Brides Magazine
May/June, 2005

SECRET GEMS:
ISLAND INN, Monhegan Island, Maine

Your car? Exiled to the mainland. Your cellphone? Let's just say you should get used to the words "no service."

Monhegan Island may be only an hour's ferry ride from Maine's midcoast, but once you arrive on the teeny isle, you'll realize that every minute spent en route represents about a year turned back in time.

Here's what you won't find when you get there: billboards, taxis, or streetlights. And here's what you will: weather-beaten cottages converted into art studios, 17 miles of hiking trails winding through forests of fir and balsam, and grassy meadows bursting with rare wildflowers (picturesque proof you've landed in Wyeth country).

Many duos choose to hole up at the turn-of-the-20th-century Island Inn, where, in keeping with the Monhegan spirit, rooms don't have TVs, phones, or – except for the Pierce Cottage annex – heat. But what the inn lacks in mainland amenities, it makes up for in island luxuries like down duvets on the beds, lobster dinners in the restaurants, and a clutch of sunset-ready Adirondack chairs on the ocean-view lawn.

Doubles from $195, including breakfast, July through September; 207-596-0371 or islandinnmonhegan.com.

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