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ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, MAINE

New England's Gem: Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park

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Program #16429RJ
4 Days | 3 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate (Variable by Program Date)
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Oct 15 — Oct 18, 2013

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Type: Motel

Description: The Anchorage Motel offers a convenient in-town location near the center of Bar Harbor. Fine restaurants, shops and waterfront activities are only a short walk away from this AAA-approved lodging facility. Also nearby is the Shore Path, a picturesque walking route that is flanked by old mansions and lawns and affords expansive views eastward across Frenchman Bay.

Contact info:
51 Mt. Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 USA
phone: 207-288-3959
Room amenities: Each rooms has a private bath with tub and/or shower, color cable television and direct dial telephone.

Facility amenities: Rooms have two beds, private baths, air conditioning, telephone and cable television.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Available from the motel
Additional nights can be arranged by calling the hotel office.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Tuesday, October 15 -
Afternoon: Check in to motel and register with Road Scholar coordinator between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. The Anchorage Motel is located in downtown Bar Harbor and is within a short walk of downtown shops and attractions. We’ll have our first gathering at 3:30 to get to know each other, then we'll head to the Acadia National Park Visitor Center for an introduction to the park and Mount Desert Island. Following that, we'll do a Victorian walking tour, focusing on the era when Bar Harbor was the country's most exclusive and illustrious resort.

Dinner: We'll dine at the Portside Grill in downtown Bar Harbor, with a Down East lobster dinner highlighting our program on the last night. Each evening there will be a designated entrée; Portside will also offer a "light" alternative every night of Chicken Caesar Salad or grilled portabello mushroom. Tonight we'll have baked haddock with boiled new potatoes and veggies; rolls and butter; dessert; and choice of beverage.

Lodging: Anchorage Motel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: The Anchorage Motel offers a convenient in-town location near the center of Bar Harbor. Fine restaurants, shops and waterfront activities are only a short walk away from this AAA-approved lodging facility. Also nearby is the Shore Path, a picturesque walking route that is flanked by old mansions and lawns and affords expansive views eastward across Frenchman Bay.

Contact info:
51 Mt. Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 USA
phone: 207-288-3959
Room amenities: Each rooms has a private bath with tub and/or shower, color cable television and direct dial telephone.

Facility amenities: Rooms have two beds, private baths, air conditioning, telephone and cable television.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Available from the motel
Additional nights can be arranged by calling the hotel office.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Wednesday, October 16 -
Breakfast: We’ll start our day at a convenient downtown restaurant, where we'll enjoy buffet selections along with juice and coffee.

Morning: We'll begin the day's activities with a trip to the ruins of Oldfarm, the estate of George B. Dorr, who's considered the father of Acadia National Park. We'll learn the fascinating story of how Acadia came to be the only national park in which the land was donated rather than purchased by the government. Then we'll move on to our first classroom session, hearing Catherine Schmidt discuss various aspects of science in Acadia. Ruth Grierson will then entertain with her presentation on flora and fauna of the park.

Lunch: We'll picnic today with sandwiches and the trimmings, probably stopping at the scenic Bear Brook picnic area as we start our tour of Acadia's Ocean Drive.

Afternoon: We'll board the "Green Machine" for a tour of Acadia's Park Loop Road, including the famed Ocean Drive section. We'll include stops at Thunder Hole, where under the right conditions the sea sends flumes of spray skyward and produces a booming sound, and Jordan Pond, a glacial lake nestled between two mountains.

Dinner: Tonight we'll have a green salad; meatloaf; mashed potatoes and veggies; rolls and butter; and dessert. Our light alternatives will also be available.

Evening: We’ll take a scenic drive up Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the eastern seaboard, taking in the marvelous 360-degree views from the summit.

Lodging: Anchorage Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: The Anchorage Motel offers a convenient in-town location near the center of Bar Harbor. Fine restaurants, shops and waterfront activities are only a short walk away from this AAA-approved lodging facility. Also nearby is the Shore Path, a picturesque walking route that is flanked by old mansions and lawns and affords expansive views eastward across Frenchman Bay.

Contact info:
51 Mt. Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 USA
phone: 207-288-3959
Room amenities: Each rooms has a private bath with tub and/or shower, color cable television and direct dial telephone.

Facility amenities: Rooms have two beds, private baths, air conditioning, telephone and cable television.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Available from the motel
Additional nights can be arranged by calling the hotel office.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Thursday, October 17 -
Breakfast: We'll choose from a variety of breakfast entrees, including juice and coffee.

Morning: Anne Warner of Acadia National Park staff will lead off the morning's program with a view of the park's history and many functions. Then Glenn Tucker will present his inter-active lobster demonstration, talking about the fishermen of Maine, their equipment and methods, and the state of the lobster fishery.

Lunch: We'll pick one of the island's prettiest spots for today's picnic.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll visit Somesville, the oldest settlement on Mount Desert Island, where C. H. Breedlove will take us on a walking tour of the town, including the famed Monet Bridge. Then we'll head to the Maine Granite Museum, where Steve Haynes will give a fascinating demonstration of granite cutting.

Dinner: Tonight we'll enjoy an old-fashioned Down East shore feast. We'll start with a cup of clam chowder, then wej'll have boiled lobster served with drawn butter; boiled red potatoes; cole slaw; rolls and butter; dessert; and beverage

Lodging: Anchorage Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Four: Friday, October 18 -
Breakfast: We'll choose from a variety of breakfast entrees along with juice and coffee.

Morning: Raney Bench, curator of education at the Abbe Museum, will talk about the Native American culture of Mount Desert Island, and we'll have time to browse through the museum, with its wealth of exhibits. Finally, Tim Garrity will talk about the Civil War and Mount Desert Island.

Lunch: Our time comes to an end as we enjoy a farewell picnic and say goodbye to our newfound Road Scholar friends.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
3 nights of accommodations
9 meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences

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