Welcome to Machias Bay Area
The Machias Bay area is home to some gorgeous stretches of coastline. The fact that it's so little known by out-of-towners is just fine with the locals, who enjoy spectacular hikes and boat rides far from the maddening crowd of nearby Mount Desert Island. The bay's towns are quite modest: Machias is best known for a tiny historical site (an 18th-century tavern that played a minor role in the Revolutionary War), magnificent blueberry pie and its wild blueberry festival – not surprising since this is the heart of wild blueberry country. Just south of Machias is Jasper Beach, which is covered with wave-clattering, polished jasper stones.
Nearby Cutler Harbor is the departure point for very popular tours to see the largest puffin colony in the US.