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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-22-2013, 07:25 AM Thread Starter
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Going to be spending 3 days in Bar Harbor in July. It's an annual trip for my wife's birthday. We've already done all the touristy things over the past several years. I was looking for some input from the Northern Maine Members for any off the beaten path places not to miss? Planning one day to do the coast up to Canada. Something along the way not to miss? So that leaves us a day to fill.
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Hang a right off US1 10 miles or so out of Ellsworth, go to Winter Harbor and ride the loop road around Schoodic Peninusla. Its Acadia Park, and the road for the most part is right on the shore. Big parking lot at the end, if theres a storm going by or its windy, can be some big waves breaking. I usually go there instead of Mt Desert, lot less ppl.

West Quoddy Head lighthouse in Lubec, easternmost point in the US not a long ways off US 1 going east. Campobello Island is there also, but you need a passport as its Canada to drive over the one bridge.

Roques Bluff Beach and state park in Jonesboro is a nice stop, but not a lot there except the pebble beach.

If you like to hike, there is public reserve land in East Machias that has walking trails that go out to the Bold Coast. Pretty place, high up 80 ft or so, rocky shore, looks like the west coast. Just have to walk to it.

I like to fly IFR ( I Follow Roads) wherever I go on my Roadie. Hancock Point or most anywhere off the south side of 1 is fun to go get lost in, see where the old roads go. Sometimes you find a little cove or village thats right out of a postcard. Course the town dump might be across the road, but you cant let that bother you.

Blue Hill, Sedwick, Brooklin , all that west of Ellsworth has some nice riding too.

You can always ride inland too. Ride up to Moosehead / Greenville and back.

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Thanks for the info. I to like to drift around aimlessly on any road, never know what you will find.

It's always a good idea to talk to the locals about nice spots to visit. We owned property in Greenville for many years and only 2yrs ago found out about the b52 crash site on elephant mountain.....

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I just saw your album. Guess you dont need to go to Greenville,you've seen it all.

I've been to the B52 and Pittston Farm by snowmobile in yrs past.
25 yrs ago you couldnt get anywhere near the B52 unless you hiked in, very remote. Paper co. built roads to cut wood in there over the yrs, now you can drive a car in to it.

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Maine is such a big state and so many beautiful places to see. I appreciate your suggestions and looking forward to checking them out.

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Maine is such a big state and so many beautiful places to see. I appreciate your suggestions and looking forward to checking them out.
Been a long time since I've lived in Maine (grew up near Houlton) but I remember weekend family camping trips to Campobello Island, which is actually Canada, off of Cutler, ME IIRC.

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Got passports? Cross the border in Calais off Rte.1 and take the cruise to St. Andrews by the Sea. Check out the Algonquin Hotel (gorgeous old luxury hotel) for "afternoon tea" (or something stronger). Also the Kingsbrae Garden is on of the top 10 public gardens in Canada. 27 acres featuring 50,000 different perennial plantings. You might be a little bored but your wife will love these two stops.

How about the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland - home of a lot of Wyeth original paintings. Also, the Owls Head Transportation Museum. Nice mix of bikes, cars, and airplanes.

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Wife loves the ideas. Thanks

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Well back to reality here. It was a great trip to Bar Harbor. Thanks for all the suggestions.

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