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Hike, Kayak, and Whale Watch by Schooner in DownEast Maine

Program Number: 9631RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/4/2013 - 8/9/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Eastport, Maine
Price starting at: $999.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Sport; Walking/Hiking; Water Sports Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Alongside registered Maine guides go kayaking in wide, stable, tandem kayaks on the ocean among picturesque uninhabited islands and hiking along astounding coastal trails with views of the Canadian Maritimes. Then learn about the largest mammals in the world, whale watching aboard an historic sailing schooner. Explore a famous candy-striped lighthouse at the eastern edge of the continental U.S., join a naturalist-led hike in a bog, and, of course, enjoy a lobster feast.




Highlights

• Paddle in pristine waters on the edge of Passamaquoddy Bay within the Bay of Fundy.
• Small kayaking and hiking groups create intimate camaraderie and allow for plenty of time with your instructors.
• Explore FDR's summer cottage on Campobello Island and lighthouses, and go whale watching board the schooner “Ada C. Lore.”



Activity Particulars

Hiking on uneven, rocky terrain up to three miles; kayaking for three hours on two days; whale watching aboard a sailing schooner. All equipment provided.




Date Specific Information

8-4-2013

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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
B&Bs in Eastport's historic district.
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:
10:00 AM 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.
  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 (2012 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). 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. Fee for travel to/from Perry is $15 each way. 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 2:00 pm, arriving in Eastport about 4:30. The purpose of the shuttle is to ensure that everyone will make the whole program, so it's necessary that your flight arrive by 2:00.The shuttle will leave Eastport at close of program on Friday, arriving in Bangor approximately 1:30 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, August 4)
   
 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 Registered Maine guides, with sea kayak certification, 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, August 5)
   
 Breakfast: A sumptuous home-cooked breakfast will be served at the B&B dining room at 8:00 am.
 Morning: Vans will depart from B'nB 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, August 6)
   
 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 Herring Cove on Campobello Island
 Afternoon: While on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada, 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 home-cooked New England chowder and soup supper at a special Eastport location
 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 beauty and a shorefront hike.
(Wednesday, August 7)
   
 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 coastal trails in a nearby Commissary Point, a 433 acre wildlife management area on Whiting Bay. 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 hiking the alluring trails of Commissary Point.
 Dinner: Private supper at Eastport location! Enjoy the music and entertaining of a local band.
   
Accommodations: Historic Bed and Breakfasts of Eastport, Maine
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Sailing aboard the schooner Sylvina Beal
(Thursday, August 8)
   
 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 Ida C. Lore, a historic 118' 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 share a snack aboard the Ida Lore and then return you to the Easport waterfront where you'll want to sample the many wares of the local eateries.
 Afternoon: We'll visit St. Croix International HIstoric Site for a look back at history over 400 years ago. Park ranger will lead an interactive discussion about what happened when Champlain visited these shores in 1604.
 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 Breakfast and Explore Eastport
(Friday, August 9)
   
 Breakfast: Another home-cooked extraordinary breakfast at the B&B dining room.
 Morning: After a leisurely last breakfast at your B'nB, take some time to explore Eastport on your own. You can catch all of those things you may have missed during your stay in this seaside village. Take some time to search for sea glass, visit the oldest ship chandlerly in the US, or just browse through all of the artists' galleries
 Afternoon: Bid a fond farewell to all your new friends and come back anytime.
   
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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