Destination: Stonington

StoningtonAnother of the places we like to visit by boat is Stonington. Some say it is Maine’s version of a frontier town and I can’t imagine it ever being any different.

StoningtonThe harbor is a working one filled with lobster boats, and if you are in a pleasure boat, be warned to stay out of their way as lobster boats have very little tolerance for any vessels other than their own.

Ashore there’s very little to see in Stonington, but it’s charming in its own way.  If you are browsing, here’s some good advice: don’t walk in the street.  Pickups have little more patience for interlopers than do lobster boats!

StoningtonAlong the main street, there are gardens to admire in summer

Stoningtonand you may be lucky enough to find the book store open.

StoningtonLike many small Maine towns, Stonington has a quirky old opera house

Stoningtonand a Town Hall dating back to the 1800’s.  The sign in front of the Town Hall pretty much symbolizes Stonington and its beautiful views of the surrounding islands.

StoningtonMid July you may be lucky enough for a visit to coincide with Fisherman’s Day, a celebration of the men and women who bring in the lobster.  I’m told more lobster comes from Stonington than any other place on the coast.  That’s a lot of lobster!

fried clamsCome lunch time, I can never resist having the best ever fried clams at the Bayview Restaurant.  Oh, the onion rings aren’t bad either!

StoningtonFor many years, granite quarrying was the economic mainstay of the area, but as  happened on many Maine islands the industry faded away in the early 20th century.  In its heyday, granite from Crotch Island, right across the water from Stonington, was used in building the Smithsonian, Boston’s Museum of Fine arts, Rockefeller Center and New York City bridges including the George Washington and the Triboro.  Interestingly, new technology has made possible quarrying once again on Crotch Island.

Stonington Even with quarrying contributing to the economy, Stonington is and will likely always be a fishermen’s town.  It is just one of the places that I think make Maine one of the more unique states in the U.S.

i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind

21 thoughts on “Destination: Stonington

  1. I really enjoyed seeing your photos of this lovely old town, Lulu. Yes the onion rings certainly deserved a special mention. 😀

  2. Great description of Stonington!!!!

  3. Linda, After all my years of going to Maine I never knew about the quarries on the islands! How did I miss that? I love your photos and your mini tour of this beautiful little town. I need a lobster roll right now. Linda

    1. You would be surprised at how many abandoned quarries there are.

  4. Love your seascapes ….wonderful

    1. Thank you, Roger. Now if I could just do as well with food!

  5. I can only imagine how put out the locals must get with boating or walking sight seers! Thanks for the little day trip, so photogenic~

  6. What a quaint place! I loved how you described the lobster boat drivers and the pick up drivers! Guess they aren’t that interested in making tourists happy!
    Lunch looked divine! I didn’t know that the lobsters come through here. What a fun post and fun place to visit!

  7. Oh my gosh I know Stonington and love the place! Absolutely perfect photographs that shows the essence and beauty of the place Lulu!

    1. I can see why your artist self would be drawn to Stonington.

  8. Linda, what an interesting and quaint little gem! Love visiting your special places in Maine and oh the clams looks divine! Thanks for lovely visit and as always your photography and commentary are superb!

  9. Such a quaint town. Beautiful pictures!!!

  10. Thanks for the tour!…I guess Stonington got its name from the quarries and so interesting that they are the largest producer of lobster on the coast…that’s IS a lot of lobster!….and must say that fried clams are my all-time favorite!…

  11. Your first capture is painterly and mystical.

  12. Looks like a wonderful place for a long stroll!

  13. How great to see that the town is just as it always has been, a working fishing town. Great photos and a lovely insight into a different kind of life, thanks for sharing!

    1. You are more than welcome and I appreciate your taking a look.

  14. I close my eyes, and I’m there in a day dream. Love it!

  15. Sounds like mine and hubbies kind of town! I am pinning it and hope to be able to go there when we visit in Oct. That food looks absolutely delicious! Oh, and I’ll beware of lobster boats and trucks! 🙂

    1. Jann, if you are going to be anywhere near Rockport, please let me know. I can give you a bed and lobster.

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