When planning a visit to SWANS ISLAND, you might consider:
- A day trip via the Maine DOT ferry, the Captain Henry Lee. Almost everyone traveling to/from the island makes the trip on the Captain Henry Lee. The ferry carries walk-on passengers, cars, trucks, trailers, and commercial vehicles. The Captain Henry Lee departs from Bass Harbor, on Mt. Desert Island where Acadia National Park is located. The ferry offers four to six round trips daily, depending on the day of the week, and the season.
- An overnight stay, booking a motel room at the Harbor View Motel, a room at the Carter House B&B, the Tea Room B&B, or the Sunny Hollow Rental Apartment. These accommodations offer rooms by the night, Monday through Thursday, two nights minimum on the weekend, and longer stays by reservation.
- Weekly or seasonal rentals, usually found by referral, an internet search, or through a rental agent. Maily Baily, an island native maintains an extensive registry of seasonal rentals. The Sunny Hollow Rental Apartment is available by the week, or longer.
When visiting Swans Island, you have to be prepared to be self sufficient. The Town of Swans Island is a “dry town”. No alcohol may be purchased on the island, so bring your own! There is limited shopping at the Carrying Place Market, it does not have the space to offer a broad selection of goods. You can fill your gas tank at Kent’s Wharf, and at the Fishermen’s Cooperative. There are no nightclubs or discos, bring a good book! Dinning is limited to breakfast and lunch at the Tea Room, or lunch and dinner at the Carrying Place Market Carryout.
What is there to do on Swans Island? You can feast your eyes on some of the most striking coastal vistas of mid-coast Maine. You can hike miles of trails, safe from poisonous snakes, free from skunks, bear, and moose. You can take pictures of awesome sunrises, and sunsets. You can enjoy incredible peace and tranquility. You can step back in time to an era, that existed in Maine fifty years ago. You can travel among numerous small coastal islands on your way to visit Stonington, ME via a local fisherman’s lobster-boat. You can afford to eat more fresh lobster than you ever thought existed. You can volunteer at the Swans Island Educational Society Library. Many artists, amateur and professional, visit Swans Island every year, and leave with memories, sketches, and finished works.