West Quoddy Lighthouse

Looking out over Passamaquoddy Bay, West Quoddy Head Lighthouse is 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.
Define Your Own True Maine

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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Running from the eastern shore to Machias Bay to the Bay of Fundy, the area referred to as Eastport, Bay of Fundy, and Campobello has much...more>
Located ten miles south of Ellsworth on Route 3, Trenton welcomes visitors to Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park. Along the road...more>
The Grand Lakes region of DownEast Acadia is an inland paradise filled with outdoor recreation opportunities that have been attracting...more>
Traveling from Schoodic to Jonesport covers a wide variety of terrain formed by glaciers: wild blueberry barrens, hiking trails atop...more>
The Ellsworth area is the crossroads of the DownEast Acadia region. Ellsworth proper boasts tree-lined streets and a lively downtown with...more>
As you head into the Machias Bay area along U.S. 1, the first village one arrives in is Whitneyville. Tucked away on the Machias River and...more>
Running from working waterfronts of Winter Harbor and Milbridge to the small town of Calais, The Bold Coast section of DownEast Acadia can...more>
Welcome to the Blue Hill Peninsula, filled with small-town charm and character. Sheltered harbors, lighthouses, and picturesque islands make...more>
The charming coastal town of Lubec is famous for its iconic red and white striped lighthouse set on the U.S. easternmost point of land....more>
Events
8/22/20

Identifying Maine’s Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms

Greg Marley who is the founder of Mushrooms for Health and author of several books on mushrooms will...

9/9/20

The Unbroken Thread: 200 Years of Spinning and Weaving in Maine

Three fiber artists will weave together stories and demonstrations on the “great wheel,” a large...

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Deals
7/21/20 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...

7/31/20 9/30/20

Road Trip Escape!

We want to help you take that Maine road trip you've been dreaming of! Book this special rate and get FREE parking, FREE breakfast, and a $25 gas card. Enjoy our convenient location in the Old Port, and take your time exploring the surrounding beaches,...

8/1/20 10/10/20

August, September, October 2020 Cottage Special

For the remainder of our 2020 season, we will offer our Ginny’s Cottages 1 and 2, and Rugosa Rose Cottage at a reduced rate. This special is available to ME, NY, CT, NJ, NH, and VT residents without restrictions, AND out-of-staters from other states (over...

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