A 5-Day Maine Coastal Bike Trip Is The Perfect Summer Getaway
The Maine coast is a very special place – from the rocky and rugged coast to the ubiquitous lobster rolls, charming town, and friendly people. To enjoy the great outdoors and have an unforgettable travel experience in Maine is best done on a bike. A guided bike excursion like Grasshopper Adventures’ Cycle & Kayak the Coast of Maine Tour is the best way to explore Coastal Maine. They highlight active escapes involving a variety of activities off the beaten path.
We began our escapade with a few days ahead in Portland which Bon Appetit named one of the top foodie towns in the U.S. It was easy to see why – we visited some of its restaurants, breweries, and distilleries.
To explore Portland, we rented bikes to see nearby lighthouses and took a 20-minute ferry ride to nearby Peaks Island for stunning water views and rode the island’s perimeter.
Next, we met our bike tour group Grasshoppers for Day One of Cycle & Kayak Maine’s Coast. The group of 7 were transported up to Bar Harbor, the gateway to Acadia National, where we spent three days.
The led group biked Acadia National Park’s loop and carriage roads including making our way to the summit of Cadillac Mountain, the highest point along the North Atlantic Seaboard where we were rewarded with stunning sights, including “the prettiest six miles to ride in New England”, which has a mix of ocean views and gently rolling small farms. When most people think of Maine, the first things that come to mind are lobster and lobster and blueberries. So, make sure to savor the flavors as much as possible.
On Day 3 we left the trails and departed for kayaking adventure on Blue Hill Bay to spot harbor seals, bald eagles, and ospreys while on the water.
Our next stop was the charming mid coastal seaport town of Camden, also known as the “Jewel of the Coast” where we spent two nights. The first night involved a sunset sail aboard a classic Schooner Olad for a two-hour cruise on the bay with wine and cheese.
Day 4 included a quick ferry ride to the bucolic island of Islesboro to ride its perimeter, followed by a gourmet dining experience with local flair at Hartstone Inn, by award-winning chef Michael Salmon.
Day 5 comprised of cycling featuring Rockland and coastal roads to the majestic Owl’s Head Light of our tour, where we stayed in Spruce Head, Maine. It is in an inn along the ocean and the coastal roads. The final night featured a 5 -course wine pairing and tasting experience by Executive Chef Fernando Ferreira.
Before the final departure, a ride to Port Clyde and the Marshall Point Light were made to view the picturesque white lighthouse. With its rugged natural beauty, no US state matches Maine for great cycling and kayaking. Now go explore!