Bar Harbor is located on Mount Desert Island, which is located in the down east portion of Maine. It's a huge tourist town with a population of a little over 5,000. My dad grew up here and much of our family still live in the area. He couldn't stop talking about just how much it has changed, which I think is a good thing since it's bringing in more tourists to support the businesses. The "open season" of the area is April-October, which means that the majority of restaurants, bars, shops, and things to do are closed between November and March. Much of the town was still bustling while we were here, many places closing up by the end of the month. 2016 is also the centennial of the National Park Service, which brought many people to the area to visit Acadia National Park. Martha Stewart also lives in Seal Harbor, located in the southeastern portion of Bar Harbor. My family has told me stories that when she goes into town she expects "celebrity treatment," although many locals have no idea who she is (haha!)
A Little Mad where I got a cute pint glass with a map of the U.S. on it with a heart on the state of Maine. My dad got my mom a hand made soy candle which he refuses to tell my mom the price of (lol). They also have stationary, jewelry, home wear, artwork, etc.
Bass Harbor Head Light House is on the southwest portion of the island. I've never seen a lighthouse before, but it's probably one of the main things you envision when you think of Maine! This one was built in 1858 and actually houses a coast guard family.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK
Cadillac Mountain is part of Acadia National Park and is the highest point on the east coast of the United States. I wanted to get up here for the sunrise, since it's the first place on the coast that sees the sun, but the sunrise time was at 5:45 and was a bit too early for me or my dad to want to get up! So I settled for the sunset, which was just as magical. I recommend to get up there early to make sure you get a parking spot--we managed to get the last possible spot that was in a ditch (hahah).
If you like anything coastal, New England, outdoorsy, or camping, taking a trip to Bar Harbor is definitely recommended. The mountains were pretty unreal--and I live in a pretty mountainous state (Pennsylvania). Although the food and shops are little pricey, there are still some hidden gems that are worth checking out. Stay tuned for part 2 which will be all about Bar Harbor's restaurants!
Have you ever been to Bar Harbor? Would you ever consider visiting?