An Exclusive Bucket List Adventure for Members of American Forests
October 6-10, 2017
Join American Forests on an exclusive members-only trip to Maine’s crown jewel, Acadia National Park. We’ll watch the waves crash against the rocky New England shore as the lobster boats bring in their final catches of the season, all against the backdrop of brilliant reds and yellows of the fall foliage. Our days will be spent exploring this iconic park during the tranquility of the season while enjoying the culinary delights for which this part of the country is renowned. We will also learn about the unique features of Maine’s forests and hear from experts about conservation efforts. If you enjoy hiking, lobster, carriage rides and iconic New England scenery, this trip is a must do.
Once you arrive in Maine, American Forests will ensure your transportation to the charming and historic Asticou Inn. After settling into your room and enjoying the spectacular view, we will all gather for a welcome reception and dinner on the terrace overlooking picturesque Northeast Harbor. At dinner, we will hear about Acadia National Park’s history and the adventures we have in store, as well as from a Park expert on the health of Maine’s forests and some of the challenges the region faces, including Acadia.
A trip to Acadia National Park would not be complete without a carriage ride along Acadia’s beautiful carriage roads, which were built by John D. Rockefeller Jr. and his family and traverse 45 miles of the park. During our carriage ride, we will travel back in time to learn more about the remarkable history and preservation of these truly unique roads, cared for by the National Park Service. Next, we will head to the famous Jordan Pond House for lunch, including their world-famous popovers. The afternoon and early evening will be spent enjoying the shops, art galleries and restaurants of Bar Harbor.
Everyone coming to this majestic place should witness watching the sunrise over the Atlantic from atop Cadillac Mountain. We will get up early to experience this unforgettable perspective as we enjoy coffee and freshly baked Maine blueberry muffins. After sunrise, we will begin a descent down the south ridge of Cadillac Mountain, enjoying breathtaking views along the way. We will spend the rest of the morning exploring more of Mount Desert Island’s beauty and its history. Our morning will continue with a hike on either the celebrated Beehive Trail, where hikers can experience one of Acadia’s famous ladder-rung trails, or the less strenuous Gorham Mountain Trail. We will come together to compare notes on our hiking adventures and enjoy a visit to Sand Beach and Thunder Hole. Once our hike is complete, we will return to the Asticou Inn for a picnic lunch along the harbor with the afternoon free for you to enjoy as you like. In the evening, we will enjoy a traditional Maine lobster bake on the lawn of the Asticou Inn close to the beach.
One of the best ways to experience Mount Desert Island is from the sea, and we will have an opportunity to do just that on Day Three of our adventure. After enjoying breakfast at the Inn, we will board a scenic cruise to the Schoodic Peninsula across Frenchman Bay. Our group will be met at Frazer Point on the Schoodic Peninsula by a fleet of bikes. We will then take a leisurely and scenic bike ride to the National Park Service’s Schoodic Education and Research Center (SERC), where we will learn about the park’s amazing interdisciplinary research, education and environmental stewardship programs. We will then return to Mount Desert Island and the Asticou Inn.
After a hearty breakfast, we will say our final farewells. American Forests will return you to the airport, leaving you with memories to last a lifetime.
What Is Included
- Ground transportation to and from Bangor or Bar Harbor Airports.
- Lodging at the historic Asticou Inn in Northeast Harbor (four nights).
- All activities and related equipment.
- All transportation to and from activities.
- All meals with the exception of dinner on October 7th.
$3,199 per person. A minimum of 20 individuals is required.
A deposit of $1,000 per person must be received by July 31, 2017, to reserve your place for this special adventure. Also, note that the final itinerary may vary slightly as the trip planning continues.
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