I can’t wait to show you the pics from our recent trip to Acadia National Park, located just minutes from the lovely town of Bar Harbor, Maine. I don’t know why it’s taken us our entire lives to visit this beautiful part of the northeast, but now that we have, it’s one of the few places I can say I would love to revisit someday.
Drop dead gorgeous scenery? Check
Fabulous food? Check
Tons to do? Check
What’s not to love??
After spending the weekend in Chester, Vermont, we drove to Maine with BAM, where we had reserved an oceanfront site. Unlike many oceanfront sites, we had complete privacy on both sides and, of course, in front.
Here’s what we woke up to every morning. The tide would change constantly, and this shot was taken when it was in the process of going out. When it was in, you could no longer see the rocks that are visible in the water.
Notice the rope tied around the tree on the left? That came in handy when we decided to climb down (and up) the steep slope and visit the birds near the shore.
On our first full day there we were greeted with the ubiquitous fog this area is known for, so we decided to go into the town of Bar Harbor and have a look around at the pretty shops and have lunch. I’ll show you those pics another time, along with some from the quaint town in Vermont near where we stayed. For now, I invite you to bask in the grandeur of Maine’s awe-inspiring, rugged shoreline.
Tuesday we went to Acadia and had lunch at Jordan’s Pond, the only restaurant in the park, famous for their popovers (shhhh, mine are better).
The view is spectacular! A lovely lake framed by two mountains called ‘The Bubbles’ and a dense cover of pine trees.
Tuesday night we had a wonderful dinner at a lobster shack, complete with bibs, sticky fingers and dripping butter. We then attended an improv comedy show in town which was actually quite good.
Wednesday the weather was just about perfect, in the low 80’s, low humidity and sunny. We decided to hike one of the many trails at the park, and I must say I think we chose well. The name of the trail was ‘Great Head’, and it was truly magnificent. Majestic views were at nearly every turn, and other than a few places where some rock climbing was necessary, it wasn’t difficult at all.
We were surprised that the water was just about as clear as any you might find in the Caribbean.
We accessed the trail via Sand Beach, which is the only beach in the park and was visible along the trail.
The ocean in Maine is known for its frigid temps, but if you look closely you will see some people were actually swimming on this day. If I had my bathing suit I may have joined them!
Later that afternoon we drove up to Cadillac Mountain, the highest peak in the park and known for its sunrises and sunsets. (Unless our house is on fire, you will never catch us up at the crack of dawn, so we opted for the sunset.) From one side of the mountain you can see a view of the town of Bar Harbor. On this particular afternoon, a cruise ship, which I think was Grandeur of the Seas, was departing. See that small vessel all the way to the right? We learned when large ships leave the harbor, an experienced seaman accompanies the ship until it’s safely off shore and is then picked up by a small boat and brought back.
And now for my favorite shots! These photos are pretty much straight out of the camera. Pretty awesome, right?
As we drove away, we stopped so I could get these other shots from a different vantage point.
Thursday we drove to the mainland side of Acadia, about a 30 minute drive. This area was less touristy than Bar Harbor and it’s the only place I ended up actually picking up a souvenir (a very pretty blue handmade shawl).
This area was known as Winter Harbor, and that’s Bar Harbor and Cadillac Mountain straight ahead.
This was our view during lunch, while eating lobster and cheese sandwiches. It looks like a postcard, doesn’t it?
Thursday night we attended a star gazing event on Sand Beach. Hundreds of people were there, and once again, we were lucky to have clear skies. Rangers talked a bit about the constellations and some of the stories behind them. It was magical.
Maine has a character all its own. Its rugged shores are both inspiring and mysterious, its homes are both quaint and elegant, and its people both friendly and authentic.
Maine’s motto is ‘the way life should be’.
I have to agree.
In other news…
Where do I begin?? Temps have dropped drastically these last few days, cool mornings with sunny and slightly warmer afternoons, so we’ve been cleaning up our planters, working on the rock garden and generally trying to get as much outside stuff done as time will allow. As soon as we’re finished with the rock garden, we’ll be dividing up some hostas and planting them along the side of the house, then we hope to replace some rotting boards and paint. I also built a small flower bed where I placed some of the concrete leaves I made and a few other decorative items, but eventually I’d like it to be an herb garden.
I’m way behind in decorating for the season, but I’m not going to stress about it. Sarissa & Josh are coming for a few days just after Columbus weekend, so that will be motivation for us to have everything look nice. Nothing like company coming to get the house in order, right? I don’t know if I’ll have the kitchen wall painted by then though. Probably not. I’ve been testing out some colors, and have narrowed it down to a milk paint mix of Marzipan and Ironstone or ASCP Old Ochre and Pure White.
At night I’m spending some time organizing a lifetime of photos. It’s a HUGE undertaking and super time consuming, but it will be worth it.
Speaking of photos, I took about 400 pics in total of our week away. Obviously I can’t show them all to you, but next time I’ll have some of Vermont and of Bar Harbor, where you can get a look at some of the lovely, quaint towns and homes.
Thinking about visiting Acadia someday? You should! In the meantime, don’t forget to ‘PinIt’ to your travel board!