Out of this world: Monhegan Island, Maine

Aging in place with no change in sight: Monhegan Theatre.

Aging in place with no change in sight: Monhegan Theatre.

Much of Maine could be said to be out of this world — the raw beauty of its rocky coastline, old-style clapboard homes dotting the landscape, and the quiet that falls over the state after Columbus Day when residents hunker down for long, cold winters.  But nowhere was an other-worldly experience more pronounced for us than in the remote, almost untouched island of Monhegan.

With a rocky shore for a side yard, this house faces the elements on the island of Monhegan.

With a rocky shore for a side yard, this house faces the elements on the island of Monhegan.

We knew we were headed to a place that time forgot.  After all, that’s why artists and writers and part-time bloggers like us go there: to see how people live simply and without fanfare in a day-to-day existence envied by many. We were told to bring our own food because “nothing’s open in late October.”  “Pack it in, pack it out,” the owner of Shining Sails told us, and we thankfully heeded the warning, or we wouldn’t have even had granola bars handy for supper.

Maybe only at rest for the winter, but possibly at rest for several years. No hurry on Monhegan.

Maybe only at rest for the winter, but possibly at rest for several years. No hurry on Monhegan.

Tourists are rarely seen or heard after the season ends.  And the scarcity of people coupled with remnants of another time reminded us that not much gets “packed out.”  It just ages in place.

Rusting in place.

Rusting in place.

Homes boarded up for the winter take a stoic stance against the elements.  Isolated and humble, they almost resemble colonies long abandoned. Until spring when tourists return and doors open to salty sea air again.

Facing the morning, a house closed for the winter endures the elements all alone.

Facing the morning, a house closed for the winter endures the elements all alone.

Monhegan Island is out of this world.

For more “out of this world” photos, check out this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge.

To see other posts on travel in Maine, see Autumn Down East.

About Oh, the Places We See

Met at University of Tennessee, been married for 47 years, and still passionate about travel whether we're volunteering with Habitat Global Village, combining work at Discovery with pleasure, or just seeing the world. Hope you'll join us as we try to see it all while we can!
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17 Responses to Out of this world: Monhegan Island, Maine

  1. I’ve been absent for a while, but now I remember why I used to love this website. Thank you, I’ll try and check back more frequently. How frequently you update your web site?

  2. dawnkinster says:

    Maine is just so darn photogenic.

  3. lexi says:

    Love the photos!! I have been trying to get my Life Bus to Maine for a long time. This gives me another motivation to make it happen in the very near future. Love learning about a new place to seek out when I do get there.

    • Everyone needs to see Maine, one of the prettiest states in the U.S. However, this week is not the time to go — they’re expecting their third nor’easter! I don’t know how they stay snowed in so well for so long.

      • lexi says:

        All the snow went to the east this year, we’ve had almost none 😦 I do feel for them out there with all of those storms. In the alternative, they’ve had lots of cozy snow days to stay inside in PJs and bake!

  4. Gorgeous! Hoping to get to Mohegan this summer. Have you been out to Swan’s Island?

    • Monhegan is definitely worth a trip, especially if you love taking pictures. It’s said to be an artist haven, so you’ll be in good company if you like painting, photography, etc. We didn’t make it to Swan’s Island on this trip. But that’s all I need — another excuse to go back! 🙂

  5. M.B. Henry says:

    Maine is one of the few states I haven’t been yet! Lovely photos 🙂

    • Thanks so much for the compliment. We’ve been looking over the 50 states again to see which ones we haven’t visited. I hope you get to Maine, though. It’s so pretty and there’s lots to do whether you’re just driving up the coast, or you love to hike and sail! Best wishes for a lovely spring.

  6. ksbeth says:

    so beautiful. i’ve never been to maine but would love to visit

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  8. Great images and text! Certainly an other-worldly feel…

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