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
6/10/19 9/2/19

Risky Business: Square Rigged Ships and Salted Fish

The 2019 season’s exhibit invites visitors to step back in time to the 1800s when Castine’s working...

6/21/19 8/16/19

DLLT Outdoor Film Series

Hosted on the ballfield in Grand Lake Stream, Downeast Lakes Land Trust (DLLT) is thrilled to host...

6/30/19 7/28/19

Bar Harbor Music Festival

Acclaimed by Phi Beta Baton as “…one of the nation’s proving grounds for gifted young artists,” the...

7/10/19 8/7/19

Afternoon High Tea at Woodlawn

Enjoy Woodlawn’s afternoon high tea in an enchanting setting.

7/26/19

Create Dynamic, Expressive Paintings from Reference Photos with Linda Packard

For most of us painting from life is the most stimulating experience and leads to the most exciting...

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Deals
5/27/19 10/14/19

Two Day Sea Kayaking Getaway On Penobscot Bay

Enjoy the serenity of a quintessential Maine village by water and by land. Spend the morning, 9-12 or afternoon, 1-4, kayaking among classic wooden sailboats and explore the maritime environment and nearby islands with the professional Maine...

5/27/19 10/14/19

Sea Kayaking & Biking Adventure Package! w/B&B

Spend three days exploring by land and sea! Sea kayak with Castine Kayak's experienced sea kayak guides and knowledgeable naturalists/historians. You'll gain a well rounded understanding of the area and its local history as well as exploring and visiting...

5/28/19 10/14/19

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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