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!
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