No matter what the season, our family loves Acadia National Park. Hannah’s family has vacationed in neighboring Bar Harbor many times over the past twenty years – obviously, spouses and children have been added along the way! During trips to Acadia, we tend to reside at the Holland Inn. While not the fanciest option in town, the location can’t be beat and the food is always wonderful. To top it all off, Evin, the inn’s owner, is always happy to help plan your day.
Our most recent visit fell in May 2016. It was a bit on the chilly side, and the trails were starting to receive early summer foot traffic. We highly recommend visiting during the off season, but pack accordingly. Our favorite hikes included Flying Mountain and the Great Head Trail. Make sure to hit the aptly named Sand Beach if you happen to visit on a warm day. The park’s main attraction, Thunder Hole, only requires a single, quick visit, but the waves are spectacular and shouldn’t be missed. The same goes for the Sand Bar back in town. Be sure to visit at low and high tide – just don’t get trapped on the island! If you’re looking for a more adventurous hike, we’d recommend Beehive.
When you need a break, check out some of the park’s many carriage paths. They are easy walks, and some have excellent views. The stroll around Jordan Pond is particular pleasant. If you happen to venture that way, you should stop by Jordon Pond House. The restaurant has seen a steady increase in foot traffic over the last few years, but the popovers they serve are out of this world.
Back in Bar Harbor, you can find a number of great shops amongst a swathe of kitschy ones. Don’t miss Window Panes, In The Woods, and Island Artisans for a wonderful selection of locally-made housewares. Stop by Cool As A Moose for some great gear. At the end of the day, sit back at Mache Bistro and The Reading Room, both excellent choices for a classic, celebratory meal.