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Arts & Culture

Downeast & Acadian Art

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Known for its many classic fishing villages and dramatic coastal landscapes, DownEast & Acadia is rich in authentic character, culture and recreational opportunities. Get a first impression from the Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory in Bucksport, where you can also tour historic Fort Knox or visit the Northeast Historic Film moving image archive. The village of Deer Isle is filled with small local craft shops and is also home to Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Acadia National Park offers 440,000-acres of natural splendor, adjacent to the bustling town of Bar Harbor, where you can explore Maine’s tribal history at the Abbe Museum, host of the Maine Native American Festival and Basketmakers Market. The Grand Lake Stream Folk Art Festival, Machias Wild Blueberry Festival and Eastport Salmon Festival are wonderful ways to celebrate Maine life. For a look at one of Maine’s untouched treasures, discover the spectacular Historic Bold Coast between Ellsworth and Lubec, where you can find many local artist studios and visit the Tides Institute in Eastport.