Something for Everyone

Explore Blue Hill, Maine

The Blue Hill, Maine area offers a bit of everything for every type of traveler whether by land, sea or air – you’ll find a partial listing here. You may find the local chamber and the local newspaper informative as well.

After you enjoy your home made breakfast at Blue Hill Inn, set out discover exciting DownEast Maine attractions, then return to the comfort of your luxurious guest room or suite to relax after your memorable day.

Coastline at Acadia National Park

So Much to See & Do

Eco-cruises & Tours

Outdoor Activities

Art & Culture

Whale tail breaching the surface of the ocean

Eco-Cruises & Tours

Lobster tour boats in Maine


Experience the Beauty of Nature & Sea Life

Eco-cruises are offered by Acadian Boat Tours out of Bar Harbor. For a biking-island adventure, plan to catch a cruise from Stonington to Isle Au Haut where cars are few, the scenery is spectacular, and half of the island is owned by Acadia National Park. We can help you with the details. Or you can take the mailboat to Isle au Haut. Puffins, lighthouses, and lobster sightseeing trips are all available from Bar Harbor, which has cruises each day of the week, June to September.

A Puffin holds plants in its beak

About the Animals

Puffins, Harbor Porpoises & Whales

Especially appealing are the Puffin Watch and Lighthouse cruises conducted on Sundays. Puffins look like the clowns of the sea and you only get to see them if you cruise to one of the two nesting islands in local waters. Maine lighthouses are mostly located offshore. The lighthouse cruise offers views of 5 to 7 lighthouses with narration by the Captain. Five species of whales may be spotted at sea: Humpbacks, Finbacks, Minkes, Harbor Porpoise, and, very rarely, Right whales.

Bench at Acadia National Park

Art & Culture

A man playing a drum kit

Steel Drum Bands

Feel the Rhythm

Blue Hill is blessed with more steel drum players anywhere outside of Trinidad and Tobago. Flash in the Pans! offers a concert every Monday night, many of them at the Blue Hill Town Park, a short walk from the inn.

Woman playing the Violin outside

Kneisel Hall

Chamber Music School and Festival

Kneisel Hall is internationally known with students from around the world. The faculty, all accomplished musicians from across the United States, performs twice-weekly concerts in a small hall nestled in an idyllic wooded setting, within walking distance of the inn. Concerts are often sold out and pre-season reservations are recommended. We will purchase tickets for you upon request.

Old wooden wagon wheel and a red barn

Historic Sites & Museums

An old journal and glasses on a table

Blue Hill History

Tour Historic Homes

The Blue Hill, Maine area is rich in history and has many preserved homes of early, distinguished colonists. Volunteers generally staff museums and homes from June to September 15th, and the times they are open varies. As the volunteers are typically very enthusiastic about the local history, the inn can sometimes arrange for private showings with advanced notice. In Blue Hill take a tour of Jonathan Fisher’s Home (the first minister of Blue Hill, inventor, eccentric, learned man from Harvard) and the Holt House, home to the Blue Hill Historical Society and a well-restored 18th-century homestead.

Wooden wall with blacksmith tools hanging from hooks

Historic Homes

18th-Century Life

In Castine tour the Wilson Museum, with its John Perkins House, Blacksmith Shop and Hearse House, or the Historical Society at the Abbot School. In Ellsworth visit the Woodlawn Museum, home of Colonial Black. Hike the paths, tour the home, attend the farmers market, or reserve for an afternoon of croquet. Venture to the Cornelia Stanwood Museum and Birdsacre Wildlife Sanctuary to explore the 100 acres, the noted ornithologist’s homestead, and the bird sanctuary. The least opened museum, but a fascinating one, is the Granite Museum in Stonington. It is generally open in July and August.