Ellsworth & Trenton
Ellsworth is the gateway to Acadia National Park and the DownEast region. As the region’s commercial center, it offers plenty of lodgings and convenient department store shopping. But Ellsworth and Trenton have plenty more.
You’ll find many theme-park-style activities for the kids, even a lumberjack show! The mix of eateries includes picnic table lobster pounds, with the enticing aroma wafting up from large outdoor steamers, as well as clam shacks, fine dining, Mexican, Asian, cafes, and bakeries. Culture comes in the form of galleries, antique shops, a diverse performance schedule at the historic Grand Auditorium, jewelry-makers, community music and dance, festivals, and outdoor movies under the stars, provided by Ellsworth Arts. The historic downtown offers easy parking and walking, with nature trails, pocket parks, charming neighborhoods, and a boat launch tucked in. The Woodlawn Museum, Gardens, and Park offers a real taste of 19th-century life through perfectly preserved Federal and Greek Revival architecture, and all original furnishings. Tramp two miles of wooded trails and enjoy croquet on Maine’s only tournament-size court. View the original dry-laid fieldstone walls that surround the property, evoking the estate’s agricultural roots.
Nearby, the Downeast Scenic Railroad is a fun 10-mile trip along the historic Calais Branch Line. Visit oceanfront Lamoine State Park—a quiet oasis with camping, boating, fishing, and island and lighthouse views. From here, enjoy the 85-mile Down East Sunrise Trail, built along a former rail corridor and ideal for walking, bicycling, horseback riding, ATVing, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing.