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Day 1 – Arrive in Bar Harbor this afternoon and check into the Historic Bluenose Inn and Resort. You will have time to explore this exquisite property, walk along the garden paths or take a refreshing swim in either of the indoor or outdoor pools or just take in the panoramic view of the rocky Main coast. Tonight, a Welcome Dinner is served at the Inn. Following dinner, live entertainment is available in the Great Room.
Day 2 – After breakfast head to Acadia National Park, located on Mount Dessert Island. Begin your visit with a Carriage Tour where you will experience the Park’s world-famous carriage roads as designed and built by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. This fully narrated, two-hour ride takes you on a leisurely step back in history featuring some of the most remarkable bridge work in America. You may dismount the carriage and explore the Cobblestone Bridge, the first of Mr. Rockefeller bridges built in 1913. Your tour ends with a visit to the historic Jordan Pond Gatehouse.
After your ride, relax over a picnic lunch brought from the Inn’s restaurant. After lunch, an official Acadia National Parks Guide will board the coach and lead you on a fascinating tour of the Park’s highlights. Enjoy time late afternoon to explore the charming town of Bar Harbor. Visit the shops and galleries and sip a refreshing beverage at a shore side café.
Return to the Inn for time to relax and refresh before dinner. Tie on the lobster bibs and get ready to savor the flavors of a traditional “New England Clambake.” Dine on chowdah’, steamers and fresh, steamed Maine lobstah’! Of course, there will be selections for the landlubbers!
After dinner, meet Captain John Nicolai, one of Maine’s most knowledgeable and entertaining lobster experts. The Captain has made it his mission to help sustain Maine’s lobster fishery by promoting its rich history and traditions, and teaching the importance of preserving the State’s lobster population. Captain John’s enthusiasm and sense of humor, as well as his great repertoire of tales from the Maine coast, make his presentations as fun as they are informative. The Captain has been featured many times in the national and international media, including the CBS Morning Show, the Food Network, the Travel Channel, PBS, the Outdoor Channel and the Outdoor Living Network.
Day 3 – This morning you will travel to the renowned Campobello Island in the Bay of Fundy. Along the way visit the West Quoddy Head Lighthouse, the easternmost point in the contiguous United States and the closest point to Europe from a point in the 50 states. West Quoddy Head overlooks Quoddy Narrows, a strait between Canada and the United States. Since 1808, there has been a lighthouse there to guide ships through the waterway. The current one, with distinctive red-and-white stripes, was built in 1858. Explore the Visitor’s Center, meet the local guides and watch for frolicking seals in the bay.
Then head to Campobello Island. (Passports required.) Campobello Island will capture your heart with breathtaking views and unspoiled nature at its best. Begin your visit with lunch on your own at the locals’ favorite, Family Fishery.
For many years, Franklin D. Roosevelt summered on Campobello Island. As an adult, he shared with his family the same active pursuits he enjoyed on the island as child. Today, Roosevelt Campobello International Park serves as a memorial to FDR and a symbol of cooperation between the U.S. and Canada. Visit the Edmund S. Muskie Visitor Center, which contains exhibits and a video interpreting the Roosevelt story. Tour FDR’s 34-room summer cottage and visit with the docents who will interpret the home and its artifacts. Walk through beautiful flower gardens.
End your visit with “Tea with Eleanor.” Enjoy tea and cookies served at the Hubbard Cottage and listen to an expert guide tell stories of Eleanor’s extraordinary life. Leave with a book of Eleanor’s cookie recipes compiled by Eleanor’s granddaughter. Before you depart the island, there will be time to visit the Campobello Gift House. This is an ideal spot to pick up souvenirs and gifts.
On your way back to Bar Harbor, stop in the quaint town of Machias, Maine, home of the renowned Helen’s Restaurant. Opened in 1950, this restaurant has gained a reputation for serving the best comfort food and the absolute very best homemade pie in New England. The restaurant’s blueberry pie was featured in “The National Geographic Traveler” and “Everyday with Rachel Ray.” Make sure to save room for dessert. Return to the Inn for a relaxing evening of live entertainment performed in The Great Room.
Day 4 – Your first stop today is the Abbe Museum where you will learn about the Wabanaki Nation. The history and cultures of Maine’s Native people, the Wabanaki, are showcased through changing exhibitions and craft workshops. The Abbe serves as an essential resource for helping teachers and students comply with new State legislation, known as “the Wabanaki Initiative,” that requires the teaching of Wabanaki cultures and history in Maine schools. Your visit includes a tour of the Museum, a hands-on workshop and time to visit the amazing gift shop.
After the museum experience, have lunch on your own in Bar Harbor and time to explore the shops.
This afternoon, board the Margaret Todd, a four-masted schooner. This historic watercraft from a bygone era, sails you from Bar Harbor and amongst the islands of Frenchman’s Bay. This cruise features an interesting narrative of local history provided by a Park Ranger, geographical points and wildlife, as you look for bald eagles, seals and porpoises!
After the cruise, head over to Fiori Artisan Olive Oils and Vinegars. Fiori’s mission is to provide the freshest, highest quality, authentic, hard to find, specialty oils, vinegars and specialty foods. Enjoy time in the tasting room, discover new uses for the tasty oils and vinegars and purchase some to enjoy when you return home.
Head back to the Inn to refresh before dinner. Relax over afternoon tea and reflect on the day’s activities. Your farewell dinner is served at a local, seafood lover’s restaurant. Here’s your last chance to taste fresh, Maine seafood and sample local specialties.
After dinner, return to the Inn. Gather ‘round the fire for a marshmallow roast, complete with chocolate and graham crackers to make your own s’mores. Chime in and try to remember the words to your favorite camp songs. If all else fails, sing a round of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat!”
Day 5 – After breakfast, depart for home.