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Robyn & Jim’s local guidebook

Robyn & Jim

Robyn & Jim’s local guidebook

1st time to Acadia attractions to see
Suggestions for 1st time visitors. You are not likely to have time to do all that is suggested if you are here for a week or less, so you have many options to choose from. We have a comprehensive guide to send you. This guide's suggestions are limited to those on AirBNB list and does not allow for suggestions of various hiking trails, museums, and tours. There is no way for us to add misc suggestions for those they have missed. Please send us an email at myvacrent@yahoo so that we may send our comprehensive guide.
A 27 miles long road with breath-taking scenery all along the way. You may purchase an auto tour tape at visitor’s center but it is not necessary to enjoy the scenery. A MUST see for 1st time visitors. The views are just stunning.
Park Loop Road
A 27 miles long road with breath-taking scenery all along the way. You may purchase an auto tour tape at visitor’s center but it is not necessary to enjoy the scenery. A MUST see for 1st time visitors. The views are just stunning.
Located on the park loop road. Thunder Hole is a small crevice, naturally carved out of the rocks, where the waves roll into. At the end of this crevice, down low, is a small cavern where the water rushes in trapping air which is forced out like a clap of thunder. Water may spout as high as 40 feet with a thunderous roar! Hence the name: “Thunder Hole.” It is best seen on a stormy day around the rising mid-tide.
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Thunder Hole
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Located on the park loop road. Thunder Hole is a small crevice, naturally carved out of the rocks, where the waves roll into. At the end of this crevice, down low, is a small cavern where the water rushes in trapping air which is forced out like a clap of thunder. Water may spout as high as 40 feet with a thunderous roar! Hence the name: “Thunder Hole.” It is best seen on a stormy day around the rising mid-tide.
You can enjoy popovers with jam and fresh lemonade for a light snack or stay for lunch. Maybe you want homemade ice cream for dessert. Enjoy the beautiful view of Jordan pond from the yard. Reservations recommended. Parking can be a problem. (207) 276-3316
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Jordan Pond House Restaurant
2928 Park Loop Road
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You can enjoy popovers with jam and fresh lemonade for a light snack or stay for lunch. Maybe you want homemade ice cream for dessert. Enjoy the beautiful view of Jordan pond from the yard. Reservations recommended. Parking can be a problem. (207) 276-3316
Beautiful pond with Bubble Mountains in the background. Many hiking trails around and above the pond. The one around the pond is 3.2 miles round-trip but you can stop and turn around anywhere if this is to long. If you start by going left, you will encounter a raised, wooden plank boardwalk over the vegetation to preserve the ecosystem. This side is a little rocky but manageable for most people. As you are walking around the pond, there are many areas to step off the path and enjoy the scenery. If you start by going right, the path is very flat and even until you get to the other end of the pond.
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Jordan Pond
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Beautiful pond with Bubble Mountains in the background. Many hiking trails around and above the pond. The one around the pond is 3.2 miles round-trip but you can stop and turn around anywhere if this is to long. If you start by going left, you will encounter a raised, wooden plank boardwalk over the vegetation to preserve the ecosystem. This side is a little rocky but manageable for most people. As you are walking around the pond, there are many areas to step off the path and enjoy the scenery. If you start by going right, the path is very flat and even until you get to the other end of the pond.
One of the most visited and photographed lighthouses in New England. It is land-accessible. Beautiful place to get Sunset pictures.Trail right of the parking lot goes down a paved road to view the lighthouse. Trail to the left of the parking lot goes down step wooden stairs and stone steps to the granite ledges below the lighthouse. This side gives you the best view of the lighthouse in our opinion.
Bass Harbor Lighthouse Trail
One of the most visited and photographed lighthouses in New England. It is land-accessible. Beautiful place to get Sunset pictures.Trail right of the parking lot goes down a paved road to view the lighthouse. Trail to the left of the parking lot goes down step wooden stairs and stone steps to the granite ledges below the lighthouse. This side gives you the best view of the lighthouse in our opinion.
This is a natural seawall made of stones and carved ledges. The scenery is spectacular. Enjoy listening to the waves, watching lobster boats/sail boats, or playing in the tidal pools. Picnic tables with Bar-B-Q grills are at nearby picnic grounds, so bring a lunch and visit for a while. At night, you usually see shooting stars if it is not cloudy.
Seawall
This is a natural seawall made of stones and carved ledges. The scenery is spectacular. Enjoy listening to the waves, watching lobster boats/sail boats, or playing in the tidal pools. Picnic tables with Bar-B-Q grills are at nearby picnic grounds, so bring a lunch and visit for a while. At night, you usually see shooting stars if it is not cloudy.
Fresh water swimming beach and trail head for several good hiking trails with spectacular views. 15° warmer than Sand Beach (ocean water). Life guards on duty from Memorial Day to Labor Day. 1 of 2 beaches with sand instead of the typical cobblestones.
Echo Lake Beach Rd
Fresh water swimming beach and trail head for several good hiking trails with spectacular views. 15° warmer than Sand Beach (ocean water). Life guards on duty from Memorial Day to Labor Day. 1 of 2 beaches with sand instead of the typical cobblestones.
Can’t miss this bridge as you come into Somesville. Quaint little white bridge across Somes Pond. Great place to take a picture.
Somesville
Can’t miss this bridge as you come into Somesville. Quaint little white bridge across Somes Pond. Great place to take a picture.
The highest point along the North Atlantic Coast (1,532 feet). Sometimes this is the 1st place to see the sunrise. Panoramic 360° views of Porcupine Islands, Bar Harbor, Frenchmen’s Bay, & Eagle Lake, just to name a few. You can even see Mt Katahdin (Baxter State Park) on a clear day.
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Cadillac Mountain
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The highest point along the North Atlantic Coast (1,532 feet). Sometimes this is the 1st place to see the sunrise. Panoramic 360° views of Porcupine Islands, Bar Harbor, Frenchmen’s Bay, & Eagle Lake, just to name a few. You can even see Mt Katahdin (Baxter State Park) on a clear day.
Ocean water and a sandy beach. It is located on the Park Loop Road on the one-way section. May want to take the bus as parking can be difficult with the amount of visitors. Water is cold. Many nearby hiking trails with great views.
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Sand Beach
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Ocean water and a sandy beach. It is located on the Park Loop Road on the one-way section. May want to take the bus as parking can be difficult with the amount of visitors. Water is cold. Many nearby hiking trails with great views.
Access is from off State Route198 or from Northeast Harbor. Watch for small signs. Best way to see Somes Sound in all her magnificent glory.
Sargeant Drive
Access is from off State Route198 or from Northeast Harbor. Watch for small signs. Best way to see Somes Sound in all her magnificent glory.
Asticou Azalea & Thuya Gardens, Northeast Harbor, both Near Asticou Inn- Asitcou Gardens-An English-style, semi-formal perennial and azalea garden, created by Charles Savage. There are little wooden benches and stone seats along the paths and ponds. Thuya Gardens-created by landscape architect Joseph Henry Curtis, this is a 3-acre garden featuring Japanese-style paths
Asticou
Asticou Azalea & Thuya Gardens, Northeast Harbor, both Near Asticou Inn- Asitcou Gardens-An English-style, semi-formal perennial and azalea garden, created by Charles Savage. There are little wooden benches and stone seats along the paths and ponds. Thuya Gardens-created by landscape architect Joseph Henry Curtis, this is a 3-acre garden featuring Japanese-style paths
You can walk or drive across the bar and explore Bar Island at low tide. Be sure to check the tide tables and be back across before the tide rises or you will be spending the night. Part of the island is private property, so be respectful. Great place to explore for marine life and get beautiful sunset pictures.
Bar Island
You can walk or drive across the bar and explore Bar Island at low tide. Be sure to check the tide tables and be back across before the tide rises or you will be spending the night. Part of the island is private property, so be respectful. Great place to explore for marine life and get beautiful sunset pictures.
Parking just off Route 233. Take the carriage road under the highway and turn left at the intersection. Shortly thereafter, you will be rewarded with view of Eagle Lake. You can follow the carriage road all the way around. Carriage roads are for walkers, bicycles, and horse-drawn carriages. No Automobiles.
Eagle Lake
Parking just off Route 233. Take the carriage road under the highway and turn left at the intersection. Shortly thereafter, you will be rewarded with view of Eagle Lake. You can follow the carriage road all the way around. Carriage roads are for walkers, bicycles, and horse-drawn carriages. No Automobiles.
Take a cruise to learn about the lobster industry and see seals, eagles, lobster, and lighthouses up close. Boat leaves from Shore Lane in Bass Harbor. (207) 244-5785, 5 minutes from the house. We have taken the whale watch cruises in Bar Harbor a few times and have been disappointed in that the cost is high and we have never seen much. You will usually only see the top fin of fin backs and their whale spout and a few small Minke whales that kind of look like porpoises. It is our opinion that Island Cruises is the better bang for the buck and the price is more reasonable as well. They have several trips to choose from.
Island Cruises
12 Little Island Way
Take a cruise to learn about the lobster industry and see seals, eagles, lobster, and lighthouses up close. Boat leaves from Shore Lane in Bass Harbor. (207) 244-5785, 5 minutes from the house. We have taken the whale watch cruises in Bar Harbor a few times and have been disappointed in that the cost is high and we have never seen much. You will usually only see the top fin of fin backs and their whale spout and a few small Minke whales that kind of look like porpoises. It is our opinion that Island Cruises is the better bang for the buck and the price is more reasonable as well. They have several trips to choose from.
(207) 244-7260 -Live shows daily except Monday. Children’s play every Wednesday and Saturday morning at 10:30AM. Adult shows at 8:15 PM, Tues-Sunday. Matinees sometimes. Call to check on times. These live plays have always been enjoyable and entertaining.
Acadia Repertory Theatre
1154 Main St
(207) 244-7260 -Live shows daily except Monday. Children’s play every Wednesday and Saturday morning at 10:30AM. Adult shows at 8:15 PM, Tues-Sunday. Matinees sometimes. Call to check on times. These live plays have always been enjoyable and entertaining.
Visit the Lobster Hatchery, do a salt water marsh walk, and learn about Maine Sea life and the lobster industry. There is a Hands-on exhibit and touch tank for children. This is a good thing to do on a rainy day.
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Mount Desert Oceanarium
1351 ME-3
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Visit the Lobster Hatchery, do a salt water marsh walk, and learn about Maine Sea life and the lobster industry. There is a Hands-on exhibit and touch tank for children. This is a good thing to do on a rainy day.
Enter the world of 18th century pirates. It has two 18-hole courses. Try them both. Equally fun. Fun thing to do with the children.
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Pirate's Cove
368 ME-3
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Enter the world of 18th century pirates. It has two 18-hole courses. Try them both. Equally fun. Fun thing to do with the children.
(207) 276-3622 (Reservations required). Several tours to choose from. All are enjoyable. Day Mountain Tour provides awesome views along the way and at the summit. Rockefeller Bridges tour gives fascinating details about the 16 bridges built and the carriage road itself, all unique.
Carriages of Acadia
21 Dane Farm Rd
(207) 276-3622 (Reservations required). Several tours to choose from. All are enjoyable. Day Mountain Tour provides awesome views along the way and at the summit. Rockefeller Bridges tour gives fascinating details about the 16 bridges built and the carriage road itself, all unique.