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Twinkle, Twinkle … A Breathtaking Spectacle

Twinkle, Twinkle … A Breathtaking Spectacle

Acadia Night Sky FestivalDoes the beauty of the night sky take your breath away? If so, we have a spectacular event to add to your autumn calendar. The Acadia Night Sky Festival takes place this year on September 25-29, 2014.

A community celebration, the Acadia Night Sky Festival promotes the protection and enjoyment of Downeast & Acadia’s stellar night sky as a valuable natural resource through education, science and the arts. Continue reading

One If By Land … Adventure in Bar Harbor

One If By Land … Adventure in Bar Harbor

Acadia National Park

Photo credit: nps.gov


While the area may be best known for the pristine beauty of its infamous national park, Bar Harbor offers a grand variety of opportunities for adventure. As promised in last month’s post about water-based activities, this month we’ll be sharing recommendations for activities that keep your feet (or your wheels) on terra firma.

Calling All Adventurers!

If you’ve never visited our national treasure, Acadia National Park, this is the time to do it. Acadia is the first eastern park in the national park system and boasts gorgeous views. Today visitors come to Acadia to hike granite peaks, bike historic carriage roads, or relax and enjoy the scenery.

Are you an experienced rock climber, or looking to try the sport? Rock climbing in Bar Harbor allows you to take in the natural beauty while you conquer the cliff. (Not to mention having some cool stories to share with co-workers back at work.)

Bicycling through lovely Bar Harbor will get you around quickly while you familiarize yourself with the nooks and crannies of town that other visitors may miss. Rentals are available.

If you’re looking to move your body, but not go overboard, hit the trailhead and try one of the easier hikes. Or if you’ve had enough exercise, hop aboard the free Island Explorer bus which travels from in-town through the park’s hiking trails, carriage roads and island beaches.

Whatever way you may reach the summit, don’t leave Bar Harbor without seeing sunrise on Cadillac Mountain. Its location makes it the first place to see sunrise in the US – and it’s pretty spectacular. It’s only 20 minutes from Inn to the peak by car. Sunrise is “rush hour” and met with applause at first peek.

“Got Cultcha?”

Small town feel notwithstanding, arts and culture abound in Bar Harbor and the surrounding area. Learn about the natural history of Bar Harbor at the George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History, or experience Old Bar Harbor at the Bar Harbor Historical Society.  Don’t miss the chance to learn about Native American life in Bar Harbor at our beloved Abbe Museum.

The Acadia Repertory Theatre is very popular with summer guests and their performances are always outstanding. For a new take on a movie theatre, we love Reel Pizza; they serve food, beer and wine and when your food is ready they’ll let you know via a bingo board. Learn about Maine’s ocean life with a hands-on experience at the Mount Desert Island Oceanarium.

Just a Little Peace and Quiet?

Take a walk through our charming little town to find some treasures and absorb the fresh air and beauty. Take an easy hike around Jordan Pond; a boardwalk borders the east side of the pond and leads to the Jordan House Restaurant & Gift Shop. Settle down in one of the Adirondack chairs and enjoy a bite to eat in a lovely setting.

Most importantly remember Maples Inn is “Classic Tranquility.” Feel at home to knit, read, engage in easy conversation with other guests, or simply relax on the front porch rockers with afternoon refreshments. On cooler days, cozy up by the living room fireplace. Give us a call today to schedule your next trip to beautiful Bar Harbor. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Savor Bar Harbor’s Autumn Riches: 10 Ideas To Keep You Happily Occupied

Savor Bar Harbor’s Autumn Riches: 10 Ideas To Keep You Happily Occupied

Acadia in AutumnOnce the initial bustle of Labor Day wanes, we’re often left with a sense of loss; summer is past, the days are getting shorter, and we’re focused on commitments and task lists rather than carefree summer jaunts.

But autumn in Bar Harbor is a treasure, with sunny days, smaller crowds, and plenty of activities to keep you happily occupied.

Find a few of our suggestions below. Continue reading

Celebrate the Night Sky at Acadia

Celebrate the Night Sky at Acadia

Acadia Night Sky Festival

Whether you favor astronomy or prefer the glow of the city, a star-filled sky is an awe-inspiring sight. Far from city lights, the Milky Way, comets, satellites and a myriad of stars become visible. Bar Harbor is committed to preserving this precious natural resource and even passed an ordinance several years ago to avoid the light pollution which would encroach on the spectacular view of the night sky. Continue reading

Coastline, Lobster and Art in the Park – Bar Harbor’s Many Riches

Coastline, Lobster and Art in the Park – Bar Harbor’s Many Riches

Art in the parkBar Harbor, Maine offers an outstanding mix of recreational activities to satisfy a variety of individual passions.

Acadia National Park & Mount Desert Island
For the outdoor enthusiast, Acadia National Park offers boundless opportunities for exploration by both land and sea. Comprised of nearly 50,000 acres of rocky coastline on Mount Desert Island and offshore islands, Acadia is the most visited national park in the country, offering spectacular scenery, wildlife, and options for recreation. The athletically inclined can hike or bike the rugged trails or join a guide for rock and mountain climbing. Water activities abound, including kayaking, sailing, and stand-up paddle boarding. Outdoor enthusiasts who prefer to experience the coast in a less physical ways can enjoy boat cruises of various types (including deep sea fishing, schooner sails, lobster boat rides) to view the variety of whales, puffins, and lighthouses that dot the rocky coastline.

Culture & History
For the culture or history buff, Bar Harbor offers a variety of museums where visitors can learn about the history of the area through exhibits, collections and programs. Those interested in a closer look at the marine life and the geology of the area may participate in guided tours of a salt marsh or learn about the area’s flora and fauna through exhibits at the nature center in Acadia National Park. A variety of nature boat cruises and bus tours are also available.

Lobster Fans & Foodies Welcome
While of course local lobster and seafood are popular menu items in this coastal area, Bar Harbor features eateries offering a wide variety of cuisines, including Latin, Asian, Cuban ad Italian food. Whether you want a high end dining experience, a Downeast lobster bake at a picnic table in the salt air, or a café offering vegan and organic choices, you’ll find it here.

A Bustling Arts Scene
Whether you have an artistic passion or simply appreciate good music, theatre and visual arts, Bar Harbor offers a variety of choices. The Bar Harbor Music Festival takes place June 30 through July 28; enjoy weekly band concerts on the village green on several evenings each week, or take in the Bar Harbor Jazz Festival. Theatre, movies and improv are also available.

Art In The Park: June 22-23, 2013
Drawing inspiration from the natural beauty of the area, more than 35 fine painters and photographers will display their works on the Bar Harbor Village Green on the weekend of June 22 and 23, 2013. This juried art show and sale in its 63rd year runs from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday and 10 am – 5 pm on Sunday, allowing you ample time to enjoy other area attractions as well. For more information, call the Chamber at 207 288 5103.

If you haven’t reserved yet, be sure to contact us soon to reserve your room; some weeks are nearly booked. We look forward to seeing you and welcoming you to Bar Harbor.

Early Season Birdwatching in Acadia

Acadia Birding FestivalEarly Season Birdwatching in Acadia

The Acadia Birding Festival is an event for birdwatchers like no other. In fact, it’s an event like no other even for non-birdwatchers. Truly like stepping into another realm, this Mount Desert Island event celebrates sights and sounds rare in today’s hectic, plugged-in world. This year, the festival takes place May 30 through June 2, 2013.

The map at left highlights “hot spots” for seeing the immense varieties of birds in the area, to explore on your own, with a guide, by water or on foot.

Day trips

Tours of various sorts offer field trips by land and sea, including hikes, van and boat trips within the park. The array of wildlife is astounding, including falcons, puffins, warblers, razorbills, gannets and fulmars. Some of these trips are already filling up, so if you want a guided experience, register now!

Talks and workshops

If you are interested in increasing your knowledge of the aviary bounty, daily talks and workshops are available. Budding photographers or videographers may wish to consider Point and Shoot for Wildlife. Birding aficionados who appreciate the astonishing variety of sounds these birds produce may be interested in Birding by Ear. Seabird ID workshop offers everyone a chance to increase their ability to recognize various species of birds in the wild.

Rest and rejuvenate

To continue the peaceful spirit of your visit, join us at Maples Inn where we pride ourselves on classic tranquility. Relax on our front porch. Sample our delicious baked good at afternoon tea. And enjoy any of our beautifully decorated rooms, each of which include a queen size bed with a fluffy down comforter and a private shower bath. We look forward to seeing you.

p.s. The weather forecast is finally looking more like the date on the calendar — so join us for a beautiful summer weekend. Book now!

Blissful Biking in Acadia National Park – No Cars!

Blissful Biking in Acadia National Park – No Cars!

Bike In Acadia MonthWith magnificent vistas of mountains and sea along the 27-mile Park Loop Road and more than 55 miles of packed-gravel carriage trails, Acadia National Park offers visitors a goldmine of natural splendor. Located in Bar Harbor, Maine on Mount Desert Island, Acadia National Park is one of the top ten most visited national parks in the country and is world-renown for bicycle enthusiasts of every skill level. For the experienced cyclist, magnificent 360 degree ocean views may be seen from the top of Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the Eastern seaboard. Sunrise on Cadillac Mountain is the first in the US.

Acadia National Park draws visitors from across the US and the world, making it one of the top 10 most visited national parks in the country in-season. Early season visitors can benefit by exploring Acadia without the crowds of July and August, and better yet, during Bike In Acadia Month, without cars or other motor vehicles.

For the period from April 15 through May 17, the National Park Service has waived entry fees to Acadia Park loop road, enabling bicyclists to ride with no motor vehicles. According to The Ellsworth American, the ability to bike the Loop Road and Cadillac Summit Road this late in the spring without car or other vehicle traffic is unprecedented. Carriage trails offer cyclists the pleasure of traversing through forest, ponds, meadows, streams, waterfalls and woods without the need to be concerned about vehicular traffic.

To encourage visitors to visit, Maples Inn is offering early season room rates of only $95/night.