With its candy striped tower and magnificent views out over Passamaquoddy Bay, West Quoddy Lighthouse is recognized worldwide. It is also just one of 25 lighthouses in the DownEast & Acadia Region, more than in any other region of the state. Come see our lighthouses by land, sea or air from East Penobscot Bay to Canada and experience the region's seafaring heritage and way of life.
What visit to Maine would be complete without a lobster feast, at a public supper, in an elegant restaurant or by the sea? For the adventurous there is even lobster ice cream! Winter Harbor hosts a Lobster Festival every August too. With lobster fishermen in every village, you will see that fishing is a way of life for our communities -- the Downeast Fisheries Trail highlights the many aspects of our fisheries traditions.
Drive our roads and byways to see fields of wild blueberries, green in spring, sprinkled with blue in summer and bright red in the fall, all growing on the soils left behind by the retreating glaciers at the end of the last ice age. The Wild Blueberry Festival in Machias in August celebrates all aspects of our native berry! Make sure to save room for some delicious blueberry pie!
Spectacular scenery, sweeping vistas and accessibility of the outdoors are some of what makes our region so special. Acadia National Park is known around the world and we are home to numerous state parks and preserves as well with unrivaled scenery and the chance to enjoy nature. Meander along our Scenic Byways for breathtaking scenes and discoveries off the beaten path.
Thanks to the lumber barons who settled the region to harvest the wood from our inland forests, we have many beautiful historic villages and homes, such as Woodlawn, in Ellsworth. Our rich native American heritage is celebrated in museums and festivals and for genealogy buffs, nearly every town has a historical society. Spanning the region is Maine's Historic Bold Coast that showcases the area's most spectacular historic sites that you won't want to miss.
The Blue Hill Peninsula is one of the many havens for artists in DownEast & Acadia. Galleries and art events take place in many towns all year long. Musicians hone their craft at schools and programs held throughout the season and writers such as E.B. White (Charlotte's Web) and Robert McCloskey (Blueberries for Sal) used real life places and events, such as the Blue Hill Fair, in their tales. Come explore the arts in True Maine.
Welcome to DownEast & Acadia -- True Maine!
In former times "Downeast" meant the direction the sailing ships traveled to get here from New York and Boston --downwind and to the east. Over time, however, "downeast" has also come to represent our rich maritime history, the important role that the sea has always played in our lives and the strong independent spirit of the people.
"Acadia," from the Greek word for earthly paradise, is the name of our National Park and describes the amazing natural beauty that is all around to see and experience.
Together, DownEast & Acadia describe an authentic, Maine Experience. The glories of summer here offer warm sun-filled days and breeze-cooled evenings. Fall moves in with hills ablaze with color and brilliant, canopied roads. Winter drapes the shores and lanes with a blanket of peace and solitude broken only by the sigh of the wind and the crunch of the snow underfoot and Spring brings it all back into bloom and the cycle of nature starts again. If you enjoy the peaceful sound of waves lapping the shoreline, the fun of a local festival filled with food, music and local character, or the thrill of seeing nature up close, you will find it here.
More than all this, though, DownEast & Acadia is a state of mind unique to each person who visits this special place and we invite you to come here soon and find out what it means to you.