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On the last day in Acadia Park, we took in Thuya Gardens, named for the abundance of white cedar (thuya occidentalis) in the area. Its annuals and perennials are on a granite hillside overlooking Northeast Harbor on Mount Desert Island. A docent told us its history and that of the lodge on the premises, one of the homes of its benefactor.



After lunch at the Asticou Inn, we strolled over to Asticou Azalea Garden. It is more formal and Japanese-modeled, tilting toward serenity and reflection. Ferns and mosses frame a lily pond and raked sand gardens.

En route back we stopped at the Seal Cove Auto Museum, another worthwhile stop. Around 50 vintage cars are impeccably restored and exhibited along with fashion from the times, telling how advertising had to convince people to give up their horses and go for the new-fangled machine.


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