Down East Community Hospital
11 Hospital Drive, Machias, ME 04654
Phone: 207.255.3356

About the Community

Many providers move to area for the lifestyle and quality of life, work, and patient care.  Machias is located in Washington County in Eastern Maine.  Machias was settled in 1763 and is rich in history.  Machias is an Indian name meaning "bad little falls". These falls still run furiously today and can be viewed from the park at the bottom of college hill just after the bridge into downtown. Within Machias you will find a dynamic classic New England town.  Machias is considered the hub of Washington County.  This is a great family location in a safe, small community with immense quality of life.  There are many shopping, eateries, and cultural activities to choose from.  The University of Maine at Machias is usually brimming with events and shows for the young and old alike.

The Machias Bay Area is comprised of many communities surrounding the town of Machias. Washington County is one of the largest counties in Maine, larger than the state of Rhode Island. Fresh water lakes, rivers and streams provide homes to a large variety of wildlife. Deer and moose are often seen during non-hunting season. Saltwater bays and tidal areas provide habitats for many bird species. Puffins are a favorite and we have a wonderful half day island tour where you can view them in their natural habitat. Ocean vistas abound on hiking trails in the area. Boating and kayaking are popular water sports.

Known as the "Blueberry Capital of the World", Machias is home to the annual Machias Maine Wild Blueberry Festival. Each August the streets of downtown come alive with delicious food, art, crafts, and entertainment for the whole family.

Whether you’re a hardcore outdoorsman or a weekend wanderer, the community of Machias in Downeast Maine has a lot to offer, from craggy coastlines to spectacular vistas.  

From the surf and sand at Roque Bluffs State Park, the world’s highest tides (sometimes more than 50 feet!) at the Bay of Fundy, you can take advantage of the endless opportunities for fun that the area provides. 

With its rich historical past as the site of the first naval battle of the American Revolution, Machias is one of the safest small towns in New England. It’s just 65 miles from Acadia National Park, 300 miles from Boston, and 500 miles from New York City.

If you love the great outdoors, you’ll enjoy Machias’ outdoor recreational opportunities, including kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, trail running, swimming in the many area lakes and skating. Prefer to stay indoors?  Machias also offers art galleries, antique shops, fabulous restaurants, swimming (indoor pool), and the performing arts.