Down East Maine has so much to offer any type of visitor. Below are just a few nearby attractions that our family, friends and guests have enjoyed over the years. These are just a sampling of attractions and we encourage you to explore all that Down East Maine and the surrounding area has to offer.
“Words can’t express the wonderful time we had here! Everything was perfect – the cottage, the views, the weather and all our sight seeing trips.” – guest from Herndon, Virginia
West Quoddy Head Light House – Light houses are a signature fixture on the Maine coastline and Down East Maine does not disappoint. This one is the closest to the cottage.
Quoddy Head State Park – The light house above is located in this state park which runs along the coastline with beautiful views of the water.
Campobello Island – A great feature of Down East Maine is just next door in Canada. The fastest way to get to Canada from Lubec is to take a bridge to this island which has much to offer including a trip on a whale watching boat and delicious food options.
Roosevelt Campobello International Park – One essential spot for any visitor to Campobello island is this international park which is co-managed by the US and Canada.
Head Harbour Lightstation (East Quoddy) – Another must see on Campobello island is this unique light house. Go at high tide and again at low tide to have two different experiences.
Cobscook Bay State Park – North of Whiting, Maine off of Route 1 this park is surrounded on three sides by water with great views of all the natural wonders of Maine.
Reversing Falls – There are only a few places in Maine where you can see water flow backwards and forwards and the largest set of tidal falls in Maine is in nearby Pembroke.
45th Parallel – This spot in Perry, Maine, which marks the point halfway between the equator and the north pole, is at the same latitude as Salem, OR; Minneapolis, MN; Bordeaux, France; Turin and Venice, Italy; Belgrade, Serbia; Bucharest, Romania; Stavropol, Russia; Toimaki, Japan (on northern Hokkaido Island).
“There are so many wonderful things to do and see here it’s hard to name them all. I especially enjoy the West Quoddy Lighthouse and State Park. It’s great that it’s so close to Pat’s Place and has such breathtaking views and trails. My second favorite has to be Campobello Island and the Roosevelt “cottage”. That is not to be missed and again so close.” – guest from Waukesha, Wisconsin
St. Croix Island International Historic Site – Down East Maine is rich with history and this site, 8 miles south of Calais, Maine dates back to the early 1600s and the beginning of the French presence in North America.
Eastport, Maine – A quaint town right on the water with unique shops and delicious eateries. Its also a great place to catch a ride on a whale watching boat!
Burnham Tavern Museum – Another stop for history buffs is this home in Machias, Maine which marks the site of the first naval battle of the American Revolution.
Jasper Beach – If you only enjoy beaches with sand then this one in Machiasport, Maine may not be for you. But if you are looking for a unique beach experience or just want to pick up some rocks as a souvenir, stop by but make sure to wear sturdy shoes.
Roque Bluffs – Its not often that you find a beach that is situated between fresh water and salt water but Down East Maine has just the thing. If its a nice day, bring a picnic lunch too. This is one of our favorites!
Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge – For birders or anyone interested in possibly seeing a bald eagle, this is one of the northernmost National Wildlife Refuges in the Atlantic Flyway, a migratory route that follows the eastern coast of North America.
The Chocolate Museum – Located in St. Stephens, New Brunswick, Canada just across the border from Calais, Maine, this is a fun and tasty stop for anyone who loves chocolate.
St. Andrews – This historic town, a national historic site of Canada, in New Brunswick, Canada has delicious eateries, quaint shops, great views, and much more to offer visitors from all over.
“Don’t try to do it all in one stay. Cross half off your list and come back next year to do the rest. This is what they have in mind when they say ‘Maine, the way life should be.'” – guest from Dunbarton, New Hampshire