In the interest of making your vacation as stress-free as possible, we 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. Rental cars are also available on the island at reasonable rates.
Although they mean well, the ferry personnel at the Maine State Ferry Service - in their effort to be cautionary - cause some confusion and anxiety when it comes to giving people information about getting vehicles to and fro. 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 The Nightingale, 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!), Good Things Coffee House, Downstreet Market, and Sea's Bakery.
Sherry's Kitchen is also available to make meals and deliver them to your room so you can enjoy the best view in town and some of the best food!
Your stay includes our continental breakfast and we are always happy to make a boxed lunch for you, or host a lobster bake. Just let us know what you need and we're happy to help!
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.