October 6th of 2016 Andrew and I were in Connecticut watching my little cousin get married--happy anniversary, Corinna and Mike!
Any chance we get we like to turn our trips into ROADTRIPS! We love um! Jamming out to loud music and gas station snacks are my road trip fuel. Most of Andrew's clients are up the east coast so we were able to extend some work stops to see some incredible new places like MAINE!
Our first stop in Maine was Portland. Unfortunately, we got in a little late and didn't have much time to explore, but it seemed like such a cool city! We went to Flatbread Company for dinner and I had some local hot apple cider at Bard Coffee while Andrew was in his morning meeting--both were delicious!
Next stop, BAH HABA. Bar Harbor was such a great experience! We rented an adorable Airbnb barn apartment in someone's backyard! We were right around the corner from the Shore Path and I think we took that way into town just about every morning. We attempted to catch the sunrise more than once and always just missed it, but the sky over the water still looked incredible!
Panoramic view from the Shore Path, Bar Harbor, ME
Go for breakfast at Jordan's and try the wild blueberry pancakes! Maine is known for their wild blueberries and the pancakes didn't disappoint! One completely unexpected thing that we came across was walking to Bar Island. Andrew and I went by after breakfast to find the bridge or jetty to walk over and found out that neither of those things exists. You can literally just walk right over to the island at low tide! This BLEW MY MIND and was so much fun! Once you're on the island there is trail to hike and a beautiful view of Bar Harbor at the top! Make sure to be back before the tide returns!
Bar Island before, during, and after low tide.
See as much of Acadia National Park as you can, but be sure to stop by Thunder Hole! It's a "natural rock inlet where waves crash with a thunderous boom & high-flying foam when seas are up". - thanks Google. We also came across a trail towards the end of our hike that we would love to go back and try--it's called the Beehive Trail. You essentially wall along a narrow ledge all the way up a steep cliff. This is totally up our alley, but it was our last day and it was starting to get dark when we came across it. I added a picture I took of the warning sign for the trail below the picture of serene Sand Beach - enjoy!
Sand Beach, Acadia National Park, ME
Beehive Trail warning sign
Other memorable restaurants in Bar Harbor are Side Street Cafe and Great Maine Breakfast! Expect a wait at Great Maine Breakfast, but it's worth it!
Now to wrap this up with a quick trip to the small town of Boothbay Harbor. I would visit again just to stay at TOPSIDE INN. A quintessential Maine house on a hill that was beautifully refinished by its current owners. We can't say enough good things about this place! When we checked in they had fresh baked cookies and infused water in the area by the front desk. We were also able to buy discounted tickets to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and headed right over to catch them before they closed. We were also told that if you go first thing in the morning, you can grab a free cup off coffee and enjoy it in the gardens! Definitely going back for this too! We ate at Ports of Italy for dinner. They recommended it at the front desk and even offered to make us a reservation. We didn't think we would need it on a week night, but it turns out you do! Topside serves a full gourmet breakfast in the dining room every morning and the view is spectacular. Seriously though, just go for Topside Inn--it is a dream.
They even offer a virtual tour on their website so you can see just how dreamy it actually is! https://topsideinn.com/virtual-tour/
Photos borrowed from topsideinn.com because my pictures don't do it justice and they deserve better than that.
View of the Main House
View from the lawn in front of the house