What You Need to Know About WinterFest

Though our beautiful Pilgrim’s Inn property is closed through the winter season, Deer Isle, Maine, is a stunning destination for a snowy getaway. After the summer and autumn months fade away, the unique island goes into a semi-hibernation. Admire snow-covered roads and icicles dangling from bare tree branches. Deer Isle does not fully sleep. Amid a blanket of snow, you can discover a plethora of exciting holiday festivities throughout December and January. Christmas arrives in a big display of colorful lights before New Year’s rings in with a sky full of fireworks. One of the most anticipated events of the season, WinterFest on Deer Isle is the perfect way to celebrate the holidays and enjoy the natural beauty of our island. Learn more about the best year-round activities when you download our complimentary Vacation Guide! You’ll discover top recommendations on places to eat, visit, and explore.

What To Expect at Deer Isle’s WinterFest

Each January, the citizens and visitors of Deer Isle gather for a weekend of free events and entertainment at the WinterFest. This affair is the perfect event for the entire family. You can expect live music all weekend, arts and crafts booths, comedy acts, a pickleball tournament, and so much more. No matter what your interests are, Deer Isle WinterFest has it all! The kids will love witnessing the mystifying tricks of the festival’s magician and juggler. Participate in the Zumba class for adults and children or get the entire family involved in the cribbage card tournament.

Don’t Miss the Food at the Deer Isle WinterFest

When the tourist season comes to an end, a different kind of livelihood takes over the island. The Deer Isle WinterFest is a community-focused event offering complimentary entertainment as well as an entire three-course lunch and tasty soup dinner. Spend your day marveling at the Birdsacre owls. Participate in yoga for all ages and skill levels. Then, gather around the bonfire in the evening and prepare yourselves for the firework display!

Return to Deer Isle in the Spring

Though our charming, little island has a beautiful and mysterious landscape in the winter months, the spring is one of the most popular times to visit. Attend the Deer Isle WinterFest to get a taste of Maine’s winter, then plan a trip to return in the spring and enjoy a stay at the gorgeous grounds of Pilgrim’s Inn with a mill pond and expansive grounds right near the Acadia National Park.

Plan Your Stay At Pilgrim’s Inn

Gift box wrapped in black paper with silver ribbon on wooden surface.Check out the WinterFest on Deer Isle this year, then organize a return trip when the frost has melted away and the flowers begin to bloom once again. Our historic bed and breakfast provides visitors with the quintessential Maine experience. The location of our inn allows for easy access to the nearby hiking trails at Acadia National Park. In the warm spring and summer months, you can kayak through the sea with Old Quarry Ocean Adventures before returning to our charming inn with a delicious, homemade breakfastAfter exploring the beauty of Deer Isle this winter, purchase a gift certificate and give yourself the gift of a warm-weather trip or purchase one for a loved one this holiday season!