My Maine Squeeze

Northern Maine is stunning.  Throughout my drive along the coast I had the constant problem of wanting to stop at every small town and photograph the surroundings, every bit as incredibly beautiful as the last.  I had just returned from a trip to Ireland and I thought seeing all of the green, lush, rolling Irish hills would make me less impressed with what our northern states have to offer and I’m happy to report, I was so wrong.  The vast rows of pine trees sneak up into the skyline and the view is infinite.  On a sunny day of driving you feel like you are the only car on the road, the wilderness surrounds you and it’s freeing.  On a rainy day however, you also feel like you are the only car on the road, and the quiet can be deafening.  Thankfully, I have hours of National Public Radio and music to keep me entertained and more sunny days than cloudy ones.

Leaving the serene and hospitable Tinder Hearth Bakery’s farm in Brooksville, Maine, I spent the day on Desert Island getting to enjoy some time in Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park before heading across the border into Canada.

brooksville farm

Bar Harbor

Some who have been to Desert Island have returned claiming it is one of the most beautiful spots in the world.  At first I thought that statement was a little over the top, until I got there and then realized what all the fuss was about.  Desert Island is the largest island off the coast of Maine and is by far one of New England’s top destinations.  With whale watching, kayaking, cycling, hiking and more, Bar Harbor offers something for everyone.  I was impressed that even with all of the activities in town, residents and lovers of Bar Harbor are involved in sustainable tourism to ensure that the majestic surroundings are there for people to appreciate for years to come.  Visit the Chamber of Commerce site to read a little more about the preservation projects in the area.

Head down to Agamont Park and watch the boats moving through the harbor.
Head down to Agamont Park and watch the boats moving through the harbor.
Enjoy a cold beer and obviously lobster (do you not know me by now?!) at Stewman's Downtown Lobster Pound
Enjoy a cold beer and obviously lobster (do you not know me by now?!) at Stewman’s Downtown Lobster Pound
Ice cream on this trip is slowly becoming a food group
Ice cream on this trip is slowly becoming a food group… this depicts a combo of my two favorite things!

What’s a Lobster Pound???  On my drive through Maine I’ve notice “Lobster Pounds”, little local restaurants and shacks either ocean side or road side offering fresh catches and meals for reasonable prices.  A “pound” brings to mind a bunch of puppies bouncing around behind cages, eagerly awaiting adoption.  So a lobster pound is a bunch of crustaceans all swimming around waiting for new “homes”?  Not too far off, a lobster pound isn’t about ordering by the pound but refers to the large tank inside the shack where the little guys patiently wait to be served.

bar harbor

Acadia National Park

Make sure you take a day to explore Acadia and all of the rugged New England scenery it has to offer.  A $20 entrance fee for the week allows you access to the park by car, bike or foot.  I recommend taking the 27 mile Park Loop Road by car first to get an idea of the park’s layout and with plenty of vehicle parking areas you can get out at several scenic spots to snap some photos, enjoy the views, go for a hike or take a swim.  If nothing else make sure you drive up to catch the astounding view atop Mt. Cadillac.  The 3.5 mile winding road is a guided drive to the heavens.  This is the tallest shoreline mountain on the east coast and at some points during the year it’s the first place to see the sunrise in North America.  During a clear day you can see Mt. Katahdin, Maine’s tallest peak, in the distance which is over 100 miles away.

acadia

Atop Mt. Cadillac, a view of the world
Atop Mt. Cadillac, a view of the world

I couldn’t have asked for a better day, the sun was warmly beating down on the rocks, lush green islands floated in the ocean in front of me.  A peaceful escape, the connection to such a natural wonder is almost indescribable.  I drove down the mountain as the sun set heading further north in search for more visual wonders, tasty dishes and phenomenal experiences.  Onward to Canada!

Mt. Cadillac

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  1. Reply
    Crisey

    I hope I can visit Maine someday! Glad you are paving the way for me!

  2. Reply
    Mary Walto

    Haven’t explored the coast of Maine but after reading this post, I really want to go.
    I am happy that you had such a great time!

  3. Reply
    Eileen Schmidt

    I love going on your trips with you via your postings. Thanks for sharing your adventures.

  4. Reply
    Eileen

    Always wanted to visit the New England states and this makes me want to go sooner than later!

  5. Reply
    ilovebarharbor

    This was a great read! visit http://www.ilovebarharbor.com (We Love Bar Harbor!)

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