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Enjoy Delicious Maine Seafood on VBT’s Tours in Acadia National Park

Lobster Dinner

The geology of the Gulf of Maine makes it an ideal body of water for nurturing an abundance of sea life, as well as a perfect place for farming clams, salmon and oysters. The waters here are colder and more nutrient rich—due to the rugged coastline and Newfoundland current— than you might find more southward along the eastern seaboard, which is why the quality of Maine seafood is known throughout the world. The American Lobster is even commonly called the Maine Lobster since the state commercially sells the most lobsters in the entire U.S. While on tour with Lobster ShackVBT in Acadia National Park, travelers will have plenty of chances to feast on delicious seafood, visit fresh seafood markets and restaurants, and even learn about the local seafood industry from a lobsterwoman on Little Cranberry Island.

On the first night of our Maine Coast: Purely Acadia ​biking tour, guests will enjoy a welcome reception over a lobster bake dinner at our inn. A traditional lobster bake consists of taking fresh lobster and clams as well as potatoes, corn and other root vegetables and wrapping them in seaweed and cooking them together over a wood fire. If that sound like a lot of work, don’t worry, our inn’s chefs do the cooking and all you have to do is enjoy the sweeping views of Frenchman Bay, meet your fellow travelers, and enjoy the fresh taste of Maine seafood.

During your nights spent in Bar Harbor, you’ll have plenty of time on your own to browse the town’s charming gift Lobster Rollshops and boutiques for books with delicious local seafood recipes and fun lobster-themed souvenirs. A delicious spot for a lobster dinner (or even a quick lobster roll) is Stewman’s Lobster Pound, located on the water just a couple blocks from our inn. At Stewman’s you can actually view the lobsters in their tanks before they’re cooked up right on the spot for you to enjoy. If you’d like to take some lobsters home with you, local Maine fish markets like Parsons Lobster will pack the tasty crustaceans in an air-travel safe cooler for your flight home.

We’ll also get to learn about the life of Maine fisherman first-hand on both the aforementioned biking tour and our Lobsterwomannew Coastal Maine: Walking Acadia ​tour when we visit Little Cranberry Island, a small community reached by ferry from Northeast Harbor. This pristine hamlet hosts a year-round community of lobstermen, boat builders, craftsmen, and “rusticators”. We’ll visit with a local lobsterwoman and learn about life on the ocean and then tour the Islesford Historical Museum before boarding the ferry back to Northeast Harbor.

For more information about VBT’s Maine Coast: Purely Acadia biking tour and Coastal Maine: Walking Acadia tour, please visit our website. To request a full catalog with all of our vacations please click here. If you would like to reserve a vacation or speak with one of our Tour Consultants, please call 800-245-3868, available Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 6:30pm EST and Saturdays from 10:00am-3:00pm EST.

Explore the Rich History of Acadia National Park with VBT

Cadillac Mtn View
Mount Desert Island, home to Acadia National Park and the bustling summer community of Bar Harbor, is known for a dramatic coastal landscape that was carved by glaciers and the powerful ocean which provides the perfect playground for bikers and walkers alike. Travelers on both our popular Maine Coast: Purely Acadia biking tour and our new Coastal Maine: Walking Acadia tour will explore beaches and mountains on the park’s many trails, as well as delve deeper into the history of both the vacationing elite and blue-collar communities that have inhabited Mt. Desert Island for over 150 years.

Once the domain of the Wabanaki people, the town of Eden— now called Bar Harbor, Maine— was first settled by Europeans as early as the 1760’s. Early industries included fishing, shipbuilding and lumber working until tales of the island’s renowned beauty brought artists from the Hudson River School, like Thomas Cole and Fitz Henry Lane, to paint its scenery. Soon the inspirational paintings attracted journalists, hunters and rusticators to see the land for themselves. The first hotel in Bar Harbor was built in 1855 and the first summer estate was completed a mere 13 years later. As tourists, transplants and wealthy families began to frequent Mt. Desert Island, the history of Acadia National Park would be forever changed.
Carriage Roads

During the height of the Gilded Age, iconic American families like the Rockefellers, Astors, Vanderbilts, Fords, and Morgans all had summer estates on the island. In fact, it was J.D. Rockefeller who donated over 50 miles of carriage paths and woodland roads from his land to then called Lafayette National Park—many of which are still used today by a vast majority of the park’s visitors. After 18 years of development under the design of Landscape Architect Beatriz Farrand, Lafayette NP expanded and was renamed Acadia National Park as homage to the former French colony that used to envelop present day Maine.
Lobster Boat and traps

During our VBT tours in Acadia, we’ll also learn about the history of the island’s local residents and about the famously laid-back life in Downeast Maine. On both walking and biking tours, our travelers will board a mail ferry to Little Cranberry Island and visit this pristine hamlet, which hosts a year-round community of lobstermen, boat builders, craftsmen, and those who opt for country living. Here we’ll learn about local life from a lobsterwoman and stop by the Islesford Historical Museum before boarding the ferry back to the mainland.

For more information about VBT’s Maine Coast: Purely Acadia biking tour and Coastal Maine: Walking Acadia tour, please visit our website. To request a full catalog with all of our vacations please click here. If you would like to reserve a vacation or speak with one of our Tour Consultants, please call 800-245-3868, available Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 6:30pm EST and Saturdays from 10:00am-3:00pm EST.