|MAINE - DOWNEAST ACADIA
The area known as Downeast Acadia, so named because of
the strong northwinds which continually pushed the tall
ships and schooners in a southeasterly direction, is comprised
of three areas.
The best of both worlds is available in Washington County.
The coastline which stretches from Milbridge all the way
up to Calais is a perfect way to enjoy the ocean. The shores
give way to Cobscook Bay State Park and the Moosehorn National
Wildlife Refuge and offer a perfect way to "get away
from it all". There is plenty to see and do from nature
watching to canoeing, from hiking to foliage tours. Visit
the Bay of Fundy and experience the longest tide in the
country from a spectacular view on top of 100 foot cliffs!
The Great Maine Blueberry Festival is also a major attraction
in Machias during the late summer, drawing travelers from
all over the world.
BAR HARBOR & MOUNT DESERT ISLAND
This region is one of the most popular vacation destinations
in the country - but never overcrowded. The town itself
is a centuries-old perfect Maine village and features museums
and shops representing local arts and crafts. One of the
most spectacular Whale Watching points in the country,
the boat tours even offer guarantees for a return trip
if no whales are spotted! The Nova Scotia Ferry also leaves
from Bar Harbor and you can use the area for relaxing vacation
period on your return from Canada.
Acadia National Park is situated on the spectacular Mount
Desert Island outside of Bar Harbor. The island is comprised
of seventeen mountains and four lakes and is linked to
the mainland for easy access. Camping, hiking and climbing
are all right there for you, but it's just a quick trip
into town for a relaxing dinner and a thriving nightlife.
There is also a fully developed area which is rivaled only
by Newport, Rhode Island in its great expanses of estates,
gardens, museums and marinas.
The East Penbsoct Bay region is the final area in Downeast
Acadia. Comprising the picture postcard towns of Blue HIll,
Brooklin, Castine, Deer Island and Stonington, many these
villages are on islands, easily accessbile by bridge or
ferry, and give you the perfect picture of what life on
the coast of Maine has been like since the first settlers
as most of the area is still devoted to fishing and farming.
There are world-class restaurants and hotels interspersed
with the local fare and Bed & Breakfast establishments.
(For the M*A*S*H enthusiast, it is fun to notice and point
out the many references to the characters and places in
the great books, movie and television series: Penobscot
Bay was the home of M*A*S*H author Richard Hooker.)
Plan an extended vacation in Downeast Acadia and by exploring
all three of its areas, you will be treated to a little
bit of everything which Maine has to offer.