Come alongside for our go to to Bar Harbor, Maine, our first cease on our 10 day trip in New England. We hit the highlights and that’s what I’ll share with you right now. We spent 2 nights in 5 completely different areas and I’ll be running a blog all of them and sharing what we noticed and what we ate. Consuming is such an necessary a part of trip, isn’t it? We certain having fun with sampling the native delicacies, particularly when it entails lob-stah! It’s been 5 years since we went to Cape Cod (me for the primary time) and the lobster undoubtedly obtained my consideration. We ate it nearly every single day we have been there this time and our journey was wonderful.
I deliberate this journey myself after we mapped out the route we wished to take. We determined to fly into Portland, Maine and hire a automobile, heading to Bar Harbor first after which to Kennebunkport, then to Woodstock, VT, and Newport RI. We ended our journey on Cape Cod and flew house from Boston. I’ll separate the posts into every location so you will get a taste of our journey and what all we did. Two days shouldn’t be a very long time to do all of it, however I really feel like we did hit the necessary highlights. I booked mattress and breakfast inns for each cease. Some have been higher than others, so I’ll share that information too, in case you want to make a journey to New England too. There are such a lot of locations to remain and issues to do and we often go for scenic drives and being outdoors for our leisure.
In Bar Harbor, I booked the Thornhedge Inn, a reasonably B&B within the downtown space of Bar Harbor. It was in strolling distance to downtown, which was nice. Thornhedge is a stupendous historic house and rooms inside the unique home and there’s additionally an annex add on constructing at the back of the home that has a number of rooms. Our room was again there and it was simply so-so. I might suggest staying inside the home for a greater room expertise. They may stand to do some upgrades on mattresses and linens to provide an excellent higher inn expertise within the rooms which are within the annex. It’s a really nice place to remain although and we had no complaints about location or breakfast, it was filling and hearty each mornings we have been there and we sat round a giant eating room desk and interacted with different friends. Andrew, the proprietor additionally does a wine and cheese hour within the afternoon, which introduced out friends to the lounge space for chatting. He’s very personable and gave us suggestions for lunch. Total, a very nice B&B and I might suggest. Simply keep inside the home in a kind of rooms.
We obtained in mid afternoon on our first day in Maine and we had native buddies (Pat and Mike) who have been up that means so we met them at a restaurant that’s well-known on the best way to Bar Harbor, Younger’s Lobster Pound.
It’s very genuine on the docks sort of place, no frills. We had no thought what to anticipate, however Mark was on the lookout for a lobster roll and never a complete lobster, in order that’s what he ordered. Sadly, he was very upset in that one, it had little lobster, wasn’t heat in any respect and was on a hamburger bun, a giant no-no for a lobster roll. So he wasn’t pleased for his first meal in Maine. Fortunately, it obtained higher after that meal!
I did get a complete lobster for my meal and it was scrumptious with drawn butter. However, the remainder of what they provide shouldn’t be that nice. They’ve chips, cole slaw and corn on the cob, I feel. I obtained chips and cole slaw, which was simply okay. We each tried their blueberry pie, which was additionally disappointing. It regarded like grocery retailer pie. So, Younger’s for us despite the fact that it may be well-known was simply so-so. In the event you go, persist with the entire lobster, that half was nice. We have been undoubtedly wanting ahead to extra lobster meals on our trip and we weren’t upset after this one.
We did catch the sundown over the bay although in order that was good.
Acadia Nationwide Park
I’ve heard about Acadia Nationwide park for a few years now and it was a should see in Bar Harbor, so for those who head that means don’t miss the park. The park encompasses 48,000 acres and after studying up on driving to the highest of the mountain requiring a go and reservation, I did each earlier than we left, getting a Cadillac Mountain go and park go on-line in order that made it simple to only present up and go. Our reservation for the highest of the mountain street was 10:30 a.m. Sadly, we had some drizzly and cloudy climate, making the mountain an entire fog out. We couldn’t see a factor up there.
The drive into the park is gorgeous. Surrounded by the bay water, the bushes have been lovely too. We hit New England at a very good time and have been there October 15-25. You by no means know the way the leaf season goes to go up there or right here for that matter, so it’s a guessing sport. However we have been actually pleased with the quantity of fall shade we noticed all via our journey to New England.
Right here’s a windy shot from the highest of Cadillac Mountain, simply to doc the fog. I’m certain it’s attractive up there, however we didn’t get to see it this journey. Down under was a lot better as you will notice from the next pics. October can also be fairly crowded in Maine and New England. We did discover that within the park, however shouldn’t be shocked as so many individuals prefer to go and see the leaves regardless of which state they’re in.
Maine is a beautiful state and because it was my first time there, I used to be loving all the image alternatives and I took loads.
I knew that the Maine shoreline was very rocky in lots of areas and it’s actually breath taking.
Contained in the park is a dream with a lot lovely surroundings to absorb. We did the loop street and stopped alongside the best way taking photos and strolling a couple of trails alongside the shoreline.
There have been loads of individuals doing the identical factor in addition to tour buses.
Take pleasure in all of those pics from Acadia Nationwide Park, I took loads!
This space is named Thunder Gap. There have been lots of people down there, so we didn’t attempt to get right down to the water.
There was one space the place individuals went throughout some rocks (to the suitable the place the girl in pink is standing) to get additional out looking out and we had a very good chuckle because the waves crashed via right here each few seconds and other people obtained soaked. It will have been a cold day after that. No thanks!
Regardless that the day was cloudy, it was nonetheless lovely and I obtained some nice pics. After all, sunshine all the time reveals up fall leaves higher however that is what we had that day.
I liked this bridge within the park.
That is the carriage home, they hire horses in right here too. It was so fairly in stone. We heard about Jordan Pond and getting popovers in there, however sadly the parking zone was utterly packed and we couldn’t discover one parking house. Individuals have been driving round on the lookout for areas so we simply left. Neither of us like combating crowds.
The surroundings certain was magnificent although!
Bar Harbor Congregational church
The quaint city of Bar Harbor. We walked in a couple of retailers and in addition walked to Bar Harbor Inn for lunch.
This could most likely be an ideal place to remain too. The inn is located on the water with a stunning view.
I took so many pics of the hydrangeas that have been this shade, they have been attractive and throughout Maine.
We sat right here and had an ideal view of the harbor.
As I discussed, we ate our fill in lobster and lobster rolls have been consumed a number of instances. This one was scrumptious and we each liked them. Buttery lobster on a tender sizzling bun with a aspect of potatoes.
A beautiful lunch by the water.
They actually rejoice fall in New England, with pumpkins in all places. It’s so fairly!
And extra of the hydrangeas I liked.
We so loved our quick(ish) keep in Bar Harbor. Acadia Nationwide Park is unquestionably the spotlight. We lamented the truth that we may solely eat a lot in a day and after consuming lobster rolls for lunch, we went to slightly place downtown for dinner and had lobster bisque and clam chowder for dinner, which was an ideal strategy to finish the day.
That’s my tour of Bar Harbor! Once more, we such a brief keep in every location, we solely hit the highlights and I’m certain there’s much more to see of Bar Harbor and surrounding areas, however we have been very pleased with what we noticed and skilled. All of the surroundings was unbelievable and we obtained an ideal glimpse of fall in New England!
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