Article from Maine Windjammer Association August 2018 Newsletter ()
May 27, 2016
Extend Your Stay!

Maine boasts the mountain terminus of the Appalachian Trail aka Katahdin; one of the country’s most-visited national parks—Acadia; tons of outlet shopping; art, science and history museums; fabulous James Beard Award-finalists serving world-renowned cuisine; hiking; biking; kayaking and more. Why not take some time and experience it all?
 

credit: Maine Office of Tourism
Camden Harbor, as seen from the top of Mount Battie in the Camden Hills State Park.


Says Ladona Captain J. R., “I always tell my guests to climb a local peak such as Mount Battie or Beech Hill. Hiking in Camden Hills State Park is hard to turn down. Also, I try to send them out to the islands, maybe all the way up to Isle au Haut or Matinicus. Nowhere else in the world offers these kinds of island adventures.”

Captain Garth of the Lewis R. French says he likes to direct people toward Acadia National Park. “It’s incredibly accessible and just beautiful. There are spectacular views of the Bay and very do-able hiking trails.” Visitors to Acadia can also find kayak rentals, paddleboards and other opportunities to sail in the harbor, as well as lots of small boutique shops in the town of Bar Harbor. Additionally, throughout Mt. Desert Island, there are small villages, art galleries, pottery studios and plenty of chances to discover parts unknown.

 

credit: N.C. Wyeth, Collection of Phyllis and Jamie Wyeth
The Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland is home to three generations of Wyeths. Among many fine pieces, the collection includes N. C. Wyeth’s Portrait of Ann Reading, ca 1930.


For his part, Captain Noah of the Stephen Taber encourages his guests to become acquainted with mid-coast, Maine, where towns and villages boast various foodie, shopping and art experiences. He says, “Go to Main Street Meats and ask them to pack you a picnic. Go up Mt. Battie and sit at the top, enjoy your lunch while you watch the Bay go by.” He recommends the award-winning restaurants Primo, the Fog Bar, and 3Crow. In between amazing meals, there’s the mile-long breakwater stretching into Rockland Harbor with a lighthouse at the end; there’s also the famous Farnsworth Art Museum and the brand-new Maine Center for Contemporary Art.

Because Maine windjamming cruises are all about slowing down and taking a huge break from the plugged-in work-a-day world, captains often caution their guests to plan on a slow re-entry once the cruise is over. And they all agree that there’s no better way to gently ease back into the hustle and bustle of everyday life than staying a while.

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