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Downeast & Acadia

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Blue Bays & Blueberries • Mountain/Sea Magic • Towns for Touring

What it's known for:
Rocky Coast

About the region

The sun hits the nation’s shore first in the Downeast & Acadia region, and with so much to do and see, that’s a very good thing.

Acadia National Park has enough natural drama and cultural curiosities to satisfy even the most widely traveled wanderers. Few places can claim the kind of 100-mile ocean view you’ll find atop Cadillac Mountain. And when you come down to earth, you’ll still find your head in the clouds as you hike or bike 120 miles of trails or roll over 55 miles of the legendary Rockefeller carriage roads. When your energy runs out and your hunger kicks in, nearby Bar Harbor hosts the kind of world-class amenities and regional charm that will make your nights on Mt. Desert Island as bright as your days.

But in a region named by the sailors who set sail for its shores, there’s even more to explore when you make land. Countless quaint coastal towns like Blue Hill and Winter Harbor carry the natural beauty of this region right in their names. Others offer more civilized attractions, like Mt. Desert’s renowned Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and Castine’s Maine Maritime Academy—ranked the #1 Best Public College on Money magazine’s Best Colleges list.

And the list goes on to include everything from blueberry barrens blossoming with the state’s sweet, signature fruit to the candy-striped lighthouse at West Quoddy Head. But don’t worry, when the sun comes up tomorrow, it’ll do it first here.

Towns & cities:

Bar Harbor | Bucksport | Calais | Eastport | Ellsworth | Grand Lake Stream | Lubec & Campobello Island | Machias | Milbridge | Stonington | Winter Harbor

Helpful region links
Blue Hill Peninsula »

As my husband Mark and I drive north with our two sons and Lab mix, I snap a family selfie and dash off an Instagram post. We are armed with fruit snacks and a Top 40 music playlist to keep spirits up during the car ride, but once we are turned loose in the quaint, seaside town? Let’s just say I’m hoping the residents are OK with a little noise.

As seen in August 2016 Issue
Blue Hill Peninsula »

Each time I visit the Blue Hill Peninsula
 I am struck by the stunning scenery, close-knit community, and passionate food scene.

As seen in August 2015 Issue
Mount Desert Island »

My husband Joe and I pack up the car with everything that we may possibly need for our trip to MDI. Infant life jacket; windbreakers; hiking boots: check. We roll down the windows and turn on the tunes, excited to enjoy some epic weather exploring MDI and Acadia National Park.

As seen in August 2016 Issue
Mount Desert Island »

People travel to Mount Desert Island from all over the world; we are so lucky it’s just a three-hour drive north.

As seen in August 2015 Issue
Isles Weekend »

From Stonington on Deer Isle, to Isle au Haut with boat-woman and author Linda Greenlaw, off we go.

As seen in August 2016 Issue
Belfast & Lincolnville »

I have the most excellent 48HRS partner road-tripping with me, one of my best friends—developer, hotelier, and restaurateur Tim Harrington. We both love discovery, good food and drink, art, shopping, and Maine towns. Belfast and Lincolnville, here we come!

As seen in June 2016 Issue
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