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DownEast & Acadia

The DownEast & Acadia Region is extremely diverse with a beautiful and dramatic
coastline as well as inland areas with rich forests, meandering rivers and sparkling
lakes carved out by the receding glaciers at the end of the last Ice Age. The region
boasts everything from the 1,530-foot Cadillac Mountain-the highest point on the
eastern seaboard north of Rio de Janeiro- to the beauty of Passamaquoddy Bay,
the first place the sun rises in the U.S. to the natural splendor of Grand Lake. We also
have more lighthouses (24!) than any other region in Maine.
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eafaring traditions and culture are still thriving
in many of the coastal towns and villages. Whale
watching, hiking, biking, kayaking, canoeing and
fishing are all part of what make the DownEast & Acadia
Region special and our history is preserved through our
historic homes, museums and historical societies.
As you enter the region from the west, you will cross over
the brand new Penobscot Narrows Bridge. This engineering marvel also boasts an observatory, over 400 feet high,
from which you can see the entire region. Accessible from
Fort Knox, you will not want to miss the view from the
top. After you cross the bridge, you will enter the town of
Bucksport. Folklore buffs might want to stop at the historic
cemetery in town to see the grave of Jonathan Buck, with
the footprint of a witch on his stone.
The Blue Hill Peninsula is an area rich in beauty and renowned for its artist community and its rich maritime history. The town of Castine, home to the Maine Maritime
Academy, is one of Maine's historic jewels. Nearby is a
half-mile-long suspension bridge spanning Eggemoggin
Reach to Deer Isle and Stonington, one of Maine's liveliest lobster towns. You will also want to visit Blue Hill itself
with its small town charm and lovely shops and galleries.
Further to the west is Ellsworth. The shops and restaurants
in Ellsworth's quaint downtown are delightful for an afternoon stroll or to have a delicious dining experience. If you
enjoy theater, you may want to check out the performances at the restored Grand Theater right on Main Street.

No Maine destination is as well known or visited as Acadia National Park on Mt. Desert Island. The second most
visited national park in the United States, Acadia is an
impressive 35,000 acres in area and includes 41 miles
of spectacular coastline. Visitors to the park will want to
experience the carriage trails, maybe including a stop for
popovers and tea in the afternoon. The Park Loop Road
is the link to many of the interesting sites located within
the park, including Sand Beach and Thunder Hole, a tidal
cavern that allows trapped water to create booming water
spouts that shoot up to 40 feet in the air. Explore the entire
island. Discover Bar Harbor, with its shops, museums, and
restaurants, as well as quaint towns such as Northeast Harbor, Southwest Harbor and Tremont. You might also like to
visit the Schoodic Point and Isle au Haut, two areas of the
park not located on Mount Desert Island.
Heading further downeast from Mount Desert Island, you
will find the Schoodic Peninsula with its towns of Gouldsboro and Winter Harbor. To the east, explore Milbridge,
Harrington and Columbia Falls, quaint villages with rich
histories. Or visit Cherryfield's National Register Historic
District with its 52 architecturally significant buildings from
the 1800s.
Nature is also allowed to take center stage here as the land
bears native wild blueberries (80 percent of the nation's
wild blueberry crops are raised here) and virgin timber,
and the earth sustains an amazing range of wildlife, from
moose and deer to eagles and puffins. Numerous quiet
trails and treelined lanes often lead to unmatched ocean
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