Glacier Ice Bar and Lounge

Timber Kitchen and Bar Bangor Maine

Ready for some invigorating Winter Fun? Experience the Extreme.

See the transformation of 50,000 pounds of crystal clear ice into
some of the “hottest coolest bars and lounges” in the Northeast.
After enjoying the chilling experience of the “GLACIER” Ice Bar and Lounge, step inside and enjoy the warmth and comfort of our lounges.

This Beautiful Ice Lounge Is Created By Talented Teams Of Ice Sculptors And Designers Who Spend Weeks Carving And Assembling 300-Pound Blocks Of Ice Using Chisels And Chainsaws To Create Bars, Seats, Tables, Ice Luges, Couches, Sculptures And More. Everything In This Cold Sensory Environments, With The Exception Of The Toasty Fire Lamps And Faux-Fur Cushions, Is Crafted Out Of Ice.

“GLACIER” Ice Bar And Lounge Is Weather Permitting, So Mark The Dates Before We Are Reduced To Just A Puddle.

February 1st & 2nd
February 8th & 9th


Price: No cover charge.

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Free Admission to Acadia National Park Days – 2018

Acadia National Park

The five entrance fee-free days for 2019 will be:

  • Monday, January 21 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Saturday, April 20 – First Day of National Park Week/National Junior Ranger Day
  • Sunday, August 25 – National Park Service Anniversary
  • Saturday, September 28 – National Public Lands Day
  • Monday, November 11 – Veterans Day

“The entrance fee-free days hosted by the National Park Service are special opportunities to invite visitors, volunteers and veterans to celebrate some important moments for our parks and opportunities for service in those parks,” said National Park Service Deputy Director P. Daniel Smith.

The National Park System includes more than 85 million acres and includes national parks, national historical parks, national monuments, national recreation areas, national battlefields, and national seashores. There is at least one national park site in every U.S. state.

Last year, 331 million people visited national parks spending $18.2 billion, which supported 306,000 jobs across the country and had a $35.8 billion impact on the U.S. economy.

Only 115 of the 418 parks managed by the National Park Service charge entrance fees regularly, with fees ranging from $5 to $35. The other 303 national parks do not have entrance fees. The entrance fee waiver for the fee-free days does not cover amenity or user fees for activities such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours.

The annual $80 America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass allows unlimited entrance to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including all national parks. There are also free or discounted passes available for senior citizens, current members of the U.S. military, families of fourth grade students, and disabled citizens.

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Big Changes For Us…

moving to maine

We’ve completed our 16th season of vacation rentals and have nothing but gratitude for all of our guests — both the new ones who made their first trip to DownEast Maine and the ones who come back to stay in our rental cottages year after year.

We’re making some major changes this fall!

You may remember that we had announced that we were putting Featherbed Island House on the market for sale this past August.

Well.  Let me tell you what happened next.

Because we had received a ton of interest in the first week that it was on the market, we knew that the house was going to sell sooner, rather than later. So in mid September, I traveled up to Machiasport to pack up the items in the cottage that I wanted to keep.

I arrived on a beautiful afternoon – one of those autumn days when the sunlight is just perfect – you know those days — the colors are their most vibrant — the gold and green of the earth and the clear, clear blue of the sky.  The tide was high, with water lapping on the shore.  Immediately, I got out of my car and texted my husband… “We’re crazy”.

By the next morning, we were seriously contemplating whether or not we could actually figure out a way to move DownEast full time and impulsively decided to pack up our Cape Cod house and head north! It will be an adjustment, (with lots of penny-pinching as we figure out…life… DownEast) but we can’t wait!  Our target move date is sometime around the first of the year.

So what will that mean for Wicked Awesome Maine vacation rentals?  We still have the Frisky Fish Cottage (which has become our most popular rental — most of our summer reservations this year were from repeat guests) and we have our small, semi-off-the-grid cottage in Nova Scotia.  I probably will take a year off from managing rentals for others, until we get settled and get our bearings, but I’ll continue to blog and send occasional newsletters and I love chatting with everyone on my Facebook and Instagram pages.  In fact, I assuming that living on Machias Bay will be quite an inspiration and I’ll be posting even more.

I’m excited by the thought of living locally– possibilities abound for new services — like being able to meet our guests upon arrival, concierge services, grocery shopping, tour guide, etc.  The possibilities are endless — stay tuned as we refine them, we’ll update via newsletter and social media.

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Yancys Pizza – Calais

Maine Vacation Rental

Yancy’s Pizza is located at 332 North Street in Calais, Maine.  They offer great pizza and casual meals — subs, salads, comfort foods, Italian.  A few years ago they relocated to this sunny new location.

Click here for hours and info. but you can view the menu here.

Their phone number is:  (207) 454-8200

In the off-season, they are closed Sunday, Monday and Tuesday


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Mill Memorial Park – East Machias

Maine Vacation Rental

A great spot for a picnic!
East Machias’ town center rises on hills flanking both sides of a narrow, boulder-strewn stretch of the East Machias River. A bridge leads from the rail-trail to narrow Mill Park along the opposite bank. A sign lists successive mills that stood here, and old mill parts are displayed, sculpture-like. The village’s two bridges create a nice walking loop. As in neighboring Machias and Machiasport, wonderful federal and Victorian-era architecture is all about. Not to be missed: Washington Academy’s 1823 main building and the soaring 1836 First Congregational Church.


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All natural bug repellent for Maine summers

All natural bug repellent for Maine summers

A friend of mine passed along to me a great recipe for an all natural insect repellent.  And what better place to use insect repellent than Maine in springtime.  By the coast, we usually don’t have a big black fly population like the more forested areas, but we do have mosquitos.  Lots and lots of those blood sucking little buggers.

According to my friend, the recipe comes from Maine author and blogger, Amanda Blake Soule.  If you are interested in homesteading or rural life or family creativity, you really need to check out her awesome blog.


Natural Insect Repellent

3 1/2 ounces of witch hazel

1/2 – 1 teaspoon lemongrass oil

1/2 – 1 teaspoon eucalyptus oil

1/2 – 1 teaspoon citronella oil

Combine all ingredients and pour into a small spray bottle.  Shake before each use.



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DownEast Scenic Railroad – Ellsworth, Maine

Ellsworth Maine downeast Scenic Railroad

Info taken from the DownEast Scenic Rail website:

From canopied forest where the light sparkles through the tree tops as chickadees and nuthatches bounce from limb to limb, to open marshland where beaver, heron, turtles, and moose might be seen, the restored section of the Calais Branch Lines gives passengers a view not seen since the wealthy “rusticators” traveled from the cities to their summer homes on the Line.

You’ll travel over bridges, roll past schools and houses, hear the clack of the rails muffle on the thick woodland moss, and delight in the sound of the horn at the crossing. Watch as the powerful engine moves from the front to the back of the train to take you to Washington Junction rail yard where you’ll see the heavy equipment that keeps the rail running, and pass train components and cars currently being restored for use on the Downeast Scenic Railroad before coming back to the Ellsworth depot. On the way be sure to look for the nests of the giant osprey, and the big beaver hutches in the wetlands! In addition to exceptional views of wetland marshes, glacial erratica including massive boulders, river and stream crossings, while traveling and working on this stretch of the line we have observed many forms of wildlife including osprey, blue herons, bald eagles, moose, deer, snapping turtles, beavers…and bears!

The current traveling time is roughly 90 minutes, and traverses a 13-mile section of the restored railroad. Water and light snacks are available for purchase, and you are welcome to bring your own picnic lunch.*

Downeast Rail Heritage Preservation Trust logo

At the core of the Downeast Scenic Railroad Project is the rehabilitation of the Washington Junction/Ellsworth to Green Lake section of the Calais Branch Line to create a 24-mile round- trip excursion ride. Other project components include construction of storage/repair facility at Washington Junction.

You can explore the history of the Calais Branch Line here.

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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

Maine Wildlife

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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