Adventure Along the Coast – Maine Coastal Adventure Itineraries

If your idea of the perfect Coastal Maine vacation is adventure by day and night, then book your trip with Inns Along the Coast.  Add any of these adventures on land and sea to our 6-day itinerary and you’re in for the perfect Maine vacation.  Enjoy everything from deep sea fishing in Bar Harbor to Whale Watches in Kennebunkport and Stand up Paddleboarding (SUP) in Rockland.  It’s all here along with a fabulous group of Maine inns Along the Coast.

Adventure in Kennebunkport

Whether it’s hard or soft adventure you seek, add any of these options to your six-day itinerary when visiting Kennebunkport.

  • Carriage rides in the spring and summer or sleigh rides in the winter, provided by Rockin Horse Stables.  Info, click here.
  • Trolley tours:  A 45 minute tour around Kennebunkport.  Info here.
  • Enjoy the hiking trails in the region including Kennebunkport Trust, the Rachel Carson Reserve or Laudholme Farm.
  • Rent kayaks, paddleboards, bikes and sailboards from Coastal Maine Kayak.  Guided tours available too, May through October.  Click here for info.  Or rent paddle boards and surf boards plus take a lesson from Aquaholics, available year round.  Click here for Aquaholics info.
  • Take a two hour sail with Captain Rich aboard the Schooner Eleanor.  Three trips daily, weather permitting, May through October. Click here for info. Or hop aboard the Pineapple Catch for a two hour sail.
  • Roll up your sleeves and pull traps with Lobsterman and Captain Bob and Crew aboard Rugosa, a working lobster boat, May through October.  Info here.
  • Hop aboard First Chance Whale Watch for a four-hour whale watching excursion, May through October.  Click here for info and schedules.
  • Get up close to Goat Island on board motorboat Porpus.  Guided tours available May through October.  Info here.
  • Hydi Water Taxi provides private lighthouse tours and golf cart tours of Dock Square, May through October.  Click here for more info.

Adventure in Rockland

Why not add-on one or more of these adventures to your six-day itinerary while visiting Rockland.

  • Take a self-guided lighthouse tour to visit Owls Head Lighthouse, Marshall Point Lighthouse or Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, accessible almost year-round. Ask your innkeeper for directions.
  • There’s plenty of hiking available year-round in Midcoast Maine, near Rockland.  Take in the views of Camden Harbor from the trails at Camden Hills State Park or enjoy 50 miles of low impact footbaths maintained by the George’s River Land Trust along the George’s River Highland Path.  Birders may also enjoy the Beech Hill Preserve, one of the featured stops on the Maine Birders Trail and open year-round.   
  • A nice way to see Midcoast Maine is via bikes.  Bike rentals are available year round from Side Country Sports, and Maine Sport Outfitters, which also offers mountain biking tours and programs seasonally.
  • Year Round, the Camden Snow Bowl offers great recreational opportunities with a view over Penobscot Bay from the top.  Enjoy the skiing trails in the winter and the hiking and biking trails at Ragged Mountain Recreational Area located at the Snow Bowl in the warmer months.
  • For kayaks and paddleboard rentals, try Port Clyde Kayaks, open year round and offering rentals, lessons and tours May – October. Breakwater Kayaks specializes in nature tours by kayak in summer months and Maine Sport Outfitters also offers seasonal kayak and Stand up Paddleboard (SUP) rentals, tours and lessons.
  • Golfers will find two courses nearby. In Rockland, the 18-hole Championship Samoset Resort Golf Course is the closest to the Inns Along the Coast and is open from late may through mid-October. The scenic and challenging, Goose River Golf Course in Rockport is one of Mid-coast Maine's hidden gems with several holes offering spectacular views of nearby Mount Battie and Ragged Mountain.   Mini golf is another option nearby too at Golfers Crossing Mini Golf, also open seasonally May through October.
  • Bufflehead Sailing Charters offers totally customized sailing charters on Penobscot Bay in a 32-foot wooden gaff-rigged sailboat.  Additionally, the Maine Windjammers Association has a fleet of fabulously restored schooners offering anywhere from two-days to seven day sailing trips which can also be combined with stays at Rockland Inns Along the Coast  in conjunction with the Historic Inns of Rockland’s Land and Sea package.
  • After all the adventure, consider some time and a treatment or massage in one of Rockland’s Day Spas including Rheal Day Spa, Skin Klinic and Day Spa or Synergy Massage & Bodyworks.

Adventure in Bar Harbor

And here are a number of options from Bar Harbor region to add-on to our six day itinerary:

  • There are 110 miles of hiking trails at Acadia National Park.  Hiking the park is simply a must-do when you visit the region.  Click here for more info on hiking in Acadia year-round.
  • How about taking to the air to see aerial views of Acadia National Park.  You have two options: Scenic Flights of Acadia offer many different packages for those who’d like to see the park from the air.  Another option is to enjoy a biplane ride over Acadia National Park with Acadia Air Tours.  Both operate seasonally in late spring, summer and fall.
  • You’ll definitely want to bike the 45 miles of interconnected car-free carriage roads at Acadia National Park.  No need to bring a bike; you can rent one from Bar Harbor Bike Shop, open from May – October in Bar Harbor.
  • Get up close and personal with marine life and the coastal waters surrounding Bar Harbor via sea kayaks.  Aquaterra Adventures offers two and four hour guided kayak tours around Bar Harbor. National Park Sea Kayak offers four hour tours around the western part of the park.
  • Are you into fishing?  Enjoy a half or three-quarter day fishing trip with Acadia Fishing Tours.
  • Whale watching, seabird or Puffin Tours and Nature Tours are all offered by Bar Harbor Whale Watching Tours.  Check out the options here.
  • Check out seals basking on the rocks, bald eagles overhead and the splendor of Somes Sound, a natural fjord on the Sea Princess Scenic Nature Cruises.  Full information is here.