Total tour distance: 95 miles
Daily tour distance: 19 miles
Difficulty: 40 / 100
Whitewashed lighthouses perched on rocky shores, evergreen forests and open meadows, fresh seafood, galleries, whales, seals, ducks, geese and jabbering seagulls – these are the images of a Maine that does exist, and our tour, based on beautiful Mount Desert, takes you there. Mount Desert is the third largest island on the eastern seaboard (connected to the mainland by a bridge) and is surely the best place for gentle cycling in all of Maine. Every day we enjoy breathtaking ocean scenery and explore villages such as the boatbuilding center of Southwest Harbor, the yachting mecca of Northeast Harbor, and the commercial fishing village of Bass Harbor. We ferry to Swan’s Island where we cycle past picturesque Burntcoat Harbor on our way to a picnic at Hockamock Head Lighthouse. We also enjoy a morning of professionally guided kayaking along the quiet inlets of Pretty Marsh Harbor and later, a real “Down East” lobster feast. We ride into Acadia National Park, truly a cyclist’s paradise. Miles of carriage roads wind gently through pine forests and lovely stands of beech and maple, curve around sparkling freshwater lakes and secluded ponds, and then lead us out to magnificent seascapes along the Atlantic shoreline.
Finally, we enjoy all of this while staying at two superb inns. We are guests at the renowned Claremont Hotel, located on lovely Sommes Sound, as well as at the prestigious Bar Harbor Inn located just a short walk from “downtown” Bar Harbor and its multitude of stores, craft shops, museums and galleries.
Monday and Tuesday are rated 'Easier to Intermediate'. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are rated 'Easier'.