We had been to Maine on vacation before but never went far enough North to go to Acadia National Park. This was our most anticipated East coast stop and it did not disappoint!! This is by far our favorite destination since we left home. There are no words or pictures that can accurately depict what we experienced on our coastal drive and our 6 days in Acadia. We hiked everyday with Greta and Bella and went to bed happy and exhausted. The cliffs and ocean were majestic to say the least. We did what we could to get some great pics. Oh and we liked Bar Harbor (it was not very busy this time of year) where we ate some delicious seafood and Renee went to a local Salon to get pampered, she was so happy!
We stayed in a private campground located in Bass Harbor on Mount Desert Island where the most popular areas of Acadia National Park are located. The campground was perfect for our stay in Acadia, why? Perfect location, budget sensitive price, luxuries (Laundry/WIFI/Cable) and nice people. The campground takes Passport America during the shoulder season (avoid the crowds and get better prices), of course soon we will no longer be in shoulder season and will be dealing with the summer crowds.
Start your visit to Acadia by going to the Hulls Cove Visitor Center which is close to Bar Harbor. From there take the 27 mile drive around Park Loop Road. Park loop Road provides access to the most popular spots in the park, some from the comfort of your car. From that point you can pick and choose your activities! Acadia is the 12th smallest national park but the 9th most visited (out of 58 total national parks). We learned that Acadia is crazy busy in July and August, so maybe go in late spring or fall.
Hiking - amazing hiking in Acadia!
Gorham Mountain – 1.8 miles/2 hours hiking up the mountain and back. Wide open ocean views.
Ship Harbor - 1.2-mile loop/1 hour hike very close to our campground. Lots of tide pools and rocky coastline - the dogs loved it.
Eagle Lake Carriage Road – 6.1-mile loop/2 hour hike around Eagle Lake on a Carriage Road. Great walk, Tim took the dogs while Al was getting serviced and Renee was being pampered in the salon.
Wonderland – 1.4-mile loop + 2 mile walk back to the campground/about 2 hours. Tim took Greta around 6pm one evening. This was Tim's favorite time of the day because the sun was softer and filtered through the trees. This trail had a combination of rocky shoreline, cobble beaches and spruce forest.
Jordan Pond - 3.2-mile/2 hour loop around Jordan Pond. Jordan pond is simply beautiful and also the water supply for the surrounding area. This by far was Renee's favorite hike in Acadia.
Check out a few videos we took while hiking (well one of us hiking and one of a tired dog after hiking!)
Food - some highlights
Renee's Kitchen - we eat most meals "at home" (Peg), Renee is a great cook and we use mostly organic and/or locally grown ingredients!
Peekytoe Provisions - great find, Renee wanted some Maine lobster but did not want to overpay
Tim came up with a great idea. Make dinner, pack it up and take it to top of of Cadillac Mountain for the sunset; Cadillac Mountain is the tallest mountain on the Atlantic Coast.
Check out the slideshow of the coast of Maine and Acadia
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