Sails & Trails: Stretch Your Legs on a Maine Windjammer Vacation
Mid-coast, MAINE— If the fear of taking a sailing vacation scares you because you might miss a workout or you imagine being "cooped up" on a ship, relax! Maine's windjammers stop every night, providing guests with plenty of opportunity to stretch their legs ashore.
The ten historic ships in the Maine Windjammer Association often visit stunningly beautiful anchorages near Acadia National Park, where guests can take a run on the world-famous Carriage Paths or a hike out to popular Bass Harbor Light. New this year, the Windjammer Angeliqueis offering guests a full day of exploration in the Park on their Aug. 18-22 cruise.
Hikes on offshore Isle au Haut promise spectacular views and an aerobic workout to the summit of Duck Harbor Mountain. The island's 18 miles of trails make it easy for guests to burn off the calories they might consume at the island's renowned Black Dinah Chocolatiers Café!
Castine, Stonington, North Haven, Vinalhaven, Swan's Island are all frequent ports of call that boast excellent hiking trails where guests can enjoy everything from a quiet stroll to a strenuous workout.
Can you predict your precise destination prior to boarding? Absolutely not! Because every cruise is dependent on wind and tide, every trip is different and every anchorage is a surprise. That’s part of the fun – you don't know where you’re going exactly, but you can bet you’ll be delighted when you get there!
All of the windjammers sail from Camden, Rockport and Rockland, an area rich with hiking trails that many guests add before and after their cruise. Megunticook, Mount Battie, Beech Hill Preserve and even the mile-long Rockland Breakwater offer a great chance to stretch your legs and enjoy stunning views of Penobscot Bay.
With guests ranging from teenagers to octogenarians, captains are accustomed to accommodating all energy levels – from more relaxed folks who think that just seeing a mountain is labor enough to the more energetic types who are convinced the only way to experience a mountain is from the top. That's why windjammer cruises include plenty of time ashore for guests who want to really explore Maine's scenic byways, old woods roads and deer paths to the craggy ocean walks and rocky coastline.
There are two ways to get a real sense of downeast Maine – one is by sailing her sparkling bays and the other is by exploring her shores on foot. Lucky for passengers, Maine's windjammers offer visitors a chance to experience both!
For more information about taking a three- to six-day sailing (and hiking) vacation aboard a Maine Windjammer call 1-800-807-WIND.