A romantic New England inn and dose of outdoor adventure.

Summer Island Getaway on North Haven, ME
Credit: Christopher Churchill

An hour’s ferry ride from Rockland, this tiny Penobscot Bay island has long been a vacation spot for everyone from actor Oliver Platt, novelist Susan Minot, and artist Eric Hopkins to various members of the Bush clan. It’s the perfect romantic getaway—one with a touch of adventure for hikers, cyclists, and water babies alike. You can bike the island’s 30 miles of trails, kayak Mill River, and more.

Waterman’s Community Center

This is the central gathering spot, where townspeople and vacationers alike meet over games of ping pong, blueberry muffins from the café, or just a cozy chat; summer nights are always filled with concerts, lectures, and plays.

North Island Museum

The museum, which opens for the season in July, recounts the island’s evolution from a Native American territory to the lobster-fishing town it is today.

Fox I Printworks

In the market for a souvenir? This new shop sells quirky hand-silk-screened T-shirts emblazoned with lighthouses, foxes, kale, tractors, and other fun designs.

Sail the Tammy Norie

Local captain Joel Rowland will take you on a half- or full-day sail aboard the Tammy Norie, a 42-foot wooden sloop that was originally built in 1964.