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Sailing Down East: Living History on a Tall Ship

Program Number: 6102RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/21/2014 - 9/26/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Eastport, Maine
Price starting at: $1,125.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Water Sports Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Experience the exhilaration of sailing aboard a 118-foot, two-masted schooner, the Ada C. Lore. Learn the history of her 19th-century career off the Maryland coast, then climb aboard and sail around three large bays of coastal Maine and Canada, including the Bay of Fundy. Take a field trip to a famous lighthouse and its museum, watch islands emerge from the sea during 25-foot tidal changes and meet a lobsterman for a demonstration of catching lobsters and a traditional lobster dinner amid spectacular fall foliage.




Highlights

• Experience the astounding marine life of Fundy Bay, including up-close-and-personal sightings of whales, porpoise, seals and abundant aquatic birds.
• Examine the historic past of the grand old schooner Ada C. Lore and visit the captain’s seaside village to learn about his home through his own eyes.
• Help hoist and trim sails, tie knots, navigate and feel the wind in the rigging.



Activity Particulars

Ten-minute walk to boat over city streets and sidewalks. Walking up and down steep gangway to access boat with crew assistance.



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.

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

Captain Butch Harris knows the waters of Eastport, Maine. During the past 18 summers he has been the captain of Quoddy Dam fishing trips and leads whale-watching excursions in the area. The rest of the year Butch spends in the fishing and aquaculture industries. Butch is an expert navigator, as well as being extremely well-versed in the creatures who live in and around the ocean.
 
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, September 21, 2014, 6:30 p.m. You will be staying at Historic Bed and Breakfasts of Eastport, Maine that night.
  End of Program:
Friday, September 26 , 2014, 10:00 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. 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 parking at each B&B.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Eastport, Maine
  Nearest city or town:  Perry, Maine
  Nearest highway: Route 190
  Nearest airport:  Bangor, Maine
  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:

 

$28 each way (2013 price), $15 for transport from Perry Corner 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. Reservations not required.

 

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 directions to your specific 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.
Elevation Note: no

Equipment Requirements: Being out on the water is always colder than on land. Bring many layers of clothing for warmth. A warm hat that won't blow off and gloves are a must.
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, registration/Welcome Dinner/Orientation
(Sunday, September 21)

Note: Meet your fellow crewmates.



   
 Afternoon: Check into your assigned Inn. The program coordinator will deliver registration packets between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m.
 Dinner: Dinner and welcome at a local restaurant
 Evening: Gather after dinner to mix with fellow participants. We will go over the week's sailing agenda and discuss what you need to bring and what you may expect.
   
Accommodations: Historic Bed and Breakfasts of Eastport, Maine
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Sailing aboard the Schooner Ada C. Lore and getting acquainted with the seaside city of Eastport
(Monday, September 22)

Note: Head Harbor Passage



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty home-cooked New England breakfast at your inn
 Morning: Trim and hoist the sails, view aquatic wildlife as you sail on the Ada C. Lore through Head Harbor Passage. View East Quoddy Head Lighthouse on the eastern tip of Campobello Island. You will see a number of species of seabirds, porpoise, and often whales. Talk with the deck hands. Get a sense of the history of this international waterway. Learn to read a marine chart.
 Lunch: A picnic lunch on board the Ada C. Lore will be enjoyed by all..
 Afternoon: Tour Moose Island and get a sense of the whole community. View the Old Sow Whirlpool from land. Travel to neighboring Perry to Gleason Cove Park to walk the beach and get a good look at a fishing weir.
 Dinner: Visit the historic Perry Grange, enjoy a home-cooked supper prepared by the Ladies of the Grange, and glimpse the history of the early residents who built this place
 Evening: You'll meet the "wife of a lobsterman" as she leads you through the daily life of the family business. She is a business partner, a marine scientist, and story-teller.
   
Accommodations: Historic Bed and Breakfasts of Eastport, Maine
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Sailing on the schooner Ada C. Lore on Passamaquoddy Bay
(Tuesday, September 23)

Note: Passamaquoddy Bay



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty home-cooked New England breakfast at your inn
 Morning: Trim and hoist the sails, view aquatic wildlife as you sail on the Ada C. Lore, leaving the Eastport breakwater on Friars Roads, passing around and through Old Sow Whirlpool. We'll traverse the Western Passage, passing into scenic Passamaquoddy Bay. Watch for the porpoise rising around the schooner. We'll pass through Letete Passage, coming back alongside Deer Island. There will be ample sea life. We'll see eagles, numerous sea birds, and hopefully, a few whales.
 Lunch: A picnic lunch will be provided on the schooner
 Afternoon: We'll be getting back late in afternoon after a full day of sailing. We'll get you back to your room for time to freshen up before dinner.
 Dinner: Enjoy an DownEast chowder dinner with a local cast of Downeasters.
 Evening: Free evening. Enjoy the delights of Eastport after dark.
   
Accommodations: Historic Bed and Breakfasts of Eastport, Maine
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Field Trip to Campobello Island/Exploring West Quoddy Head Light and Park
(Wednesday, September 24)

Note: Canadian maritimes and a visit to the easternmost point of land in the continental US



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty home-cooked New England breakfast at your inn
 Morning: Travel via vans to Campobello Isalnd, New Brunswick, Canada. Study the life of FDR through his summer residence at Campobello and the visitor's center. Tour the whole island, visiting East Quoddy Head Light, Wilson's Beach, and Liberty Point.
 Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch somewhere alongside the Bays of Roosevelt International Park or Campobello Island.
 Afternoon: Leaving Campobello Island, you will travel back to Lubec, Maine, and on to West Quoddy Head Lighthouse and Museum, the easternmost point of land in the U.S. This lighthouse is one of the most photographed along the Maine coast. Enjoy a walk along the magnificent cliffs overlooking Grand Manan.
 Dinner: Private supper party with some of the best ethnic food available in Maine.
 Evening: Local talent will showcase the evening program.
   
Accommodations: Historic Bed and Breakfasts of Eastport, Maine
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Sailing aboard the schooner Ada C. Lore exploring new waters in the Bay of Fundy.
(Thursday, September 25)

Note: Exploring Fundy Bay



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty home-cooked New England breakfast at your inn
 Morning: Trim and hoist the sails, view aquatic wildlife as you sail on the Ada C. Lore. Sail around the Canadian Islands in Passamaquoddy Bay, and depending on the tidal currents, sneak up into Cobscook Bay or slip around the other side of Campobello for a feeling of the great expanse of the Bay of Fundy. View the marine lifestyle reflected in the daily comings and goings of the local fishermen. We'll have a marine biologist aboard to get some first-hand information about marine life.
 Lunch: Enjoy lonch on your own at one of Eastport's delightful seaside cafe`s.
 Afternoon: Vans will depart for St. Croix Island, site of one of the earliest North American settlements. Enjoy an interactive presentation and catch a glimpse of this historical past with resident ranger.
 Dinner: Enjoy a Down East Lobster Feast. Graduation follows dinner. You'll tackle your own crustacean.
   
Accommodations: Historic Bed and Breakfasts of Eastport, Maine
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: After enjoying a leisurely breakfast, be sure to explore Eastport on your own.
(Friday, September 26)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty home-cooked New England breakfast at your inn
 Morning: After enjoying a leisurely at your B&B and bidding farewell to your new found crewmates, explore all of those quaint Eastport locations to which you were introduced during the week, but never found the time to explore on your own.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Eastport, Maine City of Eastport
Walk the streets of Eastport and enjoy its architecture, shops, art galleries, and museums. For additional information, visit www.eastportme.info
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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