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Trip List by RagtopRedhead

24 Hours in Bar Harbor & Acadia

20 Aug 2008  
4.0 of 5 bubbles based on 3 votes

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park
  • Category: Perfect day
  • Traveler type: Active/Outdoors, Never been before
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with teenagers, Budget travellers , Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Summer
  • 1. Catch the sunrise

    We did this from the balcony of our hotel, the Wonder View Inn, which is perched up on a hill overlooking Frenchman Bay, just before you get to downtown Bar Harbor - but anywhere with a view will do!

  • 2. Grab coffee to go

    Head into the village or towards the town pier, at the end of West St., to find the caffeinated beverage of your choice. Pre-6:00, you might be challenged - I recommend Grumpy's Whale Watch Cafe on the pier.

  • 3. Stroll the Shore Path

    The Shore Path begins at the town pier and follows the coast south, along the back of the Bar Harbor Inn and then a number of private 'cottages.' It's a beautiful walk at sunrise, and if you're out early you won't have to share it with many people. The path is less than a mile, and then you can cut into the village or come back the way you came. We came back along the path and stopped at one of the benches facing the ocean to watch a cruise ship drop anchor. Moments later, we were enveloped by a 7:30 a.m. fog that crept in and made the entire harbor - cruise ship and all - vanish for about 15 minutes.

  • 4. Cafe This Way
    Cafe This Way, Bar Harbor

    After your walk, you deserve breakfast. Walk through the village to Cafe This Way, just off the village green, where there will be (huge) blueberry pancakes waiting for you. It seemed to be a popular place with both locals and visitors, but we got right in on the beautiful morning we were there and had a table on the small outdoor deck.

  • 5. Pack a picnic

    There are lots of markets in the village where you can grab sandwiches, etc. to go. We also took a bottle of wine in our picnic backpack, but I have no idea if that's legal in the Park.

  • 6. Acadia National Park
    Acadia National Park

    Bike the carriage trails, hike up mountains, etc. There are many TripAdvisor experts on Acadia, and I do not claim to be one of them. We did some biking and hiked to the summit of Penobscot Mt., where there were gorgeous views and blueberries to pick. After heading back to our car and loading up the bikes, we drove around to the other side of Somes Sound and went swimming and people-watching at Echo Lake.

  • 7. Drinks at the Reading Room bar
    Reading Room Restaurant, Bar Harbor

    After you've cleaned the dust of Acadia off, head to the bar at the Reading Room - the restaurant at the Bar Harbor Inn, on the water at the end of the village - order yourself a blueberry martini and sit on the porch. If you don't drive up Cadillac Mt. to see the sunset, this is an equally good option.

  • 8. Dinner at Galyn's
    Galyn's, Bar Harbor

    Reasonably priced wonderful food with excellent service. We were able to get one of the four tables on the porch, from which you can people-watch, see the moon rise and admire the harbor and the lights of the Bar Harbor Inn.

  • 9. Late-night shopping

    Most of the shops in Bar Harbor stay open late, so stroll the streets after dinner and exercise your credit cards. Among my favorites were Island Imports (which has what has to be the largest collection of silver charms on the East Coast), Cool As A Moose and the Christmas Spirit Shop.