Our Beautiful Peninsula
Though George Stevens Academy is in Blue Hill, a village on the rockbound coast of Maine, we are the school of choice for students from towns on the Blue Hill Peninsula and beyond. Our campus sits in the center of the village, with Blue Hill Mountain, from which the town takes its name, a bit more than one mile (1.9 km) to the north as a crow flies. Picturesque Blue Hill Bay, dotted with small evergreen-topped islands, is about 1,000 feet (300 m) to the south-southeast, with the cold Atlantic Ocean beyond it. Onshore breezes bring with them the smell of salt air. Gulls call as they soar overhead.
The Blue Hill Peninsula’s fields, forests, and waters have long provided the people here with the resources needed to make a living as fishermen, farmers, boatbuilders, and woodsmen, but in recent decades, the rugged beauty of this place has inspired artists and attracted visitors interested in relaxing and recreating where the forests and fields meet the sea.
Countless opportunities for sailing, swimming, canoeing, and kayaking, and more than 30 miles of trails for hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing strengthen our bodies. Many dozens of farms, specialty food producers, cafés, and restaurants nourish us. Art studios and galleries; a music-lending library; a chamber music school; award-winning musicians; classical, jazz, steel drum, and choral concerts; best-selling authors; public libraries; and strong schools, like GSA, nurture our spirits and minds.
Our programs draw substantially from our community's natural, historic, and cultural resources, but we also are a resource for the community. We enrich our local communities with our athletic competitions, visual and performing arts events, summer programming, and through Cooperative Education, our Independent Study and Internship Program, and other real-world learning opportunities.
Not only do the peninsula's tremendous resources strengthen us and our programming, they also create an ideal of active, interconnected, engaged community that we keep with us while we are here and carry with us wherever we go in Maine, across the United States, and around the world.
Explore the gallery above to see some of the sights within a short walk of the school.
For more on the towns of the Blue Hill Peninsula and the lodging, dining, shopping, agriculture, and arts here, visit the Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce website.
Beyond the peninsula, there are many more options for shopping, dining, and entertainment.
Ellsworth, the commercial center of Hancock County, is a 20-minute drive from Blue Hill.