Our Personal Favorites
Bar Island Hike - Is a real favorite. The view from the Overlook, whether with fall colors or a meadow of lupines in full bloom in mid/late June, is spectacular. Also, when the tides are right (be sure to check a tide chart), one can watch the sunset from the island. Quite magical!
The Shore Path - Is very special and unique, too. This historic walk on a sunny day in July or a snowy day in February is worth the effort. For romantics, walk it on a full moon evening. Watching the moon rise over the bay is awe inspiring. The sunrise over the bay is quite spectacular too.
Improv Acadia - This comedy club is just plain fun. Be prepared to be impressed with professional improvisors from Chicago, New York,and beyond. Shows are created on the spot, are never the same , and I guarantee you will laugh out loud. There are shows 7 nights per week, and there is a full bar and light fare available. Sit back and enjoy!
Ship Harbor Trail - Is a tried and true event. It blends a walk through the woods with the experience of the rocky coast. Take a lunch, do some bouldering, listen to the waves, and spend some time on this adventure.
Flying Mountain - Near Southwest Harbor, is an easy climb. It offers a splendid view of the Cranberry Islands without a huge time commitment.
Witch Hole Pond Carriage Trail - Is a decent workout, about 3.5 miles on foot or bicycle. It offers the beauty of woods and water. This is also great for that snowshoe or cross-country ski trip.
Cottage Street Bakery - This convenient location is open at 6:30am, breakfast is served all day. Fresh popovers,the best blueberry muffins in town, tasty lobster rolls, marvelous potato salad, box lunches,too. Friendly, prompt,and courteous crew. This streetside patio provides a perfect opportunity to feast and people watch.
The Margaret Todd - Is a wonderful 2-hour sailing excursion. Guests help hoist the 4 tanbark sails. Wildlife sightings are common and the trip is simply relaxing. No sea legs needed.
The Acadian Nature Boat Tour - Is what I call an "o-o-h a-h-h" adventure. Sit on the top deck, starboard (right) side and take or rent binoculars. The wildlife sightings, especially of eagles and seals, can be downright amazing. The captain and crew are capable, knowledgeable, and friendly. This trip is a winner every time.
Oli's Trolley - These folks have been in the tour business for years, and they know their stuff. The driver-narrators know their local history, the pace is perfect and the vehicles are very well maintained. The 2.5 hour journey gives you a chance to stop at interesting locations such as Thunder Hole and Monument Cove, and explore a bit.
The Fish House Grill - I never tire of the Buffalo Scallops. The Steve Burger (swiss cheese, sauteed red peppers, mushrooms, and oions, no bun, pickle, and a sideo' garlic mashed potatoes) is some, wicked tasty! Add a Rusticator Blue and you will be satisfied!
Poor Boy's Gourmet - Kathleen Fields knows how to run a restaurant. She is friendly, supports many local causes, and she pays attention to the details. Whether at the bar or at a table, you will enjoy a great meal. My 3 favorites are the baked stuffed haddock, the Bistro steak, and the pasta primavera. I ALWAYS save room for a slice of the "banofee pie".
The Thirsty Whale - a local watering hole and eatery for years, serves the best seafood sampler plate in town. A just-right serving of Maine haddock, scallops, clams, and shrimp, all deep-fried to perfection. This meal just hits the spot, and there is enough to share with your traveling companion. Add an orange vodka White Russian, and you will be set for the day.
Grumpy's Coffee Shop - Located right on the dock- open early, serving coffee, bagels, muffins, croissants, pastries, blueberry pie, lobster rolls, and lobster bisque. Locally owned and offering prompt, courteous service. Say hello to Grumpy Dave when you visit.
Acadia National Park - A visit to MDI would not be complete without a tour of Acadia National Park. I suggest that folks plan at least one full day in the park, and do NOT hurry this visit. While cruising the Park Loop Road, be sure to stop at Sand Beach, Hunter's Beach, Thunder Hole, Otter Cliffs, and of course, Cadillac Mountain.
The Carriage Roads - built by J.D. Rockerfeller Jr. in the 1900's, these roads are simply amazing. There is nothing like them in the world. The combination of 57 miles wide packed gravel roads and the 17 stone bridges will keep you busy on foot or bicycle for days and days. Be sure to take a trail map, water, and a camera with you.
Jordan Pond House & Trail - The walk around Jordan Pond is rather unique and is a great way to spend all or most of a sunny day. It includes a bit of "bouldering", bog-walk, and wide gravel path. At the end of the 3-mile walk, a stop at the Jordan Pond House for popovers and tea or a glass of fresh lemonade really hits the spot.
The Perfect Day on the Quiet Side - The Quiet Side of MDI can provide a very pleasant escape from the hustle and bustle of Bar Harbor. Enjoy the rolling surf at Seawall (be it with an incoming tide), walk the Ship Harbor Trail, explore the rocks at Bass Harbor Lighthouse, and enjoy the food and scenery of Bass Harbor at the Seafood Ketch Restaurant.
Trenton Biplane & Glider Rides - The biplane and glider rides over MDI are quite simply fantastic. The pilots become one with the aircraft, and they can tailor the flights to your wants and desires. This is the highest you can get on MDI and still be legal! A must-do! Lighthouses, romantic sunsets, foliage- how can you beat that?
Side Street Cafe - Breakfast offers muffins, glazed donuts, scrambled egg and sausage paninis and more. Lunch and dinner are basically tapas style with an amazingly creative menu. Wait until you check out the colors, the tables, and river stoned main bar. Yes there is a full bar to add zest to any meal. Great food, great people, and a bit up-scale.
Aquaterra Adventures - I just have to mention a stop at Aquaterra Adventures on West Street. Whether you book a kayak tour or not, the staff will treat you like family. We take great pride is assisting guests to our our island in whatever ways we can to make that visit just right. So, stop and say hello, ask questions, make a friend.
If you have had an outstanding experience that is not listed here, please let Dave, the owner of Aquaterra Adventures know about it so that he can personally check it out and add it to our list.
Located on the Waterfront in Bar Harbor
207-288-0007 | One West Street Bar Harbor, Maine 04609 | 1-877-386-4124