A town in Downeast Maine is receiving some great press from a popular travel site.

The website tripstodiscover.com has tabbed the small island town of Stonington as a can't-miss visit this summer. The blog included the town in its article titled, "16 Best Small Beach Towns in the U.S. This Summer."

Google Maps via Microsoft Paint 3D
Google Maps via Microsoft Paint 3D

Found on the southern half of Deer Isle, Stonington is a town of just a little over 1,000 residents. The island community is mostly known for its massive lobster production. It is consistently a top lobster processer in Maine, and one of the largest in the entire country.

However, Stonington is much more than that. It's also a town located right in the heart one of Maine's most beautiful areas. It's not far from both Midcoast Maine and Mount Desert Island.

The town also looks like it's right out of a refence book of what a small Maine island community should look like. Beautiful homes pepper the coastline, marine wildlife is prevalent, and did I mention all that lobster?

Here's a little of what Trips to Discover had to say about why Stonington was chosen.

For an idyllic New England beach escape, consider Stonington, which sits on the island of Deer Isle in Maine, offering sandy beaches, endless hiking trails, and some of the best lobster in the state.

Stonington may be the only Maine town selected for this prestigious list, but it's not the only one from New England. Also receiving love was the Cape Cod village of Provincetown. The popular vacation spot is no stranger to great publicity, so it was not too surprising to see it on the list.

It's wonderful to see both of these great New England beach towns receiving accolades. It's especially exciting to see Stonington, considering it does tend to get overshadowed by its more popular island cousins in the region. Hopefully this – and articles like it – will open people's eyes to yet another beautiful Maine hamlet.

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