My husband and I went on a late summer road trip to Maine two weeks ago. We had a FANTASTIC trip! Maine is so beautiful.
We rented a cottage in Bass Harbor on the island of Mt. Desert, Maine. There was so much to see in Maine and so little time, we narrowed our explorations to our island oasis. I took lots of pictures of our quiet cottage town, Acadia National Park, and Bar Harbor, where the action was!
Acadia National Park is a true treasure to explore and so many venues to do so. There were hikers and bikers, strollers and runners. The vistas were breathtaking. No room for all the pix.
The weather was great, the cottage was oh so comfy, with a great view of the harbor, and the lobster was so TASTY and cheap.
We cooked fresh, live lobster 5 out of the 7 days we stayed in Bass Harbor (Well, hubby did most of the cooking – he’s so good at it!). It was a short distance to a working lobster farm from our cottage. We started with soft ($4/lb) and then tried the hard shell lobsters ($6/lb). The hard shell variety cost a bit more but had more meat. It was all yummy…
The morning of my birthday, the harbor was enveloped in a pea-soup fog. I enjoyed watching the boats and the opposing fingerlet-land emerge from that murky haze. Thurston Lobster Pound is across the way, still in the fog. Mesmerizing…
Then there was Bar Harbor, the main tourist attraction on the island. And, when the cruise ships docked for the day, some 3,000 people would enter the small city. It was like Traverse City, MI on steroids, someone commented.
Since we were celebrating our birthdays on this trip, we did so in Bar Harbor, shopping, enjoying fine food, and sipping exotic cocktails.
We met many interesting fellow travelers along the way, from all over the country and beyond. There were great conversations with those who work in Maine during the high season (summer) and move to Florida to work during the winter.
Life in two destinations each year would be interesting. I think of all the people you would meet in such a job.
Even though it took 20 hours to get to Bass Harbor, Maine, it was ever so worth the drive. If you haven’t been to Maine, put it on your bucket list.
It was my first time experiencing Maine. I hope to visit again some day, when it’s fall, when the leaves and cool temps will provide even more breathtaking vistas to enjoy.
Hopefully I’ll have more time to explore other places in that picturesque state. And meet Darla from She’s A Maineiac. And meet Stephen King! Until then, I’ll enjoy the memories we made in that lovely state of Maine.
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Have you been to Mt. Desert Island, Maine? Bar Harbor? Bass Harbor? What was your favorite experience?
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Here’s to all who labor this Labor Day holiday weekend! Enjoy!