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.

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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.

PERMITS AND LICENSES

STONINGTON TOWN OFFICE

(207) 367-2351, Monday – Friday, 8 – 4, closed major holidays and weekends. Located on Main St. between the Harbor Cafe and Isalos Gallery (with a flagpole out front!).

Building permit applications available during business hours. For an appointment with the Code Enforcement Officer (who reviews most building permit applications), Judy Jenkins, please call the town office. Judy is in the office on Tuesdays.

Maine salt water and fresh water fishing licenses, Stonington commercial and recreational clam digging licences, and other licenses available at the town office during business hours.

COMMUNICATIONS

CELL PHONE SERVICE

Downtown Stonington is located at the base of a hill facing the ocean. As a result, we are not covered directly by any cell phone service. Other parts of town, however, do have cell service thanks to two new towers (late 2011 and early 2012) that were erected in neighboring Deer Isle. Verizon and US Cellular are the two that offer the best service in the area.

WIRELESS INTERNET

The only public wireless connection that is available 24 hours a day is located at the Stonington Public Library, Main St. You can sit on the bench outside or in a limited range around the building to access the wi-fi at anytime. Library is open Tuesday & Friday afternoons and Saturday 10 -2.

Wireless is also available at Susie Q’s coffee shop and country store, 40 School St. (up the hill from the Opera House), open June – October.

Boyce’s Motel and Inn on the Harbor both have wireless service for their guests.

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.