Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens_Image Cropped Courtesy Mark Zelonis
Come, and enjoy an exciting week along the rocky northern New England shore.
Steeped in history and natural splendor, this beautiful part of America has inspired countless writers, artists, and gardeners. Touring from the brief coastline of New Hampshire to the dramatic rocky cliffs of downeast Maine, you will experience some beautiful old homes, sublime art, wonderful wildlife, delicious seafood, and, of course, magnificent gardens.
We will start with an outstanding seaside garden of roses and perennials and finish with one of the most important gardens in the country. Highlights are many, including Fuller Gardens, the 10-acre outdoor history museum of Strawbery Banke and its four centuries of period gardens, the Georgian Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden (1763), the fabulous new Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, the Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center, and renown garden designer Beatrix Farrand’s Garland Farm. Our Interlude concludes on Mount Desert Island, enveloped in the rugged beauty of Acadia National Park. There we will visit several private gardens, as well as Thuya Garden, Asticou Azalea Garden, and Mrs. Farrand’s exquisite creation, the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden.
Our Accommodations are extraordinary in beautiful and historic villages, walkable to shopping, gallery viewing, and live entertainment. In addition, delight in a sunset cruise aboard the schooner, Appledore.
This is a rare opportunity to enjoy art, nature, and history in a remarkably beautiful and unique part of our country. We do hope you’ll consider joining Interlude and our garden guru, Mark Zelonis and Interlude on this wonderful mid-summer’s respite.
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*Air departure from Indianapolis included; airfare pricing estimated and subject to change. Call for pricing from other departure cities.
Payment schedule: 2nd deposit of $500 due 121 days prior to departure; final payment 76 days prior to departure.
Day 1: Boston / Portsmouth
Fly to Boston then take our coach to our first stop, Fuller-Gardens, one of the last working formal estate gardens of the early 20th Century. The original formal rose gardens were commissioned during the late 1920s by Massachusetts Governor Alvan T. Fuller and designed by the Olmsted Firm. Today the garden includes a Japanese Garden, perennial plantings, and a Dahlia display garden. This evening enjoy a Welcome Dinner at a fine local restaurant. Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside, Portsmouth, NH (D)
Day 2: Portsmouth
Explore the beautiful Portsmouth area today. Our first stop is the Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden (1763), one of America’s finest Georgian mansions, and home of two signers of the Declarations of Independence. Discover Strawbery Banke, a 10-acre living history museum and interpretation of nearly four centuries of historical gardens. Enjoy a walking tour of historic homes and free time to shop boutiques in quaint Portsmouth. Stroll Prescott Park, a public park with over 10 acres of beautiful gardens, green lawns, brick walks, river views, and an island picnic area to enjoy. Dinner on your own this evening at one of the many mouth-watering restaurants within walking distance of your hotel and possibly take in a concert at the Prescott Park. Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside, Portsmouth, NH (B)
Day 3: Portsmouth / Boothbay / Camden
Travel to Boothbay arriving at Maine’s first, and New England’s largest, botanical garden, the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Opened in 2007 it now comprises 295 acres of tidal shoreland, 17 of which are gardens featuring native plants of Maine and other plants suited to northern coastal conditions. Traveling on to the “Jewel of the Coast,” Camden, Maine. A beautiful seaport town with a harbor full of sail boats, Camden has been used as the setting for so many movies, from Carousel to Peyton Place, a place many people think of when they think of New England. Enjoy dinner at a charming local restaurant this evening. Camden River House, Camden, ME (B,D)
Day 4: Camden
A short drive to Rockland to visit the Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center which celebrates Maine’s Role in American Art. The museum offers a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America’s greatest artists. Of particular note is the museum’s renowned Wyeth collection. Returning to Camden we’ll visit the first library established in Camden, started in 1796. Surrounding the library are grounds designed by one of the most stylistically adventurous landscape architects of the twentieth century—Fletcher Steele. Enjoy lunch on your own and the harbor breeze. Free time to explore or return to your hotel before our sunset sail on the schooner Appledore. Camden River House, Camden, ME (B, Sunset Cruise)
Day 5: Camden / Bar Habor
Immerse yourself in Acadia National Park, a stunning national treasure on the coast of Maine. Comprising of 47,000 acres of land on Mount Desert Island, Isle au Haut and the Schoodic Peninsula—it is the oldest national park in the United States east of the Mississippi River and is the only one in the Northeast United States. We’ll enjoy a guided tour and a picnic lunch on Thompson Island. We then travel to Bar Harbor and your hotel for two nights. Bluenose Inn, Bar Harbor, ME (B,L)
Day 6: Bar Harbor
This morning you’ll wander formal beds and seaside gardens at Garland Farm, a historic house and garden listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is significant as the last home of the noted landscape designer Beatrix Farrand, and is now owned by the Beatrix Farrand Society. Enjoy touring private gardens and lunch with a view. Stroll Asticou Azalea Garden and admire the azaleas along the shores of a pond which reflects their beautiful blooms in the water. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner at a fine local restaurant. Bluenose Inn, Bar Harbor, ME (B,L,D)
Day 7: Bar Harbor / Bangor Airport / Home
You’ve been amazed by coastal Maine’s scenic view, more gardens await. The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in Seal Harbor, Maine was created between 1926 and 1930 by Abby Aldrich Rockefeller and noted garden designer Beatrix Farrand. Set within acres of moss-carpeted woods, its unique atmosphere is derived from a combination of Eastern statuary with a border garden in which perennials build the foundation of the flower beds and annuals provide an explosion of color. Today the terrace provides a quiet walk for guests of the garden, and a view to the outer islands and the stretching Atlantic beyond them. Nearby Thuya Garden was designed as a semi-formal English Garden with a gorgeous flowering garden located on a granite hillside overlooking Northeast Harbor on Mount Desert Island. We then bid farewell to the floral beauty of coastal Maine as we depart from the Bangor airport. (B,L)