How to get there
Stonington, Maine, lies at the end of Route 15, an hour's drive south of Route 1, a few miles south of Bucksport. From Boston, take Interstate 95 to Interstate 295 in Portland. (295 becomes 95 again in Augusta, but it's shorter to take 295 to Augusta.) Take exit 113, go east on Route 3 to Belfast, and pick up Route 1 north to Bucksport, then Route 15 south.
Where to stay
45 Main St.
Rooms $95 or less a night in midwinter, including continental breakfast.
Where to eat
Open 7 a.m. through dinner Wednesday and Thursday, and 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Friday. Shepherd's pie and homemade lasagna for dinner, delicious baked goods and soups. Dishes $15-$19.
Friday nights come for the fish fry; seconds are free on the fried haddock and shrimp. Monday-Saturday 6 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Sunday closes at 2 p.m. Entrees $4-$17.
66 Main St.
A 40-minute drive from Stonington, this elegant spot is open for lunch Thursday-Saturday from noon, and for dinner Wednesday-Saturday until 9. Cassoulet of duck and pork, grilled halibut with pomegranate glaze. Entrees $14-$21.
Another high-end spot. Dinner Friday, Saturday, Sunday 5:30-9:30 p.m. Divers' sea scallops (December-March is scallop season) with roasted garlic polenta. Entrees $21-$29.
What to do
Stonington and Deer Isle Chamber of Commerce
For a listing of galleries open year round.
D Mortenson Gallery
10 West Main St.
Friday-Monday noon-5 p.m. Colorful, fanciful art by Debi Mortenson.
Stonington Opera House
At the head of the pier and western end of Main Street.
First-run movies Friday and Saturday nights at 7, Sunday at 3 p.m. Adults $5, children $4.
29 Little Deer Isle Road
Little Deer Isle
Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Charlotte's Deep Muscle and Watsu Therapy
4 Dunlap Road
A fisherman's wife who branched out, Charlotte Davis has trained in Hawaii in Tahitian hot stone massage, available by request; $50 an hour.