|Jordan Pond in Acadia National Park. Photo by Leanne De Craene|
|This time our little ones joined the trip!|
Photo by Leanne De Craene.
Adventure: 3 nights, 4 days on Mt. Desert Island - Acadia, Bar Harbor, and more!
|Hadley's Point Cabins|
The cabins included a bathroom, queen bed, twin bunk bed, porch with picnic table, and fire pit. It was only 10 minutes north of Bar Harbor and 5 minutes from the Acadia Visitor Center. We loved our stay there.
** Important note - book your stay early! We booked our July stay in January and Friday and Saturday was already sold out so we stayed Sunday-Wednesday.
|View of interior cabin.|
|Outside the cabin porch|
|Trying out the new Baby Bjorn One Outdoors!|
Photo by Leanne De Craene
I also purchased the Appalachian Mountain Club's Acadia National Park Hiking and Biking Map. This map provided detailed trail information including carriage road and bike trails.
Itinerary: Below is the itinerary for our trip. I like how we were able to spend time hitting some of the main highlights of the park/island as well as some more offbeat adventures.
Day 1 - Bar Harbor Afternoon
Our first day we arrived by car to a damp and cool Maine day. We decided to spend the afternoon walking around Bar Harbor, grabbing a bite, and setting up/snuggling in our cabin. We enjoyed such a great lunch at Side Street Cafe that we ended up going there for dinner again on our last night! That night we made a camp dinner and enjoyed each other's company at the campground.
|Cool and rainy first day in Bar Harbor.|
Day 2 - The "Right" Side
|View from Gorham Mountain Summit of Beehive.|
east) is more populated and contains the popular tourist town of Bar Harbor as well as the more visited Acadia park destinations like Sand Beach, Jordan Pond, Otter Cliffs, and Cadillac Mountain. A park loop road takes visitors to the various destinations (note- part of this loop is one-way). Although there is a free park bus, we decided to drive ourselves around this portion - knowing there was risk of not finding parking at various spots. Our first stop was the Visitor Center where we purchased our $25 week parking pass.
Our main stop of the day was Sand Beach. Parking here provides access to the beach as well as popular hiking trails. We split ways here - some spent 2 hours on the beach, some hiked the challenging Beehive Trail, but I chose to take baby Lucien up Gorham Mountain. It is an easy to moderate trail that provides amazing views of ocean, mountains, and forest at a relatively short distance. It took me about an hour and a half to hike the out-and-back trail and return to Sand Beach. We all met up for a little beach time before moving on.
|Ocean Path Views|
Jordan Pond is a heavily trafficked stop. It took a while to find a parking spot here. Besides great
**Note - Jordan Pond is the water-source for the area. As a result - swimming and motorized vehicles are not allowed in the water.
|Hike up the Bubbles was more challenging.|
Day 3 - The "Left" Side
|Hike up to Acadia Mountain.|
After dropping Courtney back off at Echo Lake for the day, Leanne, Lucien, and I continued south on 102/102A. We saw quaint views of Southwest Harbor and made stops to take nature walks at Wonderland and Ship Harbor. Both trails were very easy and provided cliff, beach, and woodland views. Ship Harbor was my favorite for the pink/red cliff views in the harbor.
|Views along Ship Harbor Trail|
|Ship Harbor Trail|
|Bass Harbor Light|
After the lighthouse, we continued our scenic driving tour up 102. We returned to Bar Harbor for a delicious dinner at Side Street Cafe followed by ice cream at Mt. Desert Island Ice Cream. After watching the sunset in the harbor, we returned to our cozy cabins.
|Sunset in Bar Harbor|
Day 4 - Sunrise on Cadillac and Delicious Breakfast
On our last day, Leanne and Sarah got up at 4 am to drive the auto road up to the summit of Cadillac Mountain. This popular activity gives viewers an opportunity to be the first in the US to see the sunrise for the day. I'd experienced the sunrise view on past trips so I decided to sleep in on this occasion. After a little more shut eye, Leanne and I packed up and went to Bar Harbor's 2 cats for breakfast. After a yummy breakfast, we spent time gift shopping in town and lounging in the grassy knoll in the town center before leaving the island.
|Sunrise on Cadillac Mountain. Photo by Leanne De Craene.|
Acadia was the perfect place to spend sometime with kids and girlfriends. We enjoyed gorgeous views, endless choices in hiking, and a wonderful seaside town. It would be easy to spend more time there finding more hikes and getting adventurous on the carriage trails. It was great to realize that even with our busy lives, we could still escape for a wonderful friend and adventure filled vacation.
|Me and my girls (and boy)|
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