Recap: Trip to Bar Harbor, Maine

Earlier this month, I traveled up to Bar Harbor, Maine for my second time. If you read my post from earlier this week you know things didn’t go smoothly on the trip up, but after I arrived, it was nothing but glorious weather, scrumptious food, plentiful libations and lots of love. After all, I was there this time for my boyfriend’s sister’s wedding. Oh, and it was SO great to trade this oppressive Houston heat for daytime highs in the low 70s. So now, the Bar Harbor recap.


Bar Harbor: What I ate

Many of my meals were planned for me, thanks to the wedding and pre-wedding events. When Bill and I were left to fend for ourselves, my goal was lobster. Both times I’ve been to Maine, I’ve made lobster a priority and this trip was even better than the first in every way including this one. In fact, I managed to have lobster for three meals in a row.

The first was a lobster omelet at the post-wedding brunch, followed by this delicious lobster at Bar Harbor Lobster Company.

When in Bar Harbor, Maine, lobster is a must! Check out Bar Harbor Lobster Company!

I know the name (and the pictures) makes it sound like a tourist trap, but the meal was reasonably priced and was literally the freshest lobster I’ve ever had.

Next up was an obligatory (and obligatorily yummy) lobster roll at Thirsty Whale.

Lobster roll and clam chowder at Thirsty Whale in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Bar Harbor: What I drank

Atlantic Brewing Company's Cottage Street location in Bar Harbor, MaineCottage Street Pub in Bar Harbor, Maine

Mostly I drank wine at the house (special shout out to Trefethen Cabernet Franc), but if you haven’t caught on by now, I always manage to get a brewery into my trips. We stopped at Atlantic Brewing Company’s Cottage Street location for a tasting.

Beer flight at Atlantic Brewing in Bar Harbor, Maine

As much as I love a good cocktail, I generally stick to beer and wine for the sake of the Erika of tomorrow. Ah, aging. Anyhow, one cocktail won’t kill you, so we stopped into Cottage Street Pub. It’s the coziest little bar with a great beer selection and original cocktails. I chose the watermelon crawl and I definitely recommend it.

Bar Harbor: What I wore

Bar Harbor is a pretty cause town. You don’t need to dress up much, and frankly, I didn’t take many pictures of my outfits. However, for the rehearsal and the wedding, I wore two Rent the Runway Unlimited picks. You can find my review of RTR Unlimited here. Also, workout pants with pockets, like these are so worth it. I might stop buying my yoga pants at Marshall’s after this.

Rent the Runway style in Bar Harbor, MaineRent the Runway style in Bar Harbor, Maine

Bar Harbor: What I did

Well, aside from eating and drinking and going to a wedding. I actually got to have my favorite kind of vacation. The way for me to have a guiltless vacation is to do something active in the morning and eat, drink, and be merry the rest of the day. Bar Harbor is the perfect place for this. So aside from eating and drinking, I hiked in Acadia National Park. You can also bike, walk, or drive around the park to experience the views. On our first trip, we saw the first sunrise in the United States on Cadillac Mountain. It was really cool, but you’ve gotta get up real early for that, so I don’t know how many more times I’ll be doing that, but it’s worth doing once for sure. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves in terms of the reward for a bit of hard work hiking.

Hiking in Acadia National Park. It's a must do when staying in Bar Harbor, Maine!

Hiking in Acadia National Park. It's a must do when staying in Bar Harbor, Maine!

Hiking in Acadia National Park. It's a must do when staying in Bar Harbor, Maine!

Hiking in Acadia National Park. It's a must do when staying in Bar Harbor, Maine!

Hiking in Acadia National Park. It's a must do when staying in Bar Harbor, Maine!


Bar Harbor Bonus

You know that joke people say about like every city except for Southern California, “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute”? Seriously. I’ve lived in four different states and I’ve heard that saying about each place I’ve lived. Someone said that to me in Bar Harbor, but I haven’t quite found that to be the case. But what does happen is the fog rolls in really quickly. Like if you’re looking down at your phone for a minute and look up, you might notice a chill and see that suddenly a thick fog has appeared over the water. It’s actually super cool and fun to watch. Take a look: 

Watching the fog roll in is just one of the scenic things to watch in Bar Harbor, Maine.


About Erika

Hi, I'm Erika! I'm a Houston transplant and have spent the last six years getting into Hou. Follow along with me for all things food and fun in this great city of ours.

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