DownEast Maine Attractions
Eco-Cruises & Tours
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.
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.
Art & Culture
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.
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.
Historic Sites & Museums
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.
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.