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
10/16/19

Lighthouse Cruise with Sail Acadia

Take a cruise with Sail Acadia to view local lighthouses from the water.

10/16/19

Southwest Harbor Historical Society Presents: Past Insults, Planned Restorations, and Preparing for an Uncertain Future in the Marshall Brook Watershed

The Marshall Brook watershed, including Bass Harbor Marsh, has been impacted by many activities....

10/17/19

Geology Walk with Duane & Ruth Braun

Geologists Ruth and Duane Braun will lead walks in the field exploring the geologic events that...

10/17/19

The Maine Granite Industry Museum Presents: Quarry Tour with Steve Haynes

Granite Industry Museum Curator Steve Haynes will lead a tour of the granite quarry at Williams Boat...

10/17/19

Wendell Gilley Museum Presents: “Treasures of the Farnsworth” Exhibition Director's Tours

Take a special look at paintings from the collection of the Farnsworth Museum, during the exhibit...

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Deals
6/1/19 6/1/20

"Let's Go Shoot" Photography Adventure Package

Are you happy with the photos you take that capture the moments in your life? Add some adventure to your vacation in Camden and learn to maximize the potential of your smartphone camera. Spend an afternoon exploring Mid-Coast Maine with professional...

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...

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