Rock-strewn breakwaters and charming fishing villages frame unforgettable walks on this hiking tour of Acadia National Park and the Maine Coast.
Before you, the distant summits surrounding Mt. Battie lie cloaked in forest. A trio of islands float in a shimmering bay. It’s a grand scene, but for now your attention is focused on what’s right in front of you: a picnic that’s Maine through and through—succulent lobster rolls, dill potato salad from local spuds, and the state’s own Whoopie pie for dessert. During this journey, words sometimes elude you. A low-tide trek along the ocean floor leads to Bar Island; sweeping cliffside sea views are accompanied by a soundtrack of foamy breakwaters along Great Head Trail; the Quiet Side of Mt. Desert Island is graced by the call of loons across tranquil waters. Throughout this hiking tour of Acadia National Park and the Maine Coast, the convenience of having your own car adds a sense of freedom and possibility. It leaves you wondering how such immensity can feel so intimate.
- Enjoy a personal touch and graciousness from your innkeepers, the embodiment of Maine’s warmth and friendliness.
- Hop a ferry over to Peaks Island for a walk among summer cottages, rural byways and nature preserves, surrounded by the sweeping Atlantic.
- Admire the legendary lighthouses of Maine’s stunning coast, including the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse, a highlight of one of your most dramatic walking trails.
- Drive the scenic park loop of Acadia National Park, part of a designated National Scenic Byway.
- Stroll the tranquil shores of Jordan Pond, and stop in the Jordan Pond House for one of their golden, lighter-than-air popovers.
- Delight in Quiet Side of Mount Desert Island, and explore authentic fishing villages dotted with traditional boats and lobster traps.
- Witness “the first sunrise in the U.S.” when you drive to the summit of Cadillac Mountain.
Hartstone Inn & Hideaway
Steeped in the character of small-town Maine yet exuding a contemporary elegance, the historic Hartstone Inn & Hideaway in the heart of Camden has been praised as a sophisticated retreat and culinary destination. Its cozy air-conditioned rooms are lavish with detail and thoughtful touches inspired by the charms of coastal Maine. During your stay, indulge in the masterful creations of the award-winning restaurant that infuses New England fare and seafood with international flair. After a day or exploring, it is pure pleasure to sip wine on the garden patio or next to the firepit.
The Inn on Mount Desert
Located at the heart of Bar Harbor’s historic corridor, the Inn on Mount Desert is a gracious lodge just five-minutes from the Village Green. Each air-conditioned room is inspired by a coastal cottage theme and adorned with art and photography by local artists. After a day of exploring, peruse a book by the fireplace or in a cozy reading nook. Or relax in a rocker on the front porch or on the second-floor terrace, enjoying views of the expansive lawn, a group of prominent oaks and the daily doings of Bar Harbor.
Dripping with the quaint atmosphere of a traditional Victorian B&B, the Primrose Inn enjoys a prime location in the heart of downtown Bar Harbor. It’s just 1,500 feet from the center of town and a mile from Acadia National Park, making exploration a breeze. Each air-conditioned room exudes its own personality and contemporary flair while embodying the sensibility of classic Maine cottage living. Recent renovations reflect the natural beauty and nautical character of Mount Desert Island. This is Maine living at its most tasteful and inviting.
Portland Harbor Hotel
Boasting newly renovated rooms with gleaming wood floors, nautical motif and air conditioning, the Portland Harbor Hotel offers a sophisticated introduction to Maine. Local artwork adorns the walls of this Old Port District property. Enjoy seafood plucked fresh from the ocean at Bluefin North Atlantic Seafood or stroll to any of Portland’s many restaurants, hailed by food critics the world over. Art galleries, chic shops and the waterfront are also a short walk away, or you can borrow one of the hotel’s complimentary bicycles to get around what’s been called one of the “coolest small cities” in America.
|9 meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 2 dinners|
|Detailed water- and tear-resistant Route Notes and maps|
|Orientation phone call (Day 1) and meeting (Day 4) with a Country Walkers representative|
|Local representative available 24/7|
|Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary: Acadia National Park Private Vehicle Weekly Pass and Acadia National Park Reservation Fees|
|Travel assistance available 24/7 provided by Allianz Global Assistance|