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

Pentagoet Inn & Wine Bar | Castine 207-326-8616 | 26 Main Street, Castine, Maine
Gracious hospitality, exceptional lodging, and a cozy pub and wine bar await you. This award winning Queen Anne Victorian inn overlooks the picture perfect village and harbor of Castine. Take one of the inn bikes to Dyce Head lighthouse, hike Witherle Woods or relax at the Backshore beach. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Maine coast with kayaking and sailing tours around the harbor and Penobscot Bay. Wine Bar open to the public for libations and small plates. Summer Jazz on the Porch, Tuesdays, July-September. Learn More
Kingsleigh Inn | Southwest Harbor 207-244-5302 | 373 Main St , Southwest Harbor, Maine
Kingsleigh Inn is a turn of the century, turreted Queen Anne Victorian that sits high on a hill, 100 yards from the water. The Inn, with its elegant yet casual atmosphere, is located in the center of town surrounded by Acadia National Park. Enjoy rooms with water views, private decks and pampering amenities. A three-course gourmet breakfast is served as are afternoon baked goods, early evening wine and hors d oeurves and all day tea and espresso. Come see why Conde Nast featured us as the place to stay on Mount Desert Island! Learn More
Atlantic Oceanside Hotel | Bar Harbor 207-288-5801 | 119 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, Maine
The Atlantic Oceanside Hotel and Event Center is located directly on the ocean in beautiful Bar Harbor. Surrounded by twelve acres of lush gardens with incredible views of Maine's scenic coast. Most rooms have balconies or patios, all have refrigerators, air conditioners and modern amenities. There are outdoor and indoor pools and an exercise facility. We are located near the entrance to Acadia National Park and just one mile from downtown Bar Harbor. Learn More
Blue Hill Inn | Blue Hill 207-374-2844 | 40 Union Street, Blue Hill, Maine
The Blue Hill Inn (c.1830), a place to relax, a place to vacation. Visit a quiet and scenic place on the coast. Sail, cruise or kayak past the lighthouses of Penobscot Bay or shop for antiques and visit galleries. Sample food and cooking from local farmer’s and fishermen or attend a chamber music concert. Then return to a bed and breakfast of distinction where hors d’oeuvres and wine are served by the fireplace and where our priority is individualized attention to guests. Learn More
Best Western Acadia Park Inn | Bar Harbor 207-288-5823 | 452 State Highway 3, Bar Harbor, Maine
The Inn consists of five separate buildings on 15 acres located 4 miles from downtown Bar Harbor and 2 miles from Acadia National Park entrance. The hotel is within minutes to popular activities such as kayaking, biking, nature cruises, whale watching, golfing and hiking. An ideal place to stay when visiting Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. This Bar Harbor hotel offers amenities such as complimentary continental breakfast, outdoor heated pool, Cable TV, Hi-Speed internet access, convenient exterior room entrances and more. Great rates and Vacation Packages. Learn More
Acadia Sunrise Motel | Trenton 207-667-8452 | 952 Bar Harbor Road, Trenton, Maine
Clean, affordable, family run. Acadia Sunrise Motel is a family-owned and operated property with Down East hospitality and great rates. Located just minutes to Mount Desert Island and 15 minutes to Bar Harbor in nearby Trenton. Clean comfortable newly renovated rooms offer full bath, A/C, Cable, and phone. Some rooms have kitchenettes. Property offers stunning views of the mountains of Mount Desert Island, wildflower gardens, and a heated outdoor pool. Open mid-April to end of October. Learn More
Acadia Inn | Bar Harbor 207-288-3500 | 98 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, Maine
Bar Harbor's most accommodating hotel. 95 deluxe air conditioned rooms with a king or queen beds. Well-maintained grounds and recreational area. Amenities include: free continental breakfast, HBO, guest laundry, heated pool and Jacuzzi, refrigerators, free local calls, irons, hair dryers. Located one mile to downtown and all the shops and water activities. Just minutes to the wonders of Acadia National Park and its many outdoor activities. Learn More
Harbour Cottage Inn | Southwest Harbor 207-244-5738 | 9 Dirigo Road, Southwest Harbor, Maine
This historic Inn is an 1870's Victorian bed and breakfast, situated atop Dirigo Hill and overlooking the picturesque waters of Southwest Harbor. Located on Mt Desert Island near Bar Harbor and world-famous Acadia National Park. The Inn is within walking distance of wonderful restaurants, shopping, marinas, and lobster wharves. The Bowsprit Bar at the Harbour Cottage Inn also offers guests a relaxed evening on the beautiful deck and porch. Learn More
Bucksport Motor Inn | Bucksport 207-469-3111 | 70 US Route 1, Bucksport, Maine
Bucksport Motor Inn overlooking the Penobscot River is ideal as you tour the midcoast of Maine. Our family operated, family- friendly motel is a short drive to Maine attractions like the Penobscot Narrows Observation Bridge, Bangor, Belfast, Bluehill, Ellsworth, and Castine. Mount Desert Island is just 40 miles away. All of our rooms offer park at your door convenience, with microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, Cable TV, and A/C plus high speed internet. Our affordable rooms are non-smoking. We offer select pet friendly rooms as well. 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.

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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.

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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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