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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

Bar Harbor’s Festivals – from Flavors to Feathers

Bar Harbor’s Festivals – from Flavors to Feathers 

Bar Harbor’s festival season has begun! With the trees greening up and more flowers in bloom each day, the town is a feast for the eyes. Two early season celebrations offer feasts of bounty for nature lovers and foodies alike. 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!