Maine: Part II
The best part of Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park? Dog friendly! We saw other tourists with their dogs, signs welcoming pets at motels, restaurants, and parks. We LOVED it here! It’s so nice to be able to enjoy the outdoors with the girls!
Mt. Desert Narrows (pronounced like dessert-we were told it’s French) was a beautiful and pretty large campground. Our site #32 did not have grey or black water hookups but the space backed to the woods and from the front passenger window we could see the ocean! The water was greatly affected by tides and at low tide the area was mostly stones and mud! At this site we used their laundry facilities so we didn’t waste space in our grey water tank and the cloths and dog blankets came out nice and clean. We hung our things out to dry and used the drier in our RV for the intimate items! Out front we were able to catch the free shuttle and went into Bar Harbor a couple times.
While there we ate at Epi’s Pizza where I had a delicious gluten free lobster roll-although compared to Travelin’ Lobster… it was pricy! The only other restaurant we ate from in Bar Harbor proper was Pat’s Pizza. The place was packed and looked to be a trendy spot for many of the teens and twenty year-olds! We ordered by phone and picked it up so we could eat by the fire-pit and enjoy the wine and beer we bought. They had gluten free, and although the pizza was messy with the cheese and toppings all over in the box, it was good!
We also shopped, ate ice cream, and wandered on one occasion with our dogs and another without in Bar Harbor. it’s fun and not too crowded when compared to VA beach and the Strip in the Outer Banks.
Something not to miss is the land bridge to Bar Island. As the tide comes in, the bridge disappears under it! So plan your trip carefully. The hike is short but fun! This is also where lots of people are brought for kayaking trips and right next to the port where we took a sightseeing tour of some local lighthouses. On the Lighthouse and National Park Tour some lighthouses were pretty cool, others not so great. However, the captain and guides were awesome as they spent extra time near one small island where over 60 seals were sunning and others played in the 50 some degree water. They also pointed out bald eagles and homes of some of the rich and famous that previously or currently reside there. After the trip we were told we could get 10% off several of the stores and restaurants for the rest of the day. We didn’t try it out, but something to keep in mind when you’re there!
We also enjoyed wine tasting at Bar Harbor’s Cellars Winery which was pretty good considering the grapes are shipped in from CA and Europe! We also ate right next door from the Travelin’ Lobster three times! Yum!! (see the first Maine post to read more)
Andrew enjoyed tasting at both Bar Harbor Brewing Company as well as Atlantic Brewing Company. I guess they are one company now but they started up in 1990 and Andrew liked the beers enough to buy some to bring home!
Acadia National Park is beautiful. We were first timers in Maine and really loved the lava rocks with the varying-sized rounded stones. It is so different from the sandy beaches that cover most of the rest of the east coast. We didn’t have a lot of lounging time since we were trying to see everything and take it all in, but next time we are there (and there will be a next time) we’ll take out chars, blankets and dogs and hang out on the rocky coastline! Being from Virginia the weather was perfect at 80 degrees during the day and we will enjoy basking in the sun with our girls looking at the amazing coastline next time. We did drive to the top of Cadillac Mountain, hiked around Jordan Pond, took an evening walk up to and past Thunder Hole (although it was not high tide so there was no thunder… another thing to plan for), and drove all of Park Loop Road. On a different day we took the time to drive over to the peninsula-which has another one way road and places to stop and take in the views. at the beginning of this part of Acadia there is a parking lot where you could leave your car and picnic or hang out on the rocks. We also saw many people cycling in both parts of the park but Andrew didn’t ride at all on this trip.