Getting to the Island
Monhegan Island lies about an hour off the mid-coast of Maine. During the high season, there are daily boats from several harbors in Maine. Reserve your tickets in advance.
Getting to The Hitchcock House
After arriving at the dock, The Hitchcock House is a short walk through town and up Horn Hill. Just continue straight up from the dock, turn right at Lupine Gallery, and left at Monhegan House. At the top of Horn Hill, you’ll see a sign directing you to Hitchcock House on your left. Monhegan Trucking baggage service meets all boats and delivers bags for a per bag fee.
Things to Bring
Monhegan is informal; casual dress is appropriate everywhere. Since evenings and boat crossings can be chilly even in summer, be sure to pack accordingly. Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots are also recommended. Other items you may wish to bring: a flashlight (one for each visitor), a camera, binoculars, insect repellent, and suntan lotion. If you are a bird watcher or a stargazer–Monhegan offers wonderful pleasures for both–bring guides.
Things to Do During Your Stay
Hikes and Walks
Monhegan is a beautiful getaway, and is the perfect place for visitors seeking nature, solitude, and restoration. With over 17 miles of trails, most of moderate difficulty, it is perfect for walking and hiking. Most of the island remains in its natural state, the result of a conservation effort in the mid-20th century, led by Ted Edison and continued by Monhegan Associates. When you arrive, pick up a trail map from an island establishment.
With some of the most dramatic headlands in Maine, boasting cliffs over 150 feet, as well as cathedral-like forests, a cove with a ship wreck, and wildflower meadows, Monhegan is an inviting spot for both amateur and professional photographers. While you are on the island, be sure to check out the award-winning work of photographer Bryan Hitchcock, who has lived, photographed, and fished on the island for decades.
Since Monhegan lies on the Eastern Flyway, the island offers particular interest for birders. Check out The Monhegan Museum exhibit on nature on the island.
Day trip to Manana
Just across the harbor from Monhegan lies Manana, an uninhabited island (although for many years it was the home to a hermit and his sheep; photos in The Museum). Look at Fish Beach for information about getting across to the island, and pack a lunch! Being on Manana, particularly the far side of the island, is a feeling of being alone–and at one–with the ocean.
Monhegan has several dining options. All of the island hotels have restaurants–although be sure to check which meals are being served and if reservations are required. Fresh seafood is available at Shermie’s Fish House at Fish Beach–lobsters will be steamed for you–order early. Pizza, sandwiches, ice cream, as well as beer and wine, are also on offer from several island establishments.
Visiting Artists’ Studios
Monhegan has drawn a community of artists–both summer residents and year around islanders–for over a century. Many working artists have open studio hours during the season. Check the Rope Shed for information; there is a brochure with names, locations, and hours. Monhegan Island artists’ work is also on view at Lupine Gallery and in the dining rooms of island restaurants. Some artists offer classes as well.
The Monhegan Museum
Explore island history and art at The Monhegan Museum, above the village at the lighthouse. Annual art exhibitions focus on artworks with island connections. The history museum is full of fascinating artifacts and stories from Monhegan’s past.
- A non-denominational religious service takes place every Sunday morning in the village church. There is a hymn sing most Sunday evenings; and other events take place there as well.
- Public telephones are available. Cell phone coverage is spotty at best on Monhegan.
- Complementary wireless Internet access is available on the property for Hitchcock House guests.
- An ATM is available and there is a post office.
- The Rope Shed in center of town has postings of events, gallery hours, and services offered. It also serves as a central lost and found.
- Biking, camping, and rock climbing are not permitted on the island.
- We regret that The Hitchcock House cannot accommodate pets.
The Hitchcock House Recommends
Check out the Black Duck Emporium for tea, coffee and espresso drinks, sweet treats, and unique gifts!