Places to Go
From Bucksport to Calais to Grand Lake, an unbelievable 2,330 miles of coastline and 5,600 square miles of wide-open space and fresh air await visitors to DownEast Acadia. The Blue Hill Peninsula is home to historic Castine and industrious Stonington. Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park are at the heart of Mount Desert Island. Freshwater anglers will love downtime in The Grand Lakes. Take time to drive The Bold Coast. Explore Ellsworth, a crossroads for commerce. Or greet the morning sun as it rises first over Lubec and Eastport. You’ll find every city, town, or village in DownEast Acadia is worth discovering.
“Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”
– E.B. White
Set at the crossroads of natural splendor, culture, and commerce the towns and villages around Ellsworth offer visitors a wide variety of attractions and outdoor recreation opportunities.
The natural splendor which attracted its early settlers and summer rusticators, awaits visitors to this day. Enjoy bustling Bar Harbor or the villages that make up “the quiet side”.
Discover an inland paradise filled with outdoor recreation opportunities, attracting sporting enthusiasts for centuries. The small town of Grand Lake Stream is legendary for its fly fishing.
Countless acres of Maine’s Public Reserved Lands are some of DownEast Acadia’s most outstanding natural locations; outstanding for hiking, camping, birding, fishing, and hunting opportunities.
To help you plan your trip we provide information on drive time and distances to and around the region. Plus info on other commercial transportation options.
Once you arrive in DownEast Acadia, you will want to access local sources of visitor information, state laws, recreation rules, and road conditions.
To help you pack or plan your day, check out the current weather in the region or learn about year-round averages of temperature and precipitation.