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More Scenes from Maine’s Magical Islands

Dreaming of an island getaway? Here are some favorite outtakes from our cover story on five must-visit islands in Maine.

By Heather Marcus

Jun 18 2019

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Weathered shingled cottages hug the rocky coast at low tide of Monhegan Island.

Photo Credit : Mark Fleming

Where once there were dozens of year-round island communities off Maine’s coast, only a dozen or so remain. But the beauty of the sea, pine-lined paths, meadows, and sweet cottages on bluffs has never ceased inspiring us. Come summer, like clockwork, day-trippers descend with backpacks and vacationers with suitcases.

Last summer, photographers Winky Lewis and Mark Fleming hopped aboard ferries from the mainland to explore five Maine islands, each one proud of its individual identity, its particular hold on the imagination. There wasPeaks Island, a respite just 20 minutes from the bustle of downtown Portland;Monhegan, famous for inspiring artists from Rockwell Kent to Jamie Wyeth; North Haven, a traditional summer home for the bluest of New England’s blue bloods; Vinalhaven, home to one of the largest lobstering fleets in New England; andIsle au Haut, which rewards intrepid hikers with miles of trails and countless indelible views.

To see more photos and to discover each island in the words of a longtime resident, go to Yankee’s July/August 2019 cover story, “Maine’s Magical Islands.”

More Scenes from Maine’s Magical Islands

The ferry E. Frank Thompson en route from Rockland, Maine, to the island of Vinalhaven.
Photo Credit : Mark Fleming
A view from Vinalhaven, looking out to sea past Carver’s Harbor.
Photo Credit : Mark Fleming
Colorful shacks on the wharf in Carver’s Harbor, Vinalhaven.
Photo Credit : Mark Fleming
North Haven as seen from the Fox Island Thoroughfare.
Photo Credit : Mark Fleming
The post office on North Haven.
Photo Credit : Mark Fleming
The schooner Victory Chimes, moored off North Haven.
Photo Credit : Mark Fleming
Making rock sculptures on the Peaks Island coastline, with Ram Island Ledge Lighthouse in the distance.
Photo Credit : WInky Lewis
Beach finds, Isle Au Haut.
Photo Credit : Winky Lewis
The Greenlaw brothers (they share a famous aunt) lobstering off of Isle Au Haut.
Photo Credit : Winky Lewis
Swimmers climb up the dock ladder at Point Lookout on Isle au Haut.
Photo Credit : Winky Lewis
A view of the Monhegan coastline.
Photo Credit : Mark Fleming
Weathered-shingled cottages at low tide on Monhegan.
Photo Credit : Mark Fleming
A dramatic sunset over Monhegan Harbor.
Photo Credit : Mark Fleming