Downeast & Acadia

Some say there’s something exceptional about the area around Bangor and Mount Desert Island. For this particular location has been suggested as the starting place for, Downeast? Maine. It then stretches on along the coast toward the Canadian border. There are others who consider the northern sections of Maine as Downeast, while some give this curious designation to the entire state.

Early Spring

March & April

23° | 53°

Wear layers as temperatures vary. Welcome to “Mud Season”!

Late Spring

May & June

45° | 74°

Wear layers as temperatures vary. Things are warming up!

Early Summer

June & July

50° | 75°

Wear layers as temperatures vary.

Late Summer

August & September

51° | 78°

Enjoy!

Early Autumn

October

40° | 57°

Bring a sweater.

Late Autumn

November & Early December

31° | 45°

Bring a sweater, coat & hat. Snow likely.

Early Winter

Late December & January

19° | 30°

Dress for snow!

Late Winter

February & March

15° | 40°

Bring a sweater. Snow is likely.

Depending on who’s talking, Downeast could be anyplace east of the present spot. It’s clear that the expression Downeast can have a variety of locations. After years of nurturing perhaps it’s not so much a place as a state of mind.

The term first caught on when vacationers coming from Boston had to wait for an easterly breeze before they could sail. So they would be heading downwind toward the east. Hence: Downeast.

Follow the Penobscot River south and you’ll see the new Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory, a marvel of bridge engineering. One of its support structures has an observations tower with a panoramic view of the surrounding area.

In Prescott there’s great fun for kids to explore the hidden passages and tunnels of Fort Knox. Bucksport and Ellsworth provide you with gift and antique shops, restaurants, galleries and a variety of lodging places, along with outdoor and water sports.

Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park are often linked because of their overlapping geography. More than 4 million vacationers each year have been charmed by the island’s mountain, ocean and woodland vistas. Towns on the island that share their popularity with vacationers include Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor and Tremont among others. Each has a rich history, personality and a host of attractions you’ll enjoy.

Featured Events

  • Wine & Whiskers

    July 27

    Held at the Bar Harbor Club at 5:30PM. This festive event includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and LIVE music. Silent and live auction items. All the proceeds from the event will help support the operation of the SPCA of Hancock County. Reservations ...

    Bar Harbor Club
  • Maritime Music Concert with Castlebay

    August 5 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    An evening of traditional Maine seafaring songs. Rain date Tuesday, August 10, 6:00 p.m.

    Town Common
  • Blue Hill Fair

    September 2 - September 6

    The Blue Hill Fair is a true “Down to Earth” Country Fair. Always scheduled around Labor Day weekend the fair boasts of some of the finest entertainment, attractions, and exhibits. The Fair draws thousands from all over the state to enjoy...

    Blue Hill Fairgrounds

Recommended Area Businesses

FIORE Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars

Come In And Taste For Yourself!
8 Rodick Pl. Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(207) 801-2580

 Shop / Bangor / Acadia / Downeast

7 Rope Ferry Road, Sedgwick, Maine 04676
(207) 359-8722
Pet Friendly

 Shop / Bangor / Acadia / Downeast

57 Bar Harbor Rd., Trenton, ME 04605
(207) 667-3600
Pet Friendly

 Campgrounds / Bangor / Acadia / Downeast

Multiple locations
Pet Friendly

 Stay / Bangor / Acadia / Downeast

130 High St. Ellsworth, ME 04605
(207) 667-1345
Pet Friendly

 Stay / Bangor / Acadia / Downeast

PO Box 32, 12 Chapel St., Eastport, ME 04631
(207) 214-3272
Pet Friendly

 Stay / Bangor / Acadia / Downeast

175 High St., Ellsworth, ME 04606
(207) 667-5166

 Shop / Bangor / Acadia / Downeast

421 Wilson Ave., Brewer, ME 04412
(207) 907-2323
Pet Friendly

 Shop / Bangor / Acadia / Downeast

Eastport Breakwater Gallery

Fine Arts in Downeast Maine
93 Water St., Eastport, ME 04631
(207) 853-4773

 Shop / Bangor / Acadia / Downeast

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