Knowing how busy things are around MDI in August, we are went to a fun, less crowded, and safe outing nearby, but off island – Frenchman Bay Conservancy’s Jordan Homestead Preserve on the north side of Ellsworth on the Bayside Road. This 31-acre Preserve ( features an easy one-mile lollipop trail that offers views of 3,000 feet of frontage on the Union River, mature forestland, and a stretch of the scenic Whittaker Brook, as well as a field that contains a small historic cemetery and a large, fenced-in garden.

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