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Carvers Harbor, Vinalhaven

Well heck, we’re on the coast and not too far from Rockland, so let’s head up there along Route 1 and catch the ferry to Vinalhaven.  There are quite a few island communities in Maine, and you have to admire the hearty folks who enjoy living in relative seclusion.  Vinalhaven is one of the larger examples, and roughly 1,000 people inhabit this pretty island that is about an hour’s commute by boat from Rockland.


Fishing is the primary occupation on Vinalhaven, which becomes readily apparent when you dock in busy Carver’s Harbor.  There is also a vibrant art community here, and the most famous resident is probably Robert Indiana (the guy who did the LOVE sculpture).  Tourism is doubtless a key part of the local economy, but it is refreshing that this industry takes a back seat to day-to-day livelihoods.  You won’t find crowds or a bunch of neatly packaged activities on Vinalhaven.


If you are adventurous, Vinalhaven will provide you with plenty of opportunities however.  You only need to rent some bikes and explore the island’s beauty.  Once famous for its granite, you will inevitably stumble across an abandoned quarry and discover the convenience of plentiful swimming holes.  There are an amazing number of pretty inlets along the shoreline and this is just a remarkable place to go without any planned itinerary.  A haven, indeed.

vances says:
Would be more than happy to, Roger --- just be careful on the road to Vinalhaven, its a bit soggy... :^)
Posted on: Feb 11, 2008
X_Drive says:
We plan on taking in the great New England area on our trip to see Niagra Falls. Maybe you can send us out on the right roads for a good driving tour. :)
Posted on: Feb 10, 2008
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Carvers Harbor, Vinalhaven
Carvers Harbor, Vinalhaven
On the ferry leaving Rockland
On the ferry leaving Rockland
Granite quarry on Vinalhaven
Granite quarry on Vinalhaven
...or should I say, swimming hole…
...or should I say, 'swimming hol…
Lots of funky and random art on Vi…
Lots of funky and random art on V…
There are pretty inlets everywhere…
There are pretty inlets everywher…
Just a delightful place to explore…
Just a delightful place to explor…
Vinalhaven Hotels & Accommodations review
The Tidewater Motel
The Tidewater Motel is the most readily available lodging option on Vinalhaven. Built upon a bridge spanning Carvers Harbor and Carver’s Pond, the … read entire review
photo by: vances