While visiting the Hostel there are numerous places to see and things to do, on the Island and the surrounding mainland. Check out the Deer Isle-Stonington Chamber of Commerce site (www.deerisle.com) or the Penobscot Bay Press (calendar.penobscotbaypress.com) and WERU's (weru.org/calendar) event listings.
Here's the hostel staff´s pick for things to do in the area;
-Local farm products and coffee shops
Deer Isle has its own coffee roaster! Megan and Melissa run 44 North Coffee in Deer Isle Village, a organic, free trade coffee shop with fresh roasted coffee from around the world. Highly recommended!
There are two farm stands on the Island, Yellow Birch Farm (produce, goat dairy and eggs) on the Reach Road, and Spruce Hill Farm on Oceanville Road (goat dairy and eggs)
There are two weekly farmers markets. The Stonington Market is open Fridays, 10 to noon. The Deer Isle Market is open Wednesday, 9:30 to 11.
- Water activities such as kayaking and canoeing.
The towns on Deer Isle contain about 80 small islands in addition to the main island. It's an amazing paradise in summer for boating. The Hostel has a canoe or two, which guests can use in the nearby cove if they have experience. If you bring your own boat we can guide you to over a dozen public launching spots.
If you want to rent kayaks, canoes, sail boats, go on daily tours to Isle au Haut
or around the Island check out http://www.oldquarry.com.
- Bike riding
The roads around the Island can get quite busy during the summer, but there are back roads and many beautiful places, ponds and beaches to visit, all easily accessible by bike. The Hostel has a number of fine old English bikes, which guests can borrow .
Next to the Hostel is the Tennis Preserve, a 100+ acre nature preserve set on the shoreline with several miles of hiking trails. This nature preserve and others on the Island are maintained by Island Heritage Trust. www.islandheritagetrust.org
There are shorter trails scattered around the Island as well as the nearest main land. Acadia National Park is easily reached by car for a day trip of hiking the beautiful mountains there. Isle au Haut is one of the most beautiful and least visited parts of Acadia. It can be reached by ferry from Stoninton on the southern end of Deer Isle. www.isleauhaut.com
-Open mics at Tinder Hearth Bakery
Tinder Hearth Bakery is a collective in Brooksville, about 50 min drive from the Hostel. They bake organic bread and hosts a monthly Open Mic evening. Nearby is a nature sanctuary with hiking trails and picnic area. http://www.tinderhearth.org
- Nervous Nellies Jams and Jellies
This café/jam and jelly kitchen/sculpture park deserves it's own listing over things to do on Deer Isle. Half a mile down the road from us opens a whole new world of creatures and animals, knights and castles, blues musicians and convenience store owners, all while the smell of home made jams, jellies and chutney lingers around the spruce trees. Ann and Peter run this small business where you can sample the goodies, drink tea or coffee, buy gifts to bring back home and wander the woods constantly finding new hidden sculpture treasures. http://www.nervousnellies.com
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