East Penobscot Bay

Encompassed by quiet, coastal towns this area offers visitors exquisite landscapes, crystalline blue water, an endless sky, and the resinous scent of spruce and pine. Everything about the East Penobscot Bay Region beckons visitors to stay. The  Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory and Fort Knox are a great first stop and you won't want to miss the view from the top of the world's tallest bridge observatory or the history and events available at the Fort.  Across the bridge is the riverfront town of Bucksport with its rich history and charming atmosphere. From there you'll travel further off the beaten path into the East Penobscot Bay Region with a pace and beauty sure to refresh your mind, body, and soul any time of the year.

This is a cultural oasis with world class art galleries, antique shops, chamber music, steel bands, a marine science institute, libraries, and well-known local authors. We're home to Castine's Maine Maritime Academy, Brooklin's Wooden Boat School and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, which has workshops throughout the summer. We have golf courses, historic sites, and stunning examples of colonial, Federal, and neo-classical architecture.

East Penobscot Bay is one of the finest sailing areas in the world. Its sheltered water and picturesque sprinkling of islands make it ideal for small craft and large. One of our islands, Isle au Haut contains the less frequented portion of Acadia National Park accessible only by boat (boat tours are available). We've a wealth of secluded nature preserves in which the peacefulness of a bygone era is called "today".

If you are a fan of lighthouses, be sure to check out the Deer Isle Lighthouse Trail where you can see 8 area lighthouses and get your lighthouse passport stamped for each of them!

Stay and play in the East Penobscot Bay Region! There are luxurious inns, classic bed & breakfasts, campgrounds, and rambling coastal cottage colonies to welcome you and your family. Eateries offer a wide selection of menus ranging from local favorites including world favorite lobster to elegant cuisines of distant lands. In your travels through the Downeast-Acadia Region, stop here first, you'll want to stay any time of the year.

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