What To Do
The Lubec Downeast region is home to incredible landscapes and wildlife, all easily accessible by foot, bike and boat. Some activities that you might consider while here include:
The region offers miles and miles of hiking trails that wind their way through forests and sea shore. At the Inn we have maps available that will help guide you to trails on the Bold Coast, Campobello Island, and North Lubec. The trails are of varrying difficulty, so bring your hiking shoes, a pack and go out and enjoy the natural beauty of Lubec Maine. Some of the hikes include:
- Cutler Bold Coast Trail
- Bog Brook Cove Preserve — (within biking distance)
- Roosevelt Campobello International Park — (within biking distance)
- Quoddy Head State Park — (within biking distance)
- Rogue Bluffs State Park
- Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge — (within biking distance)
The area offers up great opportunities to travel and site see by bike. At the Inn we have a fleet of Salsa and Surly Fat bikes available for rent that can be used on the roads, beaches and carriage trails. Rent a bike with a bag lunch and head out to East Quoddy Light house or ride across the bridge and explore the smooth rolling carriage trails through canopied forest that wind their way through the park and out to stunning views of the Bay of Fundy.
Have your own bike? We offer secure storage, tools, and bike stand, and a cleaning station to help the traveling cyclist. If you need additional help, we have a very experienced cyclist on staff that can help with minor repairs and basic parts.
One of the most popular activities in the region is photography. Anyone with a camera that comes to Lubec is instantly in awe of the views and the photographic opportunities. For those that are looking for some help in getting to the best locations in the right light, often off the beaten path, Glenn offers up a unique tour/workshop that he will customize to meet your specific needs. You can find out more about these unique eXperiencs at: www.glenncharles.pro
The region is home to an annual spring birding festival as thousands of birds use the region as a stopover point heading north. Home to an abundant community of Eagles, their is no shortage of birding opportunities. Just 15 minutes away is the entrance to the Moosehorn Wildlife Refuge, a great place to explore, sight see and photograph. During the summer, Puffin Island, off of Machias, is home to nesting puffins accessible only by chartered boat.
Each year Lubec hosts several festivals, although none are bigger than the annual Pirate Invasion. The invasion takes place the week before the Eastport Pirate Festival, and offers a great insight into the sense of community that exist between Lubec and Eastport. Hundreds of Eastporters, dressed as pirates, descend on Lubec by land, air and sea for what has become a must see event.
- Pirates Festival
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- Birding Festival
- Lubec Fall Festival
Ferry To Eastport
Spend the day in Eastport enjoying the shops and restaurants. During the summer a ferry runs twice a day between downtown Lubec and Eastport. This is a people/bike ferry only, no cars. There is a car ferry that runs from Campobello to Eastport during the summer months as well.
Home to the Roosevelt International Park, East Quoddy Light House, Carriage Trails, and miles upon miles of stunning coastline. Drive your car or ride a bike and enjoy the beauty of this quaint Canadian Island and its unique heritage. Still home to working fishing villages, a tour of Campobello is a must do activity. Do to the ever changing security issues, it is recommended that you bring your passport to facilitate going from Lubec across the international bridge and onto the island.
Several companies in Lubec offer daily trips out into the surrounding waters. A great opportunity to see and photograph the natural wildlife included Eagles, Seals, and Whales. Through the late summer and into the fall you will see Minke, Finback, and the occasional Humpback whale.
Maine in general and Down East Maine specifically are home to the finest sea kayaking on the east coast and one of the tops spots in the world. The cold waters and big tides create a dynamic and challenging environment for experienced kayakers. The inn offers up a place to safely store your boat if you are passing through as well as offering up local knowledge on tides, charts and paddling destinations. Contact Glenn directly for details.