Packages Available: Summer
Tour Length: 5 Days/4 Nights
Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Acadia National Park
Exclusive Package Offered at the Historic Bluenose Inn in Bar Harbor.
Remember when summer vacation meant loading the family in the back of the station wagon and heading to the coast, or climbing on the old school bus and heading to camp? Remember roasting marshmallows and singing songs by the campfire? Remember hikes in the woods and barefoot wades along the shore searching for "treasures" to bring home? Here’s your chance to rekindle those fond memories minus the tent and sleeping bag!
Join us as Acadia National Park celebrates its 100th Anniversary. Acadia is the oldest National Park east of the Mississippi River and was discovered by Samuel de Champlain in 1604. Learn of John D. Rockefeller’s instrumental role in the Park’s development, listen to tales of the Wabanaki people, the island’s original habitats, and discover why this Park has become one of the most sought-after destinations in the United States.
Arrive mid afternoon. You will quickly discover the allure of the rocky Maine coast, from the panoramic views of this hilltop property. Enjoy time to explore this exquisite property, walk along the garden paths or hop in for a refreshing swim in either of the indoor or outdoor pools.
Gather for a delicious Welcome Dinner served at the Inn. Following dinner, join in for live entertainment in the Great Room.
Start the day with a hearty breakfast served at the Inn. Breathe in the fresh salt air and witness the amazing views during a morning stroll.
Board the coach and travel a short distance to Acadia National Park, located on Mount Dessert Island. Begin your visit with a Carriage Tour, where you will experience the Park’s world-famous carriage roads as designed and built by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. This fully narrated, two-hour ride takes you on a leisurely step back in history, featuring some of the most remarkable bridge work in America. You may dismount the carriage and explore the Cobblestone Bridge, the first of Mr. Rockefeller bridges built in 1913. Your trip culminates with a visit to the historic Jordan Pond Gatehouse.
After your ride, relax over a picnic lunch brought from the Inn’s restaurant. After lunch, an official Acadia National Parks Guide will board the coach and lead you on a fascinating tour of the Park’s highlights. There will be scheduled events in the Park to commemorate the 100th Anniversary.
Enjoy time late afternoon to explore the charming town of Bar Harbor. Visit the shops and galleries and sip a refreshing beverage at a shore side café.
Return to the Inn for time to relax and refresh before dinner. This evening is filled with fascinating entertainment and fabulous food.
Tie on the lobster bibs and get ready to savor the flavors of a traditional "New England Clambake." Dine on chowdah’, steamers and fresh, steamed Maine lobstah’! Of course, there will be selections for the landlubbers!
After dinner, meet Captain John Nicolai, one of Maine’s most knowledgeable and entertaining lobster experts. The Captain has made it his mission to help sustain Maine’s lobster fishery, by promoting its rich history and traditions, and teaching the importance of preserving the State’s lobster population. Captain John’s enthusiasm and sense of humor, as well as his great repertoire of tales from the Maine coast, make his presentations as fun as they are informative. The Captain has been featured many times in the national and international media, including the CBS Morning Show, the Food Network, the Travel Channel, PBS, the Outdoor Channel and the Outdoor Living Network.
After breakfast at the Inn, board the coach and travel to the renowned Campobello Island in the Bay of Fundy.
Along the way visit the West Quoddy Head Lighthouse, the easternmost point in the contiguous United States and the closest point to Europe from a point in the 50 states. West Quoddy Head overlooks Quoddy Narrows, a strait between Canada and the United States. Since 1808, there has been a lighthouse there to guide ships through the waterway. The current one, with distinctive red-and-white stripes, was built in 1858. Explore the Visitor’s Center, meet the local guides and watch for frolicking seals in the bay.
Board the coach and continue a short distance to Campobello Island. (Passports required.) Campobello Island will capture your heart with breathtaking views and unspoiled nature. Begin your visit with lunch on your own at the locals’ favorite, Family Fishery.
For many years, Franklin D. Roosevelt summered on Campobello Island. As an adult, he shared with his family the same active pursuits he enjoyed on the island as child. Today, Roosevelt Campobello International Park serves as a memorial to FDR and a symbol of cooperation between the U.S. and Canada. Visit the Edmund S. Muskie Visitor Center, which contains exhibits and a video interpreting the Roosevelt story. Tour FDR's 34-room summer cottage and visit with the docents who will interpret the home and its artifacts. Walk through beautiful flower gardens.
End your visit with "Tea with Eleanor." Enjoy tea and cookies served at the Hubbard Cottage and listen to an expert guide tell stories of Eleanor’s extraordinary life. Leave with a book of Eleanor’s cookie recipes compiled by Eleanor’s granddaughter.
Before you depart the island, there will be time to visit the Campobello Gift House. This is an ideal spot to pick up souvenirs and gifts.
On your way back to Bar Harbor, stop in the quaint town of Machias, Maine, home of the renowned Helen’s Restaurant. Opened in 1950, this restaurant has gained a reputation for serving the best comfort food and the absolute very best homemade pie in New England. The restaurant’s blueberry pie was featured in "The National Geographic Traveler" and "Everyday with Rachel Ray." Make sure to save room for dessert.
Return to the Inn for a relaxing evening of live entertainment, performed in The Great Room.
Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the Inn, for today you’ll earn your "sea legs" on a Windjammer Cruise.
Your first stop is at the Abbe Museum, where you will learn about the Wabanaki Nation. The history and cultures of Maine's Native people, the Wabanaki, are showcased through changing exhibitions and craft workshops. The Abbe serves as an essential resource for helping teachers and students comply with new State legislation, known as "the Wabanaki Initiative," that requires the teaching of Wabanaki cultures and history in Maine schools. Your visit includes a tour of the Museum, a hands-on workshop and time to visit the amazing gift shop.
After the museum experience, have lunch on your own in Bar Harbor and time to explore the shops.
Early afternoon, board the Margaret Todd, a four-masted schooner. This historic watercraft from a bygone era, sails you from Bar Harbor and amongst the islands of Frenchman’s Bay. This cruise features an interesting narrative of local history, provided by a Park Ranger, geographical points and wildlife, as you look for bald eagles, seals and porpoises!
After the cruise, head over to Fiori Artisan Olive Oils and Vinegars. Fiori’s mission is to provide the freshest, highest quality, authentic, hard to find, specialty oils, vinegars and specialty foods. Enjoy time in the tasting room, discover new uses for the tasty oils and vinegars and purchase some to enjoy when you return home.
Head back to the Inn to refresh before dinner. Relax over afternoon tea and reflect on the day’s activities.
Your farewell dinner is served at a local, seafood lover’s restaurant. Here’s your last chance to taste fresh, Maine seafood and sample local specialties.
After dinner, return to the Inn. Gather ‘round the fire for a marshmallow roast, complete with chocolate and graham crackers to make your own s’mores. Chime in and try to remember the words to your favorite camp songs. If all else fails, sing a round of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat!"
After breakfast at the Inn, pack your bags and check out. Before you board the coach for home, bring your camera and take a few moments to capture the memories of your trip.
Packages Available: Summer
Tour Length: 5 Days/4 Nights
Your Package Includes:
- 4 Nights lodging at the Bluenose Inn
- 4 Breakfasts
- 1 Lunch
- 4 Dinners
- Afternoon Tea at the Inn
- Live entertainment at the Inn
- S’mores at the Inn
- Carriage Trail Ride at Acadia National Bark
- Guided Tour at Acadia National Park
- Anniversary Celebration activities at Acadia National Park
- Time to explore Bar Harbor
- Captain John’s Lobster Presentation
- Stop at the West Quoddy Head Light
- Tour of FDR’s cottage and grounds on Campobello Island
- Tea with Eleanor on Campobello
- Time to visit the shops on Campobello Island
- Admission to the Abbe Museum with hands-on workshop
- Sail on the Margaret Todd
- Visit to Fiori Artisan Olive Oils and Vinegars
- Baggage service for one piece of luggage per traveler
- Accommodations for the coach driver
- Taxes and gratuities
- Call for custom prices. We will gladly arrange accommodations and attractions during your travel to and from Bar Harbor.