Charming Stays, Charming Destinations - Bar Harbor, Maine

Hello friends, my apologies for the delay between posts.  I created my blog and then went away on vacation just a few days later.  My vacation, however, inspired me to start a regular series with the blog that I'm calling "Charming Stays, Charming Destinations".  In the series, I'll write about places I've visited that invoke my charm and style philosophy.  First up, the delightful, Bar Harbor, Maine!

Dave and I first visited Bar Harbor together back in September 2013 and had such a great time that we decided to go back to celebrate our first anniversary.  Bar Harbor is such a great vacation spot because there are so many different things to do that appeal to a wide variety of people.  More on that in a little bit, but first I'll talk about the first thing anyone considers when they pick a destination...where to stay.

Dave and I chose to stay at the charming and welcoming Thornhedge Inn.  This was our second time staying at Thornhedge and we would stay there again in a heart beat!  Andrew, the innkeeper is so helpful and friendly.  He's an excellent resource on Bar Harbor and it's many offerings, easily doling out dinner recommendations, scenic hikes through Acadia National Park, or wonders of Bar Harbor that few tourists know about!  Thornhedge itself is a beautiful Inn, built in the early 1900's as a vacation home.  The inn has some beautiful details and is filled with many intricate could spend hours in the inn itself just looking around.  Another great aspect of staying at the Thornhedge is the social aspect of your stay.  Breakfast is served in the dining room daily and when you go downstairs you sit at a long table and eat with other guests, while Andrew serves you delicious breakfasts like creme brule french toast and joins in the conversation as well.  Possibly my favorite part of being a guest at Thornhedge is the afternoon social hour of wine and cheese served in the lovely parlor.  Here are just a few glimpses at the beauty of this charming inn.

A view of the outside of Thornhedge Inn

The parlor where afternoon social hour of wine and cheese is served daily at 5 pm.

Check out the beautiful woodwork and windows in the parlor.

Love the intricate detail of the fireplace mantel.

I fell in love with this display cabinet at the top of the stairs on the way to our room.

When staying in Bar Harbor you are certainly never bored!  The biggest and most beautiful attraction is Acadia National Park.  The park itself offers so much!  A walk along the scenic Ocean Trail gives you views of the beauty and wonder of the rocky Maine coast line.  There are endless hiking trails through Cadillac Mountain, Jordan Pond, Bubble Pond and countless other nooks and crannies.  A highlight for Dave and I on this trip was a carriage ride along the carriage roads in the park.  Due to morning showers, Dave and I ended up being the only two on the carriage ride, giving us a private tour!  Another highlight for us was the Acadia Photo Safari, which offers walking tours of Acadia or a sunset boat cruise in conjunction with a photography lesson.  Dave and I decided to take a sunset cruise on the boat of the owners of Acadia Photo Safari, Howie and Brenda.  Howie is just wonderful and patient with everyone of the tour.  He really takes the time to go over some tips and tricks for getting the best shots and will give each person on the tour individual attention, going over settings for your personal camera.  His delightful wife Brenda was our captain and chimed in with interesting facts about Bar Harbor.  Unfortunately the day of our sunset trip the fog rolled in just before sunset, so while Dave didn't get any pictures of the sunset, he did get some pretty great shots!

A view of Acadia Park along the Ocean Trail.

A view of one of Rockefeller's bridges from the carriage tour.

One of the pictures Dave took on our photo safari.

My favorite shot from the photo safari.

There are also some amazing places to shop and eat in Bar Harbor, our favorite shop is called A Little Mad and is an island shop and gallery.  We got some great and truly unique art for our home (more on that in a future post).  There are also some really great ice cream shops, Mount Desert Island Ice Cream and CJ's Big DipperThe Coffee Hound has one of the best cappuccinos I've ever had...I'm still dreaming about those!  On our last night there we ate at the Cuban restaurant Havana.  Their mojitos and seafood paella are to die for!  And of course I can't talk about food in Maine without mentioning lobster!  There are many lobster pounds along the main road into Bar Harbor and Dave and I like them best.  It's a casual atmosphere where you can pick your own lobster and get the traditional lobster dinner with all the fixings.

Overall we had an amazing time on this delightful island and were sad to go.  I know we will be back some day...we just love it too much not to go for another visit!  If you've never been, I would highly recommend a vacation there.  If you have been please do share some of your favorite experiences.  Thanks for stopping by.  Until next time...good bye and good luck!

1 comment

  1. Lovely inn! Thanks for linking out all your fabulous recommendations. Looks like a great place to visit. Will put it on my list!


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