Hiking the Bold Coast and Inland Trails of Down East Maine
Get to know the Bold Coast of Maine through expert-led hikes and discover ancient petroglyphs, coastal ecosystems and unique wildlife while learning about this historic region.
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Program No. 15225RJ
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
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Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Trescott, Maine
Heartwood Lodge

Afternoon: Check into Heartwood Lodge from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Your registration packet will be delivered to you by the Program Coordinator.

Dinner: A delicious home-cooked dinner will be prepared and served at The Commons dining room.

Evening: After dinner, you will meet with your Maine guides for orientation and learn what you may expect for planned activities.

Campobello Island & FDR International Park
Trescott, Maine
Heartwood Lodge

Activity note: Please note that a U.S. Passport is required to enter Canada and visit Campobello Island.

Breakfast: Enjoy a delicious healthy home-cooked breakfast at The Commons.

Morning: Depart Heartwood 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. IMPORTANT, PLEASE NOTE: A U.S. Passport is required to enter Canada and visit Campobello Island.

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 another delicious dinner prepared by our chef at The Commons.

Evening: Meet with Sara, our lobster lady, from a lobster fishing family, who will astound you with lobster details from the depths of the ocean.

Scenic splendor at Boot Head
Trescott, Maine
Heartwood Lodge

Activity note: Explore the best of Maine's Bold Coast

Breakfast: Enjoy a health home-prepared breakfast at the Commons.

Morning: Depart from Lubec 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. Expect to see shore birds, eagles, osprey, and maybe some seals.

Lunch: Enjoy a healthy and hearty picnic lunch.

Afternoon: This afternoon is free time. This will give you the opportunity to explore some of the sites not covered by the program. Or explore the seaside community of Lubec.

Dinner: Enjoy an delicious supper with your new friends and counterparts at The Commons, served by our chef.

Evening: Optional Free Evening or Movie Night. Try to catch our night sky. It is marvelous.

Explore Eastport, Shackford Head Park, board "Miss Patricia"
Trescott, Maine
Heartwood Lodge

Activity note: Hiking and motoring along the waters of Head Harbor Passage, surrounding Eastport's Moose Island

Breakfast: Enjoy a healthy home-prepared breakfast at The Commons

Morning: We'll head for Eastport's Moose Island, where 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 the scenic waterfront city of Eastport.

Afternoon: Depart the Easport Breakwater for a trip aboard a lobster boat. 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 an intimate atmosphere and delicious food at a home-cooked dinner prepared by our Peggy. Share the discoveries of the day with your fellow hikers.

Evening: Live entertainment.

Reversing Reversing Falls, West Quoddy Light
Trescott, Maine
Heartwood Lodge

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

Breakfast: Enjoy a healthy breakfast prepared by chef Brenda.

Morning: Depart for Pembroke via vans to the Reversing Falls Park. 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 generally at peak in early October, so prepare yourself for a splendid color backdrop.

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch at West Quoddy Head.

Afternoon: After lunch we'll explore the trails and scenic wonders that are West Quoddy Head Park, the easternmost point of land in the continental U.S. 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: Enjoy a DownEast Lobster Feast.

Evening: Graduation festivities.

Program Concludes
Trescott, Maine

Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty breakfast of Maine's blueberry pancakes.

Morning: Explore the historic seaside village of Lubec 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.

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