Top things to do in Down East

Top Choice National Park in Mount Desert Island

Acadia National Park

New England's only national park turned 100 in 2016 – it's a fine-looking centenarian. Within its borders are impressive coastal landmarks and great visitor activities.Drivers and hikers alike can thank John D Rocke…
Top Choice Latin American in Bar Harbor

Havana

First things first: order a rockin' Cuba libre or mojito. Once that's done, you can take your time with the menu and the epic global wine list. Havana puts a Latin spin on dishes that highlight local produce, and th…
Top Choice Mountain in Acadia National Park

Cadillac Mountain

Don't leave the park without driving – or hiking – to the 1530ft summit of Cadillac Mountain. For panoramic views of Frenchman Bay, walk the paved 0.5-mile Cadillac Mountain Summit loop. The summit is a popular plac…
Top Choice Lake in Acadia National Park

Jordan Pond

On clear days, the glassy waters of this 176-acre pond reflect the image of Penobscot Mountain like a mirror. A stroll around the pond and its surrounding forests and flower meadows is one of Acadia's most popular a…
Top Choice Modern American in Northeast Harbor

Burning Tree

Dine on sun-warmed greens from the backyard gardens or locally caught halibut with green peppercorns at this intimate cottage restaurant, one of the best in the region. The menu is seafood heavy and has plenty of in…
Top Choice American in Machias Bay Area

Helen's Restaurant

Helen's is the kind of friendly locals' joint where waitresses call you 'hon,' but their food makes your standard American diner fare look like mud in comparison. Fresh haddock is moist and flakey, salads are made w…
Top Choice Seafood in Southwest Harbor

Thurston's Lobster Pound

Super-fresh lobster and crab are the headliners at yellow-roofed Thurston's, overlooking Bass Harbor in Bernard. Tie on a bib and crack into a steamy, butter-dripping lobster, or a seafood-filled roll (as the menu d…
Top Choice Ice Cream in Bar Harbor

Mount Desert Island Ice Cream

A cult hit for innovative flavors like stout beer with fudge, chocolate with wasabi, and blueberry-basil sorbet, this ice-cream counter is a post-dinner must. The small, original outlet is at 7 Firefly Lane, by the …
Observatory in Down East

Penobscot Narrows Bridge & Observatory

Acrophobes, look away. At the photogenic Penobscot Narrows Bridge, a narrow, 420ft granite tower (taller than the Statue of Liberty) contains a lookout open to the public offering spectacular 360-degree views of the…
State Park in Lubec

Quoddy Head State Park

When the fog's not obscuring the view, the 541-acre Quoddy Head State Park has darn dramatic scenery. From the parking lot, walk the Coastal Trail, which leads along the edge of towering, jagged cliffs. Keep an eye …