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The drive from Boston to Port Clyde, Maine, is about 220 miles and takes about 4 hours. For a schedule and reservations on the Laura B or sister ship Elizabeth Ann, call (207) 372-8848. Roundtrip fare is $24 for adults, $12 for children (12 and under).

Other excursions are available from Boothbay Harbor, at 800-298-2284, and New Harbor, 800-2-PUFFIN. For reservations at the Island Inn, call (207) 596-0371; for Shining Sails Guesthouse, call (207) 596-0041. Shining Sails can also advise you on rental cottages.

For reservations at Monhegan House call (207) 594-7983, or 800-599-7983. If these are booked, inquire about other places available. Major credit cards are accepted by most establishments as well as by boat services. Be sure to take a warm sweater or jacket, as the boat ride can be chilly even in summer. Binoculars, suntan lotion, sun glasses, and sturdy walking shoes are also a must. With only a few restaurants and a pizza shop on the island, you may want to pack a lunch.

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