West Quoddy Lighthouse

With its candy striped tower and magnificent views out over Passamaquoddy Bay, West Quoddy Lighthouse is recognized worldwide. It is also just one of 27 lighthouses in DownEast Acadia, more than in any other region of the state. Come see our lighthouses by land, sea or air and experience the region's seafaring heritage and way of life.
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Across 100 miles as the crow flies from Bucksport to Calais is an unbelievable 2,330 miles of coastline. With 5,600 square miles from end to end, DownEast Acadia offers visitors lots of room for exploration.

The Blue Hill Peninsula is home to historic Castine, industrious Stonington, and artsy Blue Hill. Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor are at the heart of Mount Desert Island. Anglers will love downtime in Grand Lakes. Ellsworth is a crossroads for commerce, while each morning the sun rises first over Bay of Fundy and Campobello.

From the heights of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge to the depths of the Old Sow—the largest whirlpool on our side of the planet—each DownEast Acadia community is worthy of a visit.

Start planning your trip today: 2019 DownEast Acadia Visitor Guide

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Events
7/8/20 8/5/20

Afternoon Tea at Woodlawn

Afternoon tea will be served throughout the summer on Wednesdays from 3:00 – 4:00pm with a variety...

7/18/20

Nature Photography and Your DSLR Camera

Gerry Monteux is a Nikon professional nature photographer who will be teaching this 3-hour workshop...

7/24/20 7/26/20

MCA Guild Fine Craft Show: MDI

An annual fine craft show in Mount Desert showcasing all local Maine artisans and their trades.

7/25/20

The Garden Club of Mount Desert Open Garden Day

The Garden Club of Mount Desert Open Garden Day 2020

7/26/20

Cancelled--Tour of Nellieville in Deer Isle

Sculptor Peter Beerits offers an informal tour of Nellieville.

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Deals
5/25/20 10/12/20

Castine Kayak B and B and Bioluminescent Bay Night Kayak Excursion

Experience the "Magical Mystery Tour" as written in Downeast Magazine Sept. 04 and Liz Peavey's book, MAINE & ME. Sea Kayak through the waters of the night and observe the bioluminescent dinoflagellates (tiny firefly-like creatures of the water) that...

6/1/20 10/28/20

Yarmouth and Digby Getaway with Acadia National Park

5 Days / 4 Nights (May be customized) Bar Harbor, ME - Yarmouth, NS - Digby, NS Travel up the Maine Coast to Bar Harbor, home of Acadia National Park. After a short visit to Bar Harbor, travel aboard The CAT to Yarmouth, where you will stay the night upon...

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