Bar Harbor Travel Blog› entry 4 of 5 › view all entries
Before heading out to drive around Acadia, we stopped in Bar Harbor for breakfast at Jordan's. This was a recommendation from a coworker of mine that is building a house near Bar Harbor. It was a great place to get blueberry pancakes and muffins. After that, we headed into the park. Acadia is the second smallest national park, but it still has a lot of parts to see with unique scenery. It is unlike any other eastern park. Nowhere on the Atlantic seaboard can you find mountains next to the ocean. Of course these mountains are tiny compared to the Rockies, but they are nonetheless gorgeous, especially in the fall.
We first stopped at a little known hike just prior to entering the park, again at the recommendation of my coworker.
We then proceeded to drive Park Loop Road that winds along the coast of the eastern half of Mount Desert Island. We skipped the overcrowded Thunder Hole and instead stopped at Little Hunters Beach. It was not the right tidal time to see waves crashing the rocks though. Then we called ahead for a lunch reservation at Jordan Pond House. We were able to get outdoor seats and had a great view of the Bubbles, but it was a little cold at times when the wind picked up or the sun went behind the clouds. Anyone that has ever been there will say you have to stop there for their popovers, which seem to come with any dish you order.
After that, we headed back up to the top of Cadillac Mountain to see what the view was like during the day. We walked the summit trail, but it was very windy and cold. Then we drove over to the western side of the island to see Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse. This lighthouse is very small and requires climbing out on shore rocks to get a good vantage point, but at the right time of day, you can get some great pictures. Finally we went back into Bar Harbor and had dinner at the Parkside Restaurant. It got dark at about 6 or 6:30, so we always had to see as much as possible before then and then come into town in the dark.