Tamara's Journeys

Journeys as great as the destinations.

Bar Harbor & Acadia National Park

November 5th, 2013

Island Explorer Bus at Village Green features eight bus routes linking hotels, inns, and campgrounds with destinations in Acadia National Park and neighboring village centers. FREE

Ship Harbor Nature Trail is an easy 1.2mile trail on the west side of Mount Desert Island near Bass Harbor and just east of the Wonderland Trail is the narrow inlet of pretty Ship Harbor and the start of the Ship Harbor Nature Trail, a fun family walk leading out to the ocean.

Ship Harbor Nature Trail is part of Acadia National Park, follows a figure-eight loop through the woods to the outer edge of Ship Harbor, an easy and interesting walk of a little over a mile.

Bass Harbor Head Light is a 32-foot lighthouse that would warn mariners of the Bass Harbor Bar at the eastern entrance to the harbor and to mark the entrance to Blue Hill Bay.

Bass Harbor Head Light is now the residence of a Coast Guard family.

Testa’s in Bar Harbor is a family-owned restaurant with a large menu of classic seafood, steak and pasta entrées. Not to mention a photogenic façade.

Side Street Cafe’s grossly overpriced lobster roll. But it was my first and I didn’t know any better yet.

The famous Shore Path in Bar Harbor was created around 1800. It begins at the town pier, goes a short distance to the East then wraps around a point before continuing South along the eastern shore of Mount Desert Island.

Shore Path offers beautiful sights, sounds and smells.

Route 66 in Bar Harbor was built in 1986. Some of the unique features came from an old church in East Vassalboro, Maine. The collecting began then and took 13 years to complete. There is a large collection of metal toys and lionel trains. Tin and neon signs decorate the walls. Antiques and memorabilia are displayed everywhere!

Route 66 offers the biggest menu in Bar Harbor and encourages patrons to take photos.

Route 66 in Bar Harbor.

Early morning in Bar Harbor. I was supposed to go whale watching on this day, but we were fogged in. It was beautiful anyway.

Mainly Meat BBQ in Ellsworth offers great BBQ for a fair price.

Main Street in Bar Harbor features the local landmark’s Geddy’s and Galyns.

Little Village in Bar Harbor is full of cute gifts and souvenirs at good prices: I’d recommend checking it out!

First National Bank vintage stained glass clock is an original Tiffany.

Geddy’s has a long and lively history. This historic building was home to a dingy waterfront dive avoided by locals, abhorred by the tourist bureau, and frequented by all the shady characters that drifted by. Locals referred to it as the “hell-hole of Hancock County.” Gerry “Geddy” Mitchell, bought this surfisde saloon in 1974 and decided to change the clientele completely. He was a bouncer, a merchant marine and a sailor, and he was as tough as the crowd in the bar. The transformation began. That’s interesting!

Eagles Nest is a quaint little dive perched on the water front.

Bar Harbor Cottage Street is a fun street to peruse.

Bar Harbor Campground’s carving of Glooscap, a Micmac Indian, by Peter Toth has been a local landmark since 1983. Micmac legend says Glooscap was created by a bolt of lightning.

My campsite at Bar Harbor Campground.

Bar island is a tidal island across from Bar Harbor that you can walk to during low tide. I missed the chance while I was there.

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In between tides

Looking towards Bar Island from bar Harbor while the tide is coming in. Bar Island is forested mostly in pine and birch is now part of Acadia National Park and has many hiking trails on it.

Bar Harbor and Bar Island

Carriages of Acadia offer romantic horse drawn carriage rides along a leisurely and scenic route.

Acadia National Park Wildwood Stables stable some absolutely beautiful horses. It was peaceful watching them.

Thunder Hole symbolizes the power of Acadia National Park. When the right size wave rolls into the naturally formed inlet, a deep thunderous sound emanates. It’s quite impressive and dangerous for those standing too close.

Seating for famous Jordan Pond Popovers served with Maine blueberry preserves. The Jordan Pond House Restaurant is open 11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. late May through late October and reservations are necessary.

Log Path

Log Path along Jordan Pond.

The Jordan Pond Trail circumvents the pond and is at times rather stressful. This was one of those times for me.

View along Jordan Pond Trail.

Stone Bridge

Stone Bridge gave me a false sense of how easy the Jordan Pond Trail was going to be.

Peaceful moment along the Jordan Pond Trail.

Meadow at Jordan Pond.

Bubble Rock

Bubble Rock is arguably the most well-known rock in the entire state of Maine and one of the most visited spots in Acadia National Park. There was a storm rolling (in more ways than one) when I reached it, perching precariously on the eastern edge of the summit of South Bubble.

Stewmans on the pier

Stewmans on the pier

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Bar Harbor Inn & Spa

Bar Harbor Inn & Spa

Bar Harbor Antique Shop

Fountain at Agamont Park in Bar Harbor

Fountain at Agamont Park in Bar Harbor

Bar Harbor

Bar Harbor

Thunder Hold pirate

Thunder Hold pirate

Thunder Hole Indian face

Thunder Hole Indian face

Wild Garden plants

Wild Garden plants

Wild Garden bridge

Wild Garden bridge

Wild Garden bench

Wild Garden bench

Cadillac Mountain

Cadillac Mountain

Bar Harbor St Saviours Church

Looking down to Bar Harbor from Cadillac Mountain top

Looking down to Bar Harbor from Cadillac Mountain top

Tamara's Journeys

Journeys as great as the destinations.