Art & History, dedicated to preserving the incredible aspects of the island’s past.

Eat, Eat, Eat

There are a variety of wonderful places to eat on Monhegan. Whether you choose a casual picnic lunch or a formal dinner, you can always count on a delicious meal. Some of our favorite restaurants include:

  • Island Inn: This B&B has a harbor view restaurant that’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Stop by for light fare like a soup or salad, or head over at dinnertime and choose from a variety of gourmet seafood dishes. 
  • The Barnacle: Also part of the Island Inn is the Barnacle, a historic tea room that offers hot and cold beverages, picnic items, and baked treats. Feel free to eat on the spacious outdoor deck or take your meal to-go.
  • The Novelty: The Novelty is located just behind The Monhegan House and is a great place to go for a sweet treat. Visitors can enjoy everything from ice cream sundaes to homemade whoopie pies. Yum!
  • Fish House: Of course, no trip to Monhegan Island is complete without a lobster or crab roll from the Fish House. Order your lunch from the market, then head to a picnic table at Fish Beach to take in the view.

Come Home to Topside Inn

Now that you’ve read our Monhegan Island: Things To Do guide, it’s time to start planning your getaway to Maine! Our property is located in beautiful Boothbay Harbor and features luxurious guest rooms and great amenities. We even offer a Monhegan Island Adventure Special for guests! It includes two tickets to the Balmy Days Cruise Line, picnic lunch, a voucher to the brewery, and an island map and trail guide. So what are you waiting for? Check our availability and book your stay today! We look forward to having you.

For more fun things to do in Maine, read our blog about visiting Damariscotta Island.