Belle Isle Motel

910 State Hwy 3, Bar Harbor, Maine, 04609, United States
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What to do in Maine?

by cet84

Hi, my boyfriend and I are taking a cruise and one of our stops is Bar Harbor. We are trying to venture out and take our own tour. We will be docked from 7am to 6pm. Considering our short time frame what sightseeing is most recommended, best place to get lobster, and best tour to take?


Re: What to do in Maine?

by Dabs

We visited Acadia National Park from Bar Harbor, we had a car but it looks like there is a bus option although I have no idea how convenient the times are

We had a fabulous lobster dinner at Poor Boys Gourmet but it was a few years ago so check some recent reviews

Re: What to do in Maine?

by xymmot

I think just walking the town was great and look for signs at restaurants for lobster deals like twin lobster 19.95. There is a micro-brew there I think called the salty dog or something like that, but it is popular with tourist and locals. That your time,donĀ“t rush off the boat when it docks, have a leisure lunch, then a stroll in town and back to the cruise. Cheers Tommy x

Re: What to do in Maine?

by goodfish

We loved Bar Harbor and, of course, the main attraction is Acadia National Park. We had a car too but, as Kristi mentioned, you can take the shuttle (Acadia Explorer) around the different spots in the park. The only trouble there is that it appears to make only one stop at those spots per hour, it could be kind of a wait.

We went to do some serious hiking to lose the daytime cruise-line crowd but if you're not up to that, there are some great shorter trails - like the one around Jordan Pond. The park website (that Kristi provided) will give you an idea of length/difficulty/location of the trails.

You could also rent a bike to explore the area - this would be really fun if it's not raining! You can lose the traffic by peddling the the carriage roads within the park!

The town of Bar Harbor is cute and compact. Take a walk around, explore the shops, the church and the waterfront. Here's the Bar Harbor website:

There is a 2 and 1/2 hour bus tour you can take:

As far as eating goes, avoid the wharf at all costs - we had our worst meal of the week there (at Stewman's Lobster Pound). It's just really touristy and the quality of the food is uneven.

We had excellent meals at:
Poor Boy's Gourmet (yes, another vote for that one!)

McKay's Public House

Maggie's (the lobster crepes are to die for)

While you may not be having whole lobsters at these places, you can have something (like the crepes) with lobster IN it.

Have a blueberry ale at Geddy's - just for fun.

Lots to do! Here's our VT main pages on Acadia:

And my pages on Bar Harbor/Acadia National Park:

Travel Tips for Bar Harbor

Want a nice walking map?

by pchamlis

Here's a website where you can get a nice little walking map of Bar Harbor. It can be downloaded as a .pdf file.

Walking Main Street

by Geoff_Wright

the main street in Bar Harbor is, well, Main Street! Unfortunately my pictures don't do it the justice it deserves, as the lowering sun cast rather long shadows, but I think you'll see how nice the street is. This one has a glimpse of the Quarterdeck Restaurant, at 1 main Street.

Cruise to Nova Scotia

by Dabs

As I was researching this trip, I came across day trips to Nova Scotia that left from Bar Harbor. I thought about it briefly but then decided it was too much for this trip and really wouldn't do the area justice. But should I ever return to this area I will definitely be looking into taking The Cat ferry to Nova Scotia, with our rental car if possible, and driving up to Halifax.

The Cat ferry takes about 3 hours to cross from Bar Harbor to Yarmouth, around 5 1/2 from Portland to Yarmouth.

Good Food...Not Great...Not Bad

by where2next about Island Chowderhouse

Pretty much a no thrills place. Good for a family with kids. If the picture looks familiar it's because the Chowderhouse is located next to the Thirsty Whale. I had crab cakes and warm apple cider (it was early October when I was there).

Internet Cafe

by where2next about Opera Cafe

On Cottage Street a few stores up from main there is an internet cafe / coffee house. The ambience was pretty cool. The computers are located in the back half of the cafe, and the owners have done a really nice job with interior decorating so the place feels cozy. The price for connecting to the internet will surely vary over time, I think it was a couple dollars per hour, though it doesn't cost mucjh to quickly check email, weather, etc. They have coffee, et al, though I went with a Smoothie to cool down after some biking. They also have a ton of baked goods which all looked very tempting.


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Address: 910 State Hwy 3, Bar Harbor, Maine, 04609, United States