Vacation rentals in Downeast Maine
Avoid the hustle and Bustle of Bar Harbor and stay in the nearby Downeast Region, where some of the more stunning views of Mount Desert Island can be seen. You can swim in Maine’s pristine lakes and hike in the Donnell Pond Public Reserved Lands, 14,000 acres of remote forested land with crystal clear lakes, secluded ponds, blueberry fields, and mountains with panoramic views. Take a ride up Scenic U.S. Rte. 1. This area boasts one of the most beautiful parts of Acadia National Park, on the Schoodic Peninsula. Take the scenic route on Schoodic Loop Rd. in Acadia National Park at Winter Harbor.
Further east find Roque Bluffs State Park with a beautiful sandy beach, and the Bold Coast Trail a 12,234-acre expanse of blueberry barrens, woodlands and peat lands with 4.5 miles of headlands, pocket coves and cobble beaches overlooking the Bay of Fundy. Visit Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge with excellent hiking and bird watching. The Downeast Sunrise Trail is an 85 mile multi-use recreational trail, great for hiking, snowmobiling and four wheeling, located in the heart of Downeast Maine.
Also nearby are quaint coastal villages like Winter Harbor, home to many antique shops and local artists and artisans; Milbridge, the main shopping area for many downeast locals, is nestled on the beautiful Narraguagus River; Harrington is out of the way of the more touristy areas, but truly central to the best that Maine has to offer in terms of beautiful coastline, local fishing villages and hiking in some of the most incredible natural areas of Maine; Jonesport, one of the oldest fishing villages in Maine; Visit nearby Beals Island and the Wass Island Nature Conservancy Trails; and Machias, the nearest large town. From Lubec, (which boasts some great places to eat if you want seafood or veggie options) you can cross over to New Brunswick, Canada and visit beautiful Campbello Island and FDR’s summer home, as well as points further northeast. It’s an easy day trip. Bring your passports!