Puffins, Warblers, and Lobster Boats: The Enchanting Coast of Maine

With Gabriel Willow
Saturday, May 23 – Sunday, June 30, 2020

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How difficult will this tour be? What should I be prepared for?  This trip will be fairly relaxed and comfortable. We will be staying at B&Bs and Inns, and traveling in a van. There will be short hikes, some over rough terrain; most are optional. Maine in the spring is still chilly and can have unpredictable & inclement weather, and we will be taking a few boat trips—so participants should pack for varying weather conditions and temperatures (it can be quite cold on the water in Maine, so bring a winter coat, gloves, and a scarf). If you are prone to seasickness, bring medication accordingly. 

What are the meal arrangementsComplimentary breakfast will be included on all days at the inns and hotels where the group will be staying.  One complimentary dinner will also be provided as well.

What will the weather be likeMaine in the spring is generally beautiful but cool.  Typically it is colder along the coast, especially when on the water.  Temperatures are typically in the 60s during the day and the 40s at night, but on a foggy or rainy day at the coast it can feel quite cold. Bring winter gear! 

How should I dressDress is very informal. While some people will change for dinner, it usually is just to a drier or cleaner version of what they wore during the day.  Bring layers, and plan for a variety of temperatures and weather.  Maine in spring can range from cold and rainy to hot and sunny.  Bring T-shirts, a long-sleeved shirt or turtleneck, sweaters or a fleece, and a raincoat or even a winter jacket.  Also a hat and gloves are a good idea for those chilliest moments (Maine is a couple months behind NYC temperature-wise).  A sun-hat or baseball cap is a good idea too. Bring comfortable, sturdy shoes or boots as well, suitable for light hiking.

What else should I bringWe recommend bringing a small day pack, insect repellant, a flashlight with fresh batteries, sunglasses, sun screen, chapstick, a canteen or water bottle, a rain coat, poncho, or small travel umbrella, an alarm clock, a wash cloth, your camera with fresh batteries, and (of course!) binoculars. A spotting scope is optional if you have one. The guide will bring his. Perhaps a neck-pillow for the flight and van rides as well.

How should I pack? Remember: Less is more! A standard, medium-size bag should be ample. Particularly if you are flying, be sure it has your address on the inside of the bag, as well as a luggage tag on the handle.

If you are traveling by air:

Be sure to pack sufficient quantities of any personal medications, as well as airline tickets, binoculars, camera, and other essential items in your carry-on bag. Remember that your carry-on bag must fit in the overhead compartment or under the airplane seat.

***Liquids or gels in carry-on luggage must be in 3.4-ounce (100ml) or smaller containers, in 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag.  Larger containers of liquid may be packed in your checked bag.

***No sharp items, including nail clippers, manicure scissors, or pocket knives, may be carried in carry-on luggage.  Such items may be packed in your checked bag.

What about bugs? Though Maine does have an enthusiastic population of mosquitoes and black-flies, fortunately, coastal areas are breezier and relatively bug-free. Nevertheless, some of the wetland areas that have the most birds have the most mosquitoes as well, so make sure to bring insect repellant.  Deer Ticks have also been found in Maine, and Lyme disease has been reported, so common-sense measures in addition to using repellant, such as tucking pants into socks and checking for ticks after a walk, are recommended.

Should I get travel insurance?  We strongly recommend traveler's insurance for all of our national or international trips, in case of illness or other mishaps that prevent you from attending the tour.  All registrants are entitled to a refund if you cancel a month before the trip start date, but after that we cannot guarantee a refund if you are unable to attend.  We are happy to email you links to suggested companies and recommend that you purchase a policy.

Smoking: Smoking is not permitted in any vehicle or during group activities.

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