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Monhegan Island (Maine) Sunset — July 26, 2017

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Monhegan Island sunset Anura Guruge Sony a7II 2017 July.



First sunset at Monhegan Island during our 3-day stay. It was after dinner — at ‘The Island Inn‘.

Teischan and I walked up to the Monhegan Lighthouse, through the cemetery — I taking pictures as we went along.

There were only two other people up there and we all shared a bench. There were clouds low to the horizon so it wasn’t as spectacular as it could have been. But, still an experience.

Enjoy.



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‘Monhegan Lighthouse’ On Monhegan Island, Maine.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monhegan_Island_Light


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Located on the highest point on Monhegan Island, the Monhegan Island Light, is impossible to miss. It is an iconic and compelling landmark just to the east of the dock/village and completely dominating the view above the village.

From my experience and I visited it at least 5 times, thrice in one day, it is not hard to get to — much easier than it looks.

Thanks to a tip from a local I found that cutting across the cemetery was the quickest way to get there — and you get the added bonus of being able to explore the historic and serene cemetery with some classic headstones. See map above. There is a latched gate that you have to open (and close behind you). The path to the top, not used much is overgrown BUT is definitely NOT difficult to traverse in either direction.

The view is rewarding. I did see one sunset from there. That was worthwhile. Despite my many trips I never made it to the museum — one of the reasons being that it closes around 3:30pm.


Path through the cemetery.




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The Public Benches Of Monhegan Island, Maine.

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With tourism their sustaining industry the Monhegan Islanders (an extremely pleasant bunch of people by any account), from everything I saw, try very hard to make sure that any and all visitors to this glorious island leave with fond memories and a burning desire to come back again — soon as possible.

The public benches are definitely a part of the overall strategy to make sure that visitors will appreciate, remember and talk about the ‘small touches’. That said, from what I saw the locals are also very glad to have these benches in all the right spots.

Most of the benches are by the ‘roads’ — viz. Main St., Black Head Road & Lobster Cove Road — rather than on the trails. There is, however, a bench on Lobster Cove, just to the west of the famous shipwreck, and about 4 at the lighthouse.


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‘The Island Inn’, Monhegan Island, Maine — The Ins & Outs (But All Good).

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Our Room; #27 on the 2nd floor.

That is Teischan waving at me from the window …




THE VIEW


The interior …


Some of the art.


Staying at ‘The Island Inn‘, on the waterfront of Monhegan Island, Maine, is, without caveats a glorious experience.

We stayed there for two nights, July 26 – 27, 2017, and loved every minute of it.

The setting, the service and the sense of serenity is exceptional.

It is not the most luxurious hotel I have stayed in, but it is hard to beat in terms of what it offers in terms of views, coziness, comfort and laid-backness.

There are really NO negatives about this ‘Inn’. The only thing that maybe they should do better is catering for kids during dinner — but then, again, I have to confess that Teischan is a fussier/pickier eater than most.

As far as I am concerned it is all good. I would go back in an heartbeat. Would love to stay there longer (but at over $400 a night (with taxes) it is quite an indulgence).

It is different, not in a good or bad way, but in interesting ways. So, my goal here is to share with you some of these interesting differences.

>> There are no TVs in the hotel, in the rooms or in the public areas. Yes, no TV. Not a problem, and quite cute — just different. [Yes, they do have TV on the island via satellite.] The Wi-Fi, despite what they say on their Website, is NOT BAD at all, at all. I have had worse, much worse in hotels — just even in the last year. So, you can, of course, check the news and watch the stock market. But, as I was chatting with a few, it must have been strange and difficult on 9/11 (since they did not have Wi-Fi at the time). It appears that that was indeed the case, especially with some New Yorkers staying at the hotel at the time.

>> The rooms have NO balconies. I should have noticed that on the pictures of the Web. But, I didn’t. The view from the window was amazing and they do have a fire escape that you can go upon to take in the scenery and take some pictures.

>> There is no coffee machine or microwave in the room, but they do have complimentary coffee, in the lobby in the morning. I did not see an ironing board, iron or hairdryer BUT I was not looking for them.

>> There are no clocks or alarms in the rooms, and the clocks on the mantle downstairs were ornamental as opposed to timepieces. Time is not meant to be of consequence while you are on the Island, though, alas, this is no longer possible since everybody (I the lone exception) is permanently tethered  to a mobile phone.

>> Our room was big enough, even with three of us and a cot. The attached bathroom was spacious, airy and had a million dollar view. [Some rooms do not have a full bathroom. Given that freshwater is scarce they send most of their laundry, in large hampers, to the mainland, daily. That is expensive.]

>> The included, full breakfast, with à la carte eggs and pancakes, in addition to a very good buffet is excellent. Really good.

>> The dinner menu is sophisticated and the food was wonderful. Would eat there every night. A bit limited for kids.

>> The service is impeccable, extremely friendly and helpful.

>> The freely available water, from their private well, in very congenial glass tumblers was always welcome after hiking around the Island.

So, now you know what to expect. IF you can you really should spend a few nights at this Inn. It will change your life, for the better.


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“National Orgasm Day” Is Coming, My Stats Are Going Up “Orgasms 101”.

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It is 12:30pm and the stats are going up. Tomorrow will be another BANNER day. I am glad. It amuses me. Click to ENLARGE.


I do NOT need to be reminded that “National Orgasm Day” (NOD) is coming, but it was CUTE to get this notification from WordPress. I knew it was coming, BUT was not expecting it this early.

I wish I had the time to post on this orgasm blog. I had big hopes for it. Just a matter of how and where I spend my time and I have decided to expend all my blogging time on THIS blog, for better or worse.


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