After kicking off our first week in Acadia with a bang, we made a concerted effort to enjoy the perfect August-in-Maine weather and some needed rest and relaxation.
For Ryan it looked a lot like this …
… while I spent plenty of time in my chair with a book contemplating the trees.
But our second week in Maine wasn’t all lounging! One sunny afternoon we took the Tahoe out for a spin on the Park Loop Road, a gorgeous scenic drive which included a detour to the top of Cadillac Mountain.
While Ryan had previously enjoyed the sunrise from Cadillac Mountain — the tallest mountain along the North Atlantic seaboard of the United States — I had never been before. The panoramic view of Schoodic Peninsula, the Porcupine Islands, Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor, and Eagle Lake was absolutely stunning! We could even see a cruise ship in the harbor … one of those amazing New York to Halifax cruises I’m dying to do!
Later in the week Ryan went for a bicycle ride which took him past one of the amazing bridges for which Acadia National Park is famous.
The Carriage Roads and stone bridges in Acadia National Park were financed and directed by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. to allow visitors to enjoy the park’s natural beauty, free from motorized vehicles. The 17 stone-faced bridges on Mount Desert Island are each unique, and designed to blend seamlessly with their surroundings.
Another Acadia National Park must is visiting Jordan Pond. We hiked the Jordan Pond Shore Trail — an easy 3.3 mile loop around the pond. The western side of the loop is a rough-hewn log path with pleasant pond views and lots of shade.
Of course, the best way to follow up a hike around Jordan Pond is with popovers at the Jordan Pond House Restaurant. You’ll need reservations to get in (we didn’t have them this time around), but enjoying tea and popovers smeared with fresh blueberry jam while relaxing on the lawn is quintessential Acadia.
We spent another extremely pleasant day touring the “quiet side” of Mount Desert Island, which includes Bass Harbor and Southwest Harbor. We made a stop at the Bass Harbor Head Light, and even clambered out onto the rocks to stick our toes in the chilly water.
If you’ve been to Acadia, you know that a very serious component of the experience is choosing The Best Blueberry Pie. We’ve tried a few, but our favorite is found in Southwest Harbor at IslandBound Treats. Mary Musson works tirelessly all summer long lovingly making, from scratch, what is indeed The Best Blueberry Pie Ever. They’re fresh, packed with fruit, and just the right amount of sweet. In fact, they’re basically Maine in a pie.
I half wondered if we’d have enough to do to stay busy for two weeks in Acadia National Park, but as it turned out the days flew by and we didn’t even accomplish everything on our list. Next time we head that way, we’d love to:
- Take the ferry to Little Cranberry Island and visit Isleford and the Isleford Historical Museum;
- Go on a whale watching tour out of Bar Harbor;
- Hike Cadillac Mountain, the park’s highest peak;
- Visit Isle Au Haut and Schoodic Peninsula, two pieces of the park not connected to Mount Desert Island.
And that, folks, concludes the story of our two beautiful weeks in Maine! We know a lot of our traveling friends spent time in Acadia this summer and fall … so tell us, what are your Acadia musts and insider secrets? We’d love to hear them, because we’re definitely going back!