Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor

5 Reasons to Visit Bar Harbor

Whether you’re planning a family vacation in Maine or you’re seeking a fun place for a romantic Maine getaway, look no further than Bar Harbor. Less than three hours from Portland, Bar Harbor is beloved by residents and out-of-state tourists alike for its appealing blend of beautiful scenery, great food, and lots of things to do. Still need some persuasion? Here are our five best reasons why there’s no vacation like a Bar Harbor vacation.

If you want to stay close to Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor is as good at it gets
Acadia National Park is one of the most beautiful and accessible places in the country, and no place gets you closer to all the natural beauty, outdoor activity, and majestic views than Bar Harbor. The Hulls Cove entrance to Acadia National Park is just three miles from downtown. After a hearty breakfast at one of Bar Harbor’s great restaurants, you can spend the rest of day hiking, cycling, rock climbing, or simply driving along the scenic roads that wind through Acadia National Park.

Bar Harbor delivers a coastal getaway like nowhere else in Maine
With 3,478 total miles of coastline in Vacationland, proclaiming Bar Harbor to be the best coastal town in Maine is a bold statement, but hear us out. Yes, Maine has many waterfront locations, but no coastal town can match Main Street in Bar Harbor. As you stroll past dozens of shops, galleries, and restaurants, the road slopes ever so slightly as you get closer to the water. Keep walking, and you’ll eventually get to Agamont Park where you’ll find unobstructed views of the water and the nearby islands off the coast. In any other city or town, Agamont Park would be condominiums, but here, it’s a public green space for the enjoyment of everyone.

The lively downtown area offers plenty of things to do in Bar Harbor
Every day in Bar Harbor can be a completely different adventure. From art galleries to souvenir shops and oyster bars to Irish pubs, you’ll all find all kinds of shopping and dining options to make every moment of your vacation memorable. Be sure to check our list of the best restaurants in Bar Harbor and close by.

There’s no better way to appreciate Maine than a Bar Harbor boat cruise
Mount Desert Island is one of the most beautiful places in Maine. As great as it is on dry land, seeing it from the water is even better. From a relaxing ride on a sailboat to an adrenaline-pumping deep sea fishing trip or whale watch, you’ll find a wide range of boat cruises in Bar Harbor. Maine is the only place you’ll find the Atlantic Puffin, and if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a Maine lobsterman, you can experience that too!

The most relaxing retreat in Bar Harbor is waiting for you
If you want to be close to all of Bar Harbor’s activities but prefer a laid-back resort with plenty of privacy and ocean views, make Salt Cottages your summer place. Whether you choose a studio, 1-bedroom, or 2-bedroom accommodation, you’ll enjoy delightful amenities, including our heated outdoor pool, onsite eatery, and plenty of on-site activities – all this and Salt Cottages is less than a mile from the Hull’s Cove entrance to Acadia.

Whatever reason inspires you to visit Bar Harbor this summer, stay with us at Salt Cottages for a vacation beyond compare!

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