Here's the view of Portland from Peaks Island:
Peaks Island is fascinating because, like many towns in Maine, there is a year-round population and a summer population. Peaks Island has one of the most dramatic differences that I know of: between 800-900 year-round residents, and triple to quadruple that in the summer.
I was introduced to Peaks Island by two friends, Jessica and Devin, and started taking every out-of-town visitor there.
The best thing is to bike around the island. It's only 4 miles. I took my Dad and Stepmom there when they came to visit:
One of the shores is super rocky...
...and people build the most amazing cairns there. My friends and I had to join in, of course:
My oh-so-snazzy design:
Jessica's design, complete with berry decor. She is an artist:
Me peering through an actual arch that I built:
Even my Dad built one:
My Stepmom, Sue, chose to pose with hers:
Near the ferry landing is a gorgeous hotel with a delicious restaurant named, creatively, The Inn at Peaks Island:
Anyway, a person or family can easily spend the day there. There are beaches, too. I highly recommend it!
I may add to this post later if I find more pictures.