Cafe This Way!
The slice of a red sign you see is the Abbe Museum.
Breakfast was at a new venue today, Café This Way ��" a hip place near the Abbe Museum and similarly across from Village Green. The interior walls of Café This Way are adorned with flower paintings by local artists that make it a vibrant setting. Not so many tourists here, the patrons were decidedly younger and struck us as summer help, though that will likely change once word gets out as to their quality service and tasty fare.
Despite an awesome breakfast, forecasts of threatening storms in Acadia were shaping destiny once again. Even before trooping to breakfast I had raced downtown to the Opera House, the local internet café, to score the latest weather report, which was not encouraging. Like yesterday though, the sun was presently beaming so we dashed back to Sand Beach to try and squeeze in the Great Head Trail before gloom and doom skies appeared.
Looking back on Sand Beach and the Beehive at the beginning of Great Head Trail in Acadia
We would be rewarded with a fantastic hike for scampering to the park. The trail does indeed skirt granite cliffs and we got to watch a couple lobster boats collecting their traps as we hiked along in the cool breeze (temps were in the sixties today!).
Our hiked was drenched in sunshine along the cliffs, but things started clouding up as we looped back into the forest. Skies were ominous when we got back to our car so the consensus was for a road trip to Ellsworth.
Part II of today.
..might appear out of sequence since I am trying to keep my entries separate and ensure the photos get credited to the right place (Ellsworth and NE Harbor entries precede this blather):
Pink granite lining the coast along Great Head Trail
Back from Northeast Harbor, I dropped my girls off at the hotel as they wanted to catch a quick nap, and returned downtown on foot for some local exploration. For one reason or another I had never enjoyed the Shore Trail which winds along the coast in front of Bar Harbor. It is such a short, convenient jaunt that I’m afraid we never worked it into more ambitious plans.
The trail wraps back yards of the pricier homes in Bar Harbor (i.e., the ones with a water view), perfect for a voyeur, but please don’t walk onto anybody’s property. There are several places where you may divert back into town without trespassing.
Hugging all these elegant properties lines one side of the path with a delightful array of flowers and you have the ocean on the other, a winning combination.
Wonderful views abound hiking the Great Head Trail in Acadia National Park
A lot of folks use this path to walk their dogs, enhancing the upbeat atmosphere. The trail abuts Grant Park, a pleasant patch of green where I encountered three separate games of fetch being played! More delights were served up when I got back on the trail as a harbor seal was stretching out on a rock just offshore.....too bad I don’t have a zoom lens on my camera. It was a pretty decent trot for the weather (lightly raining the whole time).
Then back to gather the ladies and off to Dimatteo’s, a very nice Italian restaurant in town for dinner. Finished off a lovely meal with a quick re-packing and an early night. Tomorrow it would be farewell to Bar Harbor, but hello to Monhegan!
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Finding the trailhead is a snap after parking at the Sand Beach lot in Acadia National Park. Then you go down the concrete steps to the beach and con… read entire review