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Oh the Bar Harbor Inn is without a doubt an excellent choice. You'll be located right in the heart of all the activity of Bar Harbor. The Inn is lovely and the restaurant is first rate. When my husband and I go to Bar Harbor for dinner we usually go to the Reading Room at the Inn or Gaylens on Main Street (make your reservation at Gaylens ahead of time and request porch seating - if its a warm evening you'll love it) another "fun" restaurant for lighter fare (burgers and such) is Geddy's Pub. You'll enjoy yourself very much in Bar Harbor, there are numerous shops within easy walking distance to browse through. Bass Harbor is lovely but completely on the other side of the island. All depends on what you are looking for. The ferry to Nova Scotia is nice for a daytrip, I took visiting friends on it for the first time a couple of years ago. I would rate it as just OK, you can't really go outside and there really is nothing to do once you get over there. My friends had wished after the fact that they had just stayed in Bar Harbor and spent more time in Acadia. If you are looking to get out on the water, you might talk to the Inn about helping you arrange a whale watch or a schooner cruise around the Bar Harbor area. Maine in July can't be beat! Hard to believe it right now with the 5 degree temps outside. :-)
Hi all - I grew up in Ellsworth. If you don't have reservations at the BH Inn yet, make them now! It's very popular. And I agree with Ms. Dragon - the ferry is good if Nova Scotia is your destination and you're going to travel on from there and see more of the island. But it's a high-speed ferry so you can't go on deck; it's not a pleasure cruise. I agree, stay in BH and spend your time seeing Acadia National Park.
Happy Anniversary! Enjoy!
Hi Radar. My hubby and I are going to Bar Harbor to celebrate our 30th too. We plan on going whale and puffin wathcing and renting bikes to tour Acadia Park. We are staying at the Wonder View Inn because the price is right, the on site restaurant is listed with the chamber of commerce, the rooms look really nice with balconies that face the water. We were thinking of taking the ferry to Nova Scotia too but friends that have gone there said that there's nothing much to do there once you get there unless you travel up to Halifax. So, we are staying put in Bar Harbor and will explore there. I see you are from NY. Well, I'm an former New Yorker now living in the Chicago NW suburbs for the past 7 years.
Happy Anniversary to you and your wife. BTW, check out Foddors for more info. It helped me make some decisions on where to go and what to do once there.