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February 29, 2024

The Great American Eclipse is more than a month away, but northern Maine is getting ready

Courtesy / Dan Cashman Acadia Wilderness Lodge, which has a yurt village in Tremont, will open earlier than usual to host visitors looking to see the April 8 eclipse.

The Great American Eclipse is still more than a month away, but tourism sites in Maine are gearing up.

In what has been a down year for winter sports, places like Millinocket and other northern Maine destinations are expected to get a tourism boost with the eclipse. 

The eclipse is Monday, April 8. Northern and eastern Maine are considered prime spots to witness the eclipse (safely, with ISO-certified eclipse glasses, of course). 

Northern Maine is expected to have an eclipse of more than 3 minutes around 2:20 p.m. on April 8.

The Maine Office of Tourism has more info for eclipse tourists. The state office cites Aroostook County, Millinocket, Rangeley, Greenville and Jackman as prime spots, with more than 3 minutes of eclipse time. 

The also has details, including timing

Yurt base camp

Acadia Wilderness Lodge will be open for reservations the week of the total solar eclipse, which will cross directly over Maine.

With hotels and campgrounds within hundreds of miles booked, Acadia Wilderness Lodge owners say this is the chance of a lifetime to secure a reservation for this cosmic event.

The yurt village in Tremont offers the comforts of a spa at the center of nature. Visitors coming for the eclipse or Mainers looking to celebrate this epic event, can do so in stellar style.

Acadia Wilderness Lodge will open earlier than usual for the season, with yurt doors opening Friday, April 5. 

“The path of totality does not pass directly over MDI, but the timing is such that it allows any visitors to Acadia Wilderness Lodge to drive to an ideal destination, view this once-in-a-lifetime experience, and then return back to Tremont for comfort and relaxation,” said Kenya Hopkins, owner of Acadia Wilderness Lodge.

“We know that lots of places to stay have been booked solid for months, so we decided to open our yurts to guests earlier in the season than normal to take advantage of this incredible, wonderful event.”

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