Acadia National Park & Coastal Maine Bicycle Tour 2021

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2021
 
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  • Come join us on every cyclist's dream vacation, traveling through the most amazing views of coastal Maine or as Travel and Leisure magazine calls Maine, “New England's crowning gem!”
  • Our welcome dinner will be outside to help us assimilate to the wonderful weather and environment of Maine.
  • The next day we ride the Acadia National Park Loop Road, the ride that every cyclist in the area has completed and is the most beautiful ride in Maine. After the ride, we have plenty of time to explore Bar Harbor with its hundreds of shops, restaurants and activities before spending two nights in Bar Harbor, the most vibrant port city in Maine.
  • The next morning we wake and spend a second day in Acadia National Park at the famous Schoodic Peninsula for a bike ride in an area that cyclists in Maine consider a hidden sanctuary
  • We will of course enjoy a Traditional Downeast Lobster Bake in Maine
  • The following day enjoy a "Free Day" to explore Bar Harbor and the southern portion of Acadia National Park on your own.
  • We wake-up the next morning and travel to Portland, Maine named one of "The Most Beautiful Towns in America" by Conde Nast Traveler the we take Portland's bike path and ride a combination of bike paths and designated bike routes all the way to the hotel, traveling by the water, forests, marshes, ocean and farmland.
  • Our final day of riding takes us to and along the beaches of Kennebunk, as well as through the thriving Kennebunk downtown with its many shops and restaurants.
  • Overall, we bike the best cycle routes and experience why Maine is one of the most popular bicycling destinations.
Day 1, Saturday - August 28, 2021
 
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We start our journey in the heart of New England. New Englanders have enjoyed this quiet part of Maine for years. Our dinner will be outside at the famous Pier 77 restaurant overlooking the harbor as we transition into the small town atmosphere that permeates Maine. The welcome meeting at the hotel is scheduled at 4:30pm.
 
Lodging:
 
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Hampton Inn Saco/Biddeford
48 Industrial Park Rd
Saco, Maine
  • Internet
  • Complimentary Beverage Area
  • Fitness room
  • Pool
  • Coin Laundry
  • Business Center
  • Hair Dryer

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Dinner:
 
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Pier 77 Restaurant
Kennebunkport, Maine
 
Entrée Choices:
  • Pan Seared Atlantic Scallops – Fresh Atlantic scallops served with creamy mashed potatoes and organic baby bok choy drizzled with house made black bean vinaigrette.
  • Lobster Roll “Pier 77 Style” – Succulent fresh Maine lobster meat tossed in our house made mayonnaise dressing and piled high in a buttery toasted bun with house made potato chips.
  • Spaghetti Bolognese – Our Savory tomato and meat sauce is simmered and slow cooked with a combo of top choice ground beef, pork, veal and pancetta then gently mixed with dente spaghetti.
  • House Brined Pork Chops – House Brined Pork Chops served with roasted trio colored cauliflower blue cheese and walnut potatoes and a berry sauce.  
  • Eggplant Artichoke Spheres – House made Eggplant-Artichoke spheres served with cheese and Porcini mushrooms. Tortellacci and a basil marinara sauce.
​Day 2, Sunday - August 29, 2021
 
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Acadia National Park's Park Loop Road & Bar Harbor

 

Sunday we will drive to Acadia National Park next to Bar Harbor, which was named one of the 10 Prettiest Coastal Towns of Maine by New England Today and if you ask Travel and Leisure, it is one of the best places to bike in Maine! We will leave the hotel on our bikes and be in the park within minutes as we ride on the Park Loop Road in Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island. The route connects the beautiful lakes, mountains, forests and rocky coast. Park Loop Road construction began in 1922 and continued through the 1950s and was partially financed by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. We will take our time and enjoy the sights, nature and scenery. We will keep an eye out for wildlife in the early morning. After the ride, we have all afternoon and evening to experience all Bar Harbor has to offer, including an optional Lulu Lobster Boat Ride ($35) hosted on the only traditional downeast-style lobster boat as we watch lobster fishing, which goes on all day; witness the seals at Egg Rock Lighthouse and view other sights from the comfort of the boat or take in shops, restaurants and other activities such as kayaking or paddle boarding that Bar Harbor has to offer.

 

Breakfast provided by the hotel each morning
 
Bicycling Route: 0 miles, staying at the hotel; or 20 miles, riding in Acadia National Park Loop Road, the most popular bicycling area in Maine. [The route is a combination of flat areas and rolling hills.]
 

Lodging:

 
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Quality Inn (1st of 3 nights)
- Walking distance to the harbor & downtown restaurants and shops -
Bar Harbor, Maine
  • Internet
  • Olympic size swimming pool
  • Whirlpool/Hot Tub
Dinner:
On your own; numerous Bar Harbor downtown and area restaurants and all within walking distance from the hotel.
 
Day 3, Monday - August 30, 2021
 
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Acadia National Park's Schoodic Peninsula
 
Another option is to take the SAG vans to Schoodic Peninsula and ride on the Schoodic Peninsula on your own. Acadia National Park on the Schoodic Peninsula in Maine is the only part of the park that is located on the mainland. It shares geological features with the rest of Acadia National Park, but is more secluded with less commercial development. This is a favorite location for cyclists, since it is less traveled with plenty of places to stop along the ride to take pictures and enjoy the views of the ocean along the one-way route within the National Park. For those who want to enjoy a bite to eat, there is the Pickled Wrinkle restaurant where we will park for the day that is a local favorite and is the perfect atmosphere to rest and eat. 

 

Breakfast provided by the hotel each morning.

 

Bicycling Route: 0 miles, staying at the hotel; or as an option we are taking the vans and trailers to the Pickled Wrinkle for people who would like to ride on their own in the Schoodic District of Acadia National Park: 11 miles, on Maine route 186 and Loop Road within the park; or 21 miles, riding Loop Road and then proceeding to the working lobster wharf of Corea. Please note: This is an optional and independent ride. Due to National Park restrictions, we cannot offer SAG support within the Schoodic Peninsula of Acadia National Park. We are only offering transportation to near the park. [The route is flat within the park with some rolling hills on Route 186 and the longer distant options.]

 
Lodging:
 
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Quality Inn (2nd of 3 nights)
- Walking distance to the harbor & downtown restaurants and shops -
Bar Harbor, Maine
  • Internet
  • Olympic size swimming pool
  • Whirlpool/Hot Tub
Dinner:
 
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Bar Harbor Lobster Bakes
- The Original Bar Harbor Lobster Bakes, established in 1979 -
Bar harbor, Maine
 
Traditional Lobster Bake:
  • Lobster
  • Steak 
  • Muscles
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Potatoes
  • Bread
  • Blueberry Cake
Day 4, Tuesday - August 31, 2021
 
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Acadia National Park & Free Day
 
On Tuesday explore Acadia National Park as we spend a another day in Bar Harbor enjoying activities on your own including shopping at the 100s of area stores; eating at the many restaurants and pubs, taking a tall ship cruise; experiencing a lobster boat tour; or enjoy a paddling kayak tour.
 
Breakfast provided by the hotel each morning.
 
Bicycling Route: "Free Day" to ride on your own or explore Bar Harbor.
 
Lodging:
 
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Quality Inn (3rd of 3 nights)
- Walking distance to the harbor & downtown restaurants and shops -
Bar Harbor, Maine
  • Internet
  • Olympic size swimming pool
  • Whirlpool/Hot Tub
Dinner:
On your own; numerous Bar Harbor downtown and area restaurants and all within walking distance from the hotel.
 
Day 5, Wednesday - September 1, 2021

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Portland & The Eastern Trail Greenway
 
On Wednesday, we ride from the downtown, next to the water bike path of Portland, the largest city in Maine with a population of 67,000 after driving to the city from Rockland. After bicycling through leaving downtown, we will venture to Bug Light Park and the Portland Breakwater Lighthouse, which was built in 1875 and is one of Maine's most ornamental lighthouses, designed from an ancient Greek monument and built with plates of cast iron. It is dubbed "Bug Light" due to its small size. Also, this is one of the premier locations for giant size kite flying. We proceed after the park on bike paths and then join U.S. Bicycle Route 1 until the recommended route splits. For those riding hybrid or wide tire bikes the primary option is to take The Eastern Trail multi-use Greenway almost all the way to the Saco/Biddeford Hampton Inn hotel with only a little road riding around the city of Sacco, traveling by forests, marshes and grasslands. The other option and the recommended route for road bikes is zigzagging through forests, green lands and coastal ocean views all the way to the hotel. Either route lets us experience the feeling of how people in Southern Maine love to bicycle, as we pass numerous local riders on each route. Also, we will pass by (and stop at) the only full size moose and bear made totally made out of chocolate!
 
Bicycling Route: 0 miles, taking the SAG vehicle to the next hotel; 20 miles, riding from Portland to the Saco Hotel on a combination of bike paths, designated bike roads and then on crushed gravel bike paths (we recommend a hybrid or wide-tire bike for this option); or 29 miles, riding from Portland to the Saco Hotel on a combination of bike paths, and designated bike roads  [The route with crushed gravel path is basically flat. The route for road bikes also has rolling hills.]
 
Breakfast provided by the hotel each morning
 
Lodging:
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Hampton Inn Saco/Biddeford
48 Industrial Park Rd
Saco, Maine
  • Internet
  • Complimentary Beverage Area
  • Fitness room
  • Pool
  • Coin Laundry
  • Business Center
  • Hair Dryer
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Dinner:
On your own
 
Day 6, Thursday - September 2, 2021
 
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Kennebunk Port
 
We ride the loop around and through Kennebunk and the beach shores. If we get hot, we can stop and enjoy one of the beaches, which line the Kennebunk area. We of course can also grab a unique ice cream at Rococo Artesian Ice Cream, the number one rated ice cream shop in Kennebunk. While in this area, we can take in the small boutique shops, art galleries or restaurants. Visiting "Kennebunks" (that is how the locals say it) we may even see a celebrity, if we ride slowly. Celebrities rumored to sneak off to the Kennebunks include Taylor Swift, Quentin Tarantino and Billy Joel as well as the vacation home of both the first and second President Bush. In fact we will even ride by the Bush compound. We will be traveling in style! Kennebunk is a very popular getaway, an unforgettable summer vacation spot and a great place to ride!
 
Breakfast provided by the hotel each morning.
 
Bicycling Route: 0 miles, stay at hotel; or 25 miles, riding into Kennebunkport. [The route is basically flat with some rolling hills.]
 
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Hampton Inn Saco/Biddeford
48 Industrial Park Rd
Saco, Maine
  • Internet
  • Complimentary Beverage Area
  • Fitness room
  • Pool
  • Coin Laundry
  • Business Center
  • Hair Dryer
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Dinner:
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Billy's Chowder House
Wells, Maine
 
Salad or Chowder:
  • Garden Salad - mixed greens topped with cucumber, grape tomato, green bell peppers, red onion, kalamata olives, white cheddar cheese and diced dill pickles
  • Billy's Signature Clam Chowder - Award Winning
Entrée Choices:
  • New York Strip - hand trimmed, 10 oz lean choice beef, cut daily and flame-broiled.
  • Grilled Chicken Breast - tender chicken breast prepared with Billy's exclusive herb blend or your choice of plain, bbq, cajun or teriyaki style.
  • Fish Tacos - three soft taco shells with lightly spiced fried haddock, pico de gallo, chopped lettuce, shredded mozzarella with chipotle sauce on the side.
  • Fried Shrimp - fresh shrimp, hand breaded and cooked to perfection.
  • Stuffed Haddock - baked north Atlantic haddock filled with Billy's signature seafood stuffing.
Day 7, Friday - September 3, 2021
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Take one last look at the ocean before your departure home.
 
Breakfast provided by hotel each morning
 

Please note all trip information is based on previous trips and/or contracted lodging and restaurants and is subject to change based on availability or specific trip needs.
 
Riding difficulty:
  • Riders who are comfortable riding at least 10 miles per hour should have an enjoyable trip. The routes on some of the most popular and recommended bike routes in Maine. Please see the daily routes descriptions for additional information. Of course, if a rider is tired or does not feel like riding, the SAG vehicle will transport the rider to the hotel. All riders may ride at their own pace, slow or fast or anything in-between.
Arriving by Automobile:
  • Drive to the Hampton Inn Saco/Biddeford, 48 Industrial Park Rd, Saco, ME 04072; leaving your car at the starting hotel for the duration of the trip. Or, if you prefer, you can drive your personal vehicle each day. The only day the ride does not end at your vehicle will be on Wednesday in Portland, and we will van (about 30 minutes) back to your vehicle after all riders are accounted for at the hotel.
Arriving by Plane:
  • Fly directly to Portland International Jetport (PWM) in Maine, 22 miles from the starting hotel.
Deposit:
  • $200 to reserve your spot and the remainder due 45 days before the trip start.
What is Included:
  • Hotel lodging
  • Ride packets, including maps & cue sheets (directions)
  • Fully sagged, including ride leaders, luggage transport, SAG vehicle transportation and rider assistance
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Dinner with the group three nights (see above)
  • Great riding, scenery, fun and enjoyment!
Additional:
  • If you have an America the Beautiful Interagency Pass (Annual / Senior / Military / Access / Volunteer Pass) with valid ID, entrance fees are waived for the pass-holder and up to 3 additional adults, provided they are on a bicycle and simultaneously enter Acadia National Parks; otherwise there is an additional $15 entry fee per person for Acadia National Park.
Bicycles:
  • Most participants bring their own bicycles
  • To ship your bike, we would suggest using shipbikes.com or bikeflight.com for shipping. Hampton Inn Saco/Biddeford, 48 Industrial Park Rd, Saco, ME 04072
  • If you fly, most major airlines including Delta, American, United and Alaska Air now waive the oversize fee for bicycles (sporting equipment) and just the standard luggage fee applies. Please contact your airline for all the details.
  • To rent a bicycle, please contact Gorham Bike & Ski 207-604-1136
Weather in August/September in the Coastal Maine area:
  • Average High 72° in Saco/Biddeford, Maine
  • Average High 69° in Bar Harbor, Maine

 

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