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DownEast Maine Grandparent Adventure: Kayak, Hike and Whale Watch By Schooner

Program Number: 16246RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/23/2013 - 6/28/2013; 6/28/2015 - 7/3/2015; 7/5/2015 - 7/10/2015; 7/12/2015 - 7/17/2015; 7/26/2015 - 7/31/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Eastport, Maine
Price starting at: $969.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational; Outdoor Adventures, Misc.
Intergenerational
Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Program intended for grandchildren from 10 - 13 years of age.

Connect with a younger generation as you and a grandchild experience the scenic splendor of coastal Maine through kayaking, whale-watching and hiking. Registered Maine guides share their knowledge and passion for this unique environment as you kayak through the ocean among uninhabited islands, sail and whale-watch aboard a tall ship and hike along the coast here in the easternmost part of the continental United States.




Highlights

• See and feel the power of the Western Hemisphere’s largest whirlpool and join a naturalist-led hike in a coastal bog.
• Cross the border into Canada to pay a visit to Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s summer cottage on Campobello Island.
• Explore a famous candy-striped lighthouse, enjoy opportunities for birding and photography and savor a Maine lobster feast.



Activity Particulars

Walking 2-3 miles per day over rocky, uneven terrain. Program uses tandem kayaks.




Date Specific Information

6-28-2015, 7-12-2015, 7-26-2015

This program date is intended for grandchildren ages 10-13.



7-5-2015

This program is intended for grandchildren ages 8-11. Kayaking field trips will be in more sheltered locations. Hikes will revolve around Letterboxing, allowing participants to exercise mind and body while combining elements of orienteering, art and puzzle-solving in an outdoor treasure hunt in pursuit of letterboxes hidden among rocky beaches, fossil beds and hiking trails.



Coordinated by Cobscook Community Learning Center.




Eastport

A rocky coastline, charming old homes and pristine ocean breezes combine in this memorable port city, an unspoiled harbor of fishing boats and sailing vessels.



Accommodations
One of four B&Bs in Easport's historic district.

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

Stephanie’s training as a naturalist began as a child roaming the woods and beaches of Cape Cod. At age 7 she was given her first insect field guide and aspired to be an entomologist. Her love of the outdoors led her to Maine, where she worked as a registered Maine whitewater guide and photographer while perusing a degree in biology. After graduating, Stephanie taught biology, chemistry and marine resources. She lives in Perry with her husband and beautiful daughters. And she still loves bugs!
 
Scott Fraser

Scott Fraser was trained as an architect, but he left his career to travel the United States working in the adventure industry — skiing, kayaking, and biking. He holds a master’s in adventure education from Prescott College in Ariz. He has been an instructor at Washington County Community College for the past eight years. Scott has been a registered Maine Guide since 1991 and enjoys kayaking, rock climbing, and sailing. He lives with his wife, two daughters and five chickens.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Historic Bed and Breakfasts of Eastport, Maine
  Eastport, Maine 5 nights
 Historic Bed and Breakfasts of Eastport, Maine
Type: Bed and Breakfast
  Description: 1. Kilby House Circa 1887: tel. 207-853-0989 122 Water Street Overlooking scenic Passamaquoddy Bay, this restored Queen Anne Victorian inn offers ambiance furnished with antiques and family heirlooms, a fireplace in the drawing room, and grand piano in the music room. It is an easy walk to the shops and restaurants of the historic downtown waterfront. 2. Milliken House Circa 1846: Tel. 207-853-2955, 29 Washington Street The Milliken House Bed and Breakfast, located just 2 blocks from Eastport’s historic waterfront, offers a complimentary glass of port or sherry in the large double living room, containing two marble fireplaces where there is cable television, board games, and a fire on coldish days. There are five guest rooms on the second and third floors, uniquely furnished with lovely Victorian Renaissance and Eastlake furniture and decorated with the mementos left behind by the Milliken family. 3. Todd House Circa 1775: tel. 207-853-2328, 1 Capen Avenue Built on Todd's Head during the Revolutionary War, the Todd House is a classic New England full Cape Cod-style with a massive center chimney and a unique "good morning" staircase and is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The spacious yard affords an ever-changing view of the bay and its islands. 4. Weston House Circa 1810: tel. 207-853-2907, 26 Boynton Street Located on a hill overlooking Passamaquoddy Bay, you will find large lodging accommodations that are furnished with collections of antiques and oriental rugs. This house has offered hospitality to numerous travelers through the years. In fact, John James Audubon stayed here while awaiting passage to Labrador in 1833.
  Contact info: Historic downtown and waterfron, Eastport, Maine
Eastport, ME 04631 USA
phone: 207-853-4877 xProgCoordinator
  Room amenities: Elegant furnishings with reading lamps. All bedrooms are elegantly appointed.
  Facility amenities: All B&B's are within walking distance of one another within the historic district of Eastport. To find out which house will be yours for this program, please contact the program coordinator at 207-853-4877.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $85-100 per night To book additional nights before or after, please call the program coordinator, Jeanne Guisinger at 207-853-4877.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $85-100 per night To book additional nights before or after, please call the program coordinator, Jeanne Guisinger at 207-853-4877.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check into Inn between 2:00 and 6:00 pm. You will be staying at Historic Bed and Breakfasts of Eastport, Maine that night.
  End of Program:
Noon at the B&B You will be staying at Historic Bed and Breakfasts of Eastport, Maine the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. A valid US Passport or recognized sovereign national Passport required for attendance on program. Make sure first time or renewing passports is done six months in advance. Check with customs for special rules regarding children.
  Parking availability:
The B&B's have plenty of free outdoor parking for all guests. Participants driving to the program can leave cars at the B&B. Transportation by van to daily program activities is provided by vans.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Eastport, Maine
  Nearest city or town:  Perry, Maine
  Nearest highway: Route 1
  Nearest airport:  Bangor International
  From End of Program
  Location: Eastport, Maine
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Eastport, Maine

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
West's Transportation
phone: 800-596-2823

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$25 (2010 price)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

3.5 hours 

   

Service runs to/from Bangor once daily, leaving Bangor at 3:15 pm and arriving in Perry at 6:30 pm. Program coordinator needs to be notified for transport to Eastport (207-853-4877). There is a charge for this service $20 each way. Return to Bangor is scheduled daily at 10:00 am, arriving in Bangor at 1:15 pm. Requires careful coordination with flight arrivals and departures. For more details, visit www.westbusservice.com

 

Eastport, Maine

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
WCCC Shuttle
phone: 207-853-4877
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$125 per adult, $75 per child
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

120 miles

   

WCCC shuttle will run from Bangor to Eastport on Sunday, leaving Bangor approximately 3:30 pm, arriving in Eastport about 5:30. The purpose of the shuttle is to ensure that everyone will make the whole program, so it's necessary that your flight arrive by 3:30.The shuttle will leave Eastport at close of program on Friday, arriving in Bangor approximately 2:30 pm, This service is for Road Scholar participants only. Direct transportation to/from site without extra stops. Reservations required.

 
Driving Directions
  Bangor, Maine From Interstate 95, take exit 181A and follow signs to Bar Harbor and Route 1, which will put you on I-395 for 3 miles. Take Exit 4 and follow directional signs to Route 9. Stay on Route 9 until it ends at Route 1 near Calais. Turn right on Route 1 and follow Route 1 south through Calais, following the St. Croix River through Robbinston and Perry. Follow the directional signs, making a left onto Route 190 to Eastport, approximately seven miles. You will be given exact directions to your assigned B&B..
  From the South via Route 1 From the south, travel north on Route 1. Travel through towns such as Ellsworth, Machias, and Pembroke,. Once you reach Perry, watch for directional signs to Eastport. You will make a right on Route 190 and follow it to Eastport. You will be given exact directions to your assigned B&B.
Equipment Requirements: Equipment required includes a small day pack, water bottle, hiking boots/shoes, water shoes or shoes you don't mind getting wet, collapsible hiking pole, layered clothing for changeable weather conditions, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and more in general information packet to be sent to participants. Kayaks, paddles, and personal floatation devices are provided.
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: Arrival/Orientation
(Sunday, June 23)
   
 Afternoon: Check in at your assigned B&B anytime after 2:00 pm. Orientation packets will be available at check-in.
 Dinner: Greet fellow participants and program staff at a welcome dinner held at a waterfront Eastport restaurant.
 Evening: Orientation and welcome from program staff and program guides. Program instructors are certified Maine guides and will introduce you to expectations for program events.
   
Accommodations: Historic Bed and Breakfasts of Eastport, Maine
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Kayak the bold waters of Deep Cove on Cobscook Bay and Friar's Road off the Eastport Breakwater. Hike the shorelines of Shackford Head State Park.
(Monday, June 24)
   
 Breakfast: A sumptuous home-cooked breakfast will be served at the B&B dining room at 8:00 am.
 Morning: Vans will depart from motel at 9:00 am going to Eastport's waterfrontd where participants will be split into two groups. Group A will be met by guides for a morning of kayaking in Cobscook and Passamaquoddy Bays, leaving from the Eastport breakwater and paddling to Deep Cove. Paddlers will get a chance to go ashore to do some beachcombing and explore the shoreline. Group B will proceed to Shackford Head Park for a hiking expedition over some of the 90 acre park's five miles of looping trails. They include fossil beds, beaches, and a spectacular overlook encompassing Cobscook Bay.
 Lunch: Groups A and B will meet at the Eastport Art Center in Eastport to share a picnic lunch.
 Afternoon: Groups A and B will reverse the morning activities with Group B taking to the kayaks for a shoreline adventure, and Group A heading for Shackford Head Park for some invigorating hiking.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served in the Perry Grange with a friendly exchange with the Ladies of the Grange.
 Evening: Meet with the wife of a lobsterman who can tell you more about the life of a lobster fishing family than ten lobstermen.
   
Accommodations: Historic Bed and Breakfasts of Eastport, Maine
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: West Quoddy Head State Park and Campobello Island
(Tuesday, June 25)
   
 Breakfast: A sumptuous home-cooked breakfast will be served at the dining room of the B&B at 8:00 am.
 Morning: Vans will depart at 9:00 for West Quoddy Head Lighthouse & Park. You will visit the easternmost point of land in the U.S. at the Lighthouse, then hiking along the spectacular trails of West Quoddy Head, which follows the coastline and offers gorgeous views of Campobello Island and Grand Manan.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch at West Quoddy Head State Park
 Afternoon: Proceed by van to Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada, where we will study the life of FDR through his summer residence at Campobello and the visitor's center. Walk the bogs in Roosevelt International Park and learn about the plants abounding within.
 Dinner: You will enjoy a beach party at Gleason's Cove in Perry, complete with grilled chicken, hot dogs, corn-on-cob, s'mores, and more over a cozy campfire.
 Evening: Free Evening
   
Accommodations: Historic Bed and Breakfasts of Eastport, Maine
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Kayaking the beauty that is Whiting Bay and exploring the scenic shoreline of Commissary Point.
(Wednesday, June 26)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a sumptuous home-cooked breakfast in the B&B Dining Room at 8:00 a.m.
 Morning: Participants will rejoin their respective groups for kayaking and hiking. Group B will join guides for kayaking in Whiting Bay, a beautiful secluded experience allowing for ample to explore the shoreline and view aquatic life. Group A will explore the a tidal flat to explore the life within under the direction of a naturalist.If we have time, we''ll also dabble with a "letterboxing" experience.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch at the boat landing in Edmunds on Whiting Bay for both groups.
 Afternoon: Groups A and B will reverse the morning activities with Group A joining the Maine guides for a paddle in the quiet beauty of Whiting Bay and Group B exploring in the tidal flats of the Bay.
 Dinner: Private supper party at Eastport location! Expect great entertainment.
   
Accommodations: Historic Bed and Breakfasts of Eastport, Maine
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Sailing aboard the schooner Ada C. Lore
(Thursday, June 27)

Note: Whale watch time



   
 Breakfast: A home-cooked sumptuous breakfast is served the B&B Dining Room at 8:00 a.m.
 Morning: Vans will depart for the Eastport Breakwater at 9:30 am. It's a short walk, you may want to stretch your legs in the summery breeze off the Bay. We'll be spending the morning sailing aboard the Ada C. Lore, a historic 92' schooner. You'll trim and hoist the sails and view aquatic wildlife as you cruise the spectacular waters of Passamaquoddy and Head Harbor Passage. We'll search for whales; sail along side the porpoise and seals; see the eagle nesting along the cliffs of Campobello Island; and watch the daily comings and goings of the local fishermen.
 Lunch: We'll have a snack aboard the schooner and then return you to the Easport waterfront where you'll want to sample the many wares of the local eateries.
 Afternoon: Free Afternoon. You may want to explore Eastport's historic waterfront.
 Dinner: A Maine lobster dinner treat at the waterfront Seaview Restaurant.
 Evening: Graduation festivities and reflection of the week's best.
   
Accommodations: Historic Bed and Breakfasts of Eastport, Maine
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Enjoy Eastport
(Friday, June 28)
   
 Breakfast: Another home-cooked extraordinary breakfast at the B&B dining room.
 Morning: Bid a fond farewell to all your new friends and come back anytime.
 Morning: After enjoying a hearty country breakfast at your B&B with your new freinds, take time to experience those Eastport specialities you may not have had time for during the program week.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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.


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