29 Best Places to Shop in Blue Hill Peninsula and Deer Isle, Maine

Blue Hill Books

Fodor's choice

In addition to having a well-rounded selection of books, magazines, and stationary, this fabulous independent bookstore co-sponsors many literary events throughout the year. 

Blue Hill Wine Shop

Fodor's choice

In a restored barn and Cape-style house, one of Blue Hill’s earliest residences, this shop carries more than 3,000 carefully selected wines, as well as cheeses, breads, groceries, local and imported beer, cider, cooking ingredients, and coffees and teas.

Compass Rose Bookstore & Café

Fodor's choice

The store is well stocked with books and tasteful gifts for all ages. The café has lovely pastries and top-notch coffee.

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Handworks Gallery

Fodor's choice

Set in what was once a department store, this gallery sells fine art; contemporary fabric, metal, wood, glass, and ceramic decorative items and housewares; and jewelry and accessories. Everything is handcrafted by a diverse group of established and emerging Maine artists.

5 Main Street

This retail space sells gift items from Brooklin-based Leaf and Anna, an Art Box vending machine that offers tiny works form local artists, fun clothing and accessories from Hannah B. Designs, and refurbished art deco home goods from La Maison Rehash. 

Adam Gallery

This is where husband-and-wife artists Susan and Joshua Adams display and sell their oil paintings primarily showcasing landscapes.

7 Main St., Castine, Maine, USA
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Rate Includes: Closed Oct.–May and Mon.–Wed. June–Sept.

Analog Attic

Located above Mary Margaret’s Mercantile, this record shop has vinyl, cassettes, CDs, and posters. 

15 Main St., Castine, Maine, USA
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Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues.

Blue Hill Bay Gallery

This gallery sells 19th- through 21st-century Maine and New England landscapes and seascapes by nationally recognized and emerging artists who work in a variety of media. It also carries the proprietor's own photography.

11 Tenney Hill, Blue Hill, Maine, 04614, USA
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Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon. Memorial Day–Labor Day and weekdays in off-season

Brooklin Candy Co.

Try the sea-glass hard candy and the coffee bark at this little shop offering small treats in a tiny town.

Coldwater Seafood Market and Seacoast

A bit out of town, this seafood market has an interesting collection of smoked and fresh local seafood, meats, and cheeses. Their signature offering is smoked mussels in honey mustard, salsa, chipotle, garlic and olive oil, and plain. They can also ship lobster anywhere in the continental United States. 

Cynthia Winings Gallery

This unassuming, two-story space focuses on contemporary painting and sculpture. The gallery is often used as a venue for performance art and poetry readings as well. 

Deer Isle Artist Association

This nonprofit gallery, fondly referred to as DIAA, comprises works from local artists with rotating exhibits every two weeks during the summer months

Dockside Books & Gifts

Facing the harbor, this tiny shop stocks an eclectic selection of gifts and souvenirs from Maine and marine books to handcrafted and nautical items.

62 W. Main St., Maine, USA

gWatson Gallery

Founded in 1998, the gallery sits on the edge of Stonington Harbor. It shows contemporary art and landscape paintings. Check out its Facebook page for upcoming events.

Handmade Papers Gallery

Gigi Sarsfield makes fibrous papers that include things like tufts of cattail and small bits of lichen that she finds on walks in the woods or along the sea. You can buy individual sheets or blank books. Lampshades made from the paper are also for sale. 

Highlands Woodturning & Engraving

Craftsman Temple Blackwood creates and sells wood-turned art and decorative items at his studio, where you can also sign up for a woodturning demonstration or workshop. 

Jill Hoy Gallery

Artist Jill Hoy has summered on Deer Isle since she was 10. In 1986, she opened her own gallery to exhibit her contemporary landscapes that can also be seen at the Portland Museum of Art, Harvard Business School, and the Boston Public Library.

Leaf and Anna

This shop sells fun and functional wares—from aprons and tea towels to plush toys and puzzles—with a decidedly Maine theme. It's also a good place to stock up on Brooklin, Maine, caps, T-shirts, and mugs. There's also a branch in Blue Hill.

12 Reach Rd., Brooklin, Maine, USA
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Rate Includes: Closed Jan.–Apr., Second location in Blue Hill

Liros Gallery

On exhibit here are oil and watercolor paintings, hand-color engravings, and woodcut birds and flowers.

Makers Market Shop and Studio

It's well worth a stop here to spend part of an afternoon (it's not open in the morning) browsing items made by local photographers, seamstresses, fiber artists, and potters.

33 Bagaduce Rd., Maine, 04617, USA
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Rate Includes: Closed Sun.–Tues.

Marlinespike Chandlery

Inspired by chandleries, a sort of general store often found in seaside towns, the shop was born out of the owner's hobby of fancy marlinespike (marine) rope work. The shop is filled with a variety of marine artifacts, antiques, and other interesting items like beach stone and seaglass necklaces, rope and fiber boat fenders, and ditty bags (a canvas bag with marlinespike handles).

Mary Margaret’s Mercantile

This elegant emporium sells clothing (for ladies and babies), hats, jewelry, yarn, and gifts (as well as lovely papers to wrap them in).

MOYO Boutique

The merchandise in this shop includes throw pillows and blankets, doormats, candles, pot holders, bath and body products, sweatshirts, T-shirts, baby onesies, hats, and bags. All of the items are sassy and equitably sourced. Take a break from shopping with a craft cocktail at The Brick Block, an adjacent bar.

27 Water St., Blue Hill, Maine, USA
802-236–4299-by text
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Rate Includes: Closed Sun.

Nervous Nellie's Jams and Jellies

Jams and jellies are made right on the property at Nervous Nellie's. There is a tearoom with homemade goodies, and also a fanciful sculpture garden with everything from knights to witches to a lobster and a flamingo. They are the works of sculptor Peter Beerits, who operates Nervous Nellie's with his wife.

598 Sunshine Rd., Deer Isle, Maine, 04627, USA
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Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon. and mid-Oct.--mid-May

Roaring Lion Farm and Market

This farm hosts a weekend market featuring its own meat (including succulent Meishan pork), eggs, and produce, as well as items from other local producers and makers. You can also get breakfast sandwiches.

The Dry Dock

The Dry Dock offers clothing, gifts, and accessories (many made of Deer Isle granite) and is described by owner Janet Chaytor as “a creative department store.” 

The Perwinkle

An eclectic collection of Maine-produced books, puzzles, toys, clothing, and art like carved birds and a myriad of alpaca items. Always call ahead or check the Facebook page for updated hours. 

8 Maine St., Deer Isle, Maine, USA
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Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Jan.--May

The Turtle Gallery

Started in 1982, the Turtle Gallery resides in the 1876 Centennial House and barn. Exhibits range from contemporary painting and sculpture to crafts. There's also an outdoor sculpture garden.  

61 N. Deer Isle Rd., Deer Isle, Maine, USA
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Rate Includes: Closed Mon.--Thurs. and mid-Oct.--mid-May