A Message from Cuyler Morris…
Steps away from the heart of Acadia National Park you’ll find Morris Yachts Northeast Harbor Yard & Marina. Whether you choose to provision on your own or by us, supermarkets, general stores, gourmet wine shops and local farmers’ markets have all that you need. After your vessel and one on one chart briefing, you are ready to begin your cruise.
As you leave Northeast Harbor, pass historic Fred Savage summer cottages and the first of many beautiful lighthouses, Bear Island Light. Sail past Great Cranberry Island out the Western Way on a fetch or close reach to Long Island. Pass the Gott Islands and tuck into quaint Frenchboro for the night. Head ashore to the windward side via an enchanted path (look close for fairy houses) to admire or scramble over the majestic boulders. Buy some lobsters from a local for your first night aboard.
So many choices…Set sail for lunch at Sand Cove on Marshall Island, or head straight for Acadia National Park’s Isle au Haut. Anchor in Duck Brook and hike up to Duck Mountain for a view from the highest island in Penobscot Bay. Sail from either destination for a seven mile cruise through the beautiful Merchants Row to the east side of Vinalhaven. Anchor for the night in the protected waters of Winter Harbor where there are many secluded spots to explore by tender. Have your binoculars ready to catch a close up view of a bald eagle.
Sail north past Widow and Birch Islands, through the picturesque Fox Island Thoroughfare then south to Dogfish Island. Weave your way through the islands, passing Fiddlehead and head south to Flat Island. Due east is the entrance to the large tidal pool, The Basin. Hop in the tender and ride in on tide. Collect fresh mussels for lunch and pick a bouquet of wild lavender. Option two is to sail south from Winter Harbor and take in the scenic coast of Vinalhaven. Round the bottom and anchor for lunch in the White Islands just north of Hurricane Island, home of Outward Bound. You are likely to share the beauty with a traditional tall-masted schooner and a few seals. From either spot, it’s an easy beam reach to Camden Harbor. Anchor or pick up a mooring next to Curtis Island Light House and enjoy an evening dining ashore.
Start the day with a fresh blueberry muffin and walk from town to hike Mt. Battie for a view of one of the prettiest harbors in Maine. Visit Camden’s shops and galleries and take the opportunity to reprovision at the local markets and bakeries. Your destination for the night is Pulpit Harbor, a nine-mile broad reach to North Haven. Should you decide to leave Camden early, sail north up western Penobscot Bay and enjoy the summer colony of Isleboro. Leave 700 Acre Island to starboard exploring the shores of Dark Harbor on your way to Pulpit. Look for the osprey nest atop Pulpit Rock.
Heading north towards the mainland, stop in charming Buck’s Harbor for a McCloskey-inspired clam chowder lunch! Enter the stunning Eggemoggin Reach and you’ll be cruising in the company of some of the most beautiful wooden boats in the world. Sail under the suspension bridge that connects Deer Isle to the mainland. Stop for the night in Brooklin, home to the famous Wooden Boat School, and admire the floating art around you for the evening or head ashore for dinner and a local fine dining experience.
In the morning, take a shore excursion to visit the campus of Wooden Boat and see what the students are working on. Sail south and round up through Blue Hill Bay. Leave Bartlett’s Island to the west and stop for lunch in a road less traveled part of Acadia, Pretty Marsh. Climb the stairs for a picnic or barbecue among pine trees and spruce. Round the top of Bartlett’s sailing for the north end of Long Island, and you are in Blue Hill for the night. Home to the famous Blue Hill Fair, it’s easy to imagine how E.B. White was inspired to spin Charlotte’s Web here. Go ashore to enjoy this special artist community, restaurants, and shops specializing in fine wines, fresh bread and an amazing co-op to grab a few local farm to table items.
Make your last day count. Get up early and sail south past the east side of Long Island. Skirt the coast of Mount Desert Island and anchor in Placentia Island for a secluded picnic. Or, grab a Morris mooring in Bass Harbor and head ashore for a lobster roll or some local crab from a charming working harbor. Sail up the Western Way from either spot. If leaving from Bass Harbor, sail past the beautiful Bass Harbor Light. Your choice how you want to round Greening Island. If you go west, look for the osprey nest next to the historic Claremont Hotel. If you go east, check out the Northeast Harbor fleet. Sail into the majestic Valley Cove (not to be missed) and either anchor here for the night or move up Somes Sound for other options. Sail past the Man ‘O War Brook where the windjammers still back up to for fresh water and anchor in charming Somes Harbor or pick up a mooring at one of the two marinas here.
Sail through Somes Sound for Northeast Harbor, admiring the seals basking in Sargent Cove and the colorful confetti of lobster pots dotting the water. Make your way back to Morris and start to plan your trip for next year…