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Maine Itinerary Downeast beyond Acadia

Hello

We are planning a week long trip in Downeast Maine in late August and need some itinerary help. Purpose is to see nature, hike, eat lots of great seafood, and avoid the crowds. Staying in Addison and probably want to concentrate north of Acadia. Have done Acadia already but might consider going back for a trip to Isle au Haut or Little Deer Isle day trip. Suggestions have been Beals Island/Jonesport, Campobello Island(if Canada allows US visitors at that time)/Eastport/Lubec, Cutler Coast, Winter Harbor, etc. Suggestions including an itinerary for a week trip most welcome. Favorite food places/restaurants especially for lobster also welcome.

Thank you
Helen

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Be sure to check Maine's requirement for a 14 day quarantine for out of state tourists (There is an exception if you have proof of a negative COVID test in the past 72 hours). That is the current requirement. No one knows what the requirements will be in August.

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Bob

Thank you. We are planning to have our COVID test results as required. We plan to keep everyone safe and are staying on top of developments.

Helen

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Helen,
As a resident of Maine, I'd first like to thank you for planning to follow Governor Mills' plan for visitors to Maine. Every little bit helps.

Regarding your itinerary, if you did not visit Schoodic Point in Winter Harbor as part of your visit to Acadia, you might consider it. It's very beautiful and not as crowded as the main part of Acadia on Mount Desert Island. Further north, the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge near Meddybemps is also a good place to visit if you are looking for nature's beauty. In Lubec, there is West Quoddy Head Lighthouse, the candy-striped one you may have seen in photos. Hope this is useful.

Have a safe and enjoyable trip to Maine.

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Helen,
You are lucky you can get the results quickly. Where we live it takes 3 or more days to get the results unless you are in a priority classification (healthcare worker, have symptoms, etc). The 72 hours would have expired before we could get to Maine.

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Where I live, you cannot get tested unless you have symptoms. We thought of going to stay with family at their camp on a small lake in Maine, since our trip to Italy is cancelled, but I would feel terrible if we brought the virus with us. So we are staying put this summer.

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We are planning to have our COVID test results as required.

Helen, Could you tell us what state you live in? I looked into getting a COVID test at my local CVS in Massachusetts, and it looked like first, you can't get tested unless you have symptoms or are a health care worker and second, the results are taking 5-6 days to come back, which doesn't meet the Maine requirement.

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For Marcia: check the CVS website. Some have testing open for anyone, others need a referral. The state added open testing two weeks ago at many CVS locations and medical centers.
also if you attended any large gathering you can be tested as they just want people to be safe.

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For Marcia: Here is the Washington DC area tests are taking roughly 1 to 3 business days. 48 hours seems to be normal. This could change for better or worse as could the travel restrictions. We are watching closely.

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We have a vacation house on Deer Isle, so we go every few years. I highly recommend the Schoodic Peninsula-very different from Bar Harbor. Isle au Haut is very quiet, unless you are camping, there's not a great deal to do. Stonington is a nice stop, with excellent lobster rolls and ice cream. If you can get into Canada, Campobello is beautiful and extremely well planned. "Tea with Eleanor" is a tea service with stories about the First Lady. As an American, I was impressed that everything was free. I taught history for years and even I learned from that visit. New Brunswick also has some lovely towns-my favorite is St. Andrew's.

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I love the West Quoddy Light. Even more so, I love the East Quoddy Light known as Harbour Head Light on Campobello Island. Unfortunately you probably won’t be able to cross that one narrow bridge from Lubec because of Canadian border rules. The Schoodic Peninsula is absolutely gorgeous. Pack a picnic. On Mt Desert Island, have you been to the Seawall? Just beautiful.

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