Introducing Down East
Without question, this is quintessential Maine: as you head further and further up the coast toward Canada, the peninsulas seem to become more and more narrow, jutting further into the sea. The fishing villages seem to get smaller; the lobster pounds, closer and closer to the water.
'Down East' starts around Penobscot Bay. If you make time to drive to the edge of the shore, south off US 1, let it be here.
The region continues 'further down east', from Acadia all the way to the border with New Brunswick, Canada.