Pilgrim's Inn

A small watercolor of trees on an island reflecting in water

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What is Plein Air Painting and Why Deer Isle is the Perfect Place For It

Plein air painting is simply painting outdoors. It tends toward a final product that may be smaller and faster, due to sun, shade, shadows and weather elements imparting their constantly changing features. Artists must work faster, to capture what they see now, versus what they may see in a hour. The pace of nature can impact the work.

Deer Isle is a perfect place to paint. The island is rich with nature preserves, views of distant islands, granite outcroppings, and lush trees. Or there is architecture, art and objects unique to island life, like boats, buoys, and lobster traps.

Pilgrim’s Inn sits on nearly 2 acres, with spacious grounds that overlook Mill Pond. We have multiple buildings, and the original building was constructed in 1793. Our tiny shed is particularly picturesque and is popular as a backdrop for wedding photos. The Peter Beerits whale sculpture at the pond’s edge is unique in that is has both an industrial yet natural vibe.

Book a stay you will always remember at Pilgrim’s Inn!

Our inn guests often spend time out in the gardens making art of all types. We have been lucky recipients of some beautiful pieces which I proudly display in our office, one of which is featured above. If you have stayed at Pilgrim’s Inn and made art while here, please feel free to send us an image. We would love to share it with the world via our website and social media, with your permission and credit to you, of course.

Plein air artists offer workshops and festivals in the Deer Isle area. In June, Marjorie Glick will offer her Watercolor Workshop in Stonington, just 6 miles from Pilgrim’s Inn. The Castine Plein Air Festival takes place in July. Pilgrim’s Inn, in Deer Isle Village, is a perfect landing pad for your artistic adventures. Start the day with a great breakfast, then venture out. Return to a serene sunset, and sleep in luxury as you look forward to a new day.

Relax. Explore. Restore.


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