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Down East Travel Tips

Down East Maine Vacation Rentals are Easily Accessible

The Down East area of Maine is the coastal area from Penobscot Bay to the border with Canada. From a cultural perspective, the area can also include the counties of Hancock and Washington. The main towns around Down East Maine vacation rentals are Bar Harbor, Blue Hill, Calais, Eastpoint, Ellsworth and Machias, along with the Acadia National Park.

The region is accessed by Hancock Count-Bar Harbor Airport. Traveling by road, visitors will find Interstate Highway 1 is the main route through the region. Famous for its stunning scenery during autumn, Down East Maine enjoys warm summers and crisp, snowy winters. It is a glorious getaway vacation destination in whatever time of year you choose to travel.

Down East Maine Cottages to Explore This Historic Area

Calais, in Washington County, is one of the busiest border crossings for visitors wishing to enter Canada. It is home to Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge where visitors can enjoy some 50 miles of trails and dirt roads for hiking and biking in the summer, and skiing in the winter. Resident biologists welcome visitors for trips to find woodcock and waterfowl and spot eagles and osprey among the variety of wildlife. It is also a popular area for fishing where brook trout, yellow perch and chain pickerel are caught. During hunting season, the refuge is open for deer hunting.

From its founding as a trading post in 1633, the town of Machias has a unique history as the site of the first naval battle of the American Revolution. Machias is the home of the blueberry and it is celebrated annually with its own festival. It is known for its beautiful beaches, historic sites dating from the very beginning of America, and great hiking, golfing, hunting, skiing and snowmobiling. While visiting Down East Maine cabins, vacationers should visit the art gallery housed in the University of Maine.

The coastal town of Bar Harbor is home to the famous Maine lobster. The town attracts visitors year-round for its historic charm and Native American history. Take the Shore Path in the morning for a half-mile walk to watch the sunrise over Porcupine Islands. The path itself dates from 1880. At low tide, a walk over to Bar Island offers spectacular views back over the town. The town is also a great area for trips around the islands, whale watching and kayaking.

Gouldsboro, Maine is the gateway to Acadia National Park’s Schoodic Peninsula, the only part of the park on the mainland. The 440-foot top of the Peninsula has wonderful views of Frenchman Bay and the southern tip is the place to watch the surf pound against the granite cliffs. The surrounding villages of Birch Harbor, Corea, Grindstone Neck, Prospect Harbor and Winter Harbor provide visitors with a delightful array of shops, galleries, museums, and a great choice of restaurants.

Visit Acadia National Park

Visitors here often head to Acadia National Park which is considered one of America’s most beautiful and unique natural areas. The park combines mountains, islands and the splendor of the Atlantic Ocean. Those who enjoy climbing will find plenty of great cliff climbs. Nature lovers will enjoy the array of trips avaialable to see wildlife such as eagles and osprey, and viewing the coastal homes of porpoise, seal, and whales. Near Down East Maine cabins, there is also the opportunity to dive without getting wet, with divers taking video cameras out with them while visitors can view the action from the boat.

Down East Maine Cabins are Spectacular Properties in a Stunning Location

Such a spectacular area deserves an equally spectacular vacation home and visitors to Down East Maine cottages will not be disappointed. With a wide variety of homes, from cozy cottages on the cliffs to large, modern homes with incredible views, there is something for everyone. Owners ensure that their homes provide much more than the necessities. They provide luxuries ordinarily only found in top hotels, such as full entertainment systems, decks and balconies, outside space with BBQs, wireless internet access and more. Many welcome both kids and pets!

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