• Learn to climb Acadia's cliffs
    Learn to climb Acadia's cliffs
    The Great Chimney is not, as its name might suggest, something Santa shimmies up and down every Christmas Eve.
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  • Experience coastal Maine from the air
    Experience coastal Maine from the air
    An unforgettable journey over the rugged shores, mountain peaks and isolated islands of the Acadia National Park area awaits visitors to Acadia Air Tours.
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  • Kayak Maine's rugged shore
    Kayak Maine's rugged shore
    There’s a spot on the coast of Ironbound Island where the cliffs don’t quite fit together.
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  • Explore Acadia's pathways
    Explore Acadia's pathways
    Ellen Dohmen spots a clover patch to the left of the Valley Trail on Beech Mountain. She stops and plucks a few leaves to smell.
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  • Relax at a remote lodge
    Relax at a remote lodge
    Where can you go to get away from it all, even if you already live in a place like Bar Harbor where other people flock to do just that? How about looking for a Maine deeper in?
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Maine's natural beauty
Tastes of sea and land
A lively arts scene
Maine's natural beauty
Tastes of sea and land
A lively arts scene
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Over two million visitors flock to Acadia National Park each year. The region's natural beauty does not stop at the park's boundaries, however. There are many vibrant communities and attractions within a half-day's drive. Check out all Downeast Maine has to offer.

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Country Store Antiques in Trenton. PHOTO BY LAURA COLE

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ArtWaves’ Plein Air Painters meet at 2 p.m. every Sunday to sketch or paint together. Anyone is free to join.

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After being closed for three decades, the Bangor Drive-In is reopening and plans to show two first-run movies seven nights per week. “Rambo: First Blood Part II” was the last movie to play at the outdoor movie theater located on Outer Hammond Street (Route 2) in Hermon. 

Thirty years after it closed, the Bangor Drive-In was set to reopen July 1. The outdoor movie theater is run by Cinema Bangor LLC. “I […]

The French frigate Hermione, a replica of the full-rigged ship that brought the Marquis de LaFayette to America in 1780 with promises of assistance for Washington’s army, shown here under full sail in the Bay of Biscay off the western coast of France, will visit Castine for two days this summer, arriving just in time for Bastille Day celebrations on July 14. USED BY PERMISSION: ASSOCIATION HERMIONE-LAFAYETTE-L. BAILLARD

CASTINE — Fittingly on Bastille Day, France’s national holiday on July 14, the replica frigate Hermione is putting into Castine as part of the Castine […]

The Seal Cove Auto Museum’s 1911 American Victoria Underslung was built for Bostonian shipping heiress Isabel Perkins Anderson by her diplomat husband Larz Anderson. She used it to tour the Belgian countryside. 

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Earlier this year, Birch Harbor resident and chef Holly Smith (center) acquired Chester Pike’s Galley from Jane Fogg (left) and Amy McGarr (right). The restaurant is an institution in eastern Hancock County.  

What began as a whisper and then fierce scuttlebutt is now a fact — Chester Pike’s Galley has reopened for the season and it’s in […]

Baritone Chad Sloane and pianist Clara Chowning will perform the festival’s opening Tea Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 28, at the Maine Sea Coast Mission in Bar Harbor.

Founding artistic director Francis Fortier has discovered new musicians to enrich the 2015 Bar Harbor Music Festival held in singular settings scattered across this coastal […]

Bring an instrument, find a spot and start playing with the best of them.

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