“May is for …. Maine!”
This is my exact thought process for picking where I wanted to spend my trip over Memorial Weekend, although, I have always wanted to go to Maine! There’s something about small, seaside towns with chilly mornings and mountains facing the ocean that make my heart sing. I think this is also why I was obsessed with Oregon before I even ventured out there.
Maine is a beautiful state and there are many places you could choose to spend a vacation there. After some digging, I found that Bar Harbor had everything I was looking for – ocean views and close access to hiking trails because of Acadia National Park!
Bar Harbor is located on an island that is connected to the rest of the state through a bridge. You can fly into the Bar Harbor Airport (which is actually located in Trenton, ME) and make the 20-minute drive to the town pretty easily either through renting a car or calling an Uber.
Downtown Bar Harbor has a bustling atmosphere–thanks to the walkable streets–filled with tourist shops, ice cream stores, outdoor adventure gear and seafood restaurants. After peering in a lot of windows, I really enjoyed the Cool As a Moose store and it’s where I found my souvenirs (a key chain for myself and lobster candy for my dad).
Something I learned while doing my pre-trip research is that Maine is really into producing blueberries, so naturally I had a blueberry margarita at Jack Russell’s Brewery. And I don’t think anyone would’ve let me live it down if I went to Maine and DIDN’T have lobster. At Havana, I opted for the mini lobster rolls with their bread basket and I ate everything in about 7 minutes – it was so good!
A big chunk of my time was spent exploring Acadia National Park. You could really spend a couple of days just going around the park. The main(e) things I wanted to hit were the Carriage Roads, Thunder Hole and Sand Beach.
The Carriage Roads are good for hiking/biking and were the original roads rick folk took back in the day to get around the island! Thunder Hole is a natural rock inlet that produces this thunderous boom when the water meets the shore. All in all, I walked about 15 miles (!!) during my stay in Bar Harbor so I think I’m good on exercising for the rest of the year.