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Multi-Sport Adventure: Sea Kayaking, Bicycling, and Hiking in Acadia

Program Number: 2198RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/13/2014 - 7/18/2014; 9/7/2014 - 9/12/2014; 9/14/2014 - 9/19/2014; 6/21/2015 - 6/26/2015; 7/12/2015 - 7/17/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Acadia National Park, Maine
Price starting at: $938.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Sport; National Parks Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt    

During a spectacular outdoor adventure in Maine’s Acadia National Park, experience seaside cliffs, ocean air and breathtaking views atop the highest peak along the Atlantic Coast. Bike carriage roads through by the sea, past the pines, and between the cliffs as you learn more about the region’s unique formation and local diversity. Enjoy the spectacular views and some of the most ideal sea kayaking areas in the world while relaxing in the picturesque “Down East” town of Bar Harbor.




Highlights

• Pedal between stunning cliffs and the rocky coasts along the famed Somes Sound, the U.S.’ only Atlantic fjord.
• Discover superior sea kayaking among the rocky Porcupine Islands of Frenchman Bay.
• Learn more about the region’s geology, wildlife, marine environment and history during on-site and pedaling lectures.



Activity Particulars

Walks up to five miles over rugged terrain; rides of 12-20 miles; kayaking 5-6 miles; up to 4-6 hours physical activity a day.




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
   Bar Harbor Quality Inn
  Bar Harbor, ME 5 nights
 Bar Harbor Quality Inn
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 allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Call Quality Inn for pricing. Call motel for information about additional nights.
  Check in time: 2:30 PM
  Additional nights after: Call Quality Inn for pricing. Call motel for information about additional nights.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:30 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, hotel lobby You will be staying at Bar Harbor Quality Inn that night.
  End of Program:
1:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, hotel lobby You will be staying at Bar Harbor Quality Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. 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
 

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 

   

The Bar Harbor-Bangor Shuttle makes several trips daily from the Bangor Airport to Bar Harbor.

 

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:

 

20 minutes 

   

Taxi service is available to and from the Bar Harbor Airport to Bar Harbor.

 
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, July 13)
   
 Afternoon: Check in to motel and register with Road Scholar coordinator in lobby between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. The Quality Inn 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 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.
   
Accommodations: Bar Harbor Quality Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Welcome, orientation, bike fitting/Acadia National Park/Cadillac Mountain
(Monday, July 14)

Note: To start our multi-sport week, we’ll go biking on the unique carriage roads of Acadia – hard-packed gravel roads which are perfect for cycling. We’ll cover about 18 miles today on our bikes.



   
 Breakfast: A continental breakfast will be served at the motel.
 Morning: Welcome and orientation, followed by custom-fitting of bicycles. We’ll give you a capsule look at Mount Desert Island, “the jewel of New England,” and show you the route we’ll be biking today in Acadia National Park. Mount Desert, known for its dramatic scenery and universal appeal, is the third largest island on the east coast. As we prepare to start today's cycling adventure, our experienced staff will provide an individual bike fitting for each participant, and your group leader will make sure you’re comfortable with your 24-speed mountain or hybrid bike. We’ll begin our biking on the carriage roads of Acadia, built by John D. Rockefeller Jr. These unique roads are closed to motorized traffic – thus they’re perfect for bicycling -- and are home to a dazzling array of scenery. Eagle Lake and Jordan Pond, carved by a glacier thousands of years ago, feature clear, cold water; we’ll skirt both of them on our morning ride. We’ll encounter rolling terrain – yes, there are hills, but they’re manageable -- and our group will move at a comfortable pace. Today’s cycling adventure will last five to six hours, including frequent breaks and our lunch period.
 Lunch: We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch – individually prepared, of course – on the tea lawn of the Jordan Pond House, an iconic landmark in Acadia. From the gentle sloping shores above Jordan Pond, you’ll experience an unforgettable vista of the water and the Bubbles, twin mountains that dominate the northern end of the lake.
 Afternoon: After lunch, we’ll leave Jordan Pond to continue our cycling trip, passing one of the stone gatehouses that mark the entrance to the carriage roads; the detail is interesting, and the skill of the masons who built this gatehouse is evident. 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 west slope of Cadillac Mountain jutting out of the water to form a near-vertical granite face.
 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 experience 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.
   
Accommodations: Bar Harbor Quality Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Sea kayaking in Blue Hill Bay
(Tuesday, July 15)

Note: Today we’ll take to the water in our tandem sea kayaks and will see why the waters surrounding Mount Desert Island constitute one of the premier kayaking venues on the east coast. Our adventure will be about five hours, including paddling lesson, boat fitting and a leisurely lunch break on an island.



   
 Breakfast: A continental breakfast will be served at the motel.
 Morning: Before kayaking, 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. Then we’ll go paddling, experiencing the thrill of gliding through the pristine waters of the Gulf of Maine. Using ultra-stable tandem kayaks, we’ll choose a route that will best fit the conditions. We might kayak among the glacial-carved Porcupine Islands of Frenchman Bay, or perhaps we’ll head to scenic Blue Hill Bay, on the western side of Mount Desert. Whatever the location, we’ll observe a gorgeous area from the unique perspective of a sea kayak. Our Registered Maine Guides will provide basic paddling instruction, and will stop often to give commentary. Along the way, we’ll keep our eyes peeled for different kinds of wildlife that we often see on the water – harbor seals and porpoises, cormorants, bald eagles and other seabirds.
 Lunch: We'll enjoy a picnic lunch somewhere along our kayaking route, probably on a cobble beach. Hardwood Island, with its nearby mussel farms, might be a good choice. Again, we'll choose from a variety of sandwich offerings.
 Afternoon: We’ll continue our kayaking expedition after lunch; it’s amazing how quickly paddling skills improve with a little repetition. As nearby lobster boats haul their trips in the chilly waters, we’ll make our way to our final destination.
 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.
   
Accommodations: Bar Harbor Quality Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Mount Desert Island hike
(Wednesday, July 16)

Note: Today we’ll learn why Acadia is considered a hiking paradise as we tackle one of the many trails on Mount Desert Island.



   
 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 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 with moderate challenges.
 Lunch: One of the pleasures of hiking in Acadia is having our picnic lunches – individually prepared sandwiches – in some spectacular settings. We’ll stop somewhere on Gorham Mountain to relax, refuel and ponder 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: Tonight we'll enjoy an old-fashioned Down East shore feast, featuring the state’s most well-known crustacean -- Homarus Americanus, the North American cold-water lobster.
 Evening: Free time to explore Bar Harbor
   
Accommodations: Bar Harbor Quality Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Park Loop Road of Acadia National Park/lobster fishing
(Thursday, July 17)

Note: On our multi-sport trips, we find flexibility a great virtue. After three days of different activities, we’ll assess our week so far and decide what to do this morning – biking, hiking or sea kayaking. Whatever the choice, we’ll be assured of another active and enjoyable day in one of the most beautiful venues in New England.



   
 Breakfast: A continental breakfast will be served at the motel.
 Morning: This morning, we’ll choose either sea kayaking, hiking or biking, making sure we get an early start so we can be finished at noon, thus leaving everyone a full afternoon to explore Mount Desert Island and the surrounding area on your own.
 Lunch: We'll enjoy a picnic at the conclusion of our morning's activity, though some might want to "eat on the run" for their afternoon off.
 Afternoon: You're free this afternoon to explore Mount Desert Island in whichever way you choose, and we'll be happy to provide suggestions and advice on the many activities available.
 Dinner: You're on your own for dinner tonight in one of the island's many dining establishments.
   
Accommodations: Bar Harbor Quality Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Somes Sound/Departure
(Friday, July 18)

Note: We’ll again maintain flexibility and quick choice for our final morning, choosing an activity that will provide a fitting climax to our week in Acadia.



   
 Breakfast: A continental breakfast will be served at the motel.
 Morning: Whichever activity we choose, we can’t miss as we enjoy one final morning on Mount Desert Island. A good possibility is that our final day might find us pedaling our bikes along Sargent Drive, which borders Somes Sound, the only fjord on the east coast of North America. We'll ride in the shadow of the majestic Norumbega Mountain, with views westward towards Acadia Mountain and St. Saveur Mountain. Towards the end of our ride we'll pass many of the Victorian "cottages" still surviving from the glory days of Mount Desert Island as a summer colony.
 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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