Pretty much anybody who knows anything about Maine has heard of Acadia National Park. Not many, however, know that part of the national park resides on a little island called Isle au Haut about 45 minutes by mail boat out of Stonington, ME.
I have a history of being terrified of ferries/any watergoing vessel (thanks, seasickness), and I’ll admit to a certain amount of anxiety before the trip (okay, I tried to back out at least four times), but it was so beyond worth it that I almost don’t want to tell anybody about it so it doesn’t become super popular.
Acadia is beautiful, sure, but it is so overrun with tourists that appreciating the natural beauty becomes an exercise in blocking everybody out. Isle au Haut, however, reminded me of the peaceful summers of my youth. We felt like we were the only ones on the island for the majority of the time.
There are many miles of trails – more than you can explore during a weekend visit, but if you have the time, it is worth staying a few days. The campsites are pristine; I have never been in a cleaner composting outhouse.
You can view more photos that Matt took with his “fancy” camera here.
Moral of the story? Go there. You won’t regret it.