Traveling south along ME 15, the forest opens up to reveal tranquil harbors framed by distant hilly islands. 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 its idyllic views.
Deer Island's main town, 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 take in the beauty of this island-dotted coastline.
Boats depart from Stonington for the enchanting Isle au Haut.