Places to Eat and Drink

With only a handful of selections, all the places to eat and drink are located right off the ferry.

The best sequence of stops in one day, listed in order of first open, last open,  would look like this: stop into the cafe for coffee/ tea and breakfast while you get involved in a jigsaw puzzle, for lunch stop into Hannigan’s for a deli sandwich and chat it up with the deli boy about the best things to do on the island, the Cockeyed Gull for dinner and a beverage, The Island House for a beverage and the sunset, The Inn for dessert, and finish the night at the Legion with a beverage and some competitive pool with the local trouble makers.

Lisa’s Peaks Cafe

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You can get Coffee by Design coffee at the cafe from the first boat until around 2 pm daily, Sunday and holidays it opens later and closes around noon. The cafe also has a breakfast and lunch menu. Thankfully, it is open year round, offering solace in the form of jigsaw puzzles and community.

The Inn on Peaks Island

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The Inn is well known for its delicious food, luxury rooms, and as a place to host weddings.

Their gluten free chocolate cake is divine.

The Peaks Island House

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The Island House is known for its key location overlooking the water and city. The smallest bar out of all the restaurants, maybe 4 bar stools.

The Cockeyed Gull

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This restaurant and bar is open year round from 3 pm until 8 pm, more hours in the summer. It boasts an ocean and city view, and is one of the best locations to experience Portland’s spectacular sunset. Their menu is full of unique flavors, in the summer they have a watermelon salad.

The American Legion

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On those cold bitter winter nights of isolation on an island, The American Legion is a cozy welcome that gifts the feeling that you are doing something although you aren’t.

It hosts a a jukebox, pool table, dart board, and a couple of televisions for entertainment. The two television sets are usually set to sports games, but you can request your favorite sitcom if you are the only one at the bar, any weekday after 7 pm is very quiet. I have been known to frequent here for a midnight snack of milk and Oreo cookies in the winter. They don’t cook food, only snacks. The weekends are the busiest days especially in the summer.

Hannigan’s Market

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It is vital to know that the market offers coffee throughout the day in the case that the cafe is closed. They also are the only suppliers of oven baked pizza located behind the deli counter. Although I don’t eat deli sandwiches, they have a good variety, and usually make a lunch special.

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Peaks Island Skatepark

In 2012, when I first moved to the island, I remember that a skateboard park was constructed on a flat of cement right near Battery Steele. I also remember thinking how odd of a place to have a skateboard park: on a dirt road in the midst of a wooded area, on an island! 

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Sometime in early 2015,”The call to demolish the skate park came from the Peaks Island Land Preserve, a nonprofit conservation group. The preserve holds a conservation easement on the land where the skate park was built and its president, John Whitman, wrote a letter to the city in February calling for it to be taken down.” After it was decided to demolish it, the city allowed for it to stay for the entire summer season. 

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 Shortly after there was a decision made to demolish the park, local skateboarders and supporters began planning and funding for a new park. The skate ramp has recently been moved to the new skateboard park location.

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The new location is not very far from the old location, guess one could say that anywhere on the island. It is down Brackett, take a left to the community Garden at Trott-Little John Park.  

Here is the current fundraising page: http://www.peaksislandskatepark.org/

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Getting around Peaks Island

On a hot day when the wind is dormant, a cool breeze is a heavy desire and can be found by enjoying a bike ride, golf cart ride, or car ride. A loop around the island is a must. If you are on a day trip, biking or riding a golf cart are quick, easy and simple activities.

I personally take a quick loop on my bike after work just to experience the ocean air on the backshore.A loop on bike can take about 40 minutes without stopping, but if you have some time available weave through the intricacy of dirt roads and find the hidden crevices and little footpaths that sneak you through neighborhoods and trails.

 You can fill your backpack with snacks, beverages, and other extracurricular activities to consume your time in the depths of seclusion. Many artists come to the island as visitors and discover their source of inspiration while here. 

 If you don’t have your own bike, they are easy to access by renting one from Brad and Wyatt’s bike shop, (207)-766-5631: a father and son run business. They offer hourly, daily, and weekly rates for rentals, but can help you with any bike repairs if you brought your own.  

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 A golf cart ride can get you around the island within 15 minutes  without stopping which is possible if you have to catch the next ferry, but unbearably painful if it is your first visit. Soaking in the liberty of the backshore by having a few beverages on hand and a friend of some sort, dogs included, are essential elements to partaking in this recreational activity exercised by most. 

The golf cart can become your own mobile bench, and guarantees  a  comfort within the elements of the seasons. Golf carts are available right off the island in two separate strategic locations for rental by hourly, daily, or weekly rates. Mikes Carts and Peaks Island Golf Carts. 

 You can bring your own car on the car ferry, check the fees and schedules with casco bay lines, if you plan to be over for an extended period, but this option is unnecessary if you are traveling solo, and/or have little to bring with you. The island is compact, even walking is a good way to explore the island.  

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Another valuable transportation resource is the taxi, ( 207)-518-0000, that can be found right off the boat upon arrival and sweetly located at the base of the hill to facilitate easy pick ups.  The drivers offer a warm welcome, the maximum fee is $5/person a trip, available between the hours of 8am-8pm.

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Getting To Peaks Island

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On the edge of the Portland Peninsula is an escape route out of the city: the Casco Bay Lines ferry terminal. Better than driving to any destination, a 20 minute smooth ride across the glorious Casco Bay on a ferry boat to Peaks Island will give you that deep breath of fresh air when you need a break from the sweet hustle of city life. Peaks Island is the most easily accessible island from Portland with frequent ferry rides and the ability for vehicle transportation across.

One of the best commutes a person could have, but when you do it everyday for months on end, a resident is found more often involved in socializing or reading a good book rather than soaking in the scenic view of the city, and the island. Like anything you have to do every day, only a few revel in the beauty of the motion. Like the sunrise and sunset, fog horns and the ringing of buoys become background noise.

The first boat either to or from the island on a Sunday is one of the best commuting times, there is barely anyone on board and the pristine serenity of the ocean can engulf the morning ride. Also, when I worked third shift while living on the island I often was the only person on the last boat in the winter, a good time to get to know the crew that work the ferry boat, but also, one of the best ferry rides, a sense of importance is imbued.

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The population on Peaks Island expands from about 850 year round residents to around 2000+ for the summer months.  Since the island  is about 4 miles around, seeing someone a few times a day is very common, especially during the summer months. However, in the winter, when the sun sets around 5pm, this island gets to be very quiet, but it is easy to find a niche of people if desired, being a hermit can be just as easy. The island offers many community activities throughout the year that cater to a mix of interests.

A major attraction is the back shore. It offers a free viewing of the Atlantic Ocean, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A person really feels the exposure to the elements when standing on the rocky shore while the waves crash against the island, leaving a residual feeling that if it could the hungry ocean would take a huge bite out of the island.

The essence of Peaks Island is the view of the city, its small community, and the lure of the Atlantic Ocean’s vastness.

Peaks Island has all the basic key resources needed to sustain residential life, but also has a few special qualities that make it a unique place to stay or visit. The island has a variety of things a person can do to make their visit a memorable one.  I hope that this blog will help  any person looking to visit  Peaks Island find their own little piece of the island that they can put into their trouser pocket, purse, or little heart, to take home with them.

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Introductions

I lived in Bar Harbor, ME, over a decade ago, and thought I was never going to see a Maine winter again.

I came back to Maine in 2012 to just spend a season here as a vacation from my life in Washington State. Five years later,  I am still here.

I have been living on Peaks Island for only four years, but have gained a little experience of what the island has to offer. I hope that this blog will be a good venue for people looking to visit Peaks Island and have not ever been, the little details that cannot be found easily just by looking it up on the computer.

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