Let’s spend a perfect summer day on the coast enjoying quintessential Maine! We’re headed down the Boothbay Peninsula where the world class Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens beckon. The Gardens has become one of Maine’s top attractions and one of the most distinguished botanical destinations in the country. Its exquisite gardens, dramatic and compelling natural landscape—including nearly a mile of tidal saltwater frontage—make it ever-changing, endlessly captivating and thoroughly unique (mainegardens.org). We’ll enjoy a docent led highlights tour with time to explore on your own. Early afternoon will find us aboard the Bennie Alice bound for Cabbage Island. Getting there is half the fun as this one –hour narrated journey takes us past several lighthouses and miles of iconic coastline. Once on the island, Cabbage Island guests are treated to a traditional Downeast clambake including fish chowder, two lobsters, clams, golden corn on the cob, potato, onion, a hard steamed egg and Maine's finest blueberry cake. Clambakes are cooked in traditional fashion - steamed over open fires between thick layers of seaweed. After you enjoy your meal, take time to explore the natural beauty of Cabbage Island. Whether lounging under the shade of the great oak tree or exploring the wooded trails to Hawk Point, Cabbage Island's beauty has attracted artists and those seeking a peaceful reprieve for years (Cabbageislandclambake.com). We’ll round out the day with free time in Boothbay Harbor before heading home. Registration fee includes motor coach transportation, garden admission and tour, and clambake. Deadline to register is June 15th. No refunds will be issued after that date.
Saturday August 1
Depart 8:00 a.m., Waterville Sr. High School; 7:45 p.m. Return
Depart 8:45 a.m., Gardiner (Park and Ride, I-95 Exit 102); 7:00 p.m. Return
Registration fee: $149.00 per person