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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 Jun 1 — Jun 4, 2014

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Type: Motel

Description: The Quality Inn offers a convenient downtown 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:
40 Kebo Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 USA
phone: 207-288-5403
Room amenities: Each room has two beds, cable TV, free wireless Internet, free local calls, hair dryer, air conditioning, in-room coffee maker, refrigerator and iron/ironing board.

Facility amenities: The Bar Harbor Quality Inn has been recognized by Quality Inns International as having the 9th best housekeeping of all Quality Inns worldwide.

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 at 207-288-5403.

Check in time: 2:30 PM


Day One: Sunday, June 01 - Welcome and orientation, Victorian walking tour
Afternoon: Check in to motel and register with Road Scholar group leader between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. The Quality Inn 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 and to receive an introduction to Acadia National Park. 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 a local restaurant in downtown Bar Harbor. Each evening there will be a designated entrée, and a light alternative will be available.

Lodging: Bar Harbor Quality Inn

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: The Quality Inn offers a convenient downtown 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:
40 Kebo Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 USA
phone: 207-288-5403
Room amenities: Each room has two beds, cable TV, free wireless Internet, free local calls, hair dryer, air conditioning, in-room coffee maker, refrigerator and iron/ironing board.

Facility amenities: The Bar Harbor Quality Inn has been recognized by Quality Inns International as having the 9th best housekeeping of all Quality Inns worldwide.

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 at 207-288-5403.

Check in time: 2:30 PM


Day Two: Monday, June 02 - Abbe Museum, Acadia National Park tour
Note: Our day will be split between classroom activities and field trips. Our “headquarters” will be the Abbe Museum, which highlights Native American culture and history on Mount Desert Island. This facility is ideally suited for our program, with a convenient downtown location, fascinating exhibits and a comfortable, spacious classroom.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast will be served at the motel.

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 the Abbe Museum, where George Neptune will lead a tour of the facility and give us a capsule look at Native American history. Finally, Ruth Grierson will entertain us with her humor-laced 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: Be prepared for stunning scenery this afternoon as we tour Acadia’s Park Loop Road, including the famed Ocean Drive section. We’ll stop at Thunder Hole, where under the right conditions the sea sends flumes of spray skyward and produces a booming sound. We’ll also visit the glacially carved Jordan Pond, which is nestled between mountains and features a gorgeous panorama looking towards the Bubbles, twin peaks rising out of the water on the north end of the pond.

Dinner: Dinner tonight is on your own. We'll be happy to help with suggestions.

Evening: We’ll enjoy a scenic drive up Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the eastern seaboard. When the serpentine summit road was built in the 1930s, it was considered the best-engineered mountain road in the world. From the summit, we’ll marvel at the 360-degree views and will look west towards Blue Hill as the day comes to an end.

Lodging: Bar Harbor Quality Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Motel

Description: The Quality Inn offers a convenient downtown 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:
40 Kebo Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 USA
phone: 207-288-5403
Room amenities: Each room has two beds, cable TV, free wireless Internet, free local calls, hair dryer, air conditioning, in-room coffee maker, refrigerator and iron/ironing board.

Facility amenities: The Bar Harbor Quality Inn has been recognized by Quality Inns International as having the 9th best housekeeping of all Quality Inns worldwide.

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 at 207-288-5403.

Check in time: 2:30 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, June 03 - Lobster demonstration, field trips
Note: We’ll have another “half and half” day, spending the morning at the Abbe Museum, and then heading to the western side of Mount Desert Island – often called “the quiet side” by natives.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast will be served at the motel.

Morning: Anne Warner of the 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.We'll then head over to 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, one of the most photographed vistas in Maine.

Lunch: We'll have our picnic today at the Maine Granite Museum.

Afternoon: Steve Haynes will give a fascinating demonstration of granite cutting and tell us how that industry has impacted Mount Desert Island over the years. Then we'll tour the western side of the island, including Bass Harbor Head Light, which guards the craggy south-facing shore of Mount Desert Island. We'll also pass the famed Stone Barn, a Mount Desert Island landmark.

Dinner: Tonight we'll enjoy an old-fashioned Down East shore feast, featuring the state’s most well-known crustacean, the cold-water lobster.

Lodging: Bar Harbor Quality Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Four: Wednesday, June 04 - Classroom presentations, final picnic
Note: We’ll wrap up our week’s educational activities with two different presentations at the Abbe Museum.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast will be served at the motel.

Morning: Catherine Schmidt will discuss various aspects of science in Acadia National Park before Tim Garrity, director of the Mount Desert Island Historical Society, talks about the Civil War and Maine.

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
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3 nights of accommodations
8 meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences

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