Traveling south along ME 15, the forest opens up to reveal tranquil harbors framed against hilly islands off in the distance. This is Deer Isle – actually a collection of islands joined by causeways and connected to the mainland by a picturesque suspension bridge near Sargentville. There are few actual sights, but the area is worth a drive for the idyllic views.
Stonington is a quaint settlement where lobstermen and artists live side by side. A few galleries and restaurants draw the odd traveler or two. In peak summer, it's worth investigating boat cruises and kayaking tours to get out into the natural beauty.