In former times "Downeast" meant the direction the sailing ships traveled to get here from New York and Boston --downwind and to the east. Over time, however "Downeast" also reflects our rich maritime history, the important role that the sea has always played in our lives and the strong independent spirit of the people.
"Acadia," from the Greek word for earthly paradise, is the name of our National Park and describes the amazing natural beauty that is all around to see and experience.
Together, DownEast & Acadia describe an authentic Maine Experience. The glories of summer here offer warm sun-filled days and breeze-cooled evenings. Fall moves in with hills ablaze with color and brilliant, canopied roads. Winter drapes the shores and lanes with a blanket of peace and solitude broken only by the sigh of the wind and the crunch of the snow underfoot and Spring brings it all back into bloom and the cycle of nature starts again. If you enjoy the peaceful sound of waves lapping the shoreline, the fun of a local festival filled with food, music and local character, or the thrill of seeing nature up close, you will find it here.
(Source: Downeast Acadia Region)