Bangor. . . approximately 15 minutes from the Inn
Ellsworth. . . approximately 15 minutes from the Inn
Mount Desert Island – Bar Harbor – Acadia National Park . . . approximately 45 minutes from the Inn
In the winter, call and find out which production the Penobscot Theatre is showing (942-3333). If you are lucky, you may be visiting on a weekend the Bangor Symphony is performing (942-5555). Also, Bangor has a large movie theater, Movie 10, with blockbuster movie options. In Ellsworth you will find the Maine Coast Mall Cinemas with 2 movie options. Downtown Ellsworth boasts The Grand, an old, historic theater that shows films as well as musical events and theater productions. Bar Harbor has a fun theater, the Criterion, built in original Art Deco, and offers one show each night through the summer and fall. The line is long, but never fear—they have 900 seats and do not begin the movie until everyone is seated. Hollywood Slots (877-779-7771) located on Main St. in Bangor is open daily for a great gaming experience. They have a variety of slot machine terminals and video poker. Check out their website at www.hollywoodslotsatbangor.com. Bar Harbor’s own Estate Brewery & Tavern (207-288-2337) has free tastings every ½ hour and three free in-depth tours daily of their microbrewery. Open 7 days a week (in season) they offer you to try a little bit of Maine with their award-winning ales: Bar Harbor Real Ale, Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale, and Cole Porter. Stop at the Acadia Zoo (207-677-3244) in Trenton on your way to Bar Harbor (May through December).
The American Folk Festival in August is a great way to celebrate a wide variety of American culture. This festival started after the National Folk Festival did three years in a row on the Bangor Waterfront. This festival is fun for all ages. The Bangor State Fair is the last weekend in July, is fun for the whole family with rides, games, and vendors. The Common Ground Fair in Unity, in September is sponsored by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association has an emphasis on Maine-made organic foods. The Fryeburg Fair is the largest agricultural fair in Maine during October. There are livestock and produce exhibitions, craft demonstrations, and harness racing. For a complete list of events visit www.visitmaine.com.
Just across from the Inn, of course. The Lucerne Inn along with The Lucerne-in-Maine Golf Course (207-843-6282) offer a seasonal Golf Stay and Play package. This beautiful 9 hole course boasts well groomed greens and spectacular views. Golf carts are available. And if you would like to find another course, there are plenty of choices. We can recommend them upon request.
The closest area for shopping is Bangor, home of the Bangor Mall, as well as several nice stores and boutiques in downtown. In Ellsworth, you will find the L.L. Bean Outlet store, Rooster Brother, Cadillac Mountain Sports and several more. For a unique antiquing experience head to The Big Chicken Barn on Route 3 in Ellsworth. Known as Maine’s largest antique shop and book store with over 21,000 square feet you are sure to fine a little bit of past. In Bar Harbor, on Mount Desert Island, you will find lots of fun shopping in the summer and fall, but only a few stores open all year round. Make sure to stop at Ben & Bills Emporium to try their many flavors of ice cream (they even have a lobster ice cream) and hand made candies.
Without traveling too far, you can visit Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island to experience some of the most incredible scenery in the country. You can visit Thunder Hole, Sand Beach, Falling Rock and much more. The long road that extends through Acadia winds through the mountains to offer spectacular views of the ocean. Only a few of these roads are open in the winter, but the snow and ice make it truly spectacular. The Bass Harbor Light House is also located on this island, in Bass Harbor of course, near Sea Wall. Interested in a warm weather boat ride? Water excursions are offered out of Bangor, Belfast, and Bar Harbor, contact Bar Harbor Whale Watching Co. for more information (207-288-2386). Take a nature-filled Morning Sail or a romantic and peaceful Sunset Sail on the Schooner Mary Todd (151-foot 4-masted schooner), just call (288-4585) for tickets and information. Or consider renting a canoe or paddleboat at Jenkins Beach, just 2 miles from the Inn (843-6278).
Offered seasonally, Island Soaring Glider Rides is located in Trenton, just outside of Ellsworth (667-7627).
Keep in mind that some historic locations in Maine are open seasonally.
To see the rich historic past of Bangor try the Bangor Museum & Center for History located on Broad Street (942-5766). They give tours of the city by bus and will surprise you with the city’s exciting past.
The Cole Transportation Museum is home to hundreds of Maine antique land transportation vehicles located off of I-395 in Bangor.
The Hudson Museum at The Maine Center for the Arts on The University of Maine campus in Orono is devoted to exploring human diversity.
The University of Maine Museum of Art is located in downtown Bangor and houses over 6.000 pieces of art to explore. Bangor is home of the 35 ft. tall statue of Paul Bunyan located on Main Street in Bangor.
In Ellsworth, try the tour of Col. Black’s Mansion, an exquisitely preserved piece of the past. Beautiful Georgian architecture with original furnishings makes this a real treat.
Stop by the Chamber of Commerce office for more information (on Route 3 in Ellsworth, near the Burger King; or on Main Street in Bangor next to the Paul Bunyan Statue). In Owl’s Head you can visit the transportation museum and see one of their many specialty shows or auctions (207-594-4418).
The Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport is a seasonal spot for all to enjoy (207-548-2529).
While in Bar Harbor stop at the Mount Desert Island Oceanarium for a “hands on” experience (207-244-7330).
You can rent cross-country skis (approx. $12 per day), snowshoes (approx. $9 per day), and ice skates (approx. $5) at Cadillac Mountain Sports, in either Ellsworth or Bar Harbor. You will find the most scenic area to enjoy your rentals is Acadia National Park, which has a convenient entrance just a couple miles from the sports shop. There are miles of carriage roads and trails at your disposal (some areas of the park are closed in the off-season, but Cadillac Mountain sells maps and are very helpful if you have questions). A little closer to your home-away-from-home, you may wish to snowshoe. Although not groomed, the defunct railroad path makes a nice outing. Or try the cross country skiing in the Bangor Area at Hermon Meadows (which offers ski rentals) and downhill skiing at the very small Hermon Mountain (great for beginners).
For a short walk on bare ground, try the Lake path behind the Inn. You can continue to walk along the road around the lake from there, or on the Railroad path that leads to Ellsworth. For a short hike, try Bald Mountain, which you can see from the Inn. It’s about a 20 minute drive and then a 30 minute hike, one way. Steep, but thankfully short, with a gorgeous view from the top that extends all the way to the ocean. For more options, we recommend Acadia National Park. There you will find hikes and walks of every variety. Walk along Rockefeller’s famous carriage roads or hike one of the many mountains (which range from short and easy to long and strenuous). Stop at Cadillac Mountain Sports shop in Bar Harbor to pick up some guides for walking and hiking. They are also happy to answer any questions you may have.