Are you planning a trip to Maine this summer? Bar Harbor is a great place to visit. You may already know that Bar Harbor is home to Acadia National Park, 47,390 acres of pristine beauty along the coast of Maine. A trip to Bar Harbor isn’t complete without touring and exploring what Acadia has to offer – but there are lots of other things to see and do while you’re in the area.
The first thing to decide when planning any trip is where to stay. Have you considered renting a cottage? Bar Harbor cottage rentals are numerous, and can be a great way to immerse you and your travel companions in the area. Cottage rentals range from small and rustic to expansive and modern, and encompass everything in between. In the woods, on the ocean, right in town, there’s the perfect location for whatever your interest. Whether it’s a couple on their honeymoon, or a large group taking a vacation together, renting a Maine cottage can be a fun and cost effective option for lodging while on vacation.
Getting out and enjoying the Gulf of Maine is highly suggested while you visit Bar Harbor. Don’t worry if fishing isn’t your thing, there are a wide variety of ways to enjoy Frenchman Bay while on your Maine getaway. One great way to see the ocean up close and personal, is renting kayaks for the day and exploring the bay either on your own or with a guided tour. If motorized travel is more your style, consider a whale watch or harbor nature cruise. Whale watch tours leave Bar Harbor several times daily throughout the summer, weather permitting. There are a number of lobstermen who book tours throughout the summer as well, showing visitors how lobster are caught, and teaching passengers about the vast number of creatures in the waters. Another great way to experience the Gulf of Maine is to book a tour on a Windjammer, for a daytime or sunset sail around Frenchman Bay.
The food in Bar Harbor can’t be beat, and there are tons of options! From fine dining establishments like Havana or Michelle’s to more casual establishments like Rupununi or Poor Boy’s Gourmet and dozens in between, there’s something for every palate, and every budget. There are also lots of places that are happy to do take out orders for you to take back to your cottage or on an outdoor adventure. Maine is famous for its lobster, and with good reason, the meat is sweet and delicious year round. You can find lobster at nearly every establishment, and if you are staying in a weekly rental, buy some live and prepare it yourself at home for a memorable dining experience.
Visiting Bar Harbor is a great time for couples, families, retirees, everyone really! With the long list of things to do on land and off shore, wonderful dining, and tons of great houses & cottages, Bar Harbor is often a place people return to year after year. Book a rental house, pack a bag, grab your camera, and come see what Bar Harbor has to offer!