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Trolli's TR Part3- Bar Harbor/Acadia

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Trolli's TR Part3- Bar Harbor/Acadia

Day 7 contd. from NYC & Portland forum if you would like to know about our first week travel.

This TR is in response to all the kind and helpful advice from all the TA forum participants, our trip would not have been the same without it. Special thanks to bonniemaev, maineronthego and lovingbarharbor who have provided so much insight info.

Ok here we go.

We (mum,dad & 2 teens 15/17) arrived around 4.30 pm and headed straight to the Hulls Cove visitor centre to get some maps, explorer bus timetable, info and the NP permit before heading to our accomodation for the next 5 nights, the Mira Monte Inn B&B. We were happy with our 2 BR suite in the garden and the owner was friendly and a fountain of knowledge (see my separate review).

Once unpacked we attended the owner's cheese and wine reception before headaing out. We were thrilled to find that it was an easy stroll down to the village square, the shops and the harbour and we whiled away the next couple of hours just exploring the village and browsing the shops. We ended up at Pats Pizza place and had a decent meal before heading back to the Inn for a relaxing drink in our suite and planning the next day's itineray.

Days 8-11 to follow soon.

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Day 8-11

We spent 4 lovely days in and around Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island and luckily the weather was very kind and we enjoyed temperatures in the mid 70s most days with plenty of sunshine.

We walked along the beautiful shore path, and across to bar Island at low tide. We drove the loop road and up to Mount Cadillac where we enjoyed the fabulous views. We hiked the great Head trail at Sand Beach and the Beech cliff trail at Echo Lake - very steep but exciting with some iron ladders to climb to be rewarded with some amazing views of Echo Lake and descended via the Canada Cliffs trail down to Echo Lake for an afternnoon of swimming and relaxing on the little beach. Afterwards we drove to Bernard via Southwest Harbor and Bass Harbor, stopping at the Bass Harbor headlight and ending at Thurstons Lobster Pound for some delicious Lobster rolls.

One day we hired bicycles, took the bicycle express from Village Square to Eagle Lake and cycled on the Carriage roads across Eagle Lake and Jordan Pond with a stop at Jordan Pond House for popovers and lemonade which we enjoyed. We were surprised by how many hills we had to climb and descend which was fine for us but might be tricky for some families with younger children.

Another day we parked the car at Sand Beach took the Explorer bus down to Otter Cliff and walked back up the Ocean path via Thunder Hole to Sand Beach.

One evening we went to the Reel Pizza Cinerama, much to the delight of our teens, watching the film “Chef" and enjoying slouching on the sofas with a Pizza and a drink- make sure you queue at least 1/2 hour before showtime if not earlier to get a sofa.

Another evening we enjoyed a concert at the Pavillion and yet another Pizza at Rosalie's- yes we do love our Pizza- after passing the delicious smells on a view journeys past the restaurant. We did make the mistake of ordering two X-large Pizzas for the 4 of us and managed barely more than one but were happy to take left over home in boxes and had it as a picnic the next day. We also had blueberry pancakes at Jordan's restaurant as recommended by Bonniemaev and yes they were delicious, explaining the long queues every morning. We never managed to go kayaking or on a boat trip as initially planned as we were too busy enjoying all the other opportunities offered on land. 4 days is just not enough although we did get to see quite a bit overall and would love to return one day and rent a cottage for a week.

Conclusion: We had a wonderful trip to MDI and would have loved to stay longer, accommodation was perfect for our needs and we enjoyed the beautiful nature and scenery and the variety of walks and hikes offered. Everybody seemed welcoming and friendly and happy to chat.

Bar Harbor is a lovely little town with loads of shops selling all the usual touristy items, ice creams and coffees and we enjoyed just wondering around at the end of the day.

We were surprised how busy it was though although once you get out on your hikes away from Bar Harbor, Cadillac Mountain and the Ocean Path you can find peace and solitude.

Advice: If you would like to park at Sand Beach, Cadillac Mountain or Jordan Pond get up early as spaces fill up very fast as we experienced on our first day when driving the loop road. Use a combination of your car and the Explorer buses to your advantage if you don’t want to continue the whole loop on the bus as we did along the shore path.

Do go and explore the quiet side of MDI and you will be surprised about the difference.

The bicycle express is a great means of getting to Eagle Lake but it is fairly easy to cycle back to Bar Harbor from Eagle Lake.

Hope this might help somebody planning a trip in the future as TA helped us to make the most of our recent trip.

Thanks and goodbye to the Acadia forum- next stop Boothbay Harbor and then Boston to end our travels :-(

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2. Re: Trolli's TR Part3- Bar Harbor/Acadia

Just read this over breakfast. Wow, you did very well.

I agree that the quiet side should also be explored. Did you find the Somesville Bridge? One of those kodak moments that stuck in my mind.

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3. Re: Trolli's TR Part3- Bar Harbor/Acadia

Thank you for the very nice trip report. You did a good job of using the car/IE combination to your advantage.

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4. Re: Trolli's TR Part3- Bar Harbor/Acadia

Thank you Ziggy yes saw the bridge. It was well worth the drive going all the way up to Acadia it's beautiful.

@cwvoigt glad you enjoyed the TR, the buses are very useful and enable one way journeys.

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5. Re: Trolli's TR Part3- Bar Harbor/Acadia

Just discovered your great trip reports. We will do a similar trip in October so it is really good info for us. Thanks a lot for posting it!

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6. Re: Trolli's TR Part3- Bar Harbor/Acadia

Viel Spass, freut mich dass es hilfreich war ;-)

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7. Re: Trolli's TR Part3- Bar Harbor/Acadia

Thanks for a great trip report! Can u define early for the parking? Are the lots filled by 8:00 or 9:00?

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8. Re: Trolli's TR Part3- Bar Harbor/Acadia

Hi Sadie, 9 o clock would be fine but after 10 was very busy already in some areas although I guess if you go outside the main vacation season it will be a lot calmer.

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