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Bar Harbor, Maine – Acadia National Park

Posted on Oct 21, 2014 by in Eat & Drink, Health & Wellness, Travel | 0 comments

 

Silky blue lake at Acadia National Park. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Silky blue lake at Acadia National Park. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

“Take a hike.”

With my newly purchased hiking shoes and weather-resistant jacket, I was game for just about anything. Such as…taking on Acadia National Park!

I decided to embark on a trip to Bar Harbor, Maine, with six other friends and fam over Columbus Day weekend. Our main focus was to explore the mountains, lakes and beaches of Acadia National Park. I had never been to a national park in my life before, nor done any serious hiking, so I already knew this was going to be a bit out of my comfort zone. But I could be adaptable, right?

My husband and I took a flight straight from Florida (we’d spent some days in Orlando and Clearwater Beach) to Boston, where we met up with a few of our Maine trip buddies. The next morning, the four of us flew from Boston to Bar Harbor (there isn’t a direct flight from New York to Bar Harbor). Flight time was 45 minutes, as opposed to the 8 hours that some of our other friends spent in the car driving from New York.

The little plane barely seated 30 people. Our flight attendant notified us that we passengers shouldn’t switch around seats to wherever we pleased on the plane, as it could “shift weight dynamics.” I started to wonder if I should be worried about the safety of this aircraft…fortunately, any worries were averted after we landed at the Hancock Country-Bar Harbor Airport.

First thing’s first:

 

Sunshine in Bar Harbor. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Sunshine in Bar Harbor. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

#1: Check out rental house. Note: the house pictured above was the neighbor’s, and not the one we stayed at. I liked how the sun crept right through the two tall trees.

 

Acadia Bike Rentals. Bar Harbor. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Acadia Bike Rentals. Bar Harbor. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

#2: Rent bikes for a half day at Acadia Bike.

 

We fit four bikes in the back of our Subaru Forester rental. Photo by Sarah Tung.

We fit four bikes in the back of our Subaru Forester rental. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

#3: Proceed to haul all four bikes onto rental car (trickier than it looks, but we managed just fine).

 

Acadia Accident Alert. "Only you can have a safe vacation." Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

#4: Do not get into an accident while hiking or biking. No boo-boos for me this time! 😛

 

Top: Lobster Boil group dinner cooked at rental house. Bottom: Quebec license plate found at Acadia National Park. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Top: Lobster Boil group dinner cooked at rental house. Bottom: Quebec license plate found at Acadia National Park. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

Group breakfast at Bar Harbor. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Group breakfast at Bar Harbor. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

#5: Get food. Lots of it. Enough for a group feast for every meal – OK, not really, but one person in our group loves her breakfast and is skilled at making it. 🙂

 

Vouvray and Blueberry Ale. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Vouvray and Blueberry Ale. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

#6: Buy drinks to go with the food. White wine and blueberry ale, for starters.

 

Acadia view. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Acadia view. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

Sun hitting lake at Acadia National Park. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Sun hitting lake at Acadia National Park. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

Colorful reeds. Acadia National Park. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Colorful reeds. Acadia National Park. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

Wild reeds and rocks at Acadia. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Wild reeds and rocks at Acadia. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

#7: Bike over loopy, sloping trails around mountains, overlooking the lake. Stop and pull over to take pictures.

 

Shades of Red at Acadia National Park. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Shades of red at Acadia National Park. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

#8: Appreciate fall foliage.

 

Photo op of a photo op. Acadia National Park. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Photo op of a photo op. Acadia National Park. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

#9: Take picture of elderly lady snapping a photo of her partner out on the rocks.

 

Matsumoto Joe Cafe's decor. Bar Harbor. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Matsumoto Joe Cafe’s decor. Bar Harbor. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

#10: Get your coffee fix on. My friend M and I were the regular coffee drinkers in our group. We found Matsumoto Joe Café in town. It’s owned by a woman who spent some time working in Japan, then came to Bar Harbor to open her own coffee shop. Lots of Japanese artwork and doodads strewn throughout, from Tezuka manga to that infamous cat (neko) door knocker.

 

Matsumoto Joe Cafe. From L-R: Cappuccino, Cortado. Bar Harbor. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Matsumoto Joe Cafe. From L-R: Cappuccino, Cortado. Bar Harbor. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

He had a cappuccino and I ordered a cortado. Perfect pick-me-up for the day’s outdoor adventures!

 

Wild Gardens of Acadia. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Wild Gardens of Acadia. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

#11: Visit the Wild Gardens of Acadia. Avoid eating poisonous berries.

 

Made it to Gorham Mountain! Acadia National Park. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Made it to Gorham Mountain! Acadia National Park. Photo by T. Zeng.

 

Hanging out at Gorham Mountain. Acadia National Park. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Hanging out at Gorham Mountain. Acadia National Park. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

#12: Climb Gorham Mountain.

 

Sand Beach. Acadia National Park. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Sand Beach. Acadia National Park. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

#13: Make a stop at Sand Beach and watch the waves lap the shore.

 

Jordan Pond Sign: "Watch Out for Hitchhiking Plants!" Acadia National Park. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Jordan Pond Sign: “Watch Out for Hitchhiking Plants!” Acadia National Park. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

Jordan Pond. Acadia National Park. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Jordan Pond. Acadia National Park. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

#14: Head to Jordan Pond and gaze at the mountains’ reflection over the water.

 

Taking a catnap at Jordan Pond. Acadia National Park. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Taking a catnap at Jordan Pond. Acadia National Park. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

#15: Take a short catnap.

 

Beehive Trail. Acadia National Park. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Beehive Trail. Acadia National Park. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

#16: Climb up the steep Beehive Trail. Don’t look down while going vertical. Hold on to your pants!

 

Maplenut soft serve custard. Adelmann's Deli & Grill. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Maplenut soft serve. Adelmann’s Deli & Grill. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

#17: Reward yourself with maplenut soft serve at Adelmann’s. So creamy and popping with flavor…

 

Dog-centric art at Coffee Hound. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Dog-centric art at Coffee Hound. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

Lobster Roll at Coffee Hound. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Lobster Roll at Coffee Hound. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

#18: Caffeinate again. A few of our friends got the lobster roll at Coffee Hound as it’s purportedly one of the best one’s in the area. I got a flat white here, and it was pretty darn good, if a little too foamy on top.

 

Sunset at Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Sunset at Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

#19: Watch sunset over Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse.

 

Sherman's Book & Stationery Shop. Bar Harbor. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Sherman’s Book & Stationery Shop. Bar Harbor. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

#20: Don’t forget to buy a souvenir for Mom. I snagged a book called The Joy of Birding: A Beginner’s Guide at Sherman’s Book & Stationery Shop. Because backyard birdwatching counts, too!

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Acadia Bike Rentals
48 Cottage St
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
207.288.9605
acadiabike.com

Acadia National Park
Park Loop Rd
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
207.288.3338
nps.gov/acad

Adelmann’s Soft Serve
224 Main St
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
207.288.0455

Coffee Hound
27B Main St
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
207.288.0366
barharborcoffeehound.com

Matsumoto Joe Café
5 Firefly Ln
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
207.460.5515

Sherman’s Book & Stationery Shop
56 Main St
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
207.288.3161
shermans.com

 

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