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Maine: Accessible Attractions in Clambake Country

Close your eyes and imagine you're sitting at a sunlit, outdoor, dock-side table overlooking the Atlantic Ocean as you dive into a plateful of fresh, luscious lobster, steamed clams, melt-in-your-mouth mussels, corn on the cob and tender, new potatoes, drawn butter for dipping, and an ice-cold beverage to wash it all down. It's not heaven—it's Maine, the first place in the United States to welcome the rays of the morning sun. Made famous by master-of-horror author Stephen King and its plump, sweet blueberries, Maine (the only U.S. state whose name has one syllable) is home to the second-most visited national park, world-famous outdoor-recreation retailer L.L. Bean, and a huge helping of wonderful wheelchair accessible attractions!

Commercial Street, Portland

Commercial Street Portland

Built upon old piers in the 1850s, Commercial Street runs on the edge of the city's downtown district, offering beautiful views of the harbor in between historic buildings, fishermans' wharf-style restaurants with superb seafood (don't leave Maine without consuming a lobster roll and clam chowder!), bars, and boutique shops. Salt air and seagulls add to the coastal charm of the area as you make your way down the street. Just across the street is Old Port, a district known for its architecture and cobblestone streets, which were preserved during redevelopment that incorporated accessibility. As part of Portland's downtown district, Old Port is brimming with boutique shops, bars, restaurants, galleries, museums, theaters—more than enough entertainment and nightlife to show you a great time!

Eartha, Yarmouth

Earth

It is "the world's largest globe," according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Eartha is a 3-dimensional scale model of Earth, complete with mountains and land forms in 3D, a 23.5 degree tilt (just like Earth), and it rotates and revolves to mirror Earth's real movements. Measuring just over 41 feet and weighing in at 5, 600 lbs., the globe was designed using computer technology and mapping data that took more than a year to compile. The globe's "skeleton consists of 6,000 pieces of lightweight aluminum tubing, and the "skin" is comprised of more than 792 map sections, printed on special material. You'll find Eartha in a three-story glass atrium at the headquarters of DeLorme, a widely recognized mapping company. This fully accessible attraction is free, and you can check out their other maps to see where in Maine to go next!

Baxter Brewing Company, Lewiston

Mug of Beer

Something good is always brewing here! If you're a beer aficionado, or your simply curious about how beer goes from grain to the glass, this is a fun stop. The tour and tap room are accessible, and you can even snack on locally baked soft pretzels when you sample their beers. One thing that sets the award-winning Baxter Brewing Company apart is its status as the first craft brewery in New England to can all of its beer for quality and environmental reasons, which follow their founding principles. Housed in an old grain mill, the brewery offers cozy, New England atmophere, along with lagers, pale ales, and stout, with seasonal brews with catchy names like Hayride, Stowaway, Tarnation, Phantom Punch, and Summer Swelter. Stop here for good beer and good cheer!

L.L. Bean, Freeport

Backpacker

Millions worldwide have browsed through and bought from this outdoor-recreation equipment-and-clothing giant's catalogue for decades, but few have actually been to L.L. Bean's legendary retail store. Your Maine vacation offers the perfect opportunity for you to navigate aisles and aisles of top-quality apparel and equipment for outdoor recreation. The L.L. Bean stores are part of the bustling Freeport Village Shopping Outlets, and you may be surprised when you arrive to discover two enormous L.L. Bean buildings. Inside one building you'll find clothing, equipment, and several equipment demonstrations, including a cool, fly fishing demonstration in a "lake" with real fish! Right acoss the way is another large Bean building with outdoor and indoor furniture, bedding, bath, and home decor that celebrates the adventurous spirit!

Acadia National Park, Bangor

Acadia National Park

Few of America's national parks have the range of natural features you'll find at Acadia National Park, the first national park established east of the Mississippi River. It's here where mountains, granite hilltops, the sea, woodlands, ponds, lakes, and wildlife capture the full attention of visitors and treat them to a breathtaking display of flora and fauna. Maine's rocky coastline alone will have your heart pounding like the wild sea against the rocks at Thunder Hole, a popular spot in the park. People with disabilities are eligible for a free, lifetime pass to America's national parks, and Acadia has accessible accommodation for parking, campgrounds, nature and visitor centers, and on Island Explorer fare-free shuttle buses. The fall foliage in this park is second to none, and a sunrise in Acadia is early-morning magic.

Bar Harbor Boat Tours, Bar Harbor

Bar Harbor

Choose from nature cruises that search for seals, porpoises, eagles, and other fascinating marine animals and birds (including the chickadee, Maine's state bird,) fishing cruises, or a Puffins, Seabirds & Lighthouses cruise along the rocky coastline. You may see a whale or two, too! When you're not checking out the timeless mansions dotting the shore or the wildlife that call Maine home, you'll oooh and ahhh at the magnificent coastline of the state that supplies almost 90% of the nation's lobster supply. If you've been visiting Acadia National Park, which almost surrounds Bar Harbor, you'll discover that this cruise shows you the park from the ocean's perspective. Knowledgeable naturalists and guides narrate the cruises and answer your questions. Those adorable puffins will melt your heart!

Sunday River Ski Resort, Newry

Ski Slope

Just one of several Maine locations for adaptive winter sports, Sunday River Ski Resort partners with Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation to provide winter sport opportunities for people with physical disabilities. If you're an adventurous soul who's always wanted to try alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, or snowboarding, a Maine vacation in winter is calling your name! From early January to the beginning of April, Maine Adaptive provides the specialized equipment and expert lessons you need to take your winter activity to an exciting, new level. In fact, the organization has its own 4,300 sq. ft. slope-side facility at Sunday River, and you'll have your choice of several resorts, inns, and lodges with wheelchair accessible rooms. The best word to describe a Maine adaptive-skiing vacation? Exhilarating!

Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville

Watercolor of Flowers

Imagine the works of art you'll discover in a museum "where risks are taken and experimentation is encouraged." The accessible museum's collections reflect diverse cultures and historical periods with a special emphasis on American art. Expect the unusual, like a fascinating collection of American weathervanes, mandala and painting (which is ritualistically destroyed once it has been completed,) and black-and-white portait photographs by Andy Warhol among exhibits that feature traditional painting, sculpture, watercolor, printmaking, photography, and other fine arts created by Maine's creative community (which includes James M. Whistler, whose mother is famously captured on canvas), and top-tier national and international artists.

Peaks Island, Portland

Peaks Island

How about an island getaway, even if it's for only a day? Peaks Island is actually part of the city of Portland, and its history is just as rich. Known as the Coney Iisland of Maine in the late 19th century because of its popularity as a summer destination, much of the island still retains a nostalgic charm. Easily passible streets and sidewalks lead to hotels, restaurants, boutique shops, art galleries, and other establishments you'd expect to find on a tourist-oriented island, but it's the uncommon aspects of this locale that you'll talk about when you get home. Kids here set up curbside lemonade stands; a collection of international umbrella covers hang from the ceiling and walls of the Umbrella Cover Museum; you can pick up a jar of homemade honey from the Peaks Island Honey Company—just leave $3 in the coffee can next to the honey. A wheelchair accessible ferry ride takes you there and back.

Ogonquit Playhouse Summer Stock Theatre, Ogonquit

Theater Stage

They say it's worth a visit here just to see the signed publicity photos of the many great stars who played here like Ethel Barrymore, Bette Davis, and other actors from Broadway, film, and television who perfected their acting chops doing summer stock in intimate New England theaters. Also a training ground for would-be actors, summer stock started around 1919, and there's still a thriving summer stock circut that includes the accessible Ogonquit Playhouse, which has seen "83 years of Broadway at the Beach!" Take in a show like My Fair Lady, Guys and Dolls, Billy Elliot—the Musical, Grease, Fiddler on the Roof, Les Miserables, and more. Be sure to check th season's schedule on their web site. To go or not to go—that's a good question. The answer is...

Go! Go to Maine for a vacation that's as visually stunning as it is exciting! And if you're a seafood fan—particularly into lobster and clams—you'll find supremely fine, fresh Maine lobster and steamed clams more than worth the visit!

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

2015 Used 2015 Ford Transit Wagon 350 XLT 15 Wheelchair Van

USED Ford Transit Wagon 350 XLT 15
NEW AMS Ford Rear/Side Conversion

$41,495 $41,995


  • Stock #: A58762
  • Mileage: 43,601 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side or Rear Entry Lift
  • Features: Backup Camera, Bluetooth, 3YR/36K Conv Wrty, Parking Sensors, Driver Pwr. Seat Base
2016 Used 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Wheelchair Van

USED Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
NEW AMS Edge II Conversion

$33,495 $33,995


  • Stock #: 180968T
  • Mileage: 39,677 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Rear Entry Long
  • Features: 3YR/36K Conv Wrty, Driver Pwr. Seat Base, ADA Compliant
2014 Used 2014 Toyota Sienna LE Wheelchair Van

USED Toyota Sienna LE
NEW Able2Go Genesis Conversion

$41,995 $42,995


  • Stock #: 496159
  • Mileage: 40,343 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry In-Floor Pwr
  • Features: 3YR/36K Conv Wrty, ADA Compliant

Vehicle Exterior


Exterior Appearance Inspection

  • Panel alignment/fit
  • Headlamp, taillamp/lens condition
  • Windshield/glass condition
  • Paint chips and scratches
  • Body damage/dents/dings
  • Trim and moldings

Vehicle Identification

  • In place and matching
  • Inspect certification label (federal requirement)
  • Check VIN label to paperwork
  • Check for non-completed recalls

Exterior Lights Function Properly and Illuminate as Designed

  • Headlights hi/low (including aim)
  • Parking lights/fog lights
  • License plate lights
  • Side marker lights
  • Tail lights / backup lights
  • Turn signal and cornering lights
  • Brake and high-mount stoplights
  • Emergency Flashers

Keys

  • Vehicle has 2 master key with remote entry (if applicable) and 2 valet key, flat key
  • Programmed to immobilizer

Door Lock System

  • Door opens/closes smoothly using interior and exterior door handles
  • Doors cannot be opened when lock button is in lock position
  • 2-turn unlock feature functions properly
  • Remote entry system operates properly
  • Theft-deterrent system functions properly
  • Child safety locks
  • Wireless door lock operation

Vehicle Interior


Interior Appearance Inspection

  • Seats: front/rear
  • Steering wheel/airbags
  • Armrests/door handles
  • Lower door and sill plates
  • Gearshift selection handle
  • Radio/AC control markings
  • Headliners/sun visors

Seat Belts

  • Extend/retract smoothly
  • Free of twists, cuts or signs of wear
  • Buckles lock securely

Seat Operation

  • Lumbar support operation
  • Memory control operates properly*
  • Headrest functions properly
  • Heaters function properly*
  • Seat cushion angle and height adjustment
  • Seatback angle adjustment

Power Windows / Locks

  • Function Properly

Trunk/Fuel Lid Release

  • Functions Properly (interior)

Glove Compartment

  • Contains portfolio, owner's manual, supplement

Steering Wheel

  • Tilt/telescopic functionability
  • Horn functions properly
  • Steering wheel controls
  • Steering wheel locks
  • Warning chime (key in -- door open)

Windshield Wiper

  • Functions in hi/low/intermittent
  • Wiper blades clean properly
  • Rain sensing wipers*

Dashboard Lights Illuminate as Designed

  • Turn signal: left/right
  • High beam indicator
  • Emergency flashers
  • Instrument panel control knob
  • Waring lights: oil pressure, brake, fuel, charge, seatbelt, open door, engine check, rear light failure, ABS, SRS
  • Check operation of guages

Rear Defogger

  • Functions properly

Air Conditioner / Heater

  • Climate control system functions properly for both heating and cooling

Interior Lights

  • Dome/map/vanity mirror/courtesy lamps/foot function properly

Audio/Navigation System

  • Power/volume switch functions properly
  • Preset station indicator
  • Cassette/CD function (scan, seek, rewind, fast forward) operates properly
  • Navigation system operates properly*
  • Speakers sound clear
  • CD cartridge (if applicable)

Sunroof

  • Tilt/slide operates properly

Clock/Cigarette Lighters/Ashtray/Cupholders

  • Function properly

Outside/Inside Rearview Mirrors

  • Power controls function properly

Luggage Compartment


Luggage Compartment

  • Spare tire size, sidewall condition, tread depth and air pressure
  • Spare tire and attaching hardware, cover, jack, jack tools and wheel lock (if applicable) are present, properly installed and secure
  • Manual fuel lid release operates

Under The Hood


Engine Hood Release

  • Interior release operates properly

The Following Fluid Levels Meet Industry Standard

  • Engine oil replaced and proper level
  • Automatic transmission fluid level
  • Brake fluid level
  • Power steering fluid level
  • Engine coolant fluid level
  • Washer fluid level

Engine Mechanical

  • Excessive fuel pump noise
  • Cooling system (radiator, overflow tank, hoses, coolant level)
  • Water pump (noise/leaks)
  • Air filter (replace as necessary)
  • Inspect oil for contaminants
  • Engine noise (knocks, rattles)
  • Transmission noise (whines, clunks)
  • Belts (wear or damage)
  • Check engine diagnostics

Battery

  • No damage or leakage and proper group size/amp rating
  • Tests to standards

Engine Fans

  • Function properly

Under the Vehicle

Tires (Minimum tread depth 5/32")

  • FL: _______/32"
  • RL: _______/32"
  • FR: _______/32"
  • RR: _______/32"
  • Sidewall condition
  • Proper size, type and match
  • Tire pressure

Wheels

  • Condition/size/fit
  • Check wheel lug-nut torque

Brake Inspection (Minimum 6mm of pad material required)

  • FL: _______mm
  • RL: _______mm
  • FR: _______mm
  • RR: _______mm
  • Rotors show no signs of excessive wear, warpage or heat damage
  • Calipers, lines, and hoses show no sign of excessive wear or leakage
  • Parking brake assemblies, cables, and attaching hardware show no sign of excessive wear or damage

Chassis Inspection (No sign of damage or excessive wear)

  • Frame rails and floor pan
  • Subframe
  • Engine mounts and oil pan for leaks
  • Brake lines and couplings
  • Transmission case/pan for leaks
  • Drive shaft boots and CV joints
  • Fuel lines, fuel tank, hoses and protectors
  • Steering rack, linkage, bushings, control arms and dust boots
  • Differential assembly, drive shaft and related components
  • Exhaust system (including leakage)
  • Transmission mounts
  • Tie rods, ball joints, idler arm
  • Catalytic converter
  • Struts/shocks for operation/leaks

Under Vehicle Fluid Levels

  • Differential lubricant level -- check for contaminants

Road Test (Vehicle Operation)


Engine

  • Start-up
  • Idles normally
  • While driving, engine performs normally
  • Starter system operates normally
  • Shift Lock

Brakes

  • Brake and parking brake function normally
  • Brake and clutch pedal height, free play and travel meet specs.

Indicator Lights

  • No warning lights illuminate during road test

Transmission

  • T/M shifts properly (both power/normal mode)
  • TRAC/VSC and ECT control functions and indicator lights function properly

Steering/Suspension

  • Steering operation is normal
  • Off-center psecifications meet standards
  • Handling, straight-line operations

Cruise Control

  • Functions properly

Noise or Vibration

  • None present

Squeaks or Rattles

  • None present

* -- If Applicable

Service Guarantee

AMS Vans promises to deliver the best wheelchair accessible van available on the market today..... simply put if you are not fully satisfied with your wheelchair accessible van upon delivery---you can refuse it at no cost to you.

With nearly two decades of experience; manufacturing, selling, and delivering over 12,000 vans nationwide, our dedicated team of certified technicians will not allow your van to leave our Atlanta facility until its right!

Please contact one of our experienced Mobility Specialists today and ask about our three step quality control process.

AMS Vans looks forward to serving your family by providing you with a van that is worthy of our own.

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