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ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, MAINE

Hiking in Acadia National Park

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Program #6125RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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 Sep 29 — Oct 4, 2013

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Type: Motel

Description: The Anchorage Motel offers a convenient in-town location, just 1/2 mile from the center of Bar Harbor Village. Fine restaurants, shops and waterfront activities are only a short walk down Main Street. Also nearby is the Shore Path. This walk takes you along the picturesque coastline, flanked by old mansions and lawns, and ends at the Town Pier.

Contact info:
51 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 USA
phone: 207-288-3959
web: www.anchoragebarharbor.com

Room amenities: Each 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 TV.

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

Additional nights before: To be arranged with motel.
Please contact the motel for availability and rates.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 29 - Afternoon Arrival, Victorian walking tour
Afternoon: Check in to motel and register with Road Scholar coordinator in lobby between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. The Anchorage Motel is located in downtown Bar Harbor and is within short walking distance to downtown shops and attractions. Our first gathering will be at 3:30, with a walking tour of Victorian Bar Harbor at 4:00.

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, vegetable, rolls and apple pie.

Evening: Evening free to explore Bar Harbor area.

Lodging: Anchorage Motel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: The Anchorage Motel offers a convenient in-town location, just 1/2 mile from the center of Bar Harbor Village. Fine restaurants, shops and waterfront activities are only a short walk down Main Street. Also nearby is the Shore Path. This walk takes you along the picturesque coastline, flanked by old mansions and lawns, and ends at the Town Pier.

Contact info:
51 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 USA
phone: 207-288-3959
web: www.anchoragebarharbor.com

Room amenities: Each 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 TV.

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

Additional nights before: To be arranged with motel.
Please contact the motel for availability and rates.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 30 - Welcome and orientation, hiking/Cadillac Mountain
Breakfast: We’ll start our day at a convenient downtown restaurant, where we'll enjoy buffet selections along with juice and coffee.

Morning: Welcome and orientation period, followed by our first hike of the week. We'll probably tackle a moderate route today, perhaps Gorham Mountain, with spectacular views over the Cranberry Islands and the Gulf of Maine.

Lunch: We'll take a break from our hiking to enjoy a picnic lunch in a scenic location. Our lunches will be taken “in the field” each day as we are doing our activities. A variety of sandwich offerings will be available.

Afternoon: We'll continue our hike, noticing the unique geological features carved out by the Wisconsin Glacier thousands of years ago. We'll enjoy the views eastward towards Schoodic Peninsula, a spectacular headland that juts into the Gulf of Maine.

Dinner: Tonight we'll enjoy a green salad; chicken pot pie; rolls and butter; dessert; and choice of beverage. Our light alternatives will again 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, just 1/2 mile from the center of Bar Harbor Village. Fine restaurants, shops and waterfront activities are only a short walk down Main Street. Also nearby is the Shore Path. This walk takes you along the picturesque coastline, flanked by old mansions and lawns, and ends at the Town Pier.

Contact info:
51 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 USA
phone: 207-288-3959
web: www.anchoragebarharbor.com

Room amenities: Each 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 TV.

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

Additional nights before: To be arranged with motel.
Please contact the motel for availability and rates.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, October 01 - Acadia National Park, hiking/naturalist led walk
Breakfast: Choose from a variety of breakfast entrees along with juice and coffee.

Morning: Before hiking, we'll head to Oldfarm, the ruins of the home of George B. Dorr, who's considered the father of Acadia National Park, and we'll learn the fascinating story of how the park was founded and how it came to be the only park in the entire national park system in which the land was donated rather than purchased by the government. The rest of the day will be devoted to our second hike of the week. Our guides will make a decision on which of the gorgeous routes on Mount Desert Island to experience. A possible choice will be Beech Mountain on the western side of the island, with gorgeous views over Blue Hill Bay towards the Deer Isle Peninsula.

Lunch: We'll pause at a scenic vista for an hour to enjoy the wonderful views and a picnic lunch, with a variety of sandwich options.

Afternoon: We'll continue our hike after lunch, with our group leader pointing out special scenic vistas and providing information on the flora and fauna of Mount Desert Island.

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: A naturalist will lead a walking tour of the spectacular Ocean Drive section of Acadia National Park, where waves pound the granite shore and the mountains meet the sea. Be sure to bring your cameras to capture the almost unbelievable beauty of this section of Acadia.

Lodging: Anchorage Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: The Anchorage Motel offers a convenient in-town location, just 1/2 mile from the center of Bar Harbor Village. Fine restaurants, shops and waterfront activities are only a short walk down Main Street. Also nearby is the Shore Path. This walk takes you along the picturesque coastline, flanked by old mansions and lawns, and ends at the Town Pier.

Contact info:
51 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 USA
phone: 207-288-3959
web: www.anchoragebarharbor.com

Room amenities: Each 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 TV.

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

Additional nights before: To be arranged with motel.
Please contact the motel for availability and rates.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, October 02 - Somes Sound, biking
Breakfast: Choose from a variety of breakfast entrees, along with juice and coffee.

Morning: We’ll give those hiking muscles a break this morning, perhaps taking a bicycling trip along Sargent Drive, which borders the shores of Somes Sound, the only fjord on the east coast of North America. You'll pedal in the shadow of the famed Norumbega Mountain, with views across the fjord to Acadia Mountain and St. Sauveur, two of the little-visited but spectacular mountains in the central part of the island.

Lunch: We’ll return from our morning activities and picnic at Albert Meadow, with a beautiful view across Frenchman Bay.

Afternoon: Free time to explore Acadia National Park and surrounding region

Dinner: Dinner on your own

Evening: Free time

Lodging: Anchorage Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Motel

Description: The Anchorage Motel offers a convenient in-town location, just 1/2 mile from the center of Bar Harbor Village. Fine restaurants, shops and waterfront activities are only a short walk down Main Street. Also nearby is the Shore Path. This walk takes you along the picturesque coastline, flanked by old mansions and lawns, and ends at the Town Pier.

Contact info:
51 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 USA
phone: 207-288-3959
web: www.anchoragebarharbor.com

Room amenities: Each 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 TV.

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

Additional nights before: To be arranged with motel.
Please contact the motel for availability and rates.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, October 03 - Acadia National Park, hiking/Lobster demonstratio...
Breakfast: Choose from a variety of breakfast entrees along with juice and coffee.

Morning: One of the best things about Mount Desert Island is the almost endless choice of hiking routes, all of them with jaw-dropping beauty. We'll take a look back at our week's hikes and choose another route which will show us the diverse beauty that Acadia has to offer.

Lunch: We'll again pick a scenic spot to enjoy a picnic lunch of sandwiches.

Afternoon: We'll continue our hiking activities, by now enjoying not only the beauty of the island but the camaraderie of the newfound friends we've made on this Road Scholar trip.

Dinner: Before hearing from a lobster expert about Maine’s most famous crustacean, we’ll have 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.

Evening: A lobster expert will demonstrate, using authentic gear and live lobsters, how Maine’s most famous sea creatures are caught and what the future of the industry looks like.

Lodging: Anchorage Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, October 04 - Acadia National Park, hiking/Departure
Breakfast: Choose from a variety of breakfast entrees along with juice and coffee.

Morning: Our final morning will find us saying goodbye to the island's spectacular trails with a "farewell hike" on a splendid route.

Brunch: Our Road Scholar week will come to an end as we enjoy a picnic lunch at Albert Meadow; take part in a brief “graduation” ceremony; and savor our memories of a week on the magnificent Maine coast.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch


Free Time Opportunities


Bar Harbor, ME
Acadia National ParkAn excellent resource for all information about the park.
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/acad/home.htm
Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce93 Cottage Street - P.O Box 158 - Bar Harbor, Maine 04609 - (207)-288-5103
For additional information, visit: www.barharborinfo.com/
Maine Office Of TourismMaine Office of Tourism - #59 State House Station - Augusta, ME 04333-0059 You may request a free full-color guidebook with 260 pages of Maine vacation opportunities through the web site. For Maine travel information, please call 1-888-624-6345.
For additional information, visit: www.visitmaine.com/home.php

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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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
13 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences

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