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Asticou Terraces / Thuya Garden

The Asticou Inn, P.O. Box 337, Northeast Harbor, ME
800-258-3373, 207-276-3344
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Damariscotta, Maine
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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We've visited in the spring and it's been sort of nice. The varied plantings made us suspect it would be grand in mid-summer. We were right. The proverbial riot of color. Everything so professionally designed in its variety. Many of the items are annuals - what a task that must be; not to mention the man handpicking beetles off the... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The overlooks on the path up to the gardens capture a beautiful view of Northeast Harbor. It is a little steep, but not a long walk. They also offer the ability to drive to the top. The Curtis house is neat to see and the host offers a lot of information about the time and area. The gardens themselves are... More

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Minneapolis
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

During our visit there were few other visitors, which added to the tranquility of the gardens. The sand garden was reminiscent of Ryoanji in Kyoto but smaller and with superior flora. The dogwood blossoms next to the azaleas, Japanese maple and pine trees completed the scene with an exquisite balance of color and texture.

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Chciago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

If you happen to venture toward this side of Mount Desert Island, you should take some time and view both of these venues. Parking seemed a bit tricky at first, but once you get it, you will be glad that you took the time. These are beautiful gardens and the views from Thuya are wonderous, especially if you wander down... More

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Belfast, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We were there early in the season and will venture back. What a joy to be among the flowering plants, trees, and views! Such a treasure and so accessible. I can't imagine that I've driven these gifts for so many years. Don't miss the gardens and the terrace!

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Titusville
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

We hiked the 1/2 mile gradual trail up to the Thuya Garden. The entrance to the Asticou Terrace is easy to miss...look for it on the right at a small parking area just past the Asticou Lodge going toward Seal Harbor. You have to cross the street to enter the slight incline for the first tier. There is a covered... More

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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013 via mobile

We had a great hike through the gardens and very much enjoyed it. It was fall but still many flowers in bloom and the grounds were very well maintained. We were there during the time the national parks were all closed due to the USA government shutting down so this was a very pleasant diversion.

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Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

I'm glad we walked up from the bottom as the landscaping is part of the experience. There is a view from a pagoda at the top which is worth a few minutes. The gardens were rather modest at this time of year. We wandered through the back gate along the path through the woods following a sign saying Map House,... More

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Turner, Maine
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Thuya Gardens are more about magnificent granite work and views than gardens. It is a quarter-mile climb uphill all the way through amazing granite outcroppings. There are steps. The gardens up top are quite lovely but very limited in size. There is a parking lot at the top but then you miss the granite and the views of the harbor.

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Concord, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

We never knew what the garden was like until we saw the amazing flowers and Thuya Lodge which is frozen in time in 1928. We were told at the Asticou Inn that the trail to the gardens was about 100 feet up the road. Don't walk it! DRIVE up the single-lane road to a small parking lot at the gardens.... More

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