Bar Harbor Journals

End of Season Bar Harbor

An October 2003 trip to Bar Harbor by stevied888

Bluenose Inn Photo, Bar Harbor, Maine More Photos
Quote: Summary of our visit to Bar Harbor and the Maine coast.

End of Season Bar Harbor

Overview

Leaves changing Photo, Bar Harbor, Maine
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We chose to go to Bar Harbor on the last weekend of the reason. Some of the hotels and restuarants were already closed, but the majority close on the same Sunday. An added advantage is it is the changing of the leaves, with smaller crowds and better rates.

Quick Tips:

Consider visiting off-season for the above reasons.

Best Way To Get Around:

There are tours in the national park, but we rented a car and it gave us a lot more freedom, which would be recommended. Parking is a little tough in downtown Bar Harbor -- look for the public lots on the fringes for less frustration!

Bluenose Inn

Hotel

Bluenose Inn Photo, Bar Harbor, Maine
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The hotel has two buildings we stayed in the one that is four floors and overlooks the road and the water. The room was spacious and nicely decorated in a rose and cherry wood theme. There was a wonderful balcony. Rooms featured robes for the pool. The indoor pool is in a separate building and is beautiful. It includes a spa and small workout facility. The pool is in the back of the same building that houses the restaurant. We were there at the end of the season and it was a little chilly to walk back from the pool but not terrible. Afterwards, enjoy yourself in the bar, which has many sofa and oversized chair groups and a fire. We enjoyed unusual martinis and bellinis (Key lime martin...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 1, 2003

Bluenose Inn
Blue Nose Inn Fairfield by Marriott
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
(207) 288-8983

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We were upgraded to a corner room on the 9th floor away from the terminal. The room was huge with a nice work area and a good view of Bangor. It was very quiet and relaxing. The outdoor pool closes at Labor Day. The hotel is linked by Skywalk to the airport when you are ready to head to your flight -- ultra convenient and no rushing!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 1, 2003

Sheraton Four Corners Bangor Airport
Bangor Airport
Bar Harbor, Maine

Siam Orchid Thai

Restaurant

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This is a very small restauarant aptly described by the hotel staff as a "hole in the wall". It is the other Thai restaurant in the village when the first one is busy. It had apparently recently changed. There is no wait staff. You get your own utensils and eat with plastic utensils off paper plates. The portions were smaller than normal for Thai restaurants and eating off paper plates ruined it for us.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on November 1, 2003

Siam Orchid Thai
30 Rodick St
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
207-288-9669

Jasper's

Restaurant

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This is a local landmark of many years that specializes in lobster 12 ways and a good variety of other items. I had the sauteed lobster and it was not very good at all! My partner had a steak salad that was huge. Portions and sides were plentiful. Service was good, but something was missing. I would not go out of my way to go back.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 1, 2003

Jasper's
High Street
Bar Harbor, Maine 04605
(207) 667-5318

Jordan's Restaurant

Restaurant | "Jordan's"

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This is a local landmark and their specialty is that Maine staple, the blueberry. They offer blueberry pancakes (huge), which on the outside appear to have no blueberries, but inside they're packed! Delicious blueberry muffins and a great blueberry syrup. They have a wide variety of other regular breakfast items.

Service was fast and friendly. Go early because they get packed. They also do mail order for once you are back home!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 1, 2003

Jordan's Restaurant
80 Cottage St
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
207-288-3586

Friendly's

Restaurant

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This is a chain restauarnt primarily in the Northeast that serves fast sitdown food similar to a Denny's. Wide variety of menu items and selection. The portions were plentiful and the food was good, but the order took over 45 minutes, which is not very fast fast food.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 1, 2003

Friendly's
235 High Street
Bar Harbor, Maine 04605
(207) 667-7749

Wright Brothers

Restaurant

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This is the restaurant in the hotel with views of the airport. I had both dinner and breakfast there. For breakfast, I had an unusual omelet of lox and cream cheese -- delicious! Wide variety of innovative menu items (including excellent soups) and extremely friendly service!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 1, 2003

Wright Brothers
308 Godfrey Blvd
Bar Harbor, Maine 04401
207-947-6721

Park Loop Road

Attraction | "Park Loop Road--Acadia National Park"

Park Loop Road Photo, Acadia National Park, Maine
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This is a drive at your own pace that takes you to the major sights and trails of the Acadia National Park. It includes a drive along the rocky coast and to Cadillac Mountain. The ride is great and the views breathtaking. There is no wonder that it is so popular with visitors. This is one of the most beautiful national parks we have seen!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 1, 2003

Park Loop Road
Acadia National Park
Bar Harbor, Maine

Cadillac Mountain

Attraction | "Cadillac Mountain Loop"

Cadillac Mountain Photo, Acadia National Park, Maine
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This is a trail with an easy hike and a huge payoff. You get to see vistas of the harbors and coves and the entire surronding area. There are plaques explaining the history and the geography of the area. You cannot be anything but impressed!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 1, 2003

Cadillac Mountain
Cadillac Mountain
Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, Maine

Shore Trail

Attraction

Shore Trail Photo, Bar Harbor, Maine
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The trail winds its way along the waterfront giving a view of the harbor and a view of the local hotels and mansions. It is a relaxing easy walk that will be enjoyed by anyone. There is a small park and many dogs out romping. Friendly locals and visitors are both on the trail.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 1, 2003

Shore Trail
along the waterfront
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609

The Thunder Hole

Story/Tip

Walkway Photo, Bar Harbor, Maine
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This is not to be missed! It is along the Park Loop and is where you see Maine being Maine. There is a an observation area that lets you walk down granite steps and out into the water to watch the waves crashing against the shore. Be careful as the steps are very wet. It takes 5 minutes and you will be very glad you stopped!

Northeast Harbor

Story/Tip

Harbor Photo, Bar Harbor, Maine
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I would recommend a drive around the islands to this beautiful small town. It is quiet and secluded and has beautiful mansions and homes. Bar Harbor has always been a retreat for the wealthy, but this seems to be the quieter side they escape to so as not to be in the crowds of Bar Harbor itself.