Bar Harbor Travel Guide: 238 reviews and 633 photos


There's lots to see and do in BAR HARBOR the gateway to Acadia National Park. Twenty miles south of Ellsworth via Route 3, Bar Harbor offers restaurants, shops, boutiques and galleries of all kinds, to visitors staying in elegant inns, hotels, B & B's, RV or Camp sites.
Sail Frenchman's Bay aboard the "Margaret Todd", with Cadillac Mountain in the background. Take an excursion boat to whale-watch amd sightsee or cruise to Canada via high-speed vessels.
In Acadia National Park which straddles Mount Desert Island, you can hike or bike along 120 miles of scenic paths.
Called Eden when founded in 1796 and renamed in 1921 for the sand bar which had accumulated in the bay, Bar Harbor's first Hotel was built in 1856, many others followed by 1880 and the town had acquired its national grand resort reputation. Affluent summer residents built sumptuous 'cottages' along "Millionaire's Row".

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  • Pros:Lovely Maine seaside town
  • Last visit to Bar Harbor: Sep 2007
  • Intro Updated Dec 31, 2007
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  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Apr 13, 2012 at 3:49 AM

    Great intro photo Lori! Sounds like a great place to visit with the seal-watching or sailing tours, fresh seafood and the view from Seaview Motel.

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Oct 8, 2008 at 1:08 PM

    Stunning intro picture ! Yes, whole obster dinner is a lot of work but worth it!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Apr 4, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Interesting tip about the lobster pounds. I never knew how they did that. Fine harbor photos.

  • cnango's Profile Photo
    Dec 31, 2007 at 8:56 AM

    Wow that lobster sure looks good : P Another great page on a charming locale. Your tips & pictures are top notch as always!

  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo
    Nov 7, 2007 at 5:09 PM

    Karen and I loved Bar Harbor and I see that you and Hansi did too. Excellent 5 star tips - beautiful photos!

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Oct 24, 2007 at 9:47 AM

    Interesting page about the gateway to Acadia National Park. I would like to make a trip by the windjammer Margaret Todd among islands... Thanks Lori for sharing!

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Oct 22, 2007 at 2:43 PM

    What a lovely area, Lori. I would love to visit Mount Desert Island to see the wildlife. Great photos.

  • traveldave's Profile Photo
    Oct 18, 2007 at 6:30 AM

    A beautiful place which I hope to visit again someday. It's worth the trip just for the Maine lobstah.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Oct 15, 2007 at 12:28 PM

    When the 1st President Ford was in office, Allan and I stayed in the Bar Harbor Inn! Loved this area. Your photos are magnificent. Great Intro and interesting, educational, helpful tips.

  • Dabs's Profile Photo
    Oct 15, 2007 at 9:32 AM

    Interesting history on the lobster pounds. I have the same photo of Robert in his lobster bib :-)


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