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Bar Harbor Introduction


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The town of Bar Harbor, Maine, thrives in the shadow of Acadia National Park. The name of the street that leads into town is Eden, which pretty much says it all. Cadillac Mountain looks over 44,000 acres/17,806 hectares of pine forests stretching all the way to Bar Harbor. To the south, waves crash against steep, rocky cliffs. Dozens of smaller, wooded isles dot the deep blue water.  Click here to see the full Bar Harbor travel guide on Travel42 »

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Bar Harbor Geography


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Bar Harbor is a small coastal town on Mount Desert Island, the largest of more than 3,000 islands off the Maine coast and the largest rock-based island on the Atlantic seaboard. The town is surrounded on three sides by Acadia National Park, one of the country's most-visited national parks, and has rocky shores abutting the Atlantic on its fourth side. The town itself is 27,000 acres/10,926 hectares and enjoys about 28 mi/45 km of coastline.   Click here to see the full Bar Harbor travel guide on Travel42 »

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Bar Harbor History


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Mount Desert Island's first seasonal visitors were Native Americans who lived on the mainland and ventured to the coast for its mild temperatures and abundant food resources. French explorer Samuel de Champlain was the first European to visit the island when he ran aground there in 1604. He named the island Isle des Monts Deserts for the rocky, barren mountain summits he saw.   Click here to see the full Bar Harbor travel guide on Travel42 »

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Bar Harbor Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Although the natural attractions of Acadia National Park are the main lure of Mount Desert Island, the town of Bar Harbor itself is a very pleasant place to spend some time. The Rockefellers, Astors, Fords, Carnegies, Vanderbilts and other elite, moneyed families made the island their summer home between the late 1880s and World War II. Their enormous shingled cottages eventually fell into disrepair, but many of them have been turned into bed-and-breakfasts. A very few still remain in the hands of the original families who had them built.  Click here to see the full Bar Harbor travel guide on Travel42 »

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Bar Harbor Nightlife


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Bar Harbor's pubs are the main source of nightlife, with a few offering live music and dancing during the high season. As with its restaurants, the majority of Bar Harbor's pubs are only open during the summer. Closing time is generally 1 am.

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Bar Harbor Restaurants & Dining


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Bar Harbor's fisherfolk harvest soft-shell clams and ply the waters for lobster, scallops, bluefin tuna and flounder. But most visitors want lobster, which is plentiful. Maine shore dinners are traditional feasts of lobster, clams, delicious side dishes, and blueberry cake or pie. Lobster rolls are good, too; they are a kind of a lobster-salad sandwich. The local fruit of choice is the wild Maine blueberry—tiny but delectably intense—that grows only on the thin, acidic soil of the area.   Click here to see the full Bar Harbor travel guide on Travel42 »

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