"Do I need to bring a car to Vinalhaven?"
This is certainly a most frequently asked question by folks thinking of visiting the island. Here are some thoughts and general guidelines to help you with that decision.
If you plan to come for a day visit, we strongly advise against bringing a car unless you have a reservation both ways. It is very possible to find yourself stranded on the island with all lodging facilities full.
If you plan to come for the day or for a short stay (one or two nights) consider the alternatives:
The village area of Vinalhaven is very walking friendly, focused mainly around the shores of Carver's Harbor on the southern shore of the island. The ferry dock is at the western end of the harbor, and the center of town is just ½ mile to the east. Shops, restaurants, lodging and other services are located mostly within the downtown area. There is a designated walking path/sidewalk on the north side of Main St. running from the ferry terminal to the center of town. Within a one-mile radius of the ferry dock, you'll find two town parks and a larger Nature Conservancy area. The Chamber offers a great map of both downtown and the rest of the island which you can link to here
The Vinalhaven Land Trust also offers trail guides and instructions on how to reach the trailheads at their kiosk just off the Sands Road at 12 Skoog Park Road.
The island in general is hilly but not mountainous. Bicyclists need to be aware that the roads outside of the immediate village are narrow and rough in places, and there is a significant increase in vehicular traffic during the summer months. Experienced cyclists will probably not be daunted by the challenges presented by island terrain and traffic, while less experienced riders may want to confine riding to the better kept roads around town. Bicyclists should obey the rules of the road at all times. There are no designated bike paths.
Bikes are available to rent at the Tidewater Motel by the day. The single speed bikes can be rented for $15.00 per day.
RENTING A CAR ON ISLAND
The Tidewater Motel does have a few cars available for rent if you are coming for more than a day. You can contact the motel at (207) 863-4618.
Coming for a longer stay?, or need to bring your vehicle?
See further information on our “Getting Here” page.