Eastport, Maine, is a small city, comprised entirely of islands, located in the Washington County region of Down East Maine. It is the easternmost city in the United States, and home to where many people believe the sun first rises. Moose Island is Eastport’s largest land mass, and is connected to the mainland via a causeway.
The most direct driving route to Eastport, Maine is via I-95 North and US Route 1A. Take 1-95 North to I-395 North, and follow signs for US Route 1A; I-395 North is a short, five mile bypass that leads directly to US Route 1A. Continue on US Route 1A, following signs for Eastport, Maine. US Route 1A is part of Maine’s Bold Coast Scenic Byway, which offers travelers a unique and beautiful driving experience.
Travelers who choose to fly to Eastport would be best serviced by the Bangor International Airport (BGR), which is located approximately 150 miles from Eastport. The airport is serviced by several major airlines, and rental car agencies. Travelers can follow the driving directions noted above.
All marine traffic in Eastport is facilitated by the Eastport Port Authority. Travelers should contact the Eastport Port Authority directly to arrange for accommodations for their vessel. Additional information and contact details can be found on the Eastport Port Authority website.
There is no public transit system in Eastport (e.g. rail, bus, or taxi service). The primary means of transportation in Eastport is either by car or on foot, and many of the city’s facilities and attractions are within walking distance.
- Old Sow Whirlpool is located between Moose Island in Eastport, and Deer Island in New Brunswick, Canada, and is the largest tidal whirlpool in the Western Hemisphere. Old Sow gets its name for the pig-like noises that it makes when it is churning, and the smaller whirlpools that spin off from Old Sow are known to the locals as “piglets”. The best on-view land of Old Sow from Eastport is either at the north end of Water Street, or the east end of Clark Street.
- Fisherman Statue, Bank Square, in 2001, Fox filmed a reality television contest in Eastport called ‘Murder in Small Town X’. The winner of the contest, a firefighter from New York named Angel Juarbe, was one of the first responders during the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center, and died just weeks after the show aired. Originally constructed as a prop for the show, the Fisherman statue was later donated to the city as a permanent fixture, and stands tall in the heart of downtown Eastport as a memorial for Juarbe.
- Peavey Memorial Library, 26 Water Street, 207-853-4021, The Peavey Memorial Library is a historic public library built in 1893. The library is named for Albert Peavey, an Eastport resident whose son donated money to the establishment of the library in his father’s honor.
- Shackford Head State Park is a public, state-operated park located on Moose Island. Trails range from easy to slightly challenging, all with a beautiful view of the rugged coastline.
- Raye’s Mustard Mill, 83 Washington Street, Raye’s Mustard Mill is North America’s last remaining traditional stone-ground mustard mill. Owned and operated by the Raye family for four generations, the Mill has a real “down-home” feeling to it, and the knowledgeable staff are always happy to give visitors a tour of the Mill and walk them through the mustard-making process – all while sampling each of the small-batch mustard flavors.
- Eastport Windjammers, 104 Water Street, Eastport Windjammers offers an array of ocean excursions and activities, including whale watch-lobster cruises, deep sea fishing trips, charter cruises, private charters, and sunset cruises.
- Eastport Municipal Airport, The Eastport Municipal Airport is a small, single-runway airport owned by the city. The airport is open to the public and can support most small aircrafts.
- 4th of July Celebration (Old Home Week), Eastport is home to the largest 4th of July festival in Maine. The weeklong celebration includes an array of contests, special events, a road race, music and entertainment, and class reunions, all topped with a grand fireworks display. The 4th of July parade is the heart of the celebration, with floats and marching bands that stretch for miles.
- Pirate Festival, The Pirate Festival is an annual, three day event full of swashbuckling fun for all ages. The entire city gets involved, with residents, local businesses, vendors, and visitors all dressed up for the occasion. The event begins with the “Invasion of Lubec”, and continues with a slew of entertainment, from raffles and games, to parades and fundraisers, and ends with a big fireworks display over the breakwater.
- The Shop at The Commons Eastport, 51 Water Street, The Shop at The Commons Eastport carries the works of several local artists, including wildlife paintings, jewelry, and hand-woven baskets.
- S.L. Wadsworth & Son Ship Chandlery, 42 Water Street, S.L. Wadsworth & Son is the nation’s oldest ship chandlery. Founded in 1818, the store has been family owned and operated for six generations, specializing in Eastport, Maine products, ranging from clothing to glassware, to gifts and specialty products.
- Crow Tracks Woodcarving Gallery, 11 Water Street, The Crow Tracks Woodcarving Gallery features a variety of handmade woodcarvings, all crafted by local artist and Eastport resident Roland LaVallee.
- WaCo Diner, 47 Water Street, The WaCo opens daily at 6am for breakfast, which is served all day, and offers a lunch menu starting at 11am. Diners can have their meal inside, or grab a table on the patio and enjoy a view of the ocean.
- Happy Crab, 35 Water Street, A sports bar with an outdoor patio and ocean view, the Happy Crab has an inviting atmosphere with a menu ranging from hot dogs and hamburgers to sandwiches and seafood.
- Dastardly Dick’s,67 Water Street, The self-proclaimed place for “wicked good coffee”, Dastardly Dick’s offers a variety of specialty coffees and beverages, as well as homemade snacks.
- Chowder House,167 Water Street, The Chowder House is open year-round, offering traditional pub food, as well as daily local seafood specials. With two floors, and an outdoor patio, the Chowder House has an open, friendly environment for guests to come and enjoy themselves.
- The Motel East, 23A Water Street, The Motel East is the only commercial lodging in Eastport. It is a small, cottage-like building with a homey feeling and a view of the coastline.
- Acadia National Park, Located in Bar Harbor, Maine about 150 miles from Eastport, Acadia National Park would serve well as a next stop to visit in Maine. There are easy trails for the first-time hiker, as well as more strenuous trails, including Cadillac Mountain, the park’s highest peak. The park is within 10 miles of the heart of downtown Bar Harbor, which has several restaurants and shopping areas, as well as scenic outlooks and guided tours of the area.
- Roosevelt Campobello International Park, Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada, For visitors with a passport, the Roosevelt Campobello International Park would serve well as a next stop. President Franklin D. Roosevelt spent many summers at his home in Campobello Island, which has been preserved and is open to the public for tours. Visitors can either drive across the border, or use the ferry service from Eastport.