Bar Harbor and Cadillac Mountain, Maine

We arrived in Maine after an enchanting road trip from Quebec to Skowhegan on Route 201, and settled in at the Two Rivers RV Park, a quiet campground on the banks of the Kennebec River and Wesserunsett Stream.

One cannot visit Maine without a stop in Bar Harbor (Bah Hah-Bah)! We set out to explore this Maine coastal town, a quaint and well-known gateway to the Cadillac Mountains and Acadia National Park. But first, we had to sink our teeth into one of Maine’s traditional meals: lobstah!

The Corsons promise a meal that you will not soon forget and they deliver big on their promise! The owners of The Travelin’ Lobster are one of Maine’s most delicious food purveyors, serving fresh hot buttery lobster rolls alongside corn and Cape Cod chips to hungry visitors exploring the area. We were SO looking forward to this treat and quickly found a seat at one of the picnic tables that lined up near the cooking shack. We watched the Captain skillfully prepare our meal, while we indulged in a soothing cup of clam chowder.  We almost forgot to breathe for a second while we inhaled our hot lobstah rolls. YUM!

Our next destination was Bar Harbor. Bar Harbor was originally incorporated in 1796 under the name of Eden, and one could certainly see the reason: the small coastal town is big on charm. We strolled past quaint shops and took in the calming views of the port with its lobster boats and fancy yachts bobbing in the calm water, against the green background of mountain ranges. We settled in Agamont Park overlooking the Frenchman Bay and took in the peaceful vistas. A curious seagull strutted back and forth, hoping for some food, while Oli’s Trolley toted passengers to and fro.

There is so much to see in the area! Abbe Museum is a good source of information about Maine’s Native American culture. There are many opportunities to board a boat and see if you can spot a whale or two. The natural beauty is abundant and there are many trails leading up the mountain toward expansive vistas of the water and the islands.

We made it to Cadillac Mountain just as the rangers were shutting down access, as visitors crowded this popular destination. We followed the narrow meandering road up the tallest mountain on the North Atlantic seaboard and braved a chilly wind as we walked the stoney paths to admire unobstructed panoramic views of the islands and the water below.

Read about our next destination, Portland, Maine and a reunion with a friend – oh, and more lobster rolls!

2 thoughts on “Bar Harbor and Cadillac Mountain, Maine

  1. We ate at the Travelin’ Lobster last year. We have pictures of the four of us around the large Lobster cut out with Ted’s face in the center of the cut out. Stayed at a rental house on a pond a little ways from the park. Tried to go to Cadillac Mountain for a “dark sky” event, but it was too crowded. The shuttle busses quit running because of the crowd size. We did very much enjoy the two climbing trails, the Bee Hive and The Precipice. Amazing climb and beautiful view from the Precipice. I wish I had taken an image of the warning sign at the beginning of the Precipice- “Think Twice”.

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