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, and it inspired one of history’s great writers, Edna St. Vincent Millay, to contemplate an “immensity made manifold” in her poem “Renascence.” Marveling at the vastness, you think she got it right. But 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.
- 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.
Country Walkers is proud to support Friends of Acadia with a donation on behalf of each guest on this tour. Working closely with the National Park Service and local communities, Friends of Acadia helps protect one of the country’s most heavily trafficked national parks so it will remain beautiful for generations to come. They work to preserve trails both inside and near the park organize volunteer projects. Through their Acadia Trails Forever program, the Island’s trail system stays protected for all generations to enjoy.
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.
Lord Camden Inn
This elegant, 36-room boutique hotel is located in the heart of Camden, close to dining, shopping, and the waterfront. Recipient of AAA’s Three Diamond award for amenities, comfort, and style, the inn prides itself on unsurpassed service and hospitality. While here, enjoy a sumptuous included breakfast of fruit, house-made pastries, eggs, breakfast meats, fresh-brewed coffee, and more. Take advantage of the fully stocked fitness center and perhaps indulge in a massage in the spa or in your room. Browse the Marianne W. Smith Gallery, located onsite. And retire to your beautifully appointed room with flatscreen TV, refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, and WiFi.
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.
|6 on-tour meals: 6 breakfasts
|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