Acadia National Park Tours

Acadia National Park Tours

There is an alternative to hiking or biking in order to take in the splendor of Acadia National Park.  One option that you may not have thought of is to take a guided tour of the park.

Operating from mid-May through the end of October, Acadia National Park Tours are fully narrated, three hour  excursions featuring three stops within the park.  Each stop has restrooms.

This is an excellent option if you cannot hike due to health or mobility issues, as the amount of walking needed is very limited.  They can even accommodate walkers and folding wheelchairs.

They describe their tours as:

Our fully narrated bus tour will satisfy even the most info-hungry passenger. Featuring three stops within Acadia National Park, guests will learn about the history of Bar Harbor and Acadia, the geology, the wildlife, and much more, all while taking in in the stunning ocean and mountain views.  Tour stops include the summit of Cadillac Mountain (the highest point on the eastern seaboard), Thunder Hole (an oceanside stop), and either Sieur De Monts Spring (Wild Gardens of Acadia) or the Jordan Pond House.

All tours take place on comfortable buses with an amplified PA system.  The amount of walking is limited and at the passenger’s discretion.  Restrooms are available at our ticket office and each stop within the park.

They open for the season on May 11th and tickets and more information can be found on their website.



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Songbird & Warbler Birding Field Trips sponsored by Schoodic Institute

Songbird & Warbler Birding Field Trips sponsored by Schoodic Institute

Information provided by the website:

5/17/2018, 7:30 AM – 10:00 AM
5/23/2018, 7:30 AM – 10:00 AM
5/29/2018, 7:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Meet at and explore Frazer Point in Winter Harbor to witness the return of songbirds and warblers. Learn identification tips, discuss conservation issues, and have fun in pursuit of as many species as we can find. Join Seth Benz, Schoodic Institute’s Bird Ecology Program Director and enter the fray!  Cost per date / per person is $15.00.

Please call Michelle at 207-288-1356 to register and reserve your spot today!

Birding Field Trip dates: May 17, 23, and 29. Choose one, two or multiple trips!

We ask that should you need to cancel, please call us.

These events fill quickly – Interested birders may be able to fill a vacancy. 

Refunds will only be given in the event Schoodic Institute must cancel the trip.

Check our website for cancellation in case of inclement weather. Meet at Frazer Point on the Schoodic Peninsula in Winter Harbor. Dress for the weather.  Bring Binoculars.



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A great brewery in Bar Harbor – Atlantic Brewing Company

A great brewery in Bar Harbor – Atlantic Brewing Company

Do you like beer?  Then the Atlantic Brewing Company in Bar Harbor is a great stop.

According to their website:

The Atlantic Brewing Company began as Acadia Brewing in 1990. At first the brewery was located inside the Lompoc Cafe in downtown Bar Harbor and had a maximum capacity of just one barrel at a time. Within a few years the demand for our beers had grown so much that we moved the brewery two doors down from the restaurant and increased our capacity to seven-barrel batches. However, by 1998, we had outgrown that facility as well and so we moved again – this time to our current location on the Knox Road. Our estate brewery was built on the grounds of a 19th century Maine farmstead, that employs native vegetation and local stonework.


They have several locations in and around the Bar Harbor area and offer tours and tastings.  Here’s what you need to know:

The have three tours daily from Memorial Day through mid-October.  Reservations are not required, but they can only accommodate 25 people per tour.    The tours are approximately 20 minutes long, followed by a tasting. Children are allowed on the tour, but obviously not the tasting.

The addresses are:  We are at 15 Knox Road, Bar Harbor, ME 04609 and 52 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

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Annual Smelt Fry & World Fish Migration Day Celebration

Annual Smelt Fry & World Fish Migration Day Celebration

Smelt Fry and World Fish Migration Day Celebration

April 21 @ 11:00 AM – 4:00 Pm


Mark your calendars and come join us for a day of fisheries fun! Over the years, these festivities have grown from a small community potluck centered on the commercial smelt harvest to a well-known regional event serving 500+ guests. This year the event will be held on Saturday, April 21st from 11am until 4pm. Throughout downtown Columbia Falls, there will be activities and displays that feature the inspiring fisheries and conservation work of DSF and their partners. All of the DSF venues are within a ¼ mile radius of downtown Columbia Falls and transportation between sites is available. This is truly a family-friendly event!

The Annual Smelt Fry is a wonderful way to welcome spring. Come learn what projects are happening within the fisheries and about DSF’s regional involvement. Local foods will be featured with smelts, alewives, and mackerel being smoked at the DSF smoker, venison stew served at the Heritage Fish Camp, and a seasonal fried smelt dinner and dessert made with local blueberries at the Wreaths Across America gym. Airline Brewing Co. will also be offering their Maine-brewed beer this year!

Before the Smelt Fry, consider going for a hike nearby with Downeast Coastal Conservancy at Ingersoll Point in Addison. Maine Master Naturalists, Walter and Carol Muth will help lead a group hike, highlighting the developing splashes of spring throughout the preserve on Saturday, 4/21 at 9am. Visit for more information on the hike.

Share your Smelt Fry pics using #smeltfry #worldfishmigrationday

We hope you can join us for our annual Smelt Fry & World Fish Migration Day Celebration!


April 21
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM


DownEast Acadia


Downeast Salmon Federation
187 Main St
Columbia Falls, ME 04623United States
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Where To Buy Organic Food in Machias, Maine

Where To Buy Organic Food in Machias, Maine

There are several sources of organic foods in the Machias area of Maine.  And that’s not even counting the myriad of farmer’s markets and roadside stands that dot the landscape during the warmer months.


Whole Life Natural Market

Although their produce selection can be a bit limited at times, they are an excellent source for organic and natural grocery products, cleaning products,  and pet products, as well as vitamins and herbs.  They also have a good variety of organic or sulfate free wines.

Some of the best kept secrets about Whole Live Natural Market

–They have an excellent selection of local gift items — need to bring home a small gift for your pet sitter?  You’ll find it here.

–One half of the store is dedicated to a small cafe which has excellent food.

–They have a ‘lending library’ of books

For folks that live locally, they have a co-op buying club.

4 Colonial Way, Store 3, Machias, ME 04654 (Address formerly known as 80 Main Street)

Phone: 207-255-8855 ~ Fax: 207-255-8866

Email: info@wholelifemarket.com

Monday-Friday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Saturday: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Closed Sunday


Machias Marketplace

This is a small space that holds, basically fresh-from-the-farm produce and local baked goods (and chocolates!).  It is open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays year-round at 10am (winter hours close at 4pm).  Starting in the spring, hours will increase and Saturday mornings will be added.

If it corresponds with your vacation schedule, you can order online the week before your stay from their extensive special order list and pick it up on Thursday.  (email me for more details)

Bonus:  The space is used for Yoga and Tai Chi other days of the week!

291 Main Street. Behind Posh
Machias, Maine 04654


The main grocery store in Machias surprisingly has a good variety of organic and/or local produce, as well as a small natural food section (about 1/3 of an aisle).
149 Dublin St, Machias, ME 04654
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Vacation Cocktail of the Week – Ginger Beer Float

Vacation Cocktail of the Week – Ginger Beer Float


  1. If desired, wipe rims of eight 16-ounce beer glasses or mugs with a lemon slice; dip rims in finely chopped crystallized ginger.
  2. In a large pitcher, add the 3 tablespoons crystallized ginger. Muddle with a wooden spoon. Pour in fruity wheat beer and ginger beer; stir gently to combine. Serve in the chilled glasses or mugs. Top each glass with a scoop of vanilla ice cream; before or after pouring works, just be prepared for a little foam. Garnish with lemon slices.

Click here for the original recipe at Better Homes & Gardens

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