Blue Hill and Stonington are the bookends of our life at The Red House. Each village is 15 minutes away with a big bridge in between. The area offers rare natural beauty, extensively protected by conservation easements. Island Heritage Trust maintains a network of varied walking trails. Our sheltered ragged shores are perfect for kayaking. Old Quarry Ocean Adventures offers rentals, classes and numerous assorted boat rides around the bay. See the fleet come home at the lovely fishing village of Stonington and, while you are there, take a lobster boat tour of the harbor or Isle au Haut, the southernmost branch of Acadia National Park.
Summer brings a wealth of musical and theatrical activities. Kneisel Hall in Blue Hill has been a mecca of professional chamber music for a century. The public can attend rehearsals on Friday mornings. The Stonington Opera House presents theater fresh from Broadway, first run movies, performance presentations, workshops for all ages, and lots more, something new every night.
The area is renowned for arts and crafts. You'll see many artists at work, many fine galleries. The open studios on Wednesdays at the renowned Haystack Mountain School of Crafts are not to be missed.
Simple, friendly, imaginative small eateries serve fresh local foods in season. Many fine restaurants offer Maine lobster and other seafood fresh off the boat, prime rib, varied salads of locally-grown greens. The kids will love Nervous Nellie's Jams & Jellies for a spoonful of j&j and a cup of tea, and their wonderful sculpture garden in the woods. You must eat at the great little Mexican taqueria, El El Frijoles.
For all local happenings, consult The Weekly Packet and Island Advantages, local papers published each Thursday.
The website of the Deer Isle-Stonington Chamber of Commerce is www.deerisle.com. At the Island Information booth, just after the bridge, you can pick up trail maps and other info to enhance your visit to Deer Isle.