WELCOME TO STONINGTON, MAINE!

This site is intended to be an all-inclusive informational site about everything Stonington, Maine has to offer its residents and visitors.

We are Maine’s authentic coastal fishing village, Maine’s #1 commercial fishing port, and one of the state’s premeir destinations for the performing arts and artists!

Content is listed chronologically in the main body of the text, as it was added. For your ease in navigating this site we suggest you use the index of categories located on the upper right side of the page!

WHAT TO DO IN STONINGTON, MAINE

Stonington is a vibrant, year round community that offers a wide array of things to do for every type of people! This web site gives you details and locations of all the things you can do in Stonington to amuse you, entertain you, awe you, fill your belly with Maine’s best seafood, and make your stay in Stonington a pleasurable one. Whether you live here or are just visiting there’s always something to do and something new to discover in Stonington!

Here are some suggestions:

* EAT! Enjoy a tasty meal of Stonington seafood or other delicacies. Whether you’re in the mood for fried food, down home cooking, healthy choices, or fine dining there’s a restaurant in town waiting to serve and delight you! See “Where to eat”

* SHOP! Stonington has a wide variety of retail stores for every need and taste. Whether you’re looking for handmade gifts, Stonington t-shirts, old books, toys, jewelery and fine clothing, antiques and furniture, nautical themed items, or other items there’s a store in town for you! See “Retail/Shopping” and “Services and Supplies”.

* GET ENTERTAINED! The Stonington Opera House has first run/current films, plays, musical performances, and other productions year round. Stonington is one of the major cultural centers on the coast of Maine. There are also many fun workshops available too!See “Performing Arts”.

* GO GALLERY HOPPING! You can walk to many of the towns galleries and artist or craftsman studios in and around downtown and also take short drives out of town for more galleries and studios. Artists of local and national fame! Paintings, sculpture, unique furniture and photographs.

* GET OUT ON THE WATER! Don’t just stand there looking at the ocean – get out and enjoy it! Old Quarry Ocean Adventures offers kayak and sailing lessons, rentals, and tours as well as trips to Isle au Haut on their large boat. Isle au Haut Boat Services offers many trips a day to Isle au Haut as well as special trips to see lighthouses, puffins, or to learn about lobstering. See “Getting out on the Ocean”.

* GO FOR A HIKE! Island Heritage Trust has three large conservation areas with trails and views of or access to the ocean. Stonington’s mossy forests and abundant bird life are a joy to behold! Stonington is also the place to find a couple of options for getting out to Isle au Haut (half of which is owned by Acadia National Park) and their vast network of trails and beaches. See sections on “Hiking” and “Getting out on the Water”.

* BUY SOME SEAFOOD! Stonington’s seafood is the best quality seafood Maine has to offer! Lobsters, clams, crab, mussels, scallops, shrimp, and oysters can be picked up art one of many seafood retailers in town. Pick some to eat at home or plan a picnic! See section on “Where to buy seafood”. We are Maine’s #1 commercial fishing port!

* CHECK OUT SOME SPECIAL EVENTS! There are special events planned throughout the year. From fireworks in February, to the Lobster Boat Races in July, the Stonington Seafood Festival in August, the Holiday Fair in December and many, many other events you never have to wait long for a fun event. Check out “2012 Calendar of Events”.

* SUPPORT LOCAL FARMERS! Stonington’s Farmers Market (Fridays 10-12) is the biggest farmers market in Maine! Support local farmers while having lunch and buying all sorts of home-grown and home-made foods! Or visit Red Barn Farm to meet their herd of goats and get some fresh goat cheese and eggs.

* HAVE A DRINK! All the Stonington restaurants offer beer and wine, while the Fishermen’s Friend also has a full service bar. A couple of restaurants offer outdoor seating on the harbor when the weather is good. The Seasons Shop sells fine wines and Burnt Cove Market sells wine, beer, and liquor.

* STAY THE NIGHT! There are accommodations of every type in Stonington – a motel, a harborside inn, and bed and breakfasts for every taste and price range. Check out “Where to Stay”.

You can also check out the Deer Isle Granite Museum in downtown Stonington, educate yourself about the marine environment and commercial fishing issues at Penobscot East Resource Center (PERC) on Atlantic Ave. in downtown, launch your own boat at the Colwell public boat access, or stroll down Main Street and check out the flowers, working waterfront, and sailboats in the harbor!

We are open year round! Stonington doesn’t close down after October. Check out the section on “Winter” to find out what’s still open and what’s going on in town. Stonington is a great place to go Christmas shopping, with many of the stores and galleries open into December!

STONINGTON PARKING & PUBLIC RESTROOMS

PARKING

There is plenty of parking in Stonington but you do need to know where to find it:

* MAIN STREET – Parking is available along much of both sides of Main Street and West Main Street.

* HAGEN WHARF – Parking is available in the parking lot located behind the blue Penobscot Bay Press Building/Fishermen’s Friend Restaurant/Fire House. Please note that the middle section fo this lot is reserved for patrons of the Fishermen’s Friend Restaurant, but there is public parking in the section closest to Main Street and in the furthest section behind the Fire House.

* PINK STREET PARKING LOT – Public parking lot. Pink Street is a narrow road located between Boyce’s Motel and Shepard’s Select Properties right in the heart of downtown. A half block off of Main Street.

* COMMUNITY CENTER – Go up the Opera House HIll, turn right on Memorial Lane near top of lane – a large parking lot is located behind/below the buildings, facing down the hill towards the harbor. You can then walk down a very short path to Pink Street and Main Street. A one minute walk!

* ISLE AU HAUT BOAT SERVICES – Offers paid parking spots on their wharf, Seabreeze Avenue, downtown. Locked and secure overnight.

PARKING RESTRICTIONS

* There is no parking at the Colwell public water access facility.

* In winter months there is an overnight parking ban on Main Street when snow is forecast.

* Overnight parking is not permitted on Sebreeze Avenue. If you are going over to Isle au Haut overnight or for a while do not park on the street. Parking services are offered by the Isle au Haut Boat Services and RL Greenlaw & Sons nearby at the top of Thurlows Hill.

* The parking lot by the funeral home at the corner of Seabreeze Ave. and Main St. is privately owned.

* Employees and owners of downtown businesses are requested to park at the Pink Street or Community Center lots so that Main St. and the Hagen Wharf parking areas are available for patrons of downtown businesses.

PARKING RESTRICTIONS ARE ENFORCED WITH TOWING

PUBLIC RESTROOMS

Public Restrooms are located in the basement of the Stonington Fire House (A blue building). Entry is from the Hagen Wharf parking area off of Main Street, just past the back of Fishermen’s Friend Restaurant

 

 

PHARMACY

V & S PHARMACY

Located in the back of the V & S Variety Store, next to Burnt Cove Market, on Burnt Cove Road/Route 15A. Call (207) 367-5107. Open Monday – Friday 9 -12 and 1-5, Saturday       9 -1.

Stonington is fortuante to have a full service pharmacy, open 6 days a week year round. Doug Eddinger, Pharmacist, is very knowledgable and personable. He and his staff will be glad to assist you with filling prescriptions, questions about prescriptions, and general medical issues.

LOCAL NEWSPAPER & PRESS

PENOBSCOT BAY PRESS (ISLAND AD-VANTAGES)

At the corner of Main St. and Atlantic Ave. in downtown Stonington. (207) 367-2200. Open 8 am to 5 pm Monday – Thursday. Advertising deadline is Tuesday for Thursday publication, call for details. “Island Ad-Vantages” is for sale at many local retailers, at their office downtown, and by subscription. Call today for a subscription!

Visit their web sites: www.penobscotbaypress.com/  and www.islandadvantages.com/ for more information, some of their articles, publications, and the live webcam on Stonington Harbor.

Penobscot Bay Press publishes a local newspaper “Island Ad-Vantages” weekly through out the year and includes news about Stonington, Deer Isle, and Isle au Haut. They also publish the “Blue Hill Packet” and the “Castine Patriot”. All of their papers include listings of regional events and offers both display and classified ads at reasonable rates. They also publish books and DVDs of local interest and by local writers, which are on sale in their front lobby. Contact Penobscot Bay Press about any of your advertising or printing needs!

They have a webcam on top of their building facing the Stonecutter Statue and Stonington Harbor. Webcam is located at: http://islandadvantages.com/multimedia/webcams/stonington/

 

 

 

 

HAIR SALON

SUZY’S SCISSOR SHACK

18 West Main St. (just past Napa Auto Parts and the Opera House). Drop by or call (207) 367-5855 for an appointment. Hours: Tuesday – Friday 9 am to 4:30 pm, Saturday 9 am to 12 noon. Why travel all the way to Ellsworth when you can get your hair cut and styled right in town? Suzy does cuts. coloring, foils, and perms. Specializing in hair styling for weddings and other special events!

OTHER ACTIVITIES IN STONINGTON, MAINE

DEER ISLE GRANITE MUSEUM

Main St., downtown Stonington. (207) 367-6331. Open June – September.

Stonington was – and still is – a home to major granite quarrying industries. Crotch Island Quarry is not open to the public but the Deer Isle Granite Museum gives a glimpse of the history of quarrying in the area. They have a working model of an old quarry which is fascinating for people of all ages. Stonington granite has been featured in many famous buildings and monuments in Boston, NYC, and Washington DC.

RED BARN FARM

Route 15, Stonington. (207) 367-5100. Open daily, year round.

The Brewers new goat farm sells fresh plain and seasoned goat cheese, goat milk soap, and fresh eggs. If they’re not busy they’re more than glad to let you meet the goats and show you their farm!

COASTSIDE BIO-RESOURCES

13 Atlantic Ave., downtown Stonington. (207) 367-2297. Open year round!

Coastside Bio-Resources makes nutritional supplements for pets and humans. Their patented sea cucumber based products improve flexibility from those suffering from joint stiffness and arthritis. Retail store. Wholesale orders accepted.

STONINGTON IN WINTER

The “busy season” is generally from late May through October. But there is still life in Stonington after the last leaf falls and the days become chilly and blustery. We’re a year round community after all! So bundle up and enjoy the quiet time of year in Stonington. The following businesses operate year round:

Both BOYCE’S MOTEL and INN ON THE HARBOR offer accomodations year round, with discounted rates in winter.

HARBOR CAFE is still going strong throughout the winter, 7 days a week. THE SEASONS is open on weekends for brunch and dinner.

THE OPERA HOUSE has plays, music, and many current/first run movies throughout the off season!

Many of the downtown retail shops and some of the galleries are either open through Christmas or re-open for Christmas shopping. ISALOS GALLERY is open year-round!

HARBOR VIEW STORE is open year round!

Two big events are scheduled every winter – the STONINGTON HOLIDAY FAIR in early December showcases artists, crafters, farmers, fishermen, and other local businesses with lots to look at, buy, and eat! WINTERFEST, sponsored by the Healthy Island Project,  is held in Februrary and features all sorts of fun and healthy activities as well as a stunning fireworks display.

All of the service related businesses such as the building contractors, PROFESSIONAL AND FINALNCIAL SERVICES, automotive repairs, ISLAND FISHING GEAR & AUTO PARTS, BILLINGS DIESEL & MARINE, and others are open all year.

You can still hike or go cross country skiing in one of the three ISLAND HERITAGE TRUST conservation areas located in Stonington.

ISLE AU HAUT BOAT SERVICES still operates two daily round trips to Isle au Haut in the winter so you can spend the day out on that island hiking or cross country skiing.

Because Stonington is located on the ocean we do not generally get the extreme cold weather that they get elsewhere in the state. Typical winter weather is 30′s/20′s and breezy. Snow fall amounts vary from year to year.

HEALTH AND MEDICAL EMERGENCY

CALL 911 FOR MEDICAL EMERGENCIES (E.M.T. SERVICES & AMBULANCE RESPONSE)

ISLAND FAMILY MEDICINE

354 Airport Rd., Stonington. (207) 367-2311. Monday – Friday 8 am – 4:30 pm, year round.

Comprehensive general medicine practice with two doctors and other professional staff that can attend to routine care for all ages, small emergencies, consultations and referrals, some lab and rehab services, chronic disease management, physical exams, and other services. Does not have x-ray or MRI services. Please call 911 or go directly to Blue Hill Hospital for major medical emergencies.

ISLAND DENTAL OFFICE

356 Airport Rd., Stonington. (207) 367-2631. Monday – Friday 8 am – 4:30 pm, year round.

Wendy Alpaugh, DMD, and Brian VanEmmerik, DDS, and their staff offer a complete line of dental services from routine cleaning to major dental procedures.

There are no VETERINARIANS located in Stonington. Maine Coast Veterinary Hospital has a small satellite clinic in nearby Deer Isle open on Tuesday and Thursdays, year round and their main hospital, located in Blue Hill, is open five days a week, year round.  Call 374-2385 during office hours. For animal medical emergencies during evenings/weekends/holidays call their hospital number and their recorded message will tell you how to get to a 24 hour vet hospital in Brewer (near Bangor).

TRANSPORTATION

Stonington is located at the end of Route 15 on the island of Deer Isle. There is also a municipal airport, a public wharf, a public boat ramp, and a taxi service.

AIRPORT

STONINGTON MUNICIPAL AIRPORT

Airport Road, Stonington. Call the town office for more information: (207) 367-2351.

The airport has one paved runway, 2100 feet in length, and taxi way/aircraft parking area. Tie downs available. No fuel. No jets. Although there are no scheduled airline services to Stonington PENOBSCOT ISLAND AIR (207-596-7500 or 207-542-9944) offers charter service to/from Stonington and Rockland, Bar Harbor, Bangor, Portland, and the numerous mainland and island airports. www.penobscotislandair.net/

PUBLIC WATER ACCESS

HAGEN WHARF: Located downtown, behind the Fishermen’s Friend Restaurant and Stonington Fire House. Ramp down to several floats off of a granite pier. Limited public parking. Call the Harbor Master at (207) 367-5891 for more information. Tie up of small and medium-sized boats for limited time (2 hour limit).

COLWELL RAMP: Located off of Seabreeze Ave., just before the Isle au Haut Boat Services buildings and wharf. Natural granite ramp provides all tide access to the water for launching or taking up small and medium-sized boats, kayaks, etc. No parking – please ask the Isle au Haut Boat Services Co. about parking. Seasonal ramp down to a float.

TAXI

EDDIE’S ISLAND TAXI & TOURS

(207) 367-5503. Call Eddie if you need a ride around town, to the Bangor or Bar Harbor airports, anywhere in Maine, and as far as NYC or Canada! Fully licensed.

FUEL

GASOLINE – AUTOS

BURNT COVE MARKET, Route 15A/Burnt Cove Rd., a three-minute drive from downtown. (207) 367-2681. Open year round every day except some major holidays.

GASOLINE/DIESEL – BOATS

BILLINGS DIESEL & MARINE, Moose Island, Stonington. (207) 367-2328 and www.billingsmarine.com/ Fuels for private boats of all types.

Many of the seafood buyers on the harbor sell fuels to the commercial fishing fleet only.

BOAT SERVICES & CHARTER TRIPS

ISLE AU HAUT BOAT SERVICES, Seabreeze Avenue, Stonington. (207) 367-5193 and www.isleauhaut.com/ Year round scheduled daily service to Isle au Haut village 6 days a week plus seasonal service to Duck Harbor in Acadia National Park. Also charter trips to Isle au Haut, other islands, and around the bay. Now also featuring special tours to see lighthouses, puffins, and go lobstering!

OLD QUARRY OCEAN ADVENTURES, Settlement Rd., off Oceanville Rd., Stonington. (207) 367-8977 and www.oldquarry.com/ Seasonal boat service to Isle au Haut as well as charter trips around the bay!

OCEANVILLE CHARTERS, CAPT. STEVE JOHNSON, Neals Cove Rd. off Oceanville Rd., Stonington. (207) 367-2991 or (207) 460-8679. Charter service on his large outboard to Isle au Haut and around the bay. Licensed.