Opportunities for memorable dining abound in Bar Harbor. Whether you would like a lobster feast or a gourmet meal, you will find it all within walking distance of the inn. We are happy to offer recommendations and assist you with reservations.
You are sure to find something special while shopping in Bar Harbor’s galleries and boutiques, which offer a wide range of Maine-made treasures, unique hand-crafted items, art, jewelry and antiques. You’ll also find outdoor gear and clothing, books, groceries, pharmacies and other conveniences. Most shops are located on Cottage, West, Main and Mount Desert Streets, but there are hidden gems on quiet side streets.
There is always something going on in Bar Harbor. Built in 1932, The Criterion Theatre is a venue for concerts, movies and live theater. Take in a movie and enjoy great pizza at Reel Pizza, or pack a picnic and listen to a free concert in the park. And in the summer, you won’t want to miss the ongoing music and arts festivals.
Take in spectacular views of Frenchman Bay and the Porcupine Islands from the Shore Path, an easy 1/2-mile walk that winds along the rocky granite shore and past historic cottages. Beginning at the Town Pier, the path is a perfect place to watch the sunrise or to take an evening stroll.
A part of Acadia National Park, Bar Island can be reached during low tide when the sand bar that connects it to Mount Desert Island is uncovered. On Bar Island, you will find an easy hiking trail and perfect spots to enjoy a picnic. The tide comes in quickly so please be sure to start back allowing enough time to be back without wet feet.
Great Meadow Loop Trail
The Great Meadow Loop Trail is an easily accessible footpath that will lead you directly to popular points in Acadia National Park. Take a one-hour walk on the trail to loop back to town, or branch off through the quiet meadow and on to Sieur de Monts Spring and mountain trails, where your options for adventure are endless. For a one-way trip, the Island Explorer is your ride back into town.