Connected by bridges in the Penobscot Bay, the island towns of Stonington and Deer Isle are supported by the lobster and fishing industry. These towns lead the state in pounds and dollar value of lobster landings and their waters are home to a working fleet of more than 300 lobster boats. The island is also known for its granite quarries, which are still in use today. In the late 1800s, these quarries supplied stone to such historic structures as John F. Kennedy’s memorial at Arlington National Cemetery.
You can go boating in the waters that surround the island or hike through the 100-acre Crockett Cove Woods Preserve in Stonington. You can also visit the Wreck Island Preserve and other island preserves in the archipelago between Deer Isle and Isle au Haut. These preserves feature open fields and spruce with views of Stonington and of Mount Desert, in Acadia National Park—which you can reach by taking the Isle au Haut mail boat from Stonington to the Isle au Haut station at the park.
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts has encouraged native island craftsmanship and attracted fine craftspeople to the island. You can visit galleries throughout Deer Isle and Stonington to see the works of many woodworking, painting and pottery artists. You can also see live theater, music, dance or film events year-round at the Stonington Opera House.