Downeast Maine: Portland, Bar Harbor & Acadia National Park
Mount Desert, Acadia
Fall in New England
West Street Hotel
Some Highlights of this Tour:
Join us for a true New England experience as we ride the coastal roads of the great state of Maine.
- Enjoy the New England fall colors at the peak of "leaf-peeping" season.
- Take a tour on a lobster boat!
- Ride the carriage roads of Acadia National Park.
- Enjoy wonderful, fresh-off-the boat, seafood.
- Sample a true New England classic: Popovers at Jordan Pond House, Acadia.
Here's a day-by-day tour description:
October 6 (Arrival Day): Meet in Portland
14 miles - 500 feet gain
This morning we’ll greet you in a central location in Portland at 9:00 am, where we’ll load up for a 45-min shuttle to Kennebunkport. We’ll enjoy a true Maine experience with an educational 1 hour tour on a lobster boat where we’ll learn all about lobster fishing. After lunch you are free to assemble your bike and explore Kennebunkport on foot or bike before settling in to your room. We gather tonight for our first group dinner together.
Lodging: Nonantum Resort
October 7: Kennebunkport
57 miles – 1,700 ft gain
Today’s ride meanders inland before rejoining the coast. Take in miles of pastoral lands, beaches and quant lobster-fishing villages on your way to Prouts Neck, where artist Winslow Homer painted in his studio there. You are, as always, free to have lunch where you like along the way. The ride back is a more coastal route back to the hotel including riding right by Walker’s Point – summer home of the Bush Family. Tonight you’ll enjoy dinner at a local favorite restaurants, where you’ll have the chance to sample the freshest seafood and of course, Maine lobster!
Lodging: Nonantum Resort
30 miles – 2,500 ft gain
After breakfast we’ll shuttle approximately 3 hours to Mount Desert Island, home to Acadia National Park. We will then set out on the scenic 30-mile Park Loop Road which offers stunning vistas overlooking Frenchman’s Bay and access to many famous Acadia sites along the way, including Sand Beach, Thunder Hole and Otter Cliffs. After checking into the hotel, we’ll stroll the streets of Bar Harbor before sitting down for a delicious dinner.
Lodging: West Street Hotel October 9: West Mount Desert Island
40 miles – 2,500 ft gain
Our ride takes you to the southeastern part of Mount Desert Island as you follow the coast down around Seal Harbor and over to Northeast harbor, offering charming boutiques, galleries and eateries. You’ll pass by the Asticou Azalea Garden where you can take a break from the ride to explore the paths that meander through this beautiful garden. Back on the bike, you’ll follow the coast along scenic Somes Sound riding along Sargeant Drive, a quiet coastal road lined with gray-shingled houses quintessential to coastal Maine. After returning to the hotel, you’ll have the afternoon to follow your bliss in Bar Harbor as dinner tonight is on your own.
Lodging: West Street Hotel October 10: Carriage Roads of Acadia
25 miles - 2,000 ft gain
Following breakfast, you’ll pedal your way back to Acadia on the Carriage Road trail system. A gift of philanthropist, John D. Rockefeller Jr., the 45 miles of rustic carriage roads weave around the mountains and valleys of Acadia, providing car-free trails on which to explore the heart of Mount Desert Island. The trails will take you from sweeping vistas to pristine freshwater ponds reflecting the majestic pine trees that rise above the water. Today we will stop at the Jordan Pond House where you’ll have the chance to try one of their famous popovers. Tonight we’ll enjoy one last dinner together and reflect upon the memories we’ve made.
Lodging: West Street Hotel October 11: Farewell
This morning we will shuttle 3.5 hours back to Portland where we will say our goodbyes arriving in Portland by 1:00 pm. We hope to see you again on the next Tandem Bicycle Tours adventure!
We are now taking bookings for this tour. If you are interested in this tour, please Contact Us for more information or check out our info page to see what's included on a Tandem Bicycle Tour.
Tandem Bicycle Tours strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads/bike paths for cycling and to avoid busy roads as much as possible. The description listed here is a very good approximation of our trips but hotels and routes may change marginally to improve the trip experience.