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Vinalhaven is a scenic island that lies about 15 miles off the fog-prone inlet of Penobscot Bay on the mid-coast of Maine. It is accessible only by ferry from the town of Rockland, and is the largest of the Bay's numerous Fox Islands, separated from the island of North Haven by a narrow strip of water. Encircling these two larger islands are ten smaller uninhabited islands that are perfect for a day of exploring and picnicking. Lobster fishing is the mainstay of Vinalhaven, and a small village of the same name is located on the southern shore of the island and is the center of the commercial activity. Vinalhaven is a working island, but does contain many hiking and biking trails, a historic lighthouse, a number of nature preserves, a town playground and several miscellaneous businesses. There are also several fresh water quarries on the island that are good for swimming (and much warmer than the ocean.) Many parks are within walking distance of the ferry dock and offer tennis, golf, sailing, canoeing, fishing and picnicking. However, Vinalhaven is somewhat remote and there are few tourist amenities on the island, but across the Bay in the town of Rockland, you'll find gift shops and art galleries, restaurants and inns. Other nearby points of interest include the Shore Village Museum, Farnsworth Art Museum and the Owls Head Transportation Museum.

Surrounding areas: North Haven/Vinalhaven Islands, Maine (5.9 mi), Isle au Haut, Maine (10.0 mi), Stonington, Maine (11.1 mi), Owls Head, Maine (12.9 mi), Matinicus Island, Maine (13.2 mi), Deer Isle/Little Deer Isle, Maine (14.4 mi), Rockland, Maine (14.7 mi)

Vinalhaven Vacation Rentals

Vinalhaven Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Samoset Resort220 Warrenton StRockport, ME13.7 mi.(800) 341-1650
Navigator Motor Inn520 Main StRockland, ME14.4 mi.(207) 594-2131
Black Horse InnUS Rt 1 - Atlantic HwyCamden, ME16.1 mi.(207) 236-6800
Blackberry Inn82 Elm StCamden, ME16.1 mi.(207) 236-6060
Camden Riverhouse Hotel & Inns11 Tannery LnCamden, ME16.1 mi.(207) 236-0500
Lodge At Camden HillsCamden, ME16.1 mi.(207) 236-8478
Hampton Inn & Suites - Rockland Maine190 New County RdThomaston, ME17.5 mi.(207) 594-6644
MT Battie MotelRR 3 Box 570Lincolnville, ME18.3 mi.(207) 236-3870
East Wind InnTenants Harbor, ME19.5 mi.(207) 372-6366
Belfast Harbor Inn91 Searsport Ave Rt 1Belfast, ME27.5 mi.(207) 338-2740
Comfort Inn Ocean's EdgeRR 5 Box 5290Belfast, ME27.5 mi.(207) 338-2090
Gull MotelRR 5 Box 5377Belfast, ME27.5 mi.(207) 338-4030
Light's Motel & Restaurant215 E Main StSearsport, ME29.0 mi.(207) 548-2405
Bed & Breakfast
Lakeshore Inn Bed & Breakfast184 Lakeview DrRockland, ME15.3 mi.(207) 594-4209

Vinalhaven Weather & Climate

The southern coast of Maine near the Penobscot Bay has very comfortable summers and falls, cold winters with frequent thaws and late, changeable springs. Summers are mild to cool by most people's standards, with very few summer nights too warm and humid for sleeping. Autumn has the greatest number of sunny days along the coast and is perfect for fall sightseeing. Winters are cold, but not as severe as the northeastern part of the state along the Canadian border. The White Mountains, to the northwest, keep considerable snow from reaching the Portland area and also help moderate the temperature. Normal precipitation is remarkably uniform throughout the year. Winds are generally light with the strongest being in the months of March and November. Temperatures well below freezing are reported each year, and cold waves sometimes come along with strong winds. Blizzards are possible but infrequent in Maine.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 28°F 9°F 4.76 in. 38°F
February 31°F 12°F 3.43 in. 36°F
March 39°F 22°F 4.73 in. 38°F
April 50°F 33°F 4.74 in. 44°F
May 61°F 43°F 4.38 in. 49°F
June 70°F 53°F 3.80 in. 55°F
July 76°F 59°F 3.19 in. 59°F
August 74°F 58°F 2.90 in. 62°F
September 66°F 50°F 4.31 in. 57°F
October 56°F 39°F 4.79 in. 54°F
November 45°F 29°F 5.25 in. 52°F
December 34°F 17°F 4.98 in. 44°F

Vinalhaven Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Knox County Regional airport (RKD) located about 13 miles west of Vinalhaven in Rockland, Maine, the Hancock County Bar Harbor airport (BHB) located approximately 36 miles northeast of Vinalhaven in Bar Harbor, Maine, the Augusta State airport (AUG) located roughly 51 miles northwest of Vinalhaven in Augusta, Maine, the Bangor International airport (BGR) located around 52 miles north of Vinalhaven in Bangor, Maine, the Waterville Robert Lafleur airport (WVL) located about 53 miles northwest of Vinalhaven in Waterville, Maine, and finally the Auburn Lewiston Municipal airport (LEW) located approximately 72 miles west of Vinalhaven in Auburn / Lewiston, Maine.

Vinalhaven Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Palace PlaylandOld Orchard BeachME85.4 mi.
Funtown Splashtown U.S.A.SacoME88.8 mi.
Water Parks
Odyssey Water ParkTrentonME35.4 mi.
Aquaboggan Water SlideSacoME88.8 mi.
Water CountryPortsmouthNH117.9 mi.
Golf Courses
Island Country ClubSunsetME12.4 mi.
Rockland Golf ClubRocklandME14.7 mi.
Goose River Golf ClubRockportME14.9 mi.
Northport Golf ClubNorthportME21.0 mi.
Castine Golf ClubCastineME23.8 mi.
Searsport Pines Golf CourseSearsportME28.7 mi.
Causeway ClubSouthwest HarborME29.8 mi.
Ski Areas
Camden SnowbowlCamdenME16.1 mi.
Sugarloaf USAKingfieldME90.6 mi.
Black MountainRumfordME91.9 mi.
Shawnee PeakBridgtonME93.4 mi.
Mount AbramLocke MillsME95.8 mi.
Sunday RiverBethelME100.1 mi.
Big SquawGreenvilleME104.4 mi.
SaddlebackRangeleyME109.5 mi.
Wildcat MountainJacksonNH116.8 mi.
State Parks
Owls Head State ParkME10.7 mi. 
Camden Hills State ParkME18.8 mi. 
Moose Point State ParkME26.9 mi. 
Fort Point State ParkME28.5 mi. 
Damariscotta Lake State ParkME32.2 mi. 
Lake Saint George State ParkME35.3 mi. 
Lamoine State ParkME38.6 mi. 
Farnsworth Art MuseumRocklandME14.3 mi.(Art)
L.C. Bates MuseumHinckleyME59.2 mi.(Multidisciplinary)

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