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Of the over 1,200 islands along Maine’s coast, many consider Monhegan Island especially captivating. Located 11 miles offshore, 1½ miles long and a ½ mile wide, Monhegan rises like a whale out of the ocean. Its exceptional natural beauty combined with its easterly location has made Monhegan a compelling destination first for transatlantic travelers, then fishermen and then in the last hundred years, artists. Vikings are thought to be the first explorers to land on Monhegan in the first century, followed by the Portuguese, English, French and Italians. Occupied on and off since the 1500’s, the island was permanently settled in the 1700’s.

Monhegan’s current year-round population of around 75 is a mix of artists and fishermen. In the summer the population swells to almost 1,200 as it attracts vacationers, bird watchers and anyone looking to experience the peaceful setting created by island life. There are more than 17 miles of hiking trails on the island, some passing through woods and some following along some of the highest cliffs along the Maine coast, dramatically rising to 160 feet along the eastern shore. While the actual village, with its less than 1 mile of dirt road, occupies a tiny corner of the island, the remainder is preserved in its natural state. It is protected by the Monhegan Associates, which was founded by summer residents 50 years ago to preserve the island for the future.

We would like to continue to share with you some of the many riches our corner of the world has to offer. Along with our Tour du Mount Battie Alumni weekend, our Monhegan Getaway promises to be a memorable interlude. So come join us for this three-day escape to a magical island, where you can enjoy hiking, fresh sea air and the opportunity to unwind in peaceful island surroundings.

ChrisJ, AROBN54, dareco, vmf-214, asajernigan, snunney, ymrk, Gerrit, Dyerco, Charo, plimrn, Tazzie1 has marked this note useful

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