Lubec, Eastport & Campobello Island
No trip Downeast could be considered complete without visiting the easternmost point of land in the continental United States, Lubec. This rural community retains much of its rustic charm of bygone eras as it grows into an artistic and cultural community. Lubec’s tradition as a true fishing village can still be appreciated as you explore the town’s 96 miles of pristine coastline and visit its historic sites. Two light houses, including the world famous West Quoddy Light, will compete for your attention. you can picnic and hike in the Quoddy Head State Park while enjoying its unique variety of flora and fauna. Some of the area’s best seafood can be found here, and the restaurants are both generous and reasonably priced. Accommodations include a motel, campground, several B&Bs, and a large selection of vacation rental homes, with all the charm you would expect from this historic and untouched area.
Campobello Island, New Brunswick
The island that captured the heart of a president, Campobello Island, one of the three Fundy Isles, is located in the Bay of Fundy, across the international bridge from Lubec. A special part of the Canadian province of New Brunswick, Campobello Island has two wilderness areas, the Herring Cove Provincial Park with a nine-hold golf course as well as camping/RV sites, and two lighthouses including Canada’s most-photographed – East quoddy (Head Harbour) Light.
Of special interest is the Roosevelt Campobello International Park, which includes the historic Roosevelt “summer cottage” and a multi-media visitor center. Come and see FDR’s summer home, observe the island’s working fishing villages, or take a whale-watching tour. A variety of accommodations and restaurants on the island will ensure that your visit will be a special experience.
Eastport is a city of superlatives: freshest seafood, oldest ship’s chandlery (1818), biggest Fourth of July celebration, most diverse cultural community, last stone-ground mustard mill, first sunrise, most fun at Pirate Festival. Whether you’re interested in art by local artists and artisans or in antiquing, classical or bluegrass music, theater or poetry, whale watching or traditional baskets made by the Passamaquoddy Tribe, you’ll find lasting memories in Eastport. Water Street has a long history and a thriving present, with its fishing boats, its Historic District and its variety of shops, galleries and restaurants.
You can come by car, boat or plane and stay in area accommodations that range from motels and campgrounds to lakeside cabins and gracious B&Bs. Bring your passport so you can visit Canada across the Bay and make it a true three-nation vacation.