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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 Jun 8 — Jun 13, 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
web: www.barharborqualityinn.com

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 performance 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: Call Quality Inn for pricing.
Call motel for information about additional nights.

Check in time: 2:30 PM


Day One: Sunday, June 08 - Afternoon Arrival, Victorian walking tour
Afternoon: Check in to motel and register with Road Scholar group leader in lobby between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. The Quality Inn 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 to follow.

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.

Evening: Evening free to explore Bar Harbor area.

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
web: www.barharborqualityinn.com

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 performance 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: Call Quality Inn for pricing.
Call motel for information about additional nights.

Check in time: 2:30 PM


Day Two: Monday, June 09 - Welcome and orientation, hiking/Gorham Mountain
Breakfast: A continental breakfast will be served at the motel.

Morning: We’ll give you a capsule look at Mount Desert Island, “the jewel of New England,” and show you the possible routes we’ll be hiking this week in Acadia National Park. Mount Desert, known for its dramatic scenery and universal appeal, is the third largest island on the east coast. We’ll also take a few minutes to get to know each other better. Then the hiking begins! Weather permitting, we’ll tackle Gorham Mountain, a moderate mountainous hike which offers spectacular views over the Cranberry Islands and the Gulf of Maine. From the summit, we’ll view a wide expanse of Mount Desert Island’s southern, surf-pounded coastline. Rising from sea level, Gorham peaks out at 525 feet. The route up and down is a well-traveled mountain trail which is in good condition.

Lunch: One of the many pleasures of our hiking week is having our picnic lunches – individually prepared sandwiches – in some spectacular settings, usually along one of the trails. We’ll stop somewhere on Gorham Mountain to relax, refuel and drink in the beauty of Acadia.

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: We’ll dine at a downtown Bar Harbor restaurant, where we’ll enjoy our meal while replaying the day’s adventure.

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, 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
web: www.barharborqualityinn.com

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 performance 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: Call Quality Inn for pricing.
Call motel for information about additional nights.

Check in time: 2:30 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, June 10 - Acadia National Park, hiking/naturalist led walk
Note: A trip to the western side of Mount Desert Island will provide variety today; we’ll be out about five hours, including our breaks and lunch.

Breakfast: A continental breakfast will be served at the motel.

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 and moving 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 head out for our hike; a possible choice will be Beech Mountain, on the western side of Mount Desert Island. With a summit of 839 feet (we’ll experience about 500 feet gain on our hike), Beech offers great variety, including gorgeous views over Blue Hill Bay towards the Deer Isle Peninsula. Like yesterday, this hike will consume about five hours, but it will move at a comfortable pace.

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: We’ll again dine at a downtown Bar Harbor restaurant, within easy walking distance of our motel. Along the way, we can browse the many galleries and shops which line Bar Harbor’s streets, perhaps finding that perfect memento to take home as a lasting memory of Acadia.

Evening: A naturalist will lead a walking tour of one of the shoreside trails of Acadia, talking about the history, geology and lore of this unique section of Down East Maine. Be sure to bring along a camera to capture the stunning beauty of this area. We’ll walk about a mile over easy terrain overlooking the ocean.

Lodging: Bar Harbor Quality Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, 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
web: www.barharborqualityinn.com

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 performance 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: Call Quality Inn for pricing.
Call motel for information about additional nights.

Check in time: 2:30 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, June 11 - Somes Sound, biking
Note: We’ll custom-fit everyone with a 24-speed mountain or hybrid bike for our alternate activity today, and our ride will cover about six miles over predominantly level paved roads.

Breakfast: A continental breakfast will be served at the motel.

Morning: We’ll give those hiking muscles a break this morning, 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. This ride will last a couple hours and will allow us to be back in Bar Harbor by noon so everyone can enjoy the afternoon off.

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

Afternoon: The afternoon is free to explore Mount Desert Island or any of the other nearby coastal areas which catch your fancy. We’ll be happy to point you in the right direction for the activities you choose.

Dinner: Dinner on your own

Evening: Free time

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
web: www.barharborqualityinn.com

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 performance 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: Call Quality Inn for pricing.
Call motel for information about additional nights.

Check in time: 2:30 PM


Day Five: Thursday, June 12 - Acadia National Park, hiking/Lobster demonstratio...
Note: At 1532 feet, Cadillac Mountain is the highest point on the east coast of North America, and today we’ll cap our week with a wonderful hike up the South Ridge Trail. The trailhead is at a few hundred feet of elevation, so we won’t actually ascend the entire 1532 feet.

Breakfast: A continental breakfast will be served at the motel.

Morning: 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. Then we’ll head out for the highlight of our hiking week, heading up the south ridge trail of Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the eastern seaboard; on many days of the year, the summit is the first place in the United States to receive the rays of the sun. The south ridge is the gentlest of the three trails up Cadillac; it’s a well-traversed path which is popular among visitors to Acadia. N

Lunch: There are a number of spots along the south ridge trail that are ideal for a lunch break, and we’ll choose one of them.

Afternoon: We’ll continue our “highlight hike” this afternoon, enjoying not only the beauty of the island but the camaraderie of the newfound friends we’ve made on this Road Scholar trip. Near the top of the mountain, there are some “long step” sections but our guides will be there to assist and you’ll have little trouble conquering these minor challenges. Our reward will be summiting Cadillac on foot and the satisfaction that comes from a day well spent.

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 Six: Friday, June 13 - Acadia National Park, hiking/Departure
Breakfast: A continental breakfast will be served at the motel.

Morning: Because of limited time and a 1 p.m. departure, we’ll choose a short hike this morning. We might pick a trail similar to the ones we’ve done earlier in the week, or we might head to Little Long Pond for a leisurely walk along a portion of Acadia’s carriage roads near the former John D. Rockefeller estate. In any event, we’ll have time to enjoy one more chunk of Acadia’s variety before our adventure is completed.

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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