BLUE HILL PENINSULA
Brooklin offers a charming town center with a beautiful library, small shops, galleries, groceries and provisions. Along its winding roads, travelers will catch stunning glimpses of the Benjamin River and the Eggemoggin Reach. Visit the Brooklin Boatyard or Brooklin Boat Building School. Take a ride over the bridge (as described by Steinbeck in Travels with Charley "as high arched as a rainbow") and check out the quaint coastal village of Stonington or explore the Deer Isle Lighthouse Trail where you can see 8 area lighthouses. Don’t forget your lighthouse passport, there are stamps available for each one of those gems. For shoppers, the entire region is a utopia of retail offering an array of cultural boutiques, upscale shops, art galleries showcasing the work of Maine’s local artisans and craftsmen, and traditional outlets. You’ll also be astounded at the many antique shops that call the area home. It’s the one place to find a treasure with connections to the area’s rich nautical historical. Plan a stop at the world’s tallest bridge observatory with a visit to the Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory and Fort Knox. Blue Hill offers community events such as the traditional blueberry festival at the Congo Church, a summer concert series featuring the steel drum band Flash! in The Pans, classical music at Kneisel Hall and Blue Hill Bach, choral music by the Bagaduce Chorale and theatrical productions by New Surry Theatre. The Memorial Day Parade, the well-known Blue Hill Fair, and both a winter and summer farmers market.