Way Downeast & Roosevelt Campobello
5/21/2017

Way Downeast & Roosevelt Campobello

Bring your passport! One of the region’s premier destinations is Roosevelt Campobello International Park, in Canada, just across the bridge from Lubec. The focal point is Franklin D. Roosevelt's magnificent 34-room summer cottage, filled with memorabilia and historic furnishings. The gardens are ablaze with colorful flowers like “dinner plate-sized” dahlias and rugosa roses. Leave time for “Tea with Eleanor”—stories about the First Lady, accompanied by her favorite tea blend and cookies.

Nearby, Quoddy Head State Park encompasses 541 acres at the tip of America's easternmost peninsula. The candy-striped West Quoddy Head Light, Maine's easternmost lighthouse, is also one of the nation’s most distinctive, first commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson in 1808. There’s plenty of great wildlife-watching here, especially spring and fall when hundreds of migrating birds congregate. You can even sometimes view great whales—humpbacks, finbacks, and minkes—from the shore. An easy walk around the park reveals an unusual coastal plateau bog, along with carnivorous plants such as pitcher plants.

For an up-close view of the whale, hop on an excursion boat, run by fishermen out of Lubec, Campobello Island, and Eastport. Speaking of Eastport, pencil in the Eastport Pirate Festival—a September extravaganza of “pirate invasion,” grog and wenches brews, sword-swallowing, and other unforgettable activities.