Five things you simply must do when you visit Maine – Part II

Last month we started our list of the five “must do’s” when you come to Maine.  Part I of this list covered enjoying lobster, visiting lighthouses and staying at one of the 7 Inns Along the Coast.  This week we’ll cover some of Maine’s fabulous sites including Acadia National Park and then we’ll introduce you to some of the ideal ways to discover Maine by sea. Add these must-see spots to a stay at the eight romantic and inviting Inns Along the Coast and you have the perfect Maine fall coastal getaway. 

Acadia National Park

Fall colors in Acadia National Park.  Photo by Kristi Losquadro.

Fall colors in Acadia National Park.  Photo by Kristi Losquadro.

Travelers have been drawn to the rugged coast of Maine throughout history. Awed by its beauty and rugged scenery, early 20th-century visionaries donated the land that became Acadia National Park and people have had the good fortune to visit ever since it opened in 1916.  Just think next year Acadia National Park will celebrate its 100th anniversary. The park is home to many plants and animals, and Cadillac Mountain, the tallest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic coast, and a draw for tourists who enjoy being the first to watch the sunrise Today visitors come to Acadia to hike granite peaks, bike historic carriage roads, or relax and enjoy the scenery. 

In fact, one of the most popular pastimes in the fall is a colorful ride on the park’s fabulous Carriage Roads.  Acadia National Park's carriage road system was built by John D. Rockefeller Jr. and according to the National Park Service has been called “the finest example of broken stone roads designed for horse-drawn vehicles still extant in America.” Whether on foot or by bike the 45 miles of these scenic carriage roads in the park will be something you won’t forget.

Enjoy time on the water

Goose Rocks Lighthouse near Kennebunkport.  Photo by PJ Walter Photography.

Goose Rocks Lighthouse near Kennebunkport.  Photo by PJ Walter Photography.

If part one is by land, part two of this blog is by sea! One of the best ways to see all that Coastal Maine has to offer is by sea. Sailing on a Maine windjammer or schooner surrounded by blue Atlantic waters, the craggy Maine shore and the beaches of Maine is truly unforgettable. Schooner and windjammer tours explore Maine's rocky coastline from each of the Inns Along the Coast’s destinations. Board the historic Schooner Eleanor for a 2 hour sail around Kennebunkport with Captain Rich on his hand built schooner.  In Rockland, enjoy a day on the bay with Morning in Maine or Captain Jack’s Lobster Adventures if you want to focus more on la day in the life of a lobsterman.  In Bar Harbor enjoy a nature cruise on Bass Harbor Cruises or a historic tour of Bar Harbor on the Margaret Todd Schooner, a centerpiece in the Bay.  Each one of these locations also offer a wide range of places to rent kayaks, stand up paddleboards and small sailboats for an additional way to enjoy coastal Maine by sea. 

Fall is such a beautiful time to visit all that Coastal Maine has to offer.  To plan your fall getaway start at the Inns Along the Coast availability calendar where online booking and checking for availability is easy.  Next, put together your 6 day package offering the chance to stay at your choice of three inns in three destinations, and where free gifts will be presented at each stop. We look forward to welcoming you to your coastal Maine getaway this fall.

When you go

Of course, you’ll find all the info you need about the 7 Inns Along the Coast at www.InnsAlongtheCoast.com. However, if you should want to reach out to any or all of the Inns Along the Coast directly, here’s the info you’ll need.  We look forward to welcoming you soon for your tasty trip to the Maine Coast. 

In Kennebunkport:

1802 House: Email:  info@1802house.com, website: www.1802house.com, reservations: (800) 932-5632, Innkeepers: Teri & Roger Walker

Captain Jefferds Inn: Email: captjeff@captainjefferdsinn.com, website: www.captainjefferdsinn.com, reservations: 800-839-6844, 207-967-2311, Erik and Sarah Lindblom

Inn at English Meadows: Email: innkeeper@englishmeadowsinn.com, website: www.englishmeadowsinn.com, reservations: 207-967-5766/800-272-0698, innkeepers: David and Kate Parisi

In Rockland:

Berry Manor Inn: Email: info@berrymanorinn.com, website: www.berrymanorinn.com, reservations: 800-774-5692/ Business line: 207-596-7696, Innkeepers:  Cheryl Michaelsen & Mike LaPosta

Granite Inn: Email: info@oldgraniteinn.com, website: www.OldGraniteInn.com, reservations: 207-594-9036, 800-386-9036.  Innkeepers:  Ed & Joan Hantz

LimeRock Inn: Email: info@LimeRockinn.com, website: www.LimeRockinn.com, reservations: 800-546-3762, 207-594-2257. Innkeepers:  PJ Walter & Frank Isganitis

In Bar Harbor:

Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B: E-Mail:  relax@saltairinn.com, website: www.saltairinn.com, 207-288-2882, Innkeepers: Kristi & Matt Losquadro.