Deer Isle, with its network of narrow roads to nowhere, is ideal for rambling. It’s a pleasure to explore by car and is also inviting to travel by bike, although hasty and careening fishermen in pickups can make this unnerving at times. Especially tranquil is the narrow road between the town of Deer Isle and Sunshine to the east. Plan to stop and explore coves and inlets along the way. To get here, follow Route 15; south of Deer Isle, turn east toward Stinson Neck, continuing on this scenic byway for about 10 miles over bridges and causeways.
Stonington, at the southern end of Deer Isle, consists of one commercial street that wraps along the harbor’s edge. While B&Bs and boutiques have made inroads here in recent years, it’s still a slightly rough-and-tumble waterfront town with some attractive white-clapboard homes mixed in. The best thing to see here is, well, Main Street and the waterfront behind it. Walk down side streets like Seabreeze Avenue and Atlantic Avenue for a closer look at the town.
The town opera house is home to a very good summer-stock theater company called Opera House Arts; log on to www.operahousearts.org for a schedule and other details or call them at [tel] 207/367-2788. The Opera House also hosts art events and first-run Hollywood movies.
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