Getting on/off motorcoach; driving about 110 miles; approximately 3 hours total; stops for field trips. Walking about 1.5 miles total throughout the day; approximately 1.5 hours in Castine; periods of standing; paved terrain with some small inclines; comfortable, sturdy walking shoes suggested.
At a local restaurant across the street from the hotel the breakfast buffet features a rotating variety of hot items as well as fruit, yogurt, cereal, oatmeal, breads and muffins, plus juices, coffee, tea, water.
Setting out from the hotel in our private motorcoach with our Group Leader and a local expert, we will head to the bucolic Blue Hill Peninsula and the world-renowned Wooden Boat School in Brooklin. While here, we’ll learn about the craft from one of the school instructors. Reboarding the motorcoach, we’ll continue across the body of water known as Eggemoggin Reach via the suspension Deer Isle Bridge to explore this “bridged island.” We’ll drive across the island to the town of Stonington, home to one of the largest lobster fleets on the east coast. At the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries, we’ll learn about efforts to secure a sustainable future for the Eastern Maine fisheries.
At a local restaurant, we’ll have a regional specialty – lobster roll – caught by local lobster boats (vegetarian selection available). Coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.
Leaving Deer Isle, we’ll head back to the mainland to Castine, one of the oldest communities in North America. The coastal village’s iconic 18th century architecture places it on the National Register of Historic Places. During a walking field trip with a local expert from the historical society, we’ll explore the town. Afterwards, we will return to the hotel via motorcoach.
At a local restaurant, walking distance from the hotel, we’ll have a plated, served dinner with coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
At leisure. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.