Travelers often look to enchanting Deer Isle for a weekend getaway from Boston. This picturesque locale attracts everyone from the urban-bound outdoorsman and artists to families looking for a quiet place to get back to basics and unwind from their busy schedules. A thriving local economy offers fun activities for everyone. Revel in the quaint charm of this small New England town. With a population of only 2,400, it promises a quiet and relaxing experience off the beaten path. Continue reading to uncover precisely what makes Deer Isle such a popular destination and access our Vacation Guide for more great ideas to include in your Downeast, ME, itinerary!
Deer Isle Is the Best Weekend Getaway from Boston
Not Too Close, But Not Too Far
Deer Isle is a favorite weekend getaway from Boston because, in less than a five-hour drive, travelers arrive in another world altogether. Prepare yourself for one of the most scenic road trips! The first part of the journey is an easy shot up Interstate 95 to Route 295, after which you can hop onto scenic Route 1 for a gorgeous trip up the coast. The drive to Deer Isle is an adventure all on its own. However, if road trips are not your style, you can also catch a plane from Logan Airport and be in Bar Harbor, ME, in just over an hour. From there, it’s approximately an hour’s drive onto the island shortening your travel time significantly.
The Great Outdoors
Deer Isle has been attracting naturalists, birders, kayakers, sailors and all types of outdoor enthusiasts for generations. Whether you’re coming for the spring birding migration or want to explore the breathtaking coastline by boat, you will never get bored of all that Deer Isle has to offer. Not only is this island a treat to survey, but the surrounding islands are just as enticing, including Isle Au Haut, which is part of the coveted Acadia National Park. These picturesque islands are laden with spruce trees, granite outcroppings, quiet coves and wide open fields of flowers, making them an ideal outdoor playground for visitors.
Artists of all types have been attracted to this beautiful Maine island for decades. They find both inspiration in its glorious landscape, as well as the quiet they need to create something new. If you are an artist yourself or enjoy visiting galleries, Deer Isle is the perfect place for a weekend getaway from Boston. Come to admire the works of local artists while you find the inspiration for your next project.
- Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
- Deer Isle Artists Association
- Turtle Gallery
- Grand Theater in Ellsworth
- Stonington Opera House
Stay at Pilgrim’s Inn on Deer Isle
While researching the best weekend getaways from Boston, consider staying at Pilgrim’s Inn on Deer Isle. Revel in the beauty of Maine’s coastal islands. Enjoy the peace and quiet of our charming small town and the hospitable people. Fall in love with our historic inn, cozy accommodations, and outstanding views of surrounding landscapes. Room Nine serves as a quiet retreat on the third floor. Peer out the window for breathtaking scenes of the Northwest Harbor. There’s no doubt you’ll love it here as much as we do!