I took a week long trip up to Bar Harbor with my dad, aunt, and cousin. The main intention of the trip was to take my grandmother’s ashes up, but we also spent the week visiting family and the area. The last time I was here was in 2004, so it had been a long time. I vaguely remember anything–just bits and bobs since I lost the photographs from my first trip. I did some research for certain things I wanted to do and my family members filled in the gaps. I was excited to be visiting during mid-October, because the foliage was absolutely gorgeous! I tried to organize this post as best as I could and I hope it isn’t too long. I decided to make a separate post for where I ate, since it got a bit lengthy if I kept the two together.
Cruise ships sail into the harbor up until November which brings in huge amounts of people. Even though it was mid-October the streets were heavily packed with tourists everywhere–it was almost unbearble to walk around and go into the shops! This year has been the busiest time in many years, but it probably has a lot to do with the National Park Service centennial.
Downtown has a bunch of cute little shops to fit anyone’s taste. There are a lot of souvenir shops, my favorite being Cool as Moose. There are also gallery and boutique shops that carry locally made items. A shop I recommend checking out is A Little Mad where I got a cute pint glass with a map of the U.S. on it with a heart on the state of Maine. My dad got my mom a hand made soy candle which he refuses to tell my mom the price of (lol). They also have stationary, jewelry, home wear, artwork, etc.
If you like bookstores, check out Sherman’s which has been here since 1886. There is also a used book store in town called Bar Harbor Bookshop.
Thunder Hole is located inside Acadia and is a natural rock inlet where waves crash up against making a “thunderous” boom. The best time of the year to actually hear the thunder is in February, but the park is closed during this month and only open to snow mobilers.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK
My first full day here my cousin took me hiking in Acadia National Park, a major draw for visitors in Bar Harbor. 2016 is the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, so I thought it was awesome to be able to experience nature’s wonders during a monumental year. All national parks require a park pass or one time entrance fee that is good for one week. There are also fee-free days throughout the year, so definitely check those out if you don’t want to pay! We hiked the Beehive Trail, which is a pretty moderate hike for intermediate hikers. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it for beginners, unless you’re with someone who is experienced. The views were absolutely stunning!
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