Just wanted to report about my trip to the Schoodic Peninsula section of Acadia Nat'l Park before too much time passes and I forget the details :).
First, I stayed at Elsa's B&B in Prospect Harbor and loved it. The Inn is located in an mid 1800's farmhouse and is loaded with charm and character. Meaghan, the InnKeeper is wonderful too.
Anyway, the B&B is across the street from the water and almost every room has a view of the harbor and its lighthouse. Keep in mind Prospect Harbor is a working one and has the last sardine factory in Maine which sits across the street, but doesn't block views. This, in no way, detracts from the ambience of the place however. In fact it highlights the era when Maine was made up more of fishing/working villages than tourist/resort ones. It's a step back in time and I loved the location.
The Inn itself was bright and cheery and well decorated and so was my room. I had a wonderful view to the harbor and lighthouse, as well as a private bath, cable tv and a comfortable seating area in which to read.
Breakfast was great also. One morning Meaghan served an egg/potato/sausage casserole, along with homemade cranberry and banana breads, homemade granola, and broiled grapefrut halves w/brown sugar. The usual coffee, tea, and oj were also available.
You could dine either inside in a bright and cheery dining area, out back on the patio with views of the gardens, or on the front porch looking out to the harbor and lighthouse.
The next morning Meaghan made some of the best french toast I ever had. She used large, thick pieces of cinnamon raisen bread which was slightly crispy on the outside and warm and soft on the inside. Also offered were poached/sweetened pear halves, fresh yogurt, homemade granola cereal and again an assortment of breads. To say the breakfasts were awesome and filling would be an understatement!
After enjoying great breakfasts' at Elsa's, I hopped in the car to sightsee and take lots of photos. The designated section of the Schoodic Peninsula that is part of Acadia Nat'l Park is stunningly beautiful. Even though there were more people than I thought there would be in September, it still felt uncrowded and remote.
There is a loop road that takes you around the peninsula and I had to stop every 5 minutes and pull over as the scenery and vistas were just breathtaking.
My favorite view was from atop Schoodic Head where you had great views out to sea and Cadillac Mt. in the Bar Harbor area.
Another great spot that I just couldn't bare to leave is Schoodic Pt. This is where, especially a few hours before high tide or before or after a storm, the seas crash into the rocks and spray up to 50 feet in the air at times or even higher. I couldn't snap pictures fast enough trying to capture the beauty of it all.
The entire loop, if you just drove and didn't stop, wouldn't take up much time. But if you go, there are so many areas you'll want to pull over and enjoy the sights that it could easily turn into an entire day's event, which it did for me.
Two places in which to grab something to eat are the Downeast Deli in Prospect Harbor which had excellent subs and pizza, and JM Gerrish Provisions on Main St. in Winter Harbor. Btw, Gerrish has wi-fi for anyone who needs to check in with the real world, lol. Anyway, Gerrish is an upscale sort of deli with all kinds of unique salads, sandwiches, hot dishes and great soups, along with desserts.
Winter Harbor and Grindstone Neck are also areas worth checking out. Winter Harbor has a teeny/tiny little downtown with a 5 & 10 cent store, a gallery or two and a couple of restaurants.
Grindstone Neck is home to some charming summer cottages and a golf course. Very pretty.
Another wonderful area to poke around in is Corea, a small fishing village. If you're adventurous, while in Corea try driving down some of the side roads and you'll be rewarded with some stunning views out to sea along with older homes filled with character.
Overall, the entire Schoodic Peninsula is well worth a stay. I was only there for a few days but loved it and plan on returning, possibly in the dead of winter. Elsa's is very inviting and I'm sure the waves crashing, along with sea smoke, etc at the Point will be spactacular with snow on the ground...