Exploring from the water is one of the most enjoyable past times here on the coast. The ocean is relatively flat due to our distance from the open Atlantic, although it can get quite choppy when the afternoon sea breeze kicks in so be alert in a small craft. Blue Hill Harbor is full of classic boats and is quite large and safe. Bring your own kayak or canoe or you can rent one locally.
If you'd rather sit back and let someone else do the work try a pinky schooner cruise on "Summertime" or for a delightful afternoon take the mail boat from Stonington to Isle Au Haut and spend a few hours exploring. MERI Eco-Cruises are educational as well as a lot of fun. Call Meri for an Appointment.
At Kneisel Hall enjoy the exceptional talent of faculty, guest artists, and students. The music begins at 7:30 on Friday evenings, in its historic concert hall. The great acoustics are matched by the warmth and charm that comes with the many years of fine performances. The program is performed again on Sunday afternoon, beginning at 4:00.
Parson Fisher House
Route 176 / 15, just past the turnoff to South Blue Hill
Thursday through Saturday, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Open July to Mid September. Guided tours only.
Jonathan Fisher, the first settled minister of Blue Hill, was a remarkable man. The parsonage which he built in 1814 offers a fascinating picture of his many talents. His library includes books on national history and poetry written by him. Many of his art works, consisting of oil painting, water colors, book illustration, and wood engravings are on display. Much of the furniture is original to the house, most notably pieces made by Parson Fisher. The house offers a snapshot of early family life in colonial America and Yankee ingenuity.
The George Stevens Summer Speaker Series hosts speakers on local events, nature and general topics is held each summer. Often the speaker has a tie to Maine such as Roger Angell, E. B. White's stepson and everyone's favorite baseball writer.
The mission of the Bagaduce Music Lending Library is to collect, preserve and lend printed music, and to provide music education programs. We are a national resource center for choral, instrumental, vocal and keyboard music, both popular and classical, and for teaching and reference materials. The Bagaduce Music Lending Library is a non-profit organization funded through memberships, small lending fees, and private fundraising. The heart of the library's existence rests with our intrepid crew of volunteers
Holbrook Island Sanctuary in Brooksville on Cape Rosier offers bird watching or easy hiking through this beautiful nature preserve. Stop and have a picnic at Smith Cove.
A hike up Blue Hill Mountain is rewarded with an amazing panoramic vista of mountains and sea. In the distance you will see Acadia National Park and many islands of Blue Hill Bay. (Be sure to stay on marked trails in this environmentally sensitive area.)
The peninsula has dozens of antique shops. Take a look into Blue Hill Antiques on Water Street on your way to the town park or explore along route 176 to Hinchcliffe Antiques & Handmade Furniture on 5021 Graytown Road in Sedgwick.
Acadia National Park:
Across the bay is Acadia National Park. Any trip to this area deserves a drive over to Bar Harbor and a little exploration of the Park.