Down East & Acadia
- Illustrations by: Michael Ricci
When coastal geologist Joseph Kelley first visited Down East Maine in the early 1980s, local people told him that young brides could rarely count on inheriting their grandmothers’ fine china because dishware seldom survived a generation in the region’s weak but frequent earthquakes. In the years since, Kelley has learned that the line where the land meets the sea in Maine is an extremely fluid, even shaky, place to live.
This Southwest Harbor restaurant is truly a diner's delight.
The Pickled Herring is gambling big that remote Eastport can support a fine restaurant.
- Photography by: Jennifer Baum
There are not many places around the globe where climbers can practice their vertical gymnastics at the water’s edge. The pink granite cliffs of Otter Cliffs, in Acadia National Park, have got to be among the most user-friendly. Local guide Jeff Butterfield has been leading visitors to the edge (and over it, actually) of this sixty-foot-tall outcropping for twenty-four years. He’ll set a toprope that’s right for your physical and emotional level.
Visit a dramatic corner of Acadia National Park and one of the last great Down East fishing communities.
You might say that the edge of the sea is our classroom. Based on the beautiful and dramatic coast of Downeast Maine, AIO takes advantage of everything that nature has to offer. While one group of students finishes a profile of the beach, another group collects specimens for the cold water tanks in our wet lab. Still other students might be busy focusing their binoculars on offshore seabirds and cetaceans.
Gouldsboro, ME 04607
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