Bar Harbor: A Great Vacation Spot

Connie McKinneyStarred Page By Connie McKinney, 15th Aug 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Visitors to Bar Harbor, Maine can pose by a lighthouse, walk across a bridge and watch the sun go down. This is the second in a two-part series.

Bar Harbor Bridges


Visitors to Bar Harbor, Maine can spend their morning hiking Acadia National Park, their afternoon browsing for souvenirs, and their evening eating lobster and sipping cocktails.
This picturesque village is surrounded by Acadia National Park. Cruise ships often dock in the village's harbor. Passengers wander the village, shop and eat lobster rolls for lunch.
There are many beautiful bridges in the village and other nearby villages. The most famous is the Somesville Foot Bridge, located just a few minutes drive from Bar Harbor in Somesville. This is one of the most photographed bridges in Maine. Roses bloom in gardens near the bridge- making the village look like a scene from a post card.

Visiting the Light Houses


The Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse has been guiding ships into port safely for more than 150 years. Today, you can still look down at the waves crashing into the rocks or look over the blue sea and watch the boats gliding by. These are the same sights that lighthouse keepers have been enjoying for more than a century.
A lighthouse keeper and his family still live there. That's why visitors are not allowed inside the lighthouse. Visitors can walk around the grounds of the light house and take pictures.
This is the only lighthouse in this part of Maine which can be reached by foot, car or bicycles. However, you can admire five other nearby lighthouses by taking a guided boat tour.

Bar Harbor: A Charming Place


Bar Harbor is a charming place to visit with its many Victorian mansions, waterfront views and gardens. Visitors can toss a Frisbee on the village green or sit quietly in the shade and enjoy an ice cream cone with homemade ice cream. Shoppers can buy paintings, books, clothes, antiques and jewelry. Another popular souvenir is a jar of Maine's famous blueberry jam.
Lobster, of course, is the main item on the menu of the village's restaurants. Lobster shows up in sandwiches, salads and macaroni and cheese. Visitors can eat lunch in a casual cafe or an upscale restaurant which overlooks the village's harbor. They can sip some local beer at a nearby brewery.
Take a closer look at the village of Bar Harbor:

Watch the Sun Go Down in Bar Harbor


The village and surrounding Acadia National Park boast many good spots for watching the sun set. One of the best is the Pretty Marsh Picnic Area, located off the western loop of Route 101. This is a scenic spot to eat your picnic lunch but the view gets even better at sundown. The sun slowly sinks down below the water, turning the sky various shades of pink, purple and red.
Whether you visit at sunrise or sunset, you will find a lot to enjoy in Bar Harbor. Just don't knock on the door of the lighthouse.

Attribution


All photos were taken by the author.
The video came from You Tube.
This article used some basic information about the village taken from the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce at
This article also used some information about the lighthouses from the Acadia Magic site at
Here is part one of my two-part series about Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor

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Bar Harbor, Bridge, Bridges, Lighthouse, Lighthouses, Maine

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author avatar Susan Jane
15th Aug 2013 (#)

Great conclusion to your 2-part series. Thanks for taking the time to document this wonderful part of the USA. Great photos which make me feel like I am actually there.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Aug 2013 (#)

Thank you Connie for a wonderful post. Maine means Delicia Powers for me as I have read scores of her poems with great images too - siva

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author avatar Connie McKinney
15th Aug 2013 (#)

Thanks, Susan. It's a wonderful place to visit if you ever get the chance.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
15th Aug 2013 (#)

Thanks, Siva. It is a beautiful place. I also enjoy Delicia's work with her beautiful pictures of Maine. She's a terrific poet, too. I look forward to reading more great work from you, too, Siva.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
15th Aug 2013 (#)

lovely this Connie pics and all...thank you...

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
15th Aug 2013 (#)

If I ever get up that way, I'll have you to thank!! ;)

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author avatar Connie McKinney
15th Aug 2013 (#)

Thanks, Phyl. It's a lovely place to visit.

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author avatar Carol
16th Aug 2013 (#)

Oh it looks beautiful Connie

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author avatar Delicia Powers
19th Aug 2013 (#)

Super Connie!!!!!...:0)

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author avatar Connie McKinney
19th Aug 2013 (#)

Thanks, Delicia. You live in such a gorgeous state.

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