Bar Harbor, Maine is one of the hidden gems not only of New England but the entire country. Tucked away on Mount Desert Island, it’s incredibly beautiful and picturesque. If you love the ocean, nature, and the rocky shorelines of Maine, this is the spot to visit.
In this post, we’ll cover some of the things you need to know about any visit to Bar Harbor. So, if you’ve been planning to make a visit soon, keep reading!
Maine might be best known for its beaches, but there is a lot of incredible nature to be found once you venture just a few miles inland from the ocean.
One such place is the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. It was named after Rachel Carson, a very popular and world-renowned marine biologist, who was also a very outspoken environmental activist during her lifetime. She was also editor in chief of the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Summer is officially over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bundle up a bit, enjoy the ocean breeze, and dip your toes into the water if you’re particularly brave. Plus, the off-season means that there’s even more room to spread out and soak up the sun.
For many of us, a history of Lemon Meringue Pie is necessarily brief, that is, as long as it takes to slice and eat it. However, in the interest of how delicious things came into being, I am going to offer you what seems to be the most likely story of the origins of lemon meringue pie, and then a few tasty suggestions as to where you should drive, to find the best of the best.
The state of Maine might be small, but you would be in transit for more than three thousand miles were you to drive along all of its coastlines. This embarrassment of coastal riches means that there is no shortage of beaches to choose from when planning a trip to this New England beauty.
One of the most relaxing attractions to visit when sightseeing are botanical gardens. Not only can you experience a beautiful setting with a loved one, but you can also learn about the local and exotic flora in a region.
Now that summer is approaching, those among us who like to channel their inner Spider-Man can rejoice. The warmer weather means that rock climbing no longer has to be relegated to sweat-infused climbing gyms and faux-rock walls. Instead, test your scaling skills for free at one of the country’s beautiful national parks. Many are chockfull of climbing routes–guaranteed to have a better view than any gym.
I love history. For many years, I acquainted myself with cities by reading about their past, then exploring them by myself (mostly on foot). But in recent years, I’ve started taking advantage of more structured walking tours as part of my experience. Here are a few things I’ve learned about walking tours that I always keep in mind:
1. Take the tour as early in your visit as possible. This helps you quickly learn the city’s layout. In addition, your tour guide will help point out places you’ll want to try to see (or revisit) before you leave town.
2. Show up a few minutes early. Most guides are excellent at ensuring everyone hears the scripted parts of the tour. Nonetheless, you stand a better chance of learning more about places in between stops if you are walking closest to the guide and can banter a bit.
I’ve picked out three cities to feature in this blog. For each city I provide a “Top Choice” an “Honorable Mention” and a “Runner Up.” I hope you get a chance to explore these beautiful and historic cities with the benefit of a knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide.