The days are warming, the flowers are coming up, the trees are bursting into leaf, and there’s plenty to do as springtime arrives on Mount Desert Island. Here are a few of our favorite suggestions for your Spring/Early Summer 2015 visit to Bar Harbor and the region. Enjoy your stay at our Bar Harbor B&B!
1. Celebrate the flavors and traditions of Downeast Maine at Taste of Bar Harbor 2015, May 14th – 17th. Enjoy $20.15 chef’s menus at many of Bar Harbor’s finest restaurants and tour the neighborhood pubs to taste local brews. The festival also features a farmer’s market, a craft fair, Dessert Night, a tour of a famous lobster boat, and cooking classes, as well as many other events.
2. Spend the day in town! Peruse shops and galleries on Main Street and explore the village on foot. Stroll along the Shore Path in downtown Bar Harbor, and take in the expansive views of Frenchman Bay, Bar Island, and the Porcupine Islands. Walk across the sandbar to Bar Island and enjoy nature trails and stunning views of Acadia, its mountains, and downtown Bar Harbor. Take a peek inside St. Saviour’s on Mt. Desert Street to see the exquisite stained glass windows designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany.
3. Acadia, Acadia, Acadia. The things to do and wonders to see are too numerous to list. Start out at the Hull’s Cove Visitor Center and drive the Park Loop Road to get oriented. Be sure to bring maps and guidebooks (we have plenty for your use at the Maples), or better yet, take a guided tour with one of the fine tour operators located in town. At this time of year, visitors to the park are relatively thin on the ground, and you’ll have the opportunity for a more intimate visit to Acadia than you would find in the High Season. Be sure to stop by the Wild Gardens of Acadia, hike, walk, or bike the carriage roads, visit Otter Cliff, Sand Beach, Thunder Hole…we could go on. And we’d be happy to, just ask us for more suggestions!
4. Learn more about the region’s Native American cultures at the Abbe Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, with locations in Bar Harbor and within Acadia National Park. The Abbe Museum’s “Coming Home“ exhibit (February 5th – December 19th) brings objects of cultural significance home from the museums around the country. Native local curators have assembled the exhibit and share their thoughts, ideas, and perspectives about the objects they selected, which broadens the interpretation and enriches understanding.
5. Bring your family to Agamont Park on Sunday, June 21st to enjoy a free outdoor Father’s Day Concert provided by the Flash! In the Pans Steel Drum Band. With lively music, this band will have everyone in the family on their feet dancing. Beginning at 5:30pm, and running until 7pm, this is a great way to spend Father’s Day!
6. Visit “The Quietside” of the island. Take a coastal drive that meanders through swaths of Acadia, quaint villages, and Somes Sound. Visit the towns of Seal Harbor, Northeast Harbor (while you’re here, head down Sargent Drive, which is easily one of the prettiest drives on the island), and Southwest Harbor, with their shops, restaurants, and iconic view of Maine’s landscape and livelihoods. Watch lobstermen (and women) at work, and don’t forget to visit Seawall and Bass Harbor Head Light before heading back to Bar Harbor in time for dinner.
7. The beauty of Bar Harbor was first captured on canvas in the mid-1800’s by noted American painters. Soon, other artists followed and today Bar Harbor and Downeast Maine support a lively arts community. Don’t miss the 65th Annual Art in the Park event, June 20th – 21st, the longest running art show in Bar Harbor. Art in the Park celebrates the community’s artistic heritage. More than 35 painters and photographers will display and sell their original work.