You can't leave Bar Harbor without a helping or two of lobster. Try it three ways—traditional, with garlic and herb butter, or in mac n’ cheese—at the Looking Glass Restaurant, which has a large wooden deck over the water.
Nestled on the east side of Mt. Desert Island and surrounded by Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor features some of the most spectacular scenery on the Eastern Seaboard. The rock-bound coast, soaring granite cliffs, majestic mountains and blue waters have attracted the Rockefellers, Astors, and Vanderbilts for over 200 years, and continue to enchant visitors today.
Head to this centrally located green space for views of yachts and lobster boats bobbing on Frenchman Bay. From there, stroll along the waterfront Shore Path, a half-mile track along the town’s rocky shoreline, for a peak at some of Bar Harbor’s most elegant summer mansions.
If any place typifies Maine’s great rugged outdoors, it’s Acadia, the state’s only national park. At 49,000 acres, it dominates some 50 percent of Mount Desert Island (plus two outlying islands), and is popular for many good reasons: 120 miles of pine-fringed trails; a rocky coastal cleft called Thunder Hole (where the Atlantic dramatically sprays); and the 1,530-foot-tall Cadillac Mountain.
Find necklaces, earrings, and bracelets made with tourmaline, a stone that’s native to Maine, at this family-owned boutique along Bar Harbor’s most popular shopping street. The rocks come in a rainbow of colors and are set in silver or gold.
Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.