How to Spend Your Day Exploring Stonington Village

Stonington, Maine, located on the island of Deer Isle off the Downeast Maine coast is well known for its lobster and fishing industries. Stonington, Maine, along with Deer Isle, leads the state in pounds and dollar value of lobster landings, with a fleet of over 300 lobster boats. That makes it the most productive lobster port in the State of Maine! Along with lobster, local historic granite quarries have brought Stonington Village and Deer Isle its fame. Pilgrim’s Inn on Deer Isle is an ideal place to stay while exploring Stonington Village and surrounding island communities. Enjoy a relaxing escape into nature, as well as  local culture, art, and food during your stay!

Food & Drink

In Stonington Village, you will find some great places to stop for a bite to eat. If you’re looking for something fresh, visit the Stonington Farmers Market for delicious, freshly baked breads, fresh produce, artisanal cheeses, and other scrumptious treats. At the Stonington Village Farmers Market, you can compile a full meal from different vendors. For a cafe that doubles as a gift shop, check out Susie Q’s Sweet and Curiosities, open until 3pm. Down home cooking, such as batches of homemade blueberry, raspberry or apple strudel muffins or delectable donuts, await.

Seaside dining arrives in a casual dining format with the Fisherman’s Friend Restaurant. Enjoy lunch, dinner, or takeout, with dishes that include Maine Seafood Chowder, Steamed Lobster, and the Fisherman’s Friend Jumbo Lobster Roll.  You’ll also find casual fare at the Harbor Café, a local island institution on Main St. They also serve breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, year round.  For a special occasion fine dining experience, be sure to book a table at Aragosta.  This charming restaurant on the water features a farm to table, fine dining experience.

For a delicious dinner a hop, skip, and a jump away in Deer Isle, check out Pilgrim’s Inn’s own Whale’s Rib Tavern. This “casual fine dining” experience offers delectable plates with fresh local ingredients. Enjoy Seared Halibut with Lobster Risotto or Crispy Eggplant with Truffle Oil, along with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

Outdoors & Adventure

When it comes to outdoor adventures in the Stonington Village, it would be remiss to not mention sailing and boating. Sail Willow offers a classic, beautiful 1959 wooden sloop and views of sun-soaked seals and lobster fishermen in action. Enjoy a day of sailing off the Maine coast with Captain Geoff! Guided Island Tours with certified Maine Guide, Walter Reed also offers personalized boat tours with great sightseeing and in-depth knowledge of natural and local history. What are you waiting for? It’s time to set sail!

Arts & Culture

Art is in no short supply in Stonington, ME. You will find several art galleries featuring the work of local artists. Geoffrey Warner Studio is located on route 15 just outside Stonington Village and features furniture design. Scandinavian and Eastern influences take shape in these beautiful yet efficient pieces. Gwatson Gallery on Main Street in downtown Stonington offers a great combination of art and live jazz performances, while the Shari Ciomei Studio in Stonington Village offers some colorful coastal paintings of local panoramic scenes. Art by Katy is a mixed-media contemporary gallery, from paintings to greeting cards and mugs. Siri Beckman is a local artist who focuses on printmaking, from lamp shades to wood engravings. The Stonington Opera House is a community favorite with theatrical and musical performances and events.

Stonington Village to Deer Isle

After a day exploring all that Stonington Village has to offer, come back to Pilgrim’s Inn. Pilgrim’s Inn offers luxurious lodging, as well as a delicious on-site restaurant for dinner. You will receive a gourmet breakfast each morning and homemade cookies and fresh fruit throughout the day. Stop by for a snack in between adventures or come back in the evening for a relaxing retreat. For more to do around Deer Isle, download our free vacation guide!