Central to almost any place you would like to visit in Downeast Maine is Ellsworth, a city with a rich history and thriving business community. It is conveniently located 12 minutes from the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport in Trenton and 30 minutes from Bangor International Airport. All major Downeast routes lead in and out of Ellsworth. Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park are a 19-mile scenic drive along Route 3, and the beautiful Blue Hill peninsula, an area that boasts many small coastal villages and some of the most scenic views along the jagged Maine coast is just 14 miles from Ellsworth.
The greater Ellsworth area is known throughout New England for its arts, culture and natural beauty. A drive along scenic Route 1 brings you in to the heart of Downeast Maine where the sea still provides sustenance for many families. Little towns with old sea captains’ homes and rich heritage are situated along your way.
In Ellsworth, there are several shopping centers and a lively historic downtown including museums, (check out the Telephone Museum) and the Grand Theater. Birdlovers may visit the Birdsacre/Stanwood Wildlife Sanctuary, while art aficionados will delight in what they find at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art. Don't miss the Woodlawn Museum , a 180-acre historic estate located a quarter mile from downtown Ellsworth. Once home to three generations of the Black family, it is now treasured for its historic house museum, gardens, and public park. Visitors can explore the historic house, stroll through beautiful gardens, play croquet, hike on pristine trails, and much more.