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Seven Regions of DownEast Acadia Maine

The Blue Hill Peninsula is home to Castine, industrious Stonington, and the eclectic and notably artsy Blue Hill. The setting here make it one of the world’s premier locations to enjoy time out on the water or maybe you can unwind with trap-to-table lobster, a local brew and a well deserved night at a historic inn.

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Set at the crossroads of the region, Ellsworth offers visitors historic downtown streets lined with eateries, shops and galleries. Take in the stunning views of Frenchman Bay. Ride the Down East Sunrise Trail or head out for adventure in Branch Lake Public Forest or the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands in Orland.

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Mount Desert Island offers a nearly perfect blend of outdoor recreation and cheerful towns, like Bar Harbor, filled with shops, restaurants, galleries, and lodging. Visit the “quiet side” for a trip to a quintessential fishing village. Or find adventure on Cadillac Mountain or anywhere in Acadia National Park’s the 46,000 acres.

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Drive the Schoodic National Scenic Byway and Black Woods Scenic Byway for two spectacular views of the region. Or take to the bike for the ride of a lifetime on the Bold Coast National Scenic Bikeway Visit a much less crowded section of Acadia National Park and wander through friendly coastal villages.

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Come paddle in the history rich waters of Machias Bay, learn about our place in the Revolutionary War history during Margaretta Days. Camp, fish and and paddle along the scenic Machias River or swim at the sandy Roque Bluffs State Park. 

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Bask in the sun’s first rays Way DownEast in Lubec. Immerse yourself in the arts in Eastport. Hike Cobscook Shores or paddle your kayak on the St. Croix River. Spend a day at Roosevelt Campobello International Park.

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Outdoorsmen and anglers have come to Grand Lakes for generations. Discover world-famous fishing, abundant wildlife, and a culture tied to the industries supported by its majestic forests. Hire a Registered Maine Guide for a Maine fly-fishing experience or the 76-mile Machias River Corridor canoe trip.

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