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Bar Harbor Acadia- TOP #3 HELP!

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Bar Harbor Acadia- TOP #3 HELP!

Please help us with....

Your top 3 or more places to eat.

Your top 3 or more things to do.

Your top 3 or more places to go.

Will be in Bar Harbor/Acadia area for 5 days Sept. 6th-13th. Just my husband and I. Looking for places to see, things to do with mild activity and best places to eat.

We are coming from Calif. and want to make this our best trip ever so please help us. Want to really get the feel of Maine. We are so Excited!


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1. Re: Bar Harbor Acadia- TOP #3 HELP!

My top three places to eat in Bar Harbor are Poor Boy's Gourmet, McKay's, and Havana. There are some other nice places in the other villages, but I'm keeping in Bar Harbor just to make it easier.

My top three things to do are hike, bike and kayak. There are tons of hikes to choose from. Either purchase a good hiking book/trail map or depending on where you are staying, they may have them for you to borrow. Bike the carriage trails - again, there are lots of options. Take a sunset kayak trip out in Frenchman Bay (Aquaterra Adventures) or take a day kayak trip over to the West side of the island (National Park Kayaks).

Other options might be to take the Acadian Nature Cruisee, walk the shore path before or after dinner, and to drive the Park Loop Road, stopping often to enjoy the view.

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Places to eat? Because we don't often stay overnight, but are a couple of hours away from home, we don't go to many of the "better" places to eat in Bar Harbor. For a quick, reasonably-priced breakfast with a "local" feel, we would recommend Jordan's on Cottage Street in Bar Harbor. It's a breakfast-served-all-day kind of place where some of the locals gather over morning coffee to "solve the world's problems." Not fancy, not pretentious, just good solid breakfast food served quickly -- they specialize in blueberry muffins and blueberry pancakes.

Things to do (mild activity level noted): 1) Drive over to Northeast Harbor and ask how to find Asticou Inn and Asticou Gardens. A peaceful, relaxing walk through some great paths and gardens planted decades ago. 2) Take advantage of the free Island Explorer bus service to get around Mt Desert Island and Acadia National Park. It may involve a little waiting at times, but it's far less stressful than looking for a parking place at some of the busier areas and you can relax and enjoy the scenery and let someone else worry about the driving. 3) Get up early enough to be on top of Cadillac Mountain at sunrise -- it's a great experience...and, depending on which side of an ages-old argument you believe, you be standing at the first (or second0 spot in the Continental United States hit by the rising sun of a new day.

Things to see: 1) The Acadia National Park's Park Loop Road, taking you to places like the top of Cadillac Mountain, Sand Beach (one of the few truly sand beaches on the northeast coast of Maine with some great rocky bluffs on either side), Otter Cliffs and the Jordan Pond House (famous for afternoon tea and popovers). 2) Take a ride over to the National Park Service Picnic Area at Seawall (just outside Southwest Harbor), where you can park adjacent to the rocks and watch the Atlantic come and go, including an occasional lobster fisherman doing his day's work -- and this one is FREE. 3) If you have time, take a ride over to the Schoodic Section of Acadia National Park -- some great views and places to get out of the car and enjoy some of the rockiest coast anywhere in Maine. It's usually overlooked by visitors to Bar Harbor, Mt Desert and the bigger piece of Acadia National Park, so fewer crowds (and fewer amenities), quieter and much more relaxing.

You don't say how you're getting to Bar Harbor, but if you're driving up from either Boston or Portland, plan to build in an extra hour for a stop at the Penobscot Narrows Bridge/Ft Knox State Park, less than a mile off US Route 1 just south of Bucksport. The bridge was completed two years ago and one of the bridge towers features an observation deck 42 stories about the base. The tallest, fastest elevator (don't worry, not scary at all) takes you smoothly to the top and you'll get a fantastic view of lots of Maine.... A five-dollar entrance fee coveres admission to both the observatory and adjacent Ft Knox State Park -- home of a sprawling granite fort built to control access to the Penobscot River north of Bucksport. If you have the time, this one is definitely worth a stop.

Hope you enjoy your visit to Maine!

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