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Bicycling in Acadia National Park

Program Number: 2196RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/15/2013 - 9/20/2013; 7/6/2014 - 7/11/2014; 9/14/2014 - 9/19/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Acadia National Park, Maine
Price starting at: $835.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Bicycling; National Parks Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt    

Experience a pedaling adventure along Maine’s cliffs and rocky coast and the 360-degree views atop Mount Cadillac. Delight in the heady perfumes of sea and pine as you weave between the rocks of Mount Desert Island and ride extensive car-free routes. Educational forays explain the park’s geologic and natural history, as well as the importance of fishing to the “Downeasters” as you savor their fresh catches in the quaint getaway of Bar Harbor.




Highlights

• Ride around the shore of Somes Sound, the East Coast’s only fjord, as well as between the cliffs of Mount Desert and the rough sea.
• Pedal through extensive carless carriage roads engineered by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. with an expert cycling instructor and biodiversity field guide.
• Enjoy panoramic views of the ocean and forests atop the highest peak on the Atlantic Coast.



Activity Particulars

Rides up to 12-20 miles, 3-5 hours of activity; some steep climbs; hybrid bikes provided.




Date Specific Information

9-15-2013, 7-6-2014

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Acadia National Park

The first U.S. National Park east of the Mississippi River encompasses 47,000 acres of lakes, mountains and shoreline on Mount Desert Island and other small islands in the Atlantic. Some 40 different species of mammals live in the park. Acadia includes Cadillac Mountain, which in certain seasons is the first spot in the country to see sunrise.



Accommodations
Comfortable hotel in downtown Bar Harbor.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Bill Langlois

Bill Langlois is a veteran Registered Maine Guide, having led countless sea kayaking, biking and hiking trips on Mount Desert Island over the last several years. His love of the outdoors – and particularly, Acadia National Park – is evident in everything he does. Bill is extremely knowledgeable about the natural and social history of the Bar Harbor area, too, and is always eager to share his knowledge with visitors to this unique corner of the United States.
 
Linda Shingleton

Linda Shingleton is passionate about being outside and exploring the many hiking trails, carriage roads, sea kayaking routes and other attractions of Acadia National Park and Mount Desert Island. She’s a six-year veteran of the outdoors scene on MDI. Like many of the participants who attend Road Scholar programs, she is a retired educator, having spent 30 years in that field, and her ability to relate to others is a major reason she’s such a well-liked Road Scholar group leader. Linda’s eager to share her passion for Mount Desert Island with Road Scholars and to birghten participants' days with her unfailing optimism and good cheer.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Anchorage Motel
  Bar Harbor, ME 5 nights
 Anchorage Motel
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 allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: To be arranged with motel Please contact the motel for availability and rates.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: To be arranged with motel Please contact the motel for availability and rates.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:30 p.m., hotel lobby You will be staying at Anchorage Motel that night.
  End of Program:
1:00 p.m., hotel lobby You will be staying at Anchorage Motel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Medical Form and Assumption Of Risk Form
  Parking availability:
Free parking is available at the motel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Bar Harbor, ME
  Nearest city or town:  Bar Harbor
  Nearest highway: I 95 to Route 3
  Nearest airport:  Bangor International
  From End of Program
  Location: Bar Harbor, ME
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Bar Harbor

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
MDI Taxi
phone: 207-288-3333
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$30.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

12 miles

   

Taxis run regularly. Call for reservations and exact fees.

 

Bangor

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Bar Harbor-Bangor Shuttle
phone: 207-479-5911
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$35.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour, 15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

50 miles

   

Shuttle has several departures daily to and from the Bangor airport. Call for reservations and exact fees.

 
Driving Directions
  From the South You may take 1-95 to Bangor, then 1A to Ellsworth and then Route 3 to Bar Harbor; or you can take scenic Route 1 all the way up the Maine coast.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Afternoon Arrival, Victorian walking tour
(Sunday, September 15)
   
 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 a short walk of 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 and veggies; rolls and butter; dessert; and choice of beverage.
 Evening: Evening free to explore Bar Harbor area.
   
Accommodations: Anchorage Motel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Welcome, orientation, bike fitting/Acadia National Park/Cadillac Mountain
(Monday, September 16)
   
 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. We offer the choice of hybrid or mountain bikes, both with 24 speeds. Then we’ll start our bicycling week 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. We'll pedal by Eagle Lake and Jordan Pond, scenic glacial lakes surrounded by mountains.
 Lunch: Today we'll enjoy a picnic lunch on the tea lawn of Jordan Pond house 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 on the carriage roads. There's an optional side trip up Day Mountain, with gorgeous views south across the Gulf of Maine, with the Cranberry Islands dotting the seascape. We'll also pass Bubble Pond, with the craggy western face of Cadillac Mountain rising out of the water.
 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.
   
Accommodations: Anchorage Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Park Loop Road/Ocean Drive section of Acadia National Park
(Tuesday, September 17)
   
 Breakfast: Choose from a variety of breakfast entrees along with juice and coffee.
 Morning: Before biking, 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. Afterwards, we’ll bike the famed Park Loop Road of Acadia National Park, one of the most spectacular oceanfront boulevards in the United States. Along our way, we'll pass Champlain Mountain, with its sheer east face and the challenging "Precipice" hiking trail; rugged overlooks where we'll gaze eastward towards Egg Rock Light; and Sand Beach, which is actually composed of crushed sea shells.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch at Sand Beach in Acadia National Park, with a wide variety of sandwich offerings.
 Afternoon: We'll continue our cycling trip, stopping to view Thunder Hole, where under the right conditions spumes of spray are sent skyward from the powerful Atlantic; Otter Cliffs, with a vertical drop of more than a hundred feet; and Seal Harbor Beach, which overlooks a portion of the former Rockefeller estate.
 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 either the Otter Cliffs section of Acadia National Park or the Shore Path in Bar Harbor, talking about issues of interest to the Gulf of Maine. Be sure to bring your cameras to capture the beauty of these areas.
   
Accommodations: Anchorage Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Mount Desert Island hike
(Wednesday, September 18)
   
 Breakfast: Choose from a variety of breakfast entrees along with juice and coffee.
 Morning: We’ll give those biking muscles a rest this morning, hiking one of the mountains of Mount Desert Island. Guides will choose a suitable route that will challenge participants and provide terrific views of the island. A possible route: Gorham Mountain, which offers spectacular views over the Gulf of Maine and the outlying islands of the coast.
 Lunch: We’ll return from our morning activities and picnic at Albert Meadow, with a beautiful view across Frenchman Bay.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore Acadia National Park and Mt. Desert Island
 Dinner: Dinner on your own
 Evening: Free time to explore Bar Harbor
   
Accommodations: Anchorage Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Schoodic Peninsula
(Thursday, September 19)
   
 Breakfast: Choose from a variety of breakfast entrees along with juice and coffee.
 Morning: Today we’ll head to the magnificent Schoodic Peninsula for our bicycling adventure, pedaling out to Schoodic Point, where we’ll lunch as waves crash against the boulders lining the shore. Schoodic marks the beginning of the "bold coast" area of Down East Maine, where few visitors go. Along our route, we'll pass Victorian mansions on Grindstone Neck and picturesque fishing villages such as Winter Harbor.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch at Schoodic Point, a spectacular headland that juts into the Gulf of Maine. Again, we'll choose from a variety of sandwich offerings.
 Afternoon: After rounding Schoodic Point, we'll head through the conifer forests and will wind through rustic areas of Down East Maine. We'll end up in the quaint town of Corea, where time seems to stand still. After our return to Bar Harbor and a time for rest, one of our naturalists will be the guide on a comfortable walk along the Otter Cliffs section, filling us in on geology, natural history and marine environment.
 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 we'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.
   
Accommodations: Anchorage Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Somes Sound/Departure
(Friday, September 20)
   
 Breakfast: Choose from a variety of breakfast entrees along with juice and coffee.
 Morning: Our final biking day will find us pedaling along Somes Sound, the only fjord on the east coast of North America. We'll cycle along Sargent Drive, in the shadow of Norumbega Mountain, and we'll have wonderful views across the fjord to the seldom-visited Acadia Mountain and St. Sauveur Mountain.
 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

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Bar Harbor, ME Acadia National Park
An excellent resource for all information about the park. For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/acad/home.htm
  Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce
93 Cottage Street - P.O Box 158 - Bar Harbor, Maine 04609 - (207)-288-5103 For additional information, visit www.barharborinfo.com/
  Maine Office Of Tourism
Maine 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: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Discover Acadia National Park: AMCs Guide To The Best Hiking, Biking and Paddling


Author: Jerry and Marcy Monkman


Field Guide To Acadia National Park, Maine


Author: Russell Butcher


Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park: An Informal History


Author: Sargent Collier




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