2017 September Travel Guide

Acadia National Park in Maine

Acadia National Park in Maine

Jen loves the island in the fall! The warm days are perfect for hiking in Acadia and the cool evenings invite visitors to sit outside with good friends and family and enjoy a meal. Many visitors have already partaken of the peak summer months, making September the perfect time for those who prefer more room to roam around without missing out on all the island has to offer. It's also an excellent time to catch the beginning of the southward migration of birds, the spotlight of this month's newsletter! The Eagle Cliff and Beechwood properties allow you to watch birds right from the front porch! And for you stargazers, we have the  upcoming Acadia Night Sky Festival! Join us as the leaves begin to turn...your fall vacation awaits!

Changing of the leaves in Acadia National Park

Changing of the leaves in Acadia National Park

This is the time of year you don’t want to miss! Not only can you enjoy all the island has to offer, you can save money at the same time! Fall is the bargain time of year for a visit...or a second or third visit...with the highest quality experience for the lowest prices. Reservations can be made with only a 3-night minimum and if you're looking for a larger space to enjoy, the rental rates drop drastically, so it’s a great time to rent a larger house. We also offer deeply discounted weekly rates, too!

Bird watching in Acadia National Park

Bird watching in Acadia National Park

With 338 bird speciesrecorded to visit Mount Desert Island, Acadia National Park is a premier bird watching destination!

One of Jen's favorites, the Peregrine Falcon, is a crow-sized raptor that can fly up to 100mph.  In the 1960’s, they were no longer breeding in the U.S., due largely to environmental impact. In 1991, after 35 years, the first local breeding pair of Peregrines successfully hatched a chick and since that time approximately 129 chicks have hatched on Mount Desert Island.

So keep your eyes on the sky,  you never know what you'll see!

Precipice Trail in Acadia National Park

Precipice Trail in Acadia National Park

During the summer, Jordan Cliffs, Precipice and Valley Cove Trails are closed  to protect the nesting Peregrine Falcons. Once the Peregrine Falcon chicks are successfully hatched, these hikes are reopened late summer and fall for our enjoyment!

Jen started hiking the Precipice Trail quite early, at the age of 3, as a family summer ritual. To assist hikers in the challenging areas, there are ladders, iron rungs, and handrails.

Jordan Cliffs Trail contains a wooden staircase with handrails that leads down a 10-foot cliff and an iron rung ladder that goes to a trail that leads to the Penobscot Mountain summit with stunning views that make the hike worth the effort!

To see if the Precipice Trail hike is for you, check out this video by Unboring Exploring!

Wendell Gilley Museum in Acadia National Park

Wendell Gilley Museum in Acadia National Park

Want to learn more about birds? Mount Desert Island has two unique museums that showcase our feathered friends.

Located at Collage of the Atlantic, the Dorr Museum has many displays of birds and dioramas depicting coastal life. There's also a tide pool tank with marine creatures such as hermit crabs, live sea stars, and snails, and other water inhabitants. The Dorr Museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10am to 5pm. 

The Wendell Gilley Museum educates visitors on the importance of respect for the natural world through creativity. Enjoy an exhibit, join a program, or simply marvel at the details of the art work at this one of a kind museum. Through September, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am–4pm. 

The Island Explorer bus stops at both museums daily throughout the season.

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