DownEast Acadia Visitor Guidebook 2019 True Maine Visitor Guidebook - Page 5

Ellsworth Set at the crossroads of the region, Ellsworth offers visitors historic downtown streets lined with eateries serving up everything from sushi and jerk to more homely DownEast fare. Enjoy a flight of local brews with a side of live music or a night out at the theatre. Explore shops and galleries in town or the trails at Stanwood Wildlife Sanctuary. Lamoine State Park or Hancock Point offer stunning views of Frenchman Bay. Spend a day on Graham Lake fishing for small- mouth bass or hiking in Branch Lake Public Forest. TOP THINGS TO DO n Explore historic railroads from Ellsworth—ride the Downeast Scenic Railroad, or head east with your mountain bike on the Down East Sunrise Trail. n  ead out for adventure on the 4,500 acres of bike, H hike, and horseback trails at Wildlands, just 10 miles west of Downtown Ellsworth. n H  ead north on an ATV or snowmobile along Maine’s Interconnected Trail System toward Amherst/Route 9. n  core some wickets in a game of croquet, then tour S the historic house and gardens, or hike the trails of Woodlawn Museum, Gardens and Park in Ellsworth. FEATURED EVENTS n Down East Sunrise Trail Relay, Ellsworth, July n  utdoor Movies at Knowlton Park Amphitheater, O Ellsworth, July & August n Christmas at Woodlawn, December Jordan Pond, Acadia National Park Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park, & Mount Desert Island MDI—as it is often called—covers just 108 square miles. The area offers hiking, biking, boating, and outdoor recreation of all types. Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor, and Northeast Harbor all hum with shops, eateries, galleries, and lodging. On the “quiet side” of the island Bass Harbor is a quintessential fishing village. Acadia, America’s first national park, boasts 46,000 acres with more than 120 miles of hiking trails, an extensive network of carriage roads for biking, the 27-mile Park Loop Road, and majestic Cadillac Mountain. TOP THINGS TO DO n  earn about Maine’s Indigenous people with a visit L to the Abbe Museum, its Indian Market in May, or Native American Festival each summer. n  ake in the beauty of the Asticou Azalea Garden T and Thuya Garden in Northeast Harbor. n  irders will marvel at the variety of species and B birding experiences in Acadia National Park. n T  reat the family to popovers, strawberry jam, and a cup of tea on the lawn of the Jordan Pond House. FEATURED EVENTS Downtown Ellsworth, ©Greg Hartford n Acadia Briding Festival, MDI, June n Bar Harbor Music Festival, Bar Harbor, July n Acadia Night Sky Festival, MDI, September TRUE MAINE | 3