Down East Maine
Down East refers to the coast of the of Maine from Penobscot Bay to the Canadian border but the origin of the term means: "When ships sailed from Boston to ports in Maine (which were to the east of Boston), the wind was at their backs, so they were sailing downwind, hence the term 'Down East'" so from Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park to the "Old Sow" whirlpool on the Bay of Fundy there are so many things to see and do that you will find plenty of things to choose from. We have hiked in Acadia National Park and along the Bold Coast, kayaked up and down the Down East coast and sailed in the Bay of Fundy and everything in between.
There are many places to rent a vacation home, we have rented directly from owners and usually it works out but we have had bad experience with a person who did not live in the area but had a rental property so be careful. If you want to rent from a reliable person check out "Hearts of Maine" as they have properties along the entire Down East coast and we have rented from them and always had a wonderful experience. Unfortunately we are not the best at planning things and there are not always properties in the areas we are looking to stay, so plan early.