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Brooklin, Maine is 93 miles North East of Portland and a mere 183 miles from Boston. We are in the Downeast /Acadia Region of Maine. It is said that the term “down east” derived from sailing days when ships from Boston sailed down wind in an easterly direction. Some people think we are in the middle of nowhere, but we, here, tend to think we are in the middle of something special. Brooklin has a population of around 800 souls and is known for being the wooden boat building capital of the world. We invite you to enjoy not only our small town, but the people and talents our surrounding towns offer as well.
Looking for a day adventure? We highly recommend heading over to Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor for the day. Whether you travel by foot, bicycle or horseback, you can explore the park's interior free from cars and crowds along these roads. There are plenty of whale, puffin and lighthouse boat tours in the area. Once you have completed your outdoor adventure, you can find plenty of shopping and dining options in Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor or Northeast Harbor. After a full day in Acadia, join us back at Flye Point for the peace and serenity you're looking for!
The Brooklin Candy Company offers chocolate, candy, coffee, teas, yarns and homemade items. Great unique items!
The Flye Point Sculpture and Art Gallery known for sculptures and larger pottery pieces appropriate for garden and outside display, as well as an indoor gallery paintings, and raku and sagger pottery.
This 138-acre preserve comprises the majority of Harriman Point, a scenic peninsula in Brooklin. Harriman Point boasts spectacular views from the shore east across Blue Hill Bay to the summits of Mount Desert Island and west across Allen Cove to the former residence of E.B. White. With roughly two miles of shoreline, the preserve contains the largest continuous stretch of coastline open to the public on the Blue Hill Peninsula.
Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or more advanced boatbuilder, woodworker, sailor, or craftsperson, we have classes and instructors to help you develop a wide range of skills and instill confidence in the shop and on the water. We’ll provide you with a friendly and talented staff, outstanding faculty, good food, and comfortable accommodations.
At THE ACTIVITY SHOP we rent kayaks, canoes and paddle boards on a daily or weekly basis. We have both single and tandem kayaks and WE DELIVER (in most cases) . . . AT NO CHARGE!!! All rentals include paddles and life jackets. We insure your recreation equipment is delivered to your cottage the day you requested and we will pick up all the equipment on the agreed date. It’s that easy. We do the delivery and pick-up and you have fun!
The Wineshop has on offer Cracking Good (if occasionally oddball) Wines, all at appropriate prices, thoughtfully selected cheeses, coffees and teas of quality. Enjoy good times, occasional music, and assorted Tom (and Jane) Foolery.
Seven trails converge on Blue Hill Mountain summit for expansive coastal views and adventure for everyone. Conservation land on Blue Hill Mountain now totals nearly 500 acres. The mountain receives thousands of hikers each year who enjoy a walk through the fields and woods to the open bedrock summit for spectacular views of Mount Desert Island and Blue Hill Bay.
We offer a highly curated selection of apparel and accessories, home décor, bath and beauty, gifts and baby.
Explore the many galleries Blue Hill has to offer!
Jonathan Fisher (1768-1847) was the first settled Congregational minister of the small village of Blue Hill, Maine. Fisher was also an artist, farmer, scientist, mathematician, surveyor, and writer of prose and poetry. Today, at the charming homestead he designed in 1814 for his large family, you may see the life’s work of this ‘Versatile Yankee’.
The idyllic hillside campus overlooking Blue Hill Bay is home to an intensive school where musicians from around the world study chamber music with a distinguished faculty. It’s Festival Concerts by faculty and guest artists make Blue Hill a summer destination for discerning music lovers. Check out our calendar for events!
The Kollegewidgwok Sailing Education Association (KSEA) is a non-profit sailing school serving Blue Hill and the surrounding region. Each summer, we offer classes for beginners to advanced sailors, for children and adults. We offer visiting yachtsmen guest moorings, fuel, ice, water, pump out service and a trash receptacle.
The Shaw Institute is a 501(C)3 nonprofit scientific research organization based in Maine and New York City. Founded in 1990 by Dr. Susan Shaw (as the Marine & Environmental Research Institute), its mission is to discover and expose environmental health threats through innovative science and engage in strategic partnerships to improve human and ecological health. Cruise the waters of Blue Hill Bay aboard the MERI's 12-passenger downeast-style lobster boat. These “hands-on” excursions, designed for families, adults or children, are fun and informative. Call for more information.
Our pottery style is one of classic pottery made from native clay, shaped on a potter's wheel, gloriously colored with lead-free glazes, and fired to 2100 degrees. We are a family-owned and run business starting on our fourth generation.
Holbrook Island Sanctuary boasts a truly unique outdoor experience. A network of old roads, paths and animal trails leads visitors to explore shoreline, forests, ponds, and marsh.
The Sow’s Ear Winery produces dry, organic fruit wines. There are over one hundred trees behind the tasting room in the orchard that Tom planted at his farm. No sprays are ever used on any of his trees. The Tasting Room is open at The Sow’s Ear Winery during the summer months on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are old books for sale and beautiful handcrafted wreaths made by Gwyneth, a member of the family.
Tinder Hearth is a small wood-fired bakery that makes naturally leavened bread, pizza, and pastries with organic flour from Maine and Quebec. Beautiful country setting, and wonderful food. Excellent live music, lovely gardens, relaxed atmosphere. Lots of toys to keep kids busy while you enjoy your food and beverages! Try the spelt ice cream cones, they’re fabulous! Call ahead to order and enjoy!
The Alamo Theatre is one of New England's oldest standing structures built as a cinema. In the Alamo Theatre we present all kinds of film, from contemporary Hollywood productions to the work of local filmmakers. The auditorium was designed with the support of the community, and serves the local schools for a variety of performing arts activities as well as film and video. The facility offers excellent sightlines, fine acoustics, audio reproduction, and projection capabilities.
Fort Knox is one of the best-preserved military fortifications on the New England seacoast. The fort has many unique architectural features, as well as a rich history behind its walls. Come explore the fort and discover this treasure of Maine and United States history. Fort Knox is open May 1 - October 31, from 9:00 - sunset. The grounds are open year round for your visiting pleasure.
Castine is surrounded by the Penobscot River/Bay. Perched on the tip of the peninsula is the Dyce Head Lighthouse. The grounds (private residence) are beautiful, but the real gem is the footpath that leads to the water. It's perfect for adventurous souls to climb around and explore.
Be prepared for a tour through time and cultures as you enter the Wilson Museum Campus, a series of buildings begun in 1921 by geologist Dr. John Howard Wilson to house collections gathered around the world and close to home. Here you will see rocks and fossils from the earliest geologic times and will follow humankind's advances in tool-making from pre-history through Castine's rich local history. There is so much to see here. One visit is never enough!
The Barred Island Preserve is a natural oasis in Downeast Maine. The small island’s lush coastal forest and stunning views make this enchanting spot a favorite of locals and visitors alike. You will enjoy sandy beaches, a serene hike, and a treasure trove of greenery when you explore the Barred Island Preserve off of Goose Cove Road.
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts is an international craft school located on the Atlantic Ocean in Deer Isle, Maine. Haystack offers its Summer Evening Program Series, which features lectures and performances by faculty and visiting artists. Intensive studio-based workshops offered in a variety of craft media including clay, glass, metals, paper, blacksmithing, weaving, woodworking and more. Programs range from short workshops to two-week sessions and anyone may participate, from beginners to advanced professionals.
I always feel stymied when I try to describe Nervous Nellie’s: a cottage industry that is actually in a cottage? A quirky living museum of island life and culture? A folk art sculpture garden that feels magical, hilarious and poignant all at once? A colorful shop of handmade goods and a tea room with homemade goodies? It is a treat for us to see people explore the grounds and discover the unexpected. Everything we sell is made in Maine (well, almost--a couple of irresistibles we just loved and snuck in ...). Things that are made, not manufactured, by people, not machines... Just the way we make our jam.
pen since 1982, The Turtle Gallery encompasses an 1876 two-story barn, the adjacent Centennial House Gallery and outdoor Sculpture Gardens. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 - 5:30 and Sunday 2 to 6. The facility is located at 61 N. Deer Isle Road on Route 15, just north of the Deer Isle village center.
This locally owned, family run shop has been a part of Stonington for over 30 years. Often described as “A Creative Department Store,” The Dry Dock has a wide range of unique products for yourself, your friends, and your home. Our customers say that our choices in women’s clothing, jewelry, pottery and home décor are unparalleled and we’re constantly applauded for the assistance and expertise we offer in clothing fit and choice. We look forward to your visit!
Six miles from the mainland lies the beautiful island of Isle au Haut, home to the most remote part of Acadia National Park and a place to connect with nature in relative solitude. Park lands on Isle au Haut offer a natural environment where you can enjoy spectacular ocean views and quiet forest trails. Join us for our Lighthouse and Puffin tours are well. Call to reserve your spot on a boat today!
Join us at Old Quarry Ocean Adventures Sea Kayaking Outfitter & Oceanfront Campground in Stonington, Maine for sea kayaking, camping, indoor accommodations, sailing, boat tours, lighthouse and puffin & pelagics trips, lobster bakes, oceanfront weddings and more! Tours, lessons, rentals, campground store, take out restaurant, and Giffords ice cream!
Opera House Arts' high quality, original, professional performance programs serve all of Hancock County's winter and summer residents and visitors of all ages. We offer a full year-round schedule of professional theatre, film, educational programs, digital media, concerts, and community events. Come enjoy entertainment, a beverage with an ocean view or pick up something in our shop. Call for showings!
The Carter Nature Preserve includes three unique sections of trail. The diverse shoreline offers panoramic views of Morgan Bay and is comprised of ledges interspersed with some large tidal pools and cobble beach. The mixed wood inland forest has likely not been logged for 70 or 80 years and includes some very large white pines and birch.
We serve 24 daily flavors of locally made authentic Italian Gelato and Super Premium Ice Cream, offering unique ice cream novelties and bars, made to order ice cream sandwiches, house-made fresh waffle cones, and outstanding 1/4 pound super nutty chocolate chip cookies! We use only premium ingredients in our gelato and ice cream. All of our ice cream and flavorings are sourced locally in New England. Gelatos and sorbets are made with imported Italian ingredients as well as naturally produced flavorings and colorings, and our waffles cones are made in-house. We are constantly inventing something new so make sure to stop by frequently to see what flavors we have come up with.