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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The Best Spot For A Selfie in DownEast Maine

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Have you seen the giant blueberry in downeast Maine?  Giant blueberry?  Yup.

Wild Blueberry Land Gift Shop and Mini Golf is in Columbia Falls, Maine.

As you drive up Route 1 between Ellsworth and Machias, you suddenly come up a large blueberry, which is actually a bakery and gift shop for…. wait for it… all things blueberry, of course.

The first thing that will draw you into the store is the aroma wafting through the screen door.  The store sells blueberry pies and blueberry scones, always freshly baked.

Although it looks like a throwback to the tourist traps of the 1950’s, the giant fruit is much younger — built in 2001.  Besides the bakery, they also stock jams, jellies, honey, vinegar and other food items.   It’s your one-stop shopping for gifts, both food and the traditional t-shirts, magnets, coffee mugs, and other cool Maine-themed items.

The owners, “Farmer Dell and Chef Marie” Emerson, stress the difference between blueberries and WILD blueberries.  They describe wild blueberries as:

The Wild Blueberry is one of only three fruits native to North America. The other two are the cranberry and the wild grape. Wild Blueberries are grown on a two year cycle, harvesting every other year. These rare gems grow on the glacial soils that provide perfect conditions to prosper in this Northeast corridor of America.  In the fall we burn our fields to control the competition and prepare for the harvest in the following year.  This trick was taught to the settlers by the Native Americans, who held the Wild Blueberry in high esteem.  The Wild Blueberry has been proven to provide many health benefits, can be used to preserve meats and other foods, and is absolutely delicious. Maine has been blessed with this completely natural, wild, wonderful treasure.

Wild Blueberry Land is open seven days a week in summer and weekends in autumn.

Visit their website for nutritional tips like this one:

According to Talking “Superfoods” with Nutrition Expert Regan Jones “Wild Blueberries and other “superfoods” may help you lose weight, boost your mood, lower your cholesterol, and they’re real foods, not overly processed foods meant to mimic the nutrient that they’re promoting. Foods like eggs for protein, beans for fiber, sweet potato for vitamin A, salmon for omega-3s and of course, wild blueberries for antioxidants are the “superfoods” that people should be eating. Wild Blueberries are great cooked down into a sauce with a bit of water and balsamic vinegar as a topping over roasted pork.  They can also be used to make chia blueberry seed jam to spread on toast. Mix them into yogurt and granola or throw them into a smoothie. Some fruits are better if they are frozen. In the case of Wild Blueberries, since they’re picked and frozen at the peak of freshness, all the nutrients are locked in. Fresh may be picked at the right time but often loses nutrients during travel time and while sitting on store shelves. When choosing fresh, look for as local as possible.”



1067 US HWY 1


(207) 483- BLUE (2583)

Farm number: (207) 483-3884



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3 Great Places You Must Take Your Camera in DownEast Maine

3 Great Places You Must Take Your Camera in DownEast Maine
  1. Machiasport Town Pier in Bucks Harbor.

  1. Route 182 Frankin to Cherryfield in autumn

Franklin Maine


  1. Campobello Island

Campobello Island

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Coolest beach in DownEast Maine

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Machiasport Maine is home to one of the most unique beaches on this planet. It is comprised of billions and billions of smooth, water-shaped stones. Indeed, even the dunes are formed of rocks. Although it’s not a beach to walk barefoot, if you ever get a chance, put on your walking shoes and walk this beach – you muscles will thank you for it. Every step slides you through a mountain of rocks. Trust me, you’ll feel it in all of your muscles tomorrow.
Although very few of the rocks are actually Jasper rock, they are in all sizes, shapes and colors and textures — besides greys and browns, you can find gold and red and green. Many will be variegated with stripes of white cutting throughout. Or speckled. Although beautiful dry, their real beauty comes when they are wet from the ocean waves and shimmer and shine. Times a billion or more. Don’t forget that.
One of the best features of the beach is the lack of people. Think summer and ocean beach and you might have images in your head of the Jersey Shore. Nope. Not here. A busy day here at this beach comprises of about a dozen people. Most days you can walk the mile long without running into another person. There aren’t many beaches in the United States that can boast that.
Probably my favorite quality of the beach is the music the waves make as they rush onto the rocks. Hard to describe, but it’s very musical and rhythmic. Many days, the rushing of the tide is punctuated by the soothing lull of the distant foghorn.
Jasper Beach has just a few parking spots (almost never filled to capacity) and no facilities. Please take out what you bring in. It is located about 10 miles from the town of Machias, down Route 92 as it winds its way through pine trees and the various villages of Machiasport. As you head downhill, you’ll see the large Jasper Beach sign on the left.

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A Fantastic Boat Trip in DownEast Maine

A Fantastic Boat Trip in DownEast Maine

There are just so many different ways to explore the area.  One of the most popular is a tour via boat to several lighthouses in the area.  Robertson’s Sea Tours offers two — one that visits two lighthouses  and an autumn tour that visits three. During the trip, you may also get a chance to see seals, eagles, and, of course, the scenic Maine coastline.

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A Little Bit Of History in DownEast Maine

Fort Obrien Machiasport Maine

Did you know that Machiasport, Maine was the site of the one of the first naval battles of the American revolutionary war?  It was fought off-shore from Fort O’Brien in Machiasport between the citizens of Machiasport and the British ship, the Margaretta.

The 1775 battle resulted in one death, several woundings and several residents captured.

The fort is now a park with rolling ‘bunkers’ and a signature cannon — a great little stop to visit history.

Worth a stop and you can find it open during daylight hours next door to the elementary school.



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