The Great Outdoors
Activities & Attractions
Acadia National Park
Explore This National Treasure
Known as the Crown Jewel of the North Atlantic Coast, Acadia National Park is located on Mt. Desert Island. As one of the most visited national parks in the United States, it offers a 35 mile Park-loop drive along the rocky coast, 45 miles of carriage roads for bike riding, horseback riding, walking and jogging, and over 150 miles of hiking trails. From the top of Mt. Cadillac you see the many islands interlaced with the shimmering blue Atlantic Ocean. After breakfast at our Acadia National Park lodging, start your exploration at Hulls Cove Visitor Center. You’ll be able to purchase your entrance pass, pick up park maps, talk to a ranger to plan your visit, or find souvenirs at the Park Store.
Get Out on the Water
Rentals and guided tours are available from several providers, including The Activity Shop and Castine Kayaks. Advance reservations are suggested since the companies are small, often limited to one tour at a time, and have just a few rental kayaks on hand. Rental kayaks can be delivered to some places of put-in, including the boat landing just two blocks from the inn. The pristine waters of the area are great for kayaking with access in Blue Hill, Naskeag Point, Castine, and Deer Isle. Blue Hill’s reversing falls are perfect for the kayaker wanting to experience “white water” at a controlled pace. The Activity Shop is the place, right in Blue Hill, to rent kayaks. Advanced reservations assure you have the vacation you are dreaming about now.
Reel One In
Fishing is possible with Dave’s Guide Service. Dave Cassidy offers guided trips and beginning fly-fishing instruction, scenic canoe trips and more.
Try Out the Trails
The Blue Hill Heritage Trust makes available a number of beautiful and tranquil places around the Peninsula, where you can hike trails, launch your canoe or kayak, observe wildlife, or simply relax and enjoy the scenery. Island Heritage Trust Trails provides information about trails on land on Deer Isle and surrounding islands that they have preserved, including favorites like Settlement Quarry and the Tennis Preserve.
A Year Round Pastime
The many nature preserves in the surrounding area (Holbrook Sanctuary, Birdsacre, Acadia National Park, among others) offer excellent birding year round. Staff at the inn can provide you with maps of where to go and bird lists of what you might see no matter what time of year you are here. Deer Isle and Mount Desert Island have birding festivals in May. The Maine Birding Trail offers loads of information about birding year-round.