WHATS HAPPENING DOWNEAST
A visit to the Acadia National Park region is the perfect way to kick off your DownEast adventure. Looking for a cultural experience you’ll never forget? Then add the Ellsworth Woodlawn Museum and Garden Park to your list. World-famous coastal towns like Brooklin and Bar Harbor add an unforgettable maritime element with the diverse selection of dining and sightseeing it truly is a vacation wonderland.
Historic Downtown Ellsworth is the hidden gem of the Downeast, and the gateway to Acadia. The town is situated on the Union River and is the direct route to MDI. The Downtown offers bustling shops, an art-deco theater, professional offices, galleries, Birdsacre-Wildlife Sanctuary, The Woodlawn Museum, The Telephone Museum, The Downtown Scenic Railroad, coffee houses, pubs, great restaurants, arts and entertainment, outdoor recreation, Knowlton Park, The Splash Pad, Ellsworth Library and business with personal services. Just a few miles from Downtown Ellsworth there is so much to do without having to go too far! Close to Acadia National Park, Patton Pond, Branch Lake, Toddy Pond, The Great Pond Mountain. hiking trails, biking, fishing, kayaking, bird watching and just about anything you might want to do in the great outdoors. Just 30 minutes to Bangor and Bar Harbor with lots of great stops in between. Get your Lobstah and Maine Ice Cream right here in town.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK
Acadia National Park is a getaway in and of itself. The park spreads over 46,000 acres and several towns and villages, the park features many miles of shoreline to explore, 125 miles of hiking trails, and 45 miles of carriage roads. No matter the season, Acadia is a recreational treasure-trove. In the winter, enjoy ice fishing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and more. The warmer months bring traditional hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, ranger-guided adventures, and other sun-inspired activities. A plethora of diverse and amazing wildlife inhabit Acadia. From eagles and puffins to black bear and muskrats, the inland region of Acadia is bursting with life. Just offshore, the coastal waters surrounding the island include a variety of whales, seals, dolphins and porpoises. Kids of all ages can take part in the Junior Ranger Program to learn about Acadia. You can also take in the sights and sounds of Acadia National Park’s most prominent landmarks via the area’s 27-mile Park Loop Road including Cadillac Mountain, Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, Otter Cliffs, Jordan Pond, and other points of interest.
BLUE HILL PENINSULA
MOUNT DESERT ISLAND
Brooklin offers a charming town center with a beautiful library, small shops, galleries, groceries and provisions. Along its winding roads, travelers will catch stunning glimpses of the Benjamin River and the Eggemoggin Reach. Visit the Brooklin Boatyard or Brooklin Boat Building School. Take a ride over the bridge (as described by Steinbeck in Travels with Charley "as high arched as a rainbow") and check out the quaint coastal village of Stonington or explore the Deer Isle Lighthouse Trail where you can see 8 area lighthouses. Don’t forget your lighthouse passport, there are stamps available for each one of those gems. For shoppers, the entire region is a utopia of retail offering an array of cultural boutiques, upscale shops, art galleries showcasing the work of Maine’s local artisans and craftsmen, and traditional outlets. You’ll also be astounded at the many antique shops that call the area home. It’s the one place to find a treasure with connections to the area’s rich nautical historical. Plan a stop at the world’s tallest bridge observatory with a visit to the Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory and Fort Knox. Blue Hill offers community events such as the traditional blueberry festival at the Congo Church, a summer concert series featuring the steel drum band Flash! in The Pans, classical music at Kneisel Hall and Blue Hill Bach, choral music by the Bagaduce Chorale and theatrical productions by New Surry Theatre. The Memorial Day Parade, the well-known Blue Hill Fair, and both a winter and summer farmers market.
A car offers the best opportunity to see all the far corners the Downeast has to offer. To avoid traffic in the densely populated areas where parking can be tricky public transportation is available. Bus service from Bangor to Bar Harbor to Stonington with stops in Ellsworth, Bucksport, and Blue Hill on the Downeast Explorer and service on MDI with the Island Explorer.
MDIis the largest island off the coast of Maine, and one of the more popular destinations. Rich with history from the Native Americans to the French and British to the Elite of the golden era to the Rusticatiors who inspired the voyage. Those interested in the marine life surrounding Mount Desert Island can go to the marina at the end of Main Street in Bar Harbor and sign up for tours that feature puffins, whales, lobster, seals, pelagic seabirds, and island lighthouses, or for an overall nature cruise. The smaller villages of Mount Desert Island – Otter Creek, Seal Harbor, Northeast Harbor, Somesville, Hall Quarry, and Pretty Marsh – are a sightseeing extravaganza. Snap a photo next to a picturesque footbridge or fjord carved by the glaciers in Somesville. Explore the Bear Island Lighthouse and various gardens featuring endless varieties of plants and flowers, before enjoying Northeast Harbor’s streets lined with quaint shops, fine eateries, and pristine art galleries.
LOBSTAHS AND MORE
Lobsters are available at most restaurants and grocery stores. The grocery stores and seafood markets will usually steam them at no extra charge and box them to go. A drive down Rt 1 will offer a variety of roadside lobster shacks. You'll fin many a local fisherman selling their daily catch roadside with sign in front of their homes. For fresh off the docks lobsters a visit to Stonington is in order.