Spicyland takes Bar Harbor, MEPosted: November 13, 2012
Monday, November 5: we left Providence around 11:00. It was another three hours-ish back to Portland (plus a stop for lunch), then continuing north to Bar Harbor.
Again with the arriving to a destination at night….seriously, it felt like we were driving to the end of the earth! I literally said to DT several times, “I’m scared!” because the two-lane roads were so freaking dark and empty. But once we turned onto Main Street in Bar Harbor, there was light and [some] signs of life.
We stayed at the Bar Harbor Inn, and I’m telling you – if you visit this wonderful place, this is where you must stay. We just loved it – especially for this time of year. It was decorated for fall, the lobby had a toasty fire burning, there were hot beverages lined up with cookies and even caramel apples. It was such a cozy, inviting place!
After I finished being five years old and “scared” from the drive, I basked in the glow of the Inn. I soaked up the lobby, our comfy and quaint room (which was upgraded to a harbor view – we couldn’t see much at night, but by day….you’ll see), and the rest of the main building. Then we set off to explore Bar Harbor, which, come to find out, is a bit sleepy this time of year. Many restaurants and shops were shuttered for the winter, or open limited days/hours. The sidewalks weren’t ever bustling, and traffic down Main Street wasn’t what I would even call steady.
It sounds lonely, secluded, and abandoned – which I suppose it kind of was….but we loved it. It was so relaxing and peaceful.
The Thirsty Whale quickly became our watering hole of choice….we stumbled upon it on our initial stroll through town. And it was CHILL-Y outside!
The next day….
Morning walk along the water….so unbelievable!
Lunchtime….Geddy’s was awesome!
DT’s first lobster roll of the trip:
A return to Thirsty Whale for Kings Corner:
A little tour of the Bar Harbor Inn grounds in the daylight….
A walk at sunset – it was such a beautiful (albeit brisk) night!
Some older photos around the hotel….
Look at these prices!
Yahtzee by the lobby fire.
We bundled up and headed out for dinner.
….and landed at Guiness & Porcelli’s.
DT’s [extra garlicky] pasta with butter sauce and lobster:
My Margarita pizza:
Wednesday was quite a bit more blustery. We finally emerged from an afternoon of Yahtzee by the fire for our evening walk.
We ate our last dinner in Bar Harbor at Blaze (not much of a website at the moment). It was a cozy, yet contemporary space with a fairly diverse menu.
DT ordered shrimp tacos:
I ordered the grilled veggie sandwich with whipped potatoes for a side:
And when we left Blaze….snow was falling!
We ducked into the Thirsty Whale for our final rounds of Kings Corner in this town (for now):
Oh, Bar Harbor!
DT and I had SUCH an amazing time in this little part of the world. We proclaimed several times each day that this is where we’ll retire. Although we were partially/mostly kidding – I also couldn’t see that being too far off. It’s a magical destination, and I think a lot of what wooed us was the time of year and the sense of solitude.
So go visit sometime! 🙂
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