For the past three summers, D and I have spent a week vacationing up north in Bar Harbor. This beautiful, quaint island town just embodies the nostalgic feelings of summer. We were right by the ocean, and woke up every morning to head into town to explore the little specialty shops. I myself was mostly excited to eat the foods Maine is most known for: their lobsters and blueberry beer. Not far down the street from us was a little winery, next door to a fisherman’s wharf that delivered lobster and clam dinners right to you!
This year is the first time that we are unable to visit, and we are both very sad. There are so many things to do there, from shopping to kayaking, whale-watching, and spa treatments, that we never get bored. And, each time we visit, we discover something new! There is a free shuttle service that takes you all over the island, all times of the day and night, so we were able to get around without having to rent a car. This was more than convenient when we went into town, as parking is extremely rare to find, and costs a lot!
Some of my absolute favorite places to visit in the town were the Thirsty Whale, a gorgeous old tavern with the best seafood in town, the Chocolate Emporium, where we took home quite a bit of handmade candies and fudge, and the Opera House (which I am missing a picture of, for some reason) an incredible, open front original coffee house with old-fashioned board games, fun coffee flavors, and fresh, adorable pastries.
To reminisce over our past several visits, I’ve posted some of the photos we’ve taken over the years! Have you ever been to Bar Harbor? What’s your favorite thing to do when you visit? I’d love to hear from you!