Bar Harbor/Acadia - Any Suggestions
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My family (me, DH, DS-7 and DD-4) is heading to Maine on Friday for 2 weeks. We are planning an overnight trip to Acadia. Does anyone have any suggestions for us? We will be staying at a friends family camp in Norway for the 2 weeks, and were thinking that we should at least see Acadia, in case we don't get up that way again!
Last time I was up that way we stayed with friends who lived in the National Park. I could spend days just driving around up there...especially at all the points where there were seals and such when we were there. Not sure if they are there this time of year or not, but the National Park is a must see!
We went on a cruise that stopped in Bar Harbour. We got off the ship and walked around town. It is a nice place to spend an afternoon just browsing in the stores. Right in town, we went to an ice cream parlor that you bought tickets for a trolley up to Acadia. It was a nice tour around the area and only lasted a couple hours. They took you around and there was a tour guide telling you what you were seeing which was nice. We went all the way up into the park and back. It was a fun trip.
You must go and visit the National Park! there is so much to see and do there, I am afraid that you will wish you had more than one day to spend there. You can take a carriage ride through the paths, go on a Lobster Boat tour where you will see much more than just lobsters, you can go on a tidal pool tour, fishing, swimming (although a little cool), sailing, photography workshops and much more. You will love it!
We traveled up there about 7 years ago! We did a whale watch, and just spent time walking around town (and found some yummy blueberry ice cream ) We also found some nice beaches on the drive around the park, and went up to the top of the mountain as well
You must go to Acadia, of course. The Park Loop Road is a wonderful 27 mile drive around and through the park. Try to eat the the Jordan Pond House restaurant. They have delicious popovers. A whale watch is always fun, but if you are only staying overnight you may not have time.
Another good place to eat is the Island Chowder House (the BEST chowder in BH) or Rosalie's pizza (the BEST pizza in BH).
We are vacationing in Bar Harbor in August...and live in Maine year round. Any other questions, feel free to ask.
Thanks everyone for all of the great suggestions! I am very appriciative of the tour options, and the restraunt suggestions. I will take them all with me, and see what we end up with! We will have the option of staying a second night, if we decide to. It just seems silly to be renting a cabin, then paying for a motel room somewhere else!