My husband, his sister and I went for a 4 days 3 nights to Maine last week. We stopped by Portland and Acadia National Park. Wonderful trip and are considering visiting next year.
Day 1. We left Connecticut about 8 am and arrived at Portland Head Lighthouse around 12:30-1 pm. Had lunch at Bite into Maine. We ordered a lobster roll, a salad, and a caibatta bread with tomato, basil, and mozzarella cheese. The food was great - lobster roll was not dry at all. It was foggy but we were still impressed by the coastline.
Checked in at our hotel in Portland and head to Old Port and waterfront districts. We parked at the garage for an hour before moving the car to street parking. Street parking was much cheaper, and free after 6 pm. Walked around downtown and Public Market House. Did Happy Hour at the Salt Exchange (happy hour 4-6 pm). We ordered appetizers and beers from tap. The mussels were great and so was the smoked cheddar on the cheese platter. The waiter was generous in bringing more bread for the cheese platter.
We then head to J's Oyster for dinner. Ordered one dozen of oysters and chowder, and drinks. The oysters were fresh and clean but we didn't like the taste. Chowder was delicious.
Day 2: Head to Bar Harbor. We got off at Augusta and took Route 3 and 1. Stopped at a blueberry stand right outside of Bar Harbor and bought a pie. Then stopped at Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound around 11:45 for lunch. Ordered two lobsters, corn on the cob, and one chowder ($55). We happily ate the lobsters and picked the meat. The lobsters and corn were fresh and sweet. The chowder was tasty and had lots of seafood. We liked the place and decided to order just lobsters next time.
Checked in at Robbins Motel. This is a budget choice. Nothing fancy but good enough for two nights of sleep and hot showers.
Head to Hulls Cove Visitor Center, bought a Bike and Hike map, and drove into the national park. The bike and hike map is a must-buy. We got the $5 (not-waterproof). Took a stroll Jesup Path and Hemlock Rd, then stopped by Thunder Hole and walked the Ocean Path (along the rocks). Head into Bar Harbor for dinner.
We walked around Main St and decided to eat at Guinness & Porcelli's. Ordered Porcelli's Salad, seafood risotto and traditional brushetta. Service was pleasant, the risotto was a too salty. The bread was very nice and would have liked more.
Day 3: Sunrise at Cadillac Mountain. Fabulous view but very windy and chilly. Many people brought blankets and sleeping bags (definitely recommend bringing blankets).
Breakfast at Jeannie's Great Maine Breakfast. We had omelets and they were great. The portion was big, and the ingredients were fresh. We thought it was a A+ breakfast place. (It was already busy when we got there and there was a wait list.)
Then we hiked Gorham trail and came down Champlain South, and North Ridge Trail. We walked back to Wild Gardens of Acadia to take the Island Explore back to our car. Got off at Sand Beach and took a nap. After the nap, we walked Ocean Path to get our car. This is a fantastic hike. The distance was a little short. Our pace was 35 minutes per mile.
After shower and rest, we head over to Bass Harbor. First we took a loop around Ship Harbor Nature Trail. Nothing impressive except the side along the water. Then we head over to Bass Harbor Head Light. We saw dolphins swimming in the bay.
For dinner, we went to Fiddler's Green in Southwest Harbor. Ordered eggplant lasagna, Trout Livornese, and roast squash and apple salad. The eggplant and trout were okay. Trout was a little dry but personal preference. The salad was disappointing: squash was not evenly cooked, pecans were burnt, dressing was uneven and minimal, and serving way too small for $8. We also had asked the server if the kitchen can make an entree size salad and he brought out two plates of regular size salad. The waiter was attentive.
Day 4: We ate breakfast at 2 Cats. The food was good, portion was plenty but we liked Jeannie's more. Our waitress charged us for a coffee that was included in one of the dish we ordered.
We did a hike along Jordan Pond, took the Bubbles Divide to see the rock and came down Bubbles Trail, then finish the Jordan Pond path. It was probably not the best way to come down since coming down on rocky side and rocky edge was probably more risky than we've liked. When we got there to the lake, it was foggy and it was tranquility. After we hiked down, the sun came up and it was so pretty. We saw a beaver swimming in the pond, too. The parking lot Pond got really packed when we were ready to leave around 11 pm.
Had lunch at Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound. This time we ordered only lobsters. They were delicious.
We stopped by Belfast Co-op (in Belfast) on our way back. The pull beef sandwich was amazing.
We had a great time and loved hiking in Acadia National Park. Our meals were delicious for the most part and we definitely consider going back next year.