Bar Harbor Maine…home of hundreds of shops and restaurants. This is *the* spot to be in coastal Maine.

We spent several hours in Bar Harbor eating, shopping, eating and shopping. I think our gang went through 12 whole lobsters and lots of lobster rolls in the few days we were there. There are many gift shops and ice cream places. I stopped counting Ice Cream stands at 10.

Here’s a photo of one of the more colorful lobster places in Bar Harbor. We also picked some out and had them cooked and taken home to eat.

Climbing Cadillac Mountain

Cadillac is the highest mountain in Acadia National Park. At 1530 feet or so, it doesn’t compare to the White mountains or most of the mountains out west, but it is high enough that you can see the sunrise earliest there from anywhere on the East Coast.

There are several hiking trails that can be taken from the base to the summit. Some of us took the North Ridge Trail, a 1-2 hr climb. We saw many people that day going both ways, from an Italian mom and her son to an older woman with a walking stick and daypack, headed back down.

It was a hot and hazy day. We were glad when the wind picked up near the top. There were wild blueberries along the trail. The Acadia guide does not discourage the picking of berries as long as you do not damage the environment…they were tasty! As the trail wound through the pine woods, the smells alternated between pine and blueberry. It reminded us of a gift shop.

Here is a shot from about 2/3 of the way to the summit. You can see Bar Harbor to the right, a cruise ship anchored nearby, the Porcupine Islands and the tiny blip to the right of the cruise ship is a 4-masted sailing ship that is used for pleasure cruises.

Many people drive to the top. There are tour buses, cycling groups and lots of people with their dogs all out to see the coast of Maine from the top!