Eighth Annual NSPN Downeast Retreat, Bar Harbor, ME September 9-12, 2022 Initiator: Peter Brady
This now-traditional 4 day event will be from Friday Sept. 9th to Monday Sept.12th , with group paddles each day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Mondayis a travel day, with options fora shorter trip winding down midday or early afternoon. Most people travel & arrive on Thursday afternoon or eveningand depart on Monday afternoon. Some arrive sooner and leave later,
There will likely be some options for biking the Acadia National Park carriage trails and day hikes in the area.
Each day there will be organized paddles (likely two or three) around Mount Desert Island, based on weather and conditions that day. We have a menu of trips suited to this area, and experienced participants familiar with the area to lead trips . We can meet at Rose Eden every morning and around dinner time to create and confirm paddling plans for the next day. Our base of operations will be at Rose Eden Cottages Rte 3, Bar Harbor, Rose Eden is a cottage resort with some 12 cabins. We can gather there for car caravans to launch sites, and in the evening to plan next days trips. We have moved our base of operations for 2022 to Rose Eden, across the road from LLangolan Inn, to ensure reservations for more people earlier for the coming year. A number of yearly attendees will have already reserved at Rose Eden. Accommodations are on your own.Make your own arrangements(including reservations, cancellation deposits whatever) for your entire stay during this event. You are encouraged to make reservations (at Rose Eden or elsewhere) as far in advance as possible, as Bar Harbor is becoming more popular as a travel destination.
Each day there will be organized paddles (likely two or three) around Mount Desert Island, based on weather and conditions that day. We have a menu of trips suited to this area, and experienced participants familiar with the area to lead trips . We can meet at Rose Eden every morning and around dinner time to create and confirm paddling plans for the next day. There is a full moon on Saturday this year, so we will try to organize a full moon paddle if weather and conditions allow.
If you are interested in attending, please RSVP (" I’m going") here in the calendar posting on Sept. 9th. 2022. A Group PM with all of participants will get going in the months before the event , for information sharing, planning and communication .
Some recommended lodging:
Rose Eden: our vase of operations. 12 modest cabins, a gathering area in the rear , laundry facilities. Llangolan Inn & Cottages : across the street from Rose Eden; similar to Rose Eden with 8 bungalows and a few rooms in the main inn. Hadley Point Campground: this campground close by, on Hadley Point Road. With a laundry room and hot showers. RobbinsMotel: not far from Llangolan on Rte 3 for those looking for the most economical no-frills lodging on the island. Eden Village: A cottage resort similar to Llangolan, a short ways away on Rte 3. Trenton (off the Island): Just across the bridge to Mount Desert Island, between Ellsworth and Bar Harbor there are cottages and motelsthat are probably less pricey than on Mt. Desert Island.
There are many other options for lodging in the area, including fine (but less conveniently located) campgrounds .
This is a rain or shine event! This event has been a success because there is fine paddling to be had somewhere around the island in all but very harsh conditions, and if the weather is too crummy to paddle anywhere on the ocean we can paddle the inland ponds and lakes like Long Pond or Eagle Lake, or explore & hike Acadia National Park, or play tourist around BarHarbor. People have often taken a day off from paddlingto explore Mount Desert Island and there might well be an organized hike , bike safarior two mixed into the festivities.
If you have any questions: contact Peter Brady (PeterB on the message board ) by PM