Our friend Marion celebrated 30 years operating the Mira Monte this past summer and put together a list of 30 things to do while visiting Bar Harbor. Use this list in your travel plans for this season!
PS Marion won the area's Cadillac Award this season for "a person that epitomizes the virtues of leadership, service, sacrifice and the quest for personal excellence."
Thirty Reasons to Stay Four Nights in Bar Harbor
Mix and Match for the best variety vacation you've ever had.
1. Walk the Shore Path anytime- dawn to dusk- (25 minutes) and to Bar Island (at low tide). (25 minutes)
2. Walk the Connector Trails to the base of Dorr Mountain (1 hour)
3. Visit the Abbe Museum of Indian Culture (3 minutes from Mira Monte).
4. Eat lobster one night, scallops one night, fish another night, fried clams the fourth night.
5. Borrow our CD and drive through Acadia National Park – 4 to 6 hours if you stop and explore as directed.
6. Have a picnic on the rocks at Otter Point. Have a picnic on the shore of Bar Island (we'll tell you the times – remember the tides rise and fall 12 feet every six hours).
7. Go on the lobster boat, “Lulu” – a fabulous experience (2 hours)
8. Go whale watching (mid-June to late October) – 4-5 hours
9. Go sea kayaking (1-3 hours)
10. Take the “Sea Princess” out of Northeast Harbor – 2 ½ hour nature cruise into the only fjord in the lower 48.
11. Take the “Sea Princess” out to Islesford (Little Cranberry Island) for dinner (3 hours)
12. Take a historic walking tour around old Bar Harbor and hear interesting stories of the early “rusticators” and their summer “cottages”. (2 hours)
13. Visit the “Oceanarium” and see the lobster hatchery, deep sea animals and the animals of the salt marsh. 2 hours
14. Walk the ocean path from Sand Beach to Otter Point – past Thunder Hole and experience the incredible beauty of Maine’s rockbound coast, see boulder beaches, tidal pools, and daunting cliffs.
15. Try rock climbing the cliffs of Acadia – lessons are available in the village.
16. Picnic at low tide on the shore of Bar Island. We’ll advise you when low tide permits this activity. (Tides here rise or fall 12 feet every 6 hours).
17. Sail on the Margaret Todd (the only four masted schooner in the area; also boasts picturesque red sails). (2 hours)
18. Visit the Wild Gardens of Acadia – in Acadia Park. It features all of the native plants of this island. (1/2 hour)
19. Visit the Azalea Gardens in Northeast Harbor. This Japanese style gardens is picturesque all season long; there is a Zen sand garden, and a moss garden. The artful pruning helps you to slow down and experience a calm, restful walk. In June the azaleas are breathtaking! (1/2 hour)
20. Visit the Thuja Garden in Northeast Harbor. This English formal garden sits on the top of a cliff. Drive up or walk up the switchback path and enjoy some spectacular view of Northeast Harbor and the Islands beyond. The Dawn Redwood trees are living fossils and are extremely huge trees with a unique twisted branching pattern and soft deciduous fir-like spills for leaves.
21. Visit the site of Bass Harbor lighthouse – just beyond Southwest Harbor. (The lighthouse is privately owned, but you can go out on the rocks to take pictures).
22. Take a walk through a natural bonsai forest at Wonderland – near the lighthouse. (1/2 hour).
23. Enjoy summer theater (in Somesville from late June to Labor Day)
24. Enjoy one of the many music festival performances offered throughout the summer.
25. Enjoy the fall foliage in Acadia. Gorgeous multicolored hillsides and the blue ocean in the background are everywhere - at peak color from October 10th to the 18th, but there is usually color from late September to November.
26. Celebrate the Fourth of July with us in Bar Harbor: a parade, music on the village green, a lobster festival at the athletic field, and fireworks over the ocean at 9 PM.
27. Enjoy a band concert on the village green on Monday and Thursday evenings in the summer. (1 hour)
28. Bicycle on the Carriage roads (50 miles of compacted gravel roads wind through the Park up the hills and around the ponds. No cars or motorized vehicles are permitted on these roads) (3-4 hours)
29. Take a horse and buggy ride on the Carriage roads 2 to 4 hours.
30. Enjoy a canoe ride on Long Pond or ride with the tide up Northeast Creek and get a ride back as the tide goes out.
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