Bar Harbor, Maine / Acadia National Park

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Bar Harbor, Maine / Acadia National Park

#1 Post by Jeff Vaughan » May 27th, 2019, 2:38 pm

My family and I are going to be visiting this area later this summer. Any recommendations on restaurants, hikes, tours, day trips, etc. that are off the beaten path? Things that might not pop up on the normal trip advisor searches.
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Re: Bar Harbor, Maine / Acadia National Park

#2 Post by Chris Foley » May 27th, 2019, 2:48 pm

There's a nice botanical garden near Boothbay Harbor, on the way up the coast.
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#3 Post by Josh Grossman » May 27th, 2019, 3:06 pm

We like staying in Southwest Harbor. Rent bicycles and ride to Jordan Pond House; probably need reservations. Islesford Dock Restaurant is my favorite but you need to take a boat or water taxi to it as it's in the Cranberry Islands. Last time we were there my nephew yelled at Martha Stewart for messing up his hair when she rubbed his head.
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Re: Bar Harbor, Maine / Acadia National Park

#4 Post by Josh Grossman » May 27th, 2019, 3:08 pm

Chris Foley wrote:
May 27th, 2019, 2:48 pm
There's a nice botanical garden near Boothbay Harbor, on the way up the coast.
Thuya Gardens are nice and worth the trip.

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#5 Post by David K o l i n » May 27th, 2019, 3:30 pm

If you have time, a nice day trip from Bar Harbor is Campobello Island, New Brunswick - Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s summer home. It’s a 2+ hour drive each way. If you decide to go , it’s worth a stop a the West Quoddy Head lighthouse, the most eastern point in the continental US, on the Bay of Fundy. Some nice views

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Re: Bar Harbor, Maine / Acadia National Park

#6 Post by Chris Blum » May 27th, 2019, 6:02 pm

The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay are awesome. I’d budget 3 hours.
Cap’n Fish whiskey and Puffin tour is popular but fun.
In Boothbay Harbor...Shannon’s Unshelled was the best lobster rolls of the entire trip and Ports of Italy was really solid for dinner.

The Hoot in Northport is amazing for breakfast, check their hours though.

Meanwhile in Belfast (belfast) is a great limited menu authentic Neapolitan pizza spot. Service was meh, but the pizza was so good.

Castine Kayak Adventures does a great job tailoring a trip for your time budget and skill/athleticism.

Acadia has as many hikes as you’d like. Some are popular, but nothing like a lot of overloved places. The Beach is crowded a heck on a nice day, but totally worth it to cool off. Isle au Haut should be on your list to check out, too.

Side Street Cafe in Bar Harbor was great for lunch.
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Re: Bar Harbor, Maine / Acadia National Park

#7 Post by pnitze » May 27th, 2019, 6:36 pm

Second the recco for Isle au Haut. It is so beautiful there. Make it a day trip, get a picnic lunch in Stonington, take the mail boat, and spend a few hours hiking the trails around Duck Harbor.

Also highly recommend the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller gardens. They are amazing. Need to make a reservation in advance, but the effort will be repaid in spades.

So many good trails. If you want more peace and quiet, venture away from Bar Harbor. The south ridge trail up to the top of Sargent mountain is a favorite. Also love the walk around Little Long Pond, adjacent to Seal Harbor.
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Re: Bar Harbor, Maine / Acadia National Park

#8 Post by Jeff Vaughan » June 4th, 2019, 5:29 am

Thanks for all the recommendations. I'll report back once we get further into our planning.
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