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ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, MAINE

Multi-Sport Adventure: Sea Kayaking, Bicycling, and Hiking in Acadia

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Program #2198RJ
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 Jun 23 — Jun 28, 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 room 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, June 23 - Afternoon Arrival, Victorian walking tour
Afternoon: Check in to motel and register with Road Scholar group leader in lobby between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. The Anchorage Motel is located in downtown Bar Harbor and is within a short walk of downtown shops and attractions. Our first gathering will be at 4:30, with a walking tour of Victorian Bar Harbor at 5:00.

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 and veggies; rolls and butter; dessert; and choice of beverage.

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 room 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, June 24 - Welcome, orientation, bike fitting/Acadia Nationa...
Welcome, orientation, bike fitting/Acadia National Park/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, followed by custom-fitting of bicycles. Then we’ll start our week by biking on the carriage trails of Acadia National Park, built by John D. Rockefeller Jr. These unique roads are closed to all motorized traffic and are ideal for biking. Today we'll head out to cycle the Eagle Lake and Jordan Pond loops, both of which pass lovely glacial lakes nestled between granite mountains.

Lunch: We'll enjoy a picnic lunch on the tea lawn of Jordan Pond house, an iconic institution in Acadia National Park. 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: After lunch we'll continue our cycling trip, with an optional biking climb up the Day Mountain carriage road; from the summit, there are terrific views southward of the Gulf of Maine and the Cranberry Islands. We'll see further views of Jordan Pond and Eagle Lake as well as the lovely Bubble Pond.

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 room 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, June 25 - Sea kayaking in Blue Hill Bay
Breakfast: Choose from a variety of breakfast entrees along with juice and coffee.

Morning: Before kayaking, 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. Then we'll go paddling; the waters surrounding Mount Desert Island constitute the premier sea kayaking venue on the east coast, and today we'll experience paddling at its finest. Using ultra-stable tandem kayaks, we'll choose a route that will best fit the conditions. A possible choice: lovely Blue Hill Bay, where we'll depart Seal Cove, a quaint fishing harbor, and head out past Moose Island.

Lunch: We'll enjoy a picnic lunch somewhere along our kayaking route, probably on a cobble beach. Hardwood Island, with its nearby mussel farms, might be a good choice. Again, we'll choose from a variety of sandwich offerings.

Afternoon: We'll continue our journey through Blue Hill Bay, heading up towards Bartlett Island, owned by the Rockefellers and home to their cattle-farming operation. Along the way, we'll pass Pretty Marsh Harbor, Folly Island and John Island, winding our way among lobster boats and pleasure craft before our take-out point at Bartlett Landing.

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.

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 room 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, June 26 - Mount Desert Island hike
Breakfast: Choose from a variety of breakfast entrees along with juice and coffee.

Morning: We’ll lace on the hiking boots this morning and head out to one of the spectacular trails in Acadia. A possible choice: Gorham Mountain, with breathtaking views southward towards the Cranberry Islands and the Gulf of Maine. We'll get a quick start this morning and hike until early afternoon, in effect getting in a full day's activity and still leaving time for sightseeing.

Lunch: We’ll "grab and go" with your sandwiches today. After returning from our hike, you can either picnic at Albert Meadow, overlooking Frenchman Bay, or if you'd like to take advantage of a full afternoon of sightseeing on your own, you can "eat on the run."

Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore Acadia National Park and Mt. Desert Island

Dinner: Dinner on your own

Evening: Free time to explore Bar Harbor

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 room 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, June 27 - Park Loop Road of Acadia National Park/lobster fi...
Breakfast: Choose from a variety of breakfast entrees along with juice and coffee.

Morning: Today we have another sea kayaking trip scheduled. If conditions are good, we'll head out into Frenchman Bay, island-hopping among the famed Porcupine Islands. From our unique kayak perspective on the water, the views of Mount Desert Island and its mountains are breathtaking.

Lunch: We'll land on one of the cobbled beaches of Burnt Porcupine Island, or perhaps Rum Key, to enjoy our lunch and the unparalleled views looking north towards the head of Frenchman Bay. The Schoodic Mountains will frame our vista to the east.

Afternoon: We'll continue our sea kayaking trip, hoping for a glimpse of the bald eagles which nest on Sheep Porcupine Island and often soar above the water. We'll also enjoy sightings of black guillemots, which are cousins to the puffin, and the ever-present double-crested cormorants. We'll end our journey at the low-tide sandbar which connects Bar Harbor to Bar Island.

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, June 28 - Somes Sound/Departure
Breakfast: Choose from a variety of breakfast entrees along with juice and coffee.

Morning: Our final biking day will find us pedaling along Sargent Drive, which borders Somes Sound, the only fjord on the east coast of North America. We'll ride in the shadow of the majestic Norumbega Mountain, with views westward towards Acadia Mountain and St. Saveur Mountain. Towards the end of our ride we'll pass many of the Victorian "cottages" still surviving from the glory days of Mount Desert Island as a summer colony.

Lunch: 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, Lunch


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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.

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, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
13 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences

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