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  • Within the Acadia National Park is Cadillac Mountain, which is the highest mountain on the East Coast. From this mountain is a grand view of coastal islands and distant mountains. Some of the islands are inhabited by small villages.

Visiting Coastal Maine

Featured image caption: Within the Acadia National Park is Cadillac Mountain, which is the highest mountain on the East Coast. From this mountain is a grand view of coastal islands and distant mountains. Some of the islands are inhabited by small villages. (All photos by George Dissmeyer)

Early Fall is a great time to visit coastal Maine because temperatures are mild and there are fewer tourists. The story of coastal Maine is the relationship of its people to the Atlantic Ocean. The main attraction is the Acadia National Park. However, I really enjoyed the small villages and towns along the coast because they are historical. Also, it was very interesting to see the many aspects of the lifestyle linked to the sea: sailing, fishing, lobster trapping, boat building, shipping and lighthouses.

 South of Bar Harbor is Rockland Harbor, which has a mile-long breakwater with this lighthouse at the end. The breakwater was built with large granite blocks from quarries. The work started in the late 1800s and was completed around 1900. This lighthouse was completed in 1902 and is visited by walking the breakwater.
 South of Bar Harbor is Rockland Harbor, which has a mile-long breakwater with this lighthouse at the end. The breakwater was built with large granite blocks from quarries. The work started in the late 1800s and was completed around 1900. This lighthouse was completed in 1902 and is visited by walking the breakwater.

 

The Acadia National Park is on Mount Desert Island, which has a rocky coast. Storm waves have swept away the soil and vegetation off the rock outcrops. A few protected sand beaches are found around the island. Up Cadillac Mountain is Jordan Pond, where one can get lunch and hike.
The Acadia National Park is on Mount Desert Island, which has a rocky coast. Storm waves have swept away the soil and vegetation off the rock outcrops. A few protected sand beaches are found around the island. Up Cadillac Mountain is Jordan Pond, where one can get lunch and hike.

 

Along the Rockland Harbor breakwater was this fisherman retrieving a lobster from a trap. Just beyond the boat is a buoy attached to another lobster trap.
Along the Rockland Harbor breakwater was this fisherman retrieving a lobster from a trap. Just beyond the boat is a buoy attached to another lobster trap.

 

On the side of the breakwater was a Glaucous-winged gull with a starfish. These gulls are common along the coast.
On the side of the breakwater was a Glaucous-winged gull with a starfish. These gulls are common along the coast.

 

Boat building is big business for some of the coastal communities. Rockport, Maine has one of these companies beside its harbor.
Boat building is big business for some of the coastal communities. Rockport, Maine has one of these companies beside its harbor.

 

Bar Harbor, Maine, is the mecca for tourists visiting the Acadia National Park. The Bar Harbor Inn is an excellent hotel for lodging and fine food. Bar Harbor has several fine restaurants and motels. From here, it is easy to visit seaside villages and lighthouses.
Bar Harbor, Maine, is the mecca for tourists visiting the Acadia National Park. The Bar Harbor Inn is an excellent hotel for lodging and fine food. Bar Harbor has several fine restaurants and motels. From here, it is easy to visit seaside villages and lighthouses.

 

From Mount Desert Island, Cranberry Island is reached by boat. On the island are summer homes and a year-round fishing village. Lobsters are the focus of the fishing. The fishy smell from herring bait attracts the lobsters to the trap. The containers stacked on the dock contain the herring used as bait.
From Mount Desert Island, Cranberry Island is reached by boat. On the island are summer homes and a year-round fishing village. Lobsters are the focus of the fishing. The fishy smell from herring bait attracts the lobsters to the trap. The containers stacked on the dock contain the herring used as bait.

 

Lobster fishermen will set out scores of traps. Each fisherman has uniquely painted buoys, which are being repainted in this shop. These people know the detail of the ocean bottom, including the location of boulders or crags where a lobster might be hiding. They place their traps close to these bottom features.
Lobster fishermen will set out scores of traps. Each fisherman has uniquely painted buoys, which are being repainted in this shop. These people know the detail of the ocean bottom, including the location of boulders or crags where a lobster might be hiding. They place their traps close to these bottom features.

 

People visiting Maine’s coast can experience sailing on a schooner. This schooner just docked in Camden Harbor and they were taking down its sails. A nice restaurant is located on this dock, from which diners can watch the harbor activity.
People visiting Maine’s coast can experience sailing on a schooner. This schooner just docked in Camden Harbor and they were taking down its sails. A nice restaurant is located on this dock, from which diners can watch the harbor activity.

 

Enjoyable evenings can be spent at Bar Harbor watching various boats and cruise ships transporting passengers to shore. The windjammer at the end of the dock offers visitors the experience of a sailing ship.
Enjoyable evenings can be spent at Bar Harbor watching various boats and cruise ships transporting passengers to shore. The windjammer at the end of the dock offers visitors the experience of a sailing ship.

 

“A visit to coastal Maine offers many of these experiences and more. The region also offers museums, history, and art. I highly recommend this unusual and enjoyable experience.” - George Dissmeyer

This article, by George Dissmeyer, appeared in the September/October 2020 issue of Lakelife