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Bar Harbor Maine
Lodging, Best Hotels, Restaurants
and Must-Do Activities

Bar Harbor Maine lodging, restaurants and outdoors activities amid stunning natural beauty...that's what you'll find here.


Located on the northeast shores of Mount Desert Island's Frenchman Bay, Bar Harbor is a bustling resort town in the summer and fall. The most popular of the island's villages for tourists, it offers a ton of options for lodging, eating, shopping and activities. Along with neighboring Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor is one of Maine's hottest vacation spots.

Bar Harbor Maine cruise ship

The deep waters of Bar Harbor make it the port of call for cruise ships, which bring loads of tourists into town from about April to October. Friday through Monday are the most common days for the cruise ships to dock, but you may see them during the mid week too.

Bar Harbor is often used as home base for visitors who wish to delve into the spectacular Acadia National Park, but there is much to see and do right in the town itself and right off her shores.

Bar Harbor Maine lodging is plentiful, though expect it to be on the pricey side since it's a tourist haven. Restaurants abound - and yes - Maine lobster and seafood rule here.

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Love to shop? You'll find everything from (dare I say it) cheesy t-shirts and souvenirs to breath-takingly beautiful and unique artwork in a myriad of boutiques, galleries and shops lining Bar Harbor's Main and other adjoining streets.


And if you're looking for fun activities, other than exploring Acadia National Park, you'll find loads of interesting things to do on land and water in Bar Harbor.




The Best Bar Harbor Lodging Choices

Your Bar Harbor Maine lodging choices are many. Ranging from rustic tent or RV camping to historic bed and breakfast inns to lavish Bar Harbor Maine resorts, you'll find exactly what you're looking for to make your vacation the best ever.


Hotels and Motels

For the high end of Bar Harbor Maine lodging, the best of the best would include The Bayview, The Bar Harbor Inn and the Bar Harbor Hotel - Bluenose Inn. You'll pay a lot for these accommodations, but they are worth every penny - offering location, hospitality, awesome amenities, stunning views and much more.

Looking for great accomodations that won't quite break the bank? Topping the list of mid-range Bar Harbor hotels are the The Bar Harbor Grand Hotel, the Bar Harbor Motel, Quimby House Inn, Bestwestern Acadia Park Inn, Bar Harbor Villager Motel and the Atlantic Eyrie Lodge.

Sometimes you just want a place to lay your head that is clean and comfortable and don't really care about all the bells and whistles, right? In a place like Bar Harbor, indeed much of your time will probably be spent enjoying the great outdoors anyway. A good quality, cheap (well, cheaper anyway - this is still Bar Harbor!) hotel is all you need.

Those that would best fit the bill in this town are the Eden Village Motel and Cottages, Bar Harbor Manor, Highbrook Motel, High Seas Motel and the Robbins Motel.

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Bed and Breakfast Inns

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Do you just adore lovingly restored, historic homes, personal service, feeling like part of the family, exquisite breakfasts enjoyed with the company of other like minded people, and relaxing in rocking chairs on wide front porches watching the world go by? If so, maybe a bed and breakfast inn is the right Bar Harbor Maine lodging choice for you.


Luckily there are so many top quality B & B's in Bar Harbor, you almost can't go wrong in choosing one.

Many options for all budgets are available, so here are my top picks to make your decision a little easier...

In a tourist town, you can pay quite a bit for the best of the best. If you're anything like me, you don't mind paying when you feel you've gotten your money's worth. You'll definitely feel that way after staying in these top B & B's - Saltair Inn Bed and Breakfast, Primrose Inn, Bass Cottage Inn, Atlantean Cottage and the Inn at Bay Ledge.

With outstanding quality and customer service, these moderately priced B & B's are worth checking out - Hearthside Bed and Breakfast, Holland Inn, Maples Inn, Black Friar Inn and the Graycote Inn.

Love the B & B experience but want to save your pennies for shopping, dining or activities? Take a look at these less expensive, yet quality inns - the Coach Stop Inn B & B, Aysgarth Station B & B, Ullikana B & B and the Heathwood Inn.

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More Bar Harbor Maine Lodging pages...

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Notable Bar Harbor Restaurants

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No matter what you are craving, you're likely to find it in Bar Harbor. Of course the freshest catch from the sea is tops on most menus, and rightly so, but all types of culinary wonders can be enjoyed in this town.

Much like in Portland Maine, the emphasis here is on fresh, local and seasonal. From fine dining experiences all the way to rustic roadside "lobstah" shacks - you certainly won't leave hungry or unsatisfied. Many of the restaurants serve up wonderful views from outdoor decks - an experience that just adds to the fun and enjoyment.

Top Bar Harbor restaurants include the Town Hill Bistro, Cafe This Way, Maggie's Restaurant and The Reading Room at the Bar Harbor Inn. There's so much to choose from, however, so let the pages listed below help you hone in on exactly the dining experiences you're seeking for your vacation.


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Bar Harbor Activities

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If you love the great outdoors, there is no better vacation spot in Maine than Bar Harbor. Endless recreational activities are yours for the taking (or is it the doing?) on the land and the water.

What's your speed?

Does the thrill of rock climbing or ocean kayaking make you quiver with delight? Feel like joining in with some of the great tours Bar Harbor has to offer? How about taking in a few cultural endeavors like art, music or museums?

No matter what your style, you can easily fill your vacation with as much fun as you can stand!



Find all the activity info you need in these pages...

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Whether you're looking for Bar Harbor Maine lodging, restaurants or activities to plan your vacation, you've come to the right place. I hope you enjoy your visit to Mount Desert Island!

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