The Mary Day Inn on the Harbor

Year Round Activities


Painter on the Deck


Deer Isle is a paradise year round for photographers. Written up as a key destination in many photography guidebooks, the island is a nature photographer's playground. The Inn has made it easy to capture water access images by teaming up with Captain Walt Reed, who takes 1 to 4 passengers aboard his 21' vessel, Gael. Walt offers the perfect, affordable, solution for all of our guests who want to: go out on the water, explore around the islands, see lighthouses, seals, and water birds, ask lots and lots of questions, not keep to a fixed schedule. This good captain simply lets you create your own tour! Captain Walt is available daily from mid-May through mid-October. Please go to Weekend Packages & Special Offerings for more details

Although many guests prefer to enjoy the serenity and beauty from the deck of the Inn, there is plenty to do in and around Stonington and Deer Isle including hiking our many nature trails, kayaking, tennis, golf, bird watching, jogging, biking, shopping and fishing. Please visit our Chamber of Commerce calendar for up-to-date special events and activities being held on the island

Deer Isle is known as a haven for artists, artisans and craftspeople from gifted potters to metalsmiths, weavers, jewelers and painters. This can be attributed to the presence of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, an internationally famous retreat for accomplished artisans. Galleries, studios and small shops abound on the island.

The Blue Hill Peninsula offers classical music lovers summertime concerts at Kneisel Hall, renowned mecca for exceptional chamber musicians. The Stonington Opera House, now open year round, offers professional live theatre productions including Shakespeare, concerts, local country music, jazz, dance, movies and much more.

Stonington itself is one of the few working fishing villages left in Maine. Our harbor is the departure point for cruises around the islands and to Isle au Haut, the latter being part of Acadia National Park. This park covers more than half of Isle au Haut and offers both easy and challenging trails, rugged beaches and gorgeous sea vistas. Trips to Isle au Haut run daily with the Isle au Haut Boat Company.


- Our Wings, Waves & Woods bird migration weekend in May offers birding by land, by sea and by art. Deer Isle is in the "flyway" of many species returning to the northern hemisphere. It's a great weekend for Audubon members looking for additions to their Life Lists and just about anyone who enjoys watching birds. The Atlantic puffin and many varieties of warblers and water birds are here in abundance. The Maine Birding Trail rates Deer Isle as a prime migration location and the Inn is a "Best Nest" accommodation. Download a Wings, Waves & Woods schedule. If you're a gardener and/or wildflower enthusiast you will enjoy the virtual explosion of wildflowers, flowering shrubs and trees covering the island. Springtime on Deer Isle is truly a paradise for naturalists, photographers, hikers and painters.


- The glorious crimson carpets of wild blueberry fields in Autumn need to be witnessed to be truly appreciated. In September the wind turns, blowing out of the north, adding a hint of balsam to the Canadian air and causing the ocean's surface to glisten. The quality of "light" changes. Everywhere you look, every cove, every vista is filled with vibrant foliage contrasted with dark fir trees all framed by sparkling blue water. Or join us for Deer Isle Lighthouse Day, held in conjunction with the Maine Open Lighthouse Day. Cruise our area of the Bay taking in 7 lighthouses or enjoy an aerial view of all 8 lighthouses by plane. Lighthouse passports, which can be stamped, are available at the Inn. The Annual Peninsula Potters weekend is a great reason to visit Deer Isle and now offers a 10% discount on all items purchased from each potter. Why not combine an awesome foliage trip with pre-Christmas shopping? In November you can join us for a scrumptious Thanksgiving Dinner at the Inn.


- Boston's well known "Chronicle" TV show did not choose to film here in February by accident. They came to film the wonders of a fishing village in winter.. The Boston Globe also visited us last December and wrote a wonderful article about spending peaceful time at the Inn in the winter. Although most of the Island shops are closed for the winter, our harbor never sleeps, the lobster boats gear up for urchining, shrimping and scalloping. The snow stays pristine white in the absence of city pollution. Our fireplace rooms are well stocked with logs and kindling. The Island Heritage Trust sponsors a fascinating series of "Winter Walks & Talks" lead by local Audubon members and scientists using the Island's nature conservancies. Winterfest weekend offers a very creative array of activites including yoga, reflexology, homeopathy, acupuncture, human dogsled races, skating, fireworks and a big bonfire. Then again, curling up and just watching the sunlight on the water, the seabirds, reading a great book in peace and quiet and enjoying the tranquility, these are not bad ways to spend a few days. Who knows, you may live a bit longer...

We humbly thank Mary Scott, Michael & Suzy Hazel, George & Joan Wollrath, Mike Palmer, Paul & Barbara Maxim for allowing us to use some of their beautiful photographs on our web site.
The Mary Day Ocean View