We use inns that meet the highest standards of room quality but also of staff friendliness and helpfulness. When we enter the fine restaurants where we dine, the owners know us by name. When there’s a question, we have the answer. And we have a doggone lot of fun doing it all. Our exceptional guides know that at the end of each day, the owner will be discussing with them how things went; they’re not surprised when he shows up at dinner to check the quality of the food and the service and to make sure the guests are having a good time. They know that the one thing a small company has to sell that’s more valuable than anything else is personal service.
Our equipment is superb – high-quality 27-speed hybrid bikes which are ideal not only for the park’s carriage roads but the other routes we travel. Our lunches – sometimes at great restaurants, sometimes “on the go” gourmet sandwiches – are delectable. And our routes are hauntingly beautiful.
Flexibility is the key to our success. We normally cover about 25 miles a day, offering a challenging yet reasonable ride that allows you to soak up the scenery of the Maine coast. If you’d like to crank it a bit harder than that, we always have auxiliary routes to add additional miles and test your endurance. On the other hand, if you really like to take it easy – if 10 miles is all you want – then that’s no problem. We realize that people who take biking trips together don’t always have the same energy levels and expectations when it comes to cycling, and our byword is making sure all our guests get exactly what they wish.
Day 1: Check in to your upscale resort inn and then proceed to one of the island’s finest oceanfront homes for a cocktail reception, where you’ll enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres from the deck high above Frenchman Bay. Hosted by one of Bar Harbor’s most affable “summer people” this reception will provide a unique welcome to your week and will give you a glimpse into the marvelous architecture and wonderful lifestyles of Mount Desert Island’s summer residents. Other companies simply don’t have access to these types of homes.
Day 2: You’ll be custom-fitted with 27-speed bikes before starting to explore the famous carriage roads of Acadia National Park, an asset that’s unique in all America. You’ll ride the Eagle Lake, Jordan Pond and Witch Hole loops, and we’ll provide an extra segment for those who want to burn a few more calories.
Day 3: The Park Loop Road of Acadia National Park is one of the finest oceanside boulevards in the United States, and you’ll experience it in all its glory, marveling at the mountains rising directly out of the sea, the 107-foot-high Otter Cliffs and the rugged beauty of the surf-pounded coast. Long after your trip is over, you’ll recall the scenery of this area. You’ll cover about 22 miles on this route, but you can always take advantage of our service vehicle if you don’t feel like going the entire way – or you can extend your trip if you’re really into the rhythm of riding.
Day 4: Catch a morning ferry to bucolic Swans Island, an offshore fishing community that’s been bypassed by the hustle-and-bustle of the outside world. You’ll bike the pristine roads that wind throughout the island, and you’ll discover a Maine that is seen by few. This afternoon, we’ll give those biking muscles a rest by offering a sea kayaking trip (weather permitting) in the premier paddling area of all New England. For those who’d rather explore on your own, we’ll be ready to offer sightseeing tips.
Day 5: The majestic Schoodic Peninsula, located just across Frenchman Bay from Bar Harbor, is the scene of today’s ride. We’ll pass through the resort community of Winter Harbor and its exclusive Grindstone Neck residential area, where Victorian mansions sit at water’s edge, before enjoying a picnic lunch at Schoodic Point, a magnificent headland that juts into the Atlantic and creates crashing waves and surf.
Day 6: All good things must come to an end, and today brings a conclusion to our adventure on Mount Desert Island. We’ll ride the beautiful Sargent Drive, which skirts Some Sounds, the only fjord on the east coast of North America. Then we’ll gather at the famed Lompoc Restaurant in Bar Harbor for our farewell luncheon, where we’ll salute a week of fun and new friends.
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