In the interest of making your vacation as stress-free as possible, we highly recommend parking your car in Rockland and walking on the ferry. There is a small parking lot at the ferry terminal. If that is full, there is a free overflow lot at the Oceanside High School in July and August. You can get more information about that here. We will pick you up when you arrive on Vinalhaven and our complimentary shuttle visits the Tidewater, as well as several of our favorite island destinations, including Lane's Island, the swimming quarries, State Beach, and The Basin.
If you opt to bring your vehicle, we can try to make the process smoother for you. Please call us to discuss potential options.
Where to Eat
Vinalhaven is home to many great restaurants, including Dot & Millie's, Skål, Homeport, The Pizza Pitt, The Sand Bar, Greet's Eats, Surfside (no website, but worth a visit just for the view!), Asian Persuasion, Downstreet Market, and Sea's Bakery.
Our neighboring island, North Haven, also boasts a couple of great eateries, namely Nebo Lodge, Calderwood Hall, and The Landing, as well as the North Haven Brewing Co.
Sherry's Kitchen is also available for catered meals, or we can arrange a meal of chowder, corn bread, and pie for a crowd.
Your stay includes our continental breakfast and we serve lobster dinners ($40/person) on Monday evenings.
Vinalhaven is a working island with the largest lobstering fleet in Maine. There are about 1200 year round residents and a school serving all of the children on the island Pre-K-12. We take great pride in being Maine’s largest sustainable year-round island community. “Authentic” is a word we often hear describing our island. It is down to earth and easygoing.
Folks who want to get away from it all are usually happiest here, enjoying the rush of water beneath their rooms, kayaking, hiking, and enjoying the relative peace and slow pace of the island.
The downtown (or “downstreet” as we like to call it) boasts a full time post office and grocery store, a specialty wine and food shop, a couple of restaurants, and a couple of gift shops. We think that's just about right.