Watch the sunrise from the windows, even though there are clouds. Sometimes you’ll see the most amazing sunrises under, over or through the clouds!
If you enjoy fishing, use our surf-casting equipment to catch mackerel or pollock from our shore. Cast near where our cormorants are fishing!
7:00 A.M. or so. It’s fun seeing the cruise ships emerging suddenly from a fog bank!
Breakfast at home or at Café This Way.
A cloudy morning works well for any number of activities. For instance:
Learn Rock Climbing, at Otter Cliffs.
Climb Precipice or The Beehive.
Play a round of golf at Kebo, or play tennis, both five minutes from the house.
Walk along the Ocean Path Trail alongside the Park Loop Road.
Kayak on Frenchman’s Bay
At 1:15, step aboard the Nature Cruise, with binoculars, camera, and jacket in hand. Cruise among the islands and along the shores of Acadia. You’ll pass right by Sound of the Sea and Rising Sun. (Please send us your photos!) Here the ocean teems with life; seals raise their pups on ledges; eagles build nests; and pods of porpoise chase schools of herring. Cruise along Ocean Drive, coastal summer homes, and Egg Rock Lighthouse (on the shores of which you’ll often see hundreds of seals napping on the rocks!)
Eagles, osprey, cormorants, seals, porpoises, peregrine falcons, maybe a minke whale… normally, you can expect to see most of these birds and marine mammals.
The two hour cruise is narrated by experienced naturalists. They’ll not only point out and describe the wildlife along your cruise, but tell most interesting stories about Mount Desert Island when they’re not actively engaged with the wildlife. We’ve never been disappointed by the guides. This boat ride is our personal favorite!
Back at the dock by 3:30, if it’s warm enough, you might want to go for a swim in the warmest lake on the Island, Lake Wood. We’ll tell you where the best place for diving and swimming (which is not the main beach) is and how to access it. The water is beautiful at Lake Wood, and this is the best place to swim. (We go nowhere else for swimming.)
The Thirsty Whale
If you’ve made reservations a few days in advance, perhaps tonight is the night you dine at what we think is the finest restaurant in Maine. It’s Burning Tree Restaurant, whose specialty is seafood. * and *, both graduates of the Culinary Institute of America, founded their restaurant in 199*, and over the years, it has kept getting better! We’ve enjoyed well over 100 meals there, and only once was it less than memorable. Both the seafood and the sauces adorning it are impeccable!
When you return home, check the sky. The clouds may have lifted, and the stars may be blazing! And always check the ocean. Surf may be up; if so, please do sit out by the rocks and enjoy listening to sound of the sea…