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Things to do in Stonington

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Cinema
“Opera House Arts offers live theatre, concerts, & movies in beautiful Stonington, Maine.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Diner
$$$
“This is a high end ($$$+) establishment, where creatively enticing the pallet with an homage towards locale food utilization is Chef Devin Finigan's specialty. Her highly anticipated opening of her new location on one of the most beautiful vistas on the island (slated to open sometime in June 2019), has many excited for what's to come. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
School
“Haystack is a world renowned educational institute for all types of hands-on crafts such as smithing, welding, sculpture, and more. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Nature
“This is a great opurtunity to get out onto the water and go explore Isle-Au-Haut by mail boat. You meet all kinds of people, whether they are summering or living on the islands surrounding the Penobscot Bay region. Very beautiful. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Campground
“These guys offer so much great stuff - from boiled lobster dinners, to kayak, sail and canoe rentals, along with ocean tours to the various islands. You can even take sailing lessons.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Park
“There is a fun hike in Deer Isle called the Barred Island Preserve managed by the Island Heritage Trust (you park at Goose Cove Resort) and owned by The Nature Conservancy. It ends in a gorgeous double-sided beach (time the tides right to make it even better).”
  • 7 locals recommend
Café
“This is the place where the locals eat. Located in the center of Stonington village, it's bright and sunny in the morning, and you can get a good breakfast start to the day here, along with lunch and dinner. The food isn't fancy, but its good and hearty and the conversations are fun to listen to.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“Fisherman's friend has great food, fun, yet still offers an intimate atmosphere, and it is right on the Stonington Harbor providing a most wonderful view.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Employee owned, this convenient little market, like the "Galley Grocery", is your go to for your basic kitchen, cooking and alcohol needs. Next door is where you can get basic household goods and they also have a gas pump. Pick up an "Island Advantage" while you're there - a local publication that has info on local events and politics. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Book Store
“You will find all you need to know about places to go for walks on the island, as well as a plethora of information pertaining to the island. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Recently named "Best Waterfront Restaurant in Maine". Definitely call ahead for reservations, $$$.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“For classic reasonably priced New England fair, this is the place to go get your fried seafood needs on. The dining room is perfectly suited for large parties and the views are of Stonington harbor, where you can sit out on the deck, smell the ocean and watch the lobster men and women pull in and out of the harbor.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Miscellaneous Shop
“6 Memorial Lane, Stonington, Deer Isle, ME 04681 www.stoningtonfarmersmarket.com Mid May to mid September. A variety of fresh vegetables, crafts, sea foods, cheeses, and more from over 50 vendors. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Food
  • 3 locals recommend
Museum
“They have a fabulous historical model of a granite quarry in Stonington and the transportation for workers to the quarry site.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Store
“The Dry Dock Located at 24 Main St, Stonington, ME, 04681 Clothing Store While you're waiting for the ferry to take you out onto the water to Isle au Haut in Stonington (or a Lighthouse Tour or a Puffin Tour or a Lobster Fishery Tour), stop in to the Dry Dock, a woman's clothing store. Be careful! You might spend more than you intended to! This yummy store is a lost spot for every member of our family! Stonington also has lots of art galleries. The lady who created the art, which is on every wall at the Camden National Bank in Blue Hill has a gallery in Stonington. She is incredible! Her gardens are full of sunlight and color and beauty! Afterwards, dine at any one of Stonington's romantic restaurants located on the waterfront. You'll have really arrived! Stonington has gorgeous sunsets! After dinner, check out what's playing at the Opera House. In operation as a movie house for over 100 years, in summer the Opera House host s lots of summer stock theater and musical entertainment. Stonington is a dry town. The lobstermen got rowdy one night and the town said, "That's it! We're no longer serving liquor." I think you can order wine with dinner, however....”
  • 3 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Diner
“This is a high end ($$$+) establishment, where creatively enticing the pallet with an homage towards locale food utilization is Chef Devin Finigan's specialty. Her highly anticipated opening of her new location on one of the most beautiful vistas on the island (slated to open sometime in June 2019), has many excited for what's to come. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Café
“This is the place where the locals eat. Located in the center of Stonington village, it's bright and sunny in the morning, and you can get a good breakfast start to the day here, along with lunch and dinner. The food isn't fancy, but its good and hearty and the conversations are fun to listen to.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“Fisherman's friend has great food, fun, yet still offers an intimate atmosphere, and it is right on the Stonington Harbor providing a most wonderful view.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“For classic reasonably priced New England fair, this is the place to go get your fried seafood needs on. The dining room is perfectly suited for large parties and the views are of Stonington harbor, where you can sit out on the deck, smell the ocean and watch the lobster men and women pull in and out of the harbor.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Two-Micheline-starred Chef Ryan McCaskey, of Acadia Restaurant in Chicago, will be opening his casual outpost in Stonington. The seasonal restaurant's commitment to area farms will be feature on the menu, as well as hand crafted cocktails, local beers and boutique wines. Reservations are highly recommended.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“Best coffee in this authentic, walkable fisherman's village, close to the Isle au Haut Ferry dock, galleries, antique shops, fishing trawlers, and sailing scene.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Stonington is the Maine lobster capital! You can sit in Fisherman's Friend right on the wharf and watch the boats come in while having your own lobster! Quaint town with a few restaurants, on the water, art galleries, and local color. Scenic and a nice drive to get to as well. Artists love it in Stonington/Derr Isle and come from far to paint the bay views, the boats, and the fish shanties. ”
  • 1 local recommends

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