Your Guide to the Downeast Maine Region Hotels, Motels, Resorts, and Lodging

Downeast Maine is a beloved vacation destination for its amazing glacial carved rockbound coastline. Sunrise on Cadillac Mountain is the first place in America to see the sun, offering breathtaking views of Frenchman’s Bay. Bar Island in Bar Harbor is one of Maine’s marvels, reachable by car at low tide but only by kayak or boat at high tide. Vacationers traveling to Downeast Maine can explore Mt Desert Island, the natural wonders of Acadia National Park, or take a scenic boat ride to see over a dozen lighthouses in a day trip.

Furthest “Downeast” Passamaquoddy Bay offers amazing 20 foot plus tides! A visit to Down East Maine offers the adventure of hiking, biking and exploring the coast, with the comforts of staying at a Maine resortlovely historic innRV campgrounds or a more traditional brand hotel.

Bar Harbor draws the most visitors to Mount Desert Island, but there are many other towns in the Downeast Region that is just as diverting.

Acadia Inn | Bar Harbor 207-288-3500 | 98 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, Maine
The Acadia Inn sits on four acres bordering Acadia National Park and the coastal village of Bar Harbor. Whether you are visiting for a classic family vacation or seeking adventure, the Acadia Inn is your perfect fit. Our hotel has all the essentials - comfortable rooms, affordable rates, modern amenities, and a great location. Plus, direct trail access to Acadia National Park; family activities, such as movies on the lawn and s’mores, a pool, playground, and a relaxing atmosphere. Learn More
Bar Harbor Villager Motel | Bar Harbor 888-383-3211 | 207 Main St, Bar Harbor, Maine
The Bar Harbor Villager Motel is in the heart of downtown Bar Harbor close to shops, restaurants, activities, and the beautiful Bar Harbor Waterfront. With our in-town location, free off-street parking for guests, and the free Island Explorer bus service (May-October) which departs from just around the corner - you can access all the incredible features of downtown Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park without ever getting back in your car. Learn More
Bar Harbor Motel | Bar Harbor 207-288-3453 | 100 Eden St, Bar Harbor, Maine
Nestled close to Acadia National Park, the Bar Harbor Motel is offers so much. You can hike, bike, shop, and dine, all within a mile or two of our drive. The Motel also offers on-site amenities to make your trip spectacular. Our heated outdoor pool, playgrounds, lawn games, and kid-focused activities make your days filled with fun! The Island Explorer bus stop, on-site trail access to the park, bicycle storage, complimentary continental breakfast, and guest laundry make it simple. Learn More
Seaside Cottages | Southwest Harbor / Tremont 207-244-7746 | 41 Gunlow Pond Road, West Tremont, ME
My husband and I invite you to share the beauty of our property on the western side of Mount Desert Island. Our home and cottages share 500 feet of bold granite and stone beach shoreline with a southwesterly exposure on Blue Hill Bay. Our location is private, decidedly uncommercial yet convenient to surrounding towns and Acadia National Park. Our rates are competitive and the setting incomparable. We rent weekly Saturday to Saturday. Come, relax and enjoy the peace and quiet with us. Learn More
Blue Hill Inn | Blue Hill 207-374-2844 | 40 Union Street, Blue Hill, Maine
Relax and vacation at The Blue Hill Inn (est. 1840). Visit a quiet town on the picturesque Maine coast. Sail, cruise or kayak past the lighthouses of Penobscot Bay or shop for antiques and visit galleries. Sample food from farmers and fishermen at one of the local restaurants. Then return to a romantic, historic inn complete with fireplaces and a hearty breakfast, drinks and hors d'oeuvres which are always served with extraordinary hospitality. Learn More

More About Downeast & Acadia Maine
Mount Desert, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor Region

The term “Down East” comes from the days when schooners were used to carry cargo along the coast. The prevailing winds here blow from the southwest, pushing sailing vessels downwind, to the eastward, hence the name Downeast Maine. You’ll discover beautiful and very different sections of Downeast Maine.

Downeast Acadia

The East Penobscot Bay region, south of Mount Desert Island, is the first piece of this vacation puzzle called Downeast Acadia. CastineOrland, Blue Hill, Brooklin, Deer Isle and Stonington make up this exceptional grouping of peninsulas and islands. Like fingers, these parcels of land jut into the bay. Each village offers a glimpse of the way life should be. You’ll find quiant B&Bs, scrumptious food, colossal vistas and quiet coves you’ll fall in love with. Castine is a charming small town, home to the Maine Maritime Academy. Blue Hill attracts craftspeople and musicians, while nearby Brooklin has the Wooden Boat School. On the island of Deer Isle, visit the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.

Further Downeast, travelers may choose to find a lodgings in Ellsworth or Trenton when visiting the Acadia Maine region. Vacation stays are typically more affordable on the mainland than lodges on Mount Desert Island. Both the city of Ellsworth and Trenton make convenient vacation stops when touring along the Maine coast as each are close enough to spend a day trip on the island and continue further Downeast, while exploring Schoodic Peninsula – part of Acadia but on main land.


Mount Desert Island

Mount Desert Island, one of New England’s largest islands, is linked to the mainland and its vistas are indescribable. With seventeen mountains and four lakes, Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor are magnets that draw thousands every year. The Park and its 120 miles of hiking trails, colossal views from Cadillac Mountain, and the roar of Thunder Hole provide visitors to Downeast Acadia with memory-filled vacations. Artists flock to photograph or paint the landscape.

At the heart of Downeast Acadia is the bustling resort town of Bar Harbor is a treasure of delights for all ages. There are art galleries and museums including the Abbe Museum, where you’ll find Native American artifacts. The July and August music festivals will keep you humming. Whale-watching cruises depart daily, and Maine seafood is freshly prepared at many restaurants. Bar Harbor’s neighbors, Northeast Harbor, Southwest Harbor and Bass Harbor, attract visitors by land and by water.

The western side of the Downeast Acadia Maine region, known as the “quiet side,” offers a slower pace. Northeast and Southwest and Bass Harbors have ornamental gardens, estates, hundreds of sailing craft, the Wendell Gilley Museum and the Seal Cove Auto Museum, and the annual Oktoberfest. These small towns are ideal for those looking for a more remote location on the island while having the opportunity to visit Acadia National Park and take coastal boat tours. Shipbuilding in these Maine coastal villages continues to be a proud heritage at Hinckley.

A little further “Downeast” of Mt Desert Island is Winter Harbor and Schoodic Point Peninsula Area of Maine. The Schoodic Scenic Byway has commanding views of Downeast Acadia, however, many are not aware of this small section of Acadia National Park.


Washington County

The quiet beauty of Washington County along the Downeast Maine coast, with hundreds of miles of rugged coastline stretching from the Milbridge area to Passamaquoddy Bay and up to Calais, reflects an era gone by. A secret to truly discovering Washington County is leaving Route 1. Wander along roads leading to peninsulas and visit Winter Harbor, the Schoodic Peninsula, Steuben, Milbridge and Jonesport. From Jonesport sneak over to Beals Island and Great Waas Island for hiking trails. Historic Machias hosts the annual Maine Blueberry Festival each August.

The eastern part Maine’s Downeast is the road less traveled, “a place to get away” from the maddening crowd. Vacationing here is tranquil and relaxing, whether you’re sitting on the porch of a cabin listening to the loons or canoeing the St. Croix River. Fall foliage abounds in its brilliant colors. Cobscook Bay State Park or the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge offers trails and vistas where you can see eagles, woodcock, and a variety of flora.

Lubec, the easternmost town in the Downeast Region and the United States, has a beautiful state park, West Quoddy Head, where a 90-foot cliff overlooks the Bay of Fundy. There’s a new international trade port in Eastport, and the Passamaquoddy Indian Tribe has a museum on Route 190. The highest tides in the continental U.S. can be viewed in the Calais area; an excellent viewing spot is the park and boat landing on Route 1 in Robbinston. Come to the “Sunrise County” and discover the unspoiled beauty of Maine.

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