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Hiking the Bold Coast and Inland Trails of DownEast Maine

Program Number: 15225RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/29/2013 - 10/4/2013; 10/4/2015 - 10/9/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Trescott, Maine
Price starting at: $898.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Walking/Hiking Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

From rugged coastlines to inland trails, experience the signature fall foliage and unspoiled wonder of Maine firsthand. Throughout scenic Washington County, Registered Maine Guides lead vigorous hikes over rocky coastlines, into woodlands and around beautiful lake shores, sharing their knowledge of this unique environment. View ancient petroglyphs and hunt for fossils, keep your eyes peeled for deer, moose, fox, eagle and osprey and sample the rich cultural heritage of Fundy Bay during field trips.




Highlights

• Visit the summer home of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, including the cottage, gardens, exhibits and views of Passamaquoddy Bay.
• Hike the bird-rich trails around the "Reversing Falls" and explore the easternmost point of land in the continental U.S.
• In Shackford Head State Park on Eastport's Moose Island, learn about the tremendous tidal action in the bay of Fundy before taking a trip aboard the schooner, the Ada C. Lore to view the abundant marine wildlife.



Activity Particulars

Hiking and walking 3–5 miles per day, some rocky and rough terrain.



Please note that a U.S. passport is required to enter Canada for our visit to Campobello Island.




Date Specific Information

10-4-2015

Lodging Summary should be Heartland Lodge on the campus of Cobscook Community Learning Center



Coordinated by Cobscook Community Learning Center.




Trescott

Just a few miles from West Quoddy Head, the easternmost point in the United States, Trescott is an unincorporated township in Maine’s idyllic Washington County. Of every five wild blueberries in the world, four are grown here in sleepy “Sunrise County,” a region dominated by farmland, protected natural areas and coastal fishing towns stuck in time.



Accommodations
Family-owned motel in Lubec.

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

Steve is a registered Maine guide with certificates in recreation, boat operation and sea kayaking. He is certified in first-aid and CPR. Steve is a native New Englander who has adopted the Eastport and Cobscook Bay areas as his year-round home. He and wife Tess have paddled in many of New England's coves and bays, as well as New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Alaska. He is always willing to share his knowledge of the local flora and fauna on the land and waters of this beautiful area.
 
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 Eastport, ME and waterfront
Eastport, ME 04631 USA
phone: 207-853-4877 xProgCoordinator
  Room amenities: Elegant furnishings with reading lamps.
  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: Call for details To book additional nights before or after, please call the program coordinator, Jeanne Guisinger at 207-853-4877.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call for details 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:
Sunday, 6:30 p.m. You will be staying at Historic Bed and Breakfasts of Eastport, Maine that night.
  End of Program:
Friday, 11:00 am 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. You will be visiting Campobello Island, part of the province of New Brunswick, Canada. A valid US Passport or recognized sovereign national Passport required for attendance on program. Make sure first time or renewing passports is done 6 months in advance.
  Parking availability:
Ample free parking at the B&B
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Eastport, Maine
  Nearest airport:  Bangor International Airport
  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 each way (2012 price), plus $15 fee for transport from Perry to Eastport
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

3.5 hours 

 

Distance:

 

125 miles

   

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. 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 182A 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, continuing south approximately 20 miles through Robbinston and Perry. At the intersection of Route 1 and Route 190, you will make a left and drive into Eastport (about 7 miles). Route 190 deadends at Water Street in downtown Eastport. You will be given specific directions to your assigned inn in your information packet.
  From the South via Route 1 From the south, travel north on Route 1. Travel through towns such as Ellsworth, Machias, Pembroke and Perry. When you reach the intersection of Route 1 and Route 190 in Perry, make a right on Route 190 and follow the above directions.
Equipment Requirements: Hikers will need sturdy walking boots or shoes, with warm hiking socks.
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 and registration. Welcome/Orientation
(Sunday, September 29)

Note: Meet your Maine Registered Guides



   
 Afternoon: Check into your assigned Inn in Eastport from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. Your registration packet will be delivered to you by the Program Coordinator.
 Dinner: Vans will transport you to a waterfront Eastport restaurant for dinner.
 Evening: After dinner, you will meet with your Maine guides for orientation and learn what you may expect for planned activities.
   
Accommodations: Historic Bed and Breakfasts of Eastport, Maine
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Campobello Island and FDR International Park
(Monday, September 30)

Note: Experience the rugged coastline of the Canadian Maritimes and Coastal Maine.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty home-cooked New England breakfast at your inn.
 Morning: Depart Eastport via vans to Campobello Island, where you will hike the many varied trails around the scenic island. You will enjoy stunning coastal vistas of the rugged coastline overlooking Grand Manan, and hike through ancient bogs. Expect to explore local flora and fauna, have the opportunity for sightings of lots of waterfowl species.
 Lunch: A healthy picnic lunch will be enjoyed at an approprieate location during the hike.
 Afternoon: While on Campobello Island, we will visit Roosevelt Cottage International Park, the summer home of the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt. We'll take time to tour the cottage, walk the gardens, view the historical exhibits; and time permitting, we'll hike Friar's head for overlooking views of Passamaquoddy Bay.
 Dinner: We'll partake of a Grange dinner at the Perry Grange, meeting and talking with the Ladies of the Grange.
 Evening: Free Evening, Enjoy a walk about town.
   
Accommodations: Historic Bed and Breakfasts of Eastport, Maine
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Scenic splendor at Boot Head and Hamilton Cove
(Tuesday, October 1)

Note: Explore the best of Maine's Bold Coast



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty home-cooked New England breakfast at your inn
 Morning: Depart from Eastport via vans for the Cutler vicinity where you will hike Boot Head with a mix of wooded and shoreline trails. There will be commanding views of the ocean and Canadian islands. We'll play with some letterboxing sites. Expect to see shore birds, eagles, osprey, and maybe some seals.
 Lunch: Enjoy a healthy and hearty picnic lunch.
 Afternoon: Continue down the coast and hike Hamilton Cove. You'll see much of the same as Boot Head with different views and additional chances for wildlilfe sightings You will learn and apply "leave-no-trace" practices.
 Dinner: Enjoy an intimate atmosphere and delicious food at a home-cooked New England chowder and soup supper, with conversing with several down east women. Share the discoveries of the day with your fellow hikers.
 Evening: See the lobster fishing industry through the eyes of the wife of a lobsterman who will speak about her family's involvement in the trade over several generations.
   
Accommodations: Historic Bed and Breakfasts of Eastport, Maine
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Experience the wonders of the Reversing Falls and the spectacular scenic wonder of West Quoddy Light--the lighthouse, the museum and the trails.
(Wednesday, October 2)

Note: The easternmost lighthouse in the continental US and trails that are nothing less than breathtaking.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty home-cooked New England breakfast at your inn.
 Morning: Deaprt from Eastport via vans to the Reversing Falls Park in Pembroke. This 90-acre undeveloped peninsula has several trails, lots of birds and showcases the "Reversing Falls", a salt water cataract that forms alternately in two directions as the tide flows in and out. Fall foliage is genrerally at peak in early October, so prepare yourself for a splendid color backdrop.
 Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch in the rugged outdoors with the spectacular falll foliage as a backdrop.
 Afternoon: After lunch we'll head for West Quoddy Head Park, the easternmost point of land in the continental U.S (near Lubec, Maine). You will tour a museum at the Lighthouse and then hike the trail along the rugged coastline overlooking the Canadian islands of Grand Manan and Campobello Island. Expect spectacular views
 Dinner: Private supper at a secret Eastport location and enjoy the food from one of the best ethnic restaurants in Maine.
 Evening: Live entertainment.
   
Accommodations: Historic Bed and Breakfasts of Eastport, Maine
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Shackford Head State Park and St. Croix International Park
(Thursday, October 3)

Note: Stunning views from this tiny State Park and a visit to historic settelment site of St. Croix International Park



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty home-cooked New England breakfast at your inn.
 Morning: Staying on Eastport's Moose Island, we'll explore Shackford Head State Park. The Park is one of the smallest in the Maine park system and consists of about 90 acres. The hiking trail system loops around several secluded rocky, gravel coves and beaches and offers a stunning view of Cobscook Bay and the North Lubec penniusla. While in the Park, you will visit fossil beds. traverse several land bridges, and get a sense of the tremendous tidal action in the bay.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own in one of Eastport's charming foodie favorites.
 Afternoon: Depart the Easport Breakwater for a schooner trip aboard the Ada C. Lore, a 92' beauty. The captain and crew will head out Head Harbor Passage for a visit with the abundant pelagic birds and marine mammals. You will surely see seals and porpoise and don't be surprised if we encounter a whale or two.
 Dinner: Enjoy a DownEast Lobster Feast.
 Evening: Graduation festivities.
   
Accommodations: Historic Bed and Breakfasts of Eastport, Maine
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Leisurely breakfast, fond farewells
(Friday, October 4)

Note: Explore historic Eastport



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty home-made breakfast at your Inn.
 Morning: Explore the historic seaside village of Eastport on your own, catching all of those nooks and crannies to which you were introduced, but never had the time to investigate.
 Afternoon: Have a safe journey home.
   
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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