When friends and family ask why we chose to move to the coast of Maine to run Pilgrim’s Inn on Deer Isle, it is not a difficult question to answer. It’s similar to what we tell guests when they ask why they should travel off the beaten path to our little island. The answer – because you’ll experience a way of life that is authentic and real; you’ll find the reason why so many artists, writers, musicians, and adventure seekers find their way to our special neck of the Maine coast; you’ll be re-connected to a simpler way of life and leave feeling renewed and refreshed.
Unlike well traveled areas such as Camden and Bar Harbor, Deer Isle offers the chance to experience quiet coves and hiking trails with views and vistas that help you decompress from modern life. Here you’ll have the opportunity to view our beautiful coastline by kayak, sail or lobster boat, visiting the many islands surrounding ours, or cruising the world famous Penobscot Bay. Or spend your day meeting the artisans and artists who have settled here, inspired by the natural beauty to create their art. Visit their in-home galleries and workshops and watch them at their craft- you’ll be sure to return home with treasures to remind you of your visit.
If you’re a meanderer, follow one of our self-guided tours of the surrounding towns of the Blue Hill Peninsula. Take a lunch and picnic in the field overlooking the harbor in Brooklin then visit the world famous Wooden Boat School. Or grab a bite at “Bagaduce Lunch” (winner of a James Beard “American Classic” award) and sit on the picnic tables overlooking the falls and inlet. Afterwards visit Bucks Harbor where author Robert McCloskey wrote “Blueberries for Sal” and other classic children’s books. Or head up to the town of Blue Hill whose annual country fair inspired EB White to write “Charlotte’s Web.”
If you’re a fan of the “farm to table” or ‘localvore” way of life, then you can’t find a better bounty than in our section of Maine. The “back to the land” movement that started here has inspired the creation of dozens of organic farms , including the famous “Four Season Farm” in Cape Rosier. You’ll find fresh cheeses, organic vegetables, grass fed meats, oyster farms, fresh cut flowers, locally roasted coffee, fresh hand crafted breads and beautiful hand made chocolates at our many farm stands and farmers markets.
And who can forget the lobster — you wont’ find any better than in Stonington, where lobstering is not just an industry, it’s a way of life. As the “most productive lobster port” in Maine Stonington on Deer Isle has plenty of lobster for you to enjoy for and breakfast, lunch or dinner.
The reasons to experience Deer Isle in Downeast Maine are endless, so when people ask us why we are here, or why they should visit — our answer is “sit down and let us tell you all about it.” To learn more please view our video!