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Days Inn, Bar Harbor

We arrived in Bar Harbor around mid afternoon, and checked into the Days Inn on Eden Street.  Just a few minutes outside of downtown Bar Harbor, this location would be an excellent "home base" for us for the next couple of days.  I chose this hotel for it's location, price, and good reviews I had read online.   Located across the street from a ferry line to Nova Scotia, our room was on the upper (top) floor, with an ocean view. Melissa and I  unpacked and got settled in, then we got showered, dressed and ready to go out into town to walk around and find a nice place for dinner.  The hotel had provided a book of area businesses and restaurants, and the lobby had a rack of brochures of local things to do, like whale watching.

Get the bibs ready! "Maine" course coming out!
  We drove in to town, and we were able to find a parking lot (free!) that was alongside one of the main streets, with several nice restaurants side by side, alternated with gift and curio shops.  Each restaurant had its menu posted outside on the window, door, or in a glass frame at street level.  This allowed us to go from  place to place to find something that fit our mood.  Being that it was our first night in Maine, of course we wanted lobster!

We settled on a place called Testas, which offered a complete lobster dinner special.  They started with traditional New England clam chowder, a salad, a basket of assorted breads w/ butter,  then a classic Maine Lobster with drawn butter and a side of long grain rice. Very nice!  Then, they finished it off with Maine blueberry pie a-la-mode.

THAT's what we've been waiting for!
  Yum!!  and, it was all for about $25 per dinner.  It was delicious, and filled us up nicely!   After a big meal like that, we decided to stroll around town after that to "walk it off".  We walked up and down the streets, which were crowded with throngs of tourists, looking in the various gift shops.  We also walked along the waterfront a bit, and saw places like the Bar Harbor Whale Watch company, which we planned to check out tomorrow.  Eventually, we decided to head back to the hotel, as we planned to get up before dawn tomorrow to see the sunrise.   I called to make a reservation for an 8:30 am whale watch.  Should be no problem to catch that...since we were planning to get up at 4:30 am!

sylviandavid says:
congrats on being featured! sylvia
Posted on: Nov 29, 2008
Koder says:
Great read about one of my favorite places on the East Coast. You should see the place in November after all of the tourists leave, it truly is a different world hanging with the locals.

Cheers,
Jason
Posted on: Nov 26, 2008
WaltJake says:
Ha! I remember submarine races! We would go down to Gulf Beach and watch them on Saturday nights in Milford Harbor! hehe
Posted on: Nov 22, 2008
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Days Inn, Bar Harbor
Days Inn, Bar Harbor
Get the bibs ready!  Maine cours…
Get the bibs ready! "Maine" cour…
THATs what weve been waiting for!
THAT's what we've been waiting for!
Nice king size bed!
Nice king size bed!
plenty to unpack!
plenty to unpack!
hmmm...  nap?  or dinner?
hmmm... nap? or dinner?
Melissa, dressed & ready for dinne…
Melissa, dressed & ready for dinn…
This rock fountain was in the cour…
This rock fountain was in the cou…
After reading all the street menus…
After reading all the street menu…
ready to order!
ready to order!
For starters, clam chowder!
For starters, clam chowder!
get some crackers in there....
get some crackers in there....
...then, a nice salad
...then, a nice salad
Waiters are always happy to take y…
Waiters are always happy to take …
Yeah, baby!  Thats what Im talki…
Yeah, baby! That's what I'm talk…
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