The head of Penobscot Bay is frequently called the "Gateway to DownEast Maine". It's also the "Gateway to Acadia". French Colonial settlement along the Eastern Seaboard began in DownEast Maine and proceeded east through New Brunswick and Nova Scotia and north into Quebec. The town of Castine was first settled as a French trading post in 1613, eight years before the Pilgrims landed in Massachusetts.

Enjoy the view from the top of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory at historic Fort Knox. Check out the panorama of Deer Isle and the Camden Hills from Caterpillar Hill along Rte. 15 in Sedgwick. Visit the picturesque coastal towns of Bucksport, Blue Hill, Castine, Deer Isle/Stonington and their nearby villages. From East Belfast to Ellsworth, and south to Isle au Haut, discover the best kept secret west of Acadia National Park. There's a good combination of talented residents from here and "away," summer people and visitors. Our guests arrive in cars, vans, motorcycles, bicycles and small boats, not buses and cruise liners. Life here is personalized. The greater Blue Hill Peninsula and its neighboring communities are worth visiting for arts, crafts, dining, outdoor recreation, boat building, organic fruits and vegetables, unique history and just plain relaxation. If you like the sound of wind in the woods, waves on the shore and birds in the brush; the smell of fresh cut hay and beach roses; the taste of wild blueberries, fresh seafood and local produce, you're going to love it here.

©2010 The East Penobscot Bay Association
Photo Credit: Header photo by Steve Balyeat / Deep Logic Digital Arts