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Bar Harbor, Maine July 24, 2010

Posted by Michael in Entertainment, Food, News.

Actually, we are about a mile outside of town.  We’re staying at another old, restored inn, this one right on the water.  Here’s the view from the balcony where I smoke:

Looking North


Looking South

On the way here, we noticed a casual looking place outside of the tourist area, also on the water, which we went back to for dinner.  We ate outside.  (The town of Bar Harbor itself is a mess, packed with tourists, chi-chi shops, overpriced restaurants, and parking is impossible.)


This cost $21

That was good.  The fries were excellent.  Here’s what that bug looked like when I was done with him:

The waitress called me a "raccoon"

I told the waitress I wanted a major blueberry dessert, so she gave me Maine blueberry pie, Maine blueberry ice cream, and, just for me, she packed some fresh Maine blueberries between the scoops of ice cream.

Blueberry OD

Tomorrow we plan to see Acadia National Park.


1. Lipstick - July 24, 2010

mmmm, blueberry ice cream, that sounds wonderful.

I’m enjoying the smokers tour of New England, thanks!

2. Michael - July 24, 2010

Another pleasant surprise — according to the GPS system in my iPhone, the fastest way to get here from Mount Washington, New Hampshire was an obscure route through the mountains on mostly secondary roads. It was about a four-hour drive, and most of it was very pretty in remote areas on secondary roads. We only spent a little over an hour on interstate highways. It was a beautiful day, sunny and temps around 80°, and an altogether pleasant trip.

I was just outside listening to the waves lapping against the shore (high tide right now), and I heard a loon.

Wow. That is an unforgettable sound. I remember it from maybe 45-50 years ago, when I was on a vacation with my family in Maine.

Tomorrow’s forecast highs:

Bar Harbor: 73°

Dallas: 98°

I may have to wear a jacket.


3. BrewFan - July 24, 2010

What an excellent vacation. All with a hot chick. You lucky dog!

4. Dave in Texas - July 24, 2010

Tasty bugs!

Was there in 1984, a place on the water too. Very nice.

5. Michael - July 24, 2010

The first pic shows a ferry at its dock on the left. The ferry goes to Nova Scotia. They are warming up the engines right now.

6. lauraw - July 24, 2010

My former fiance used to take me to a cottage on a lake in Acton, Maine every once in a while. It was so peaceful there. Summer was a great time to go there to retreat in the cool woods.

I loved listening to the loons in the very early hours of the morning.

7. greenebro - July 24, 2010

I live and work in Maine, about an hour from Bar Harbor. It’s good to read other perspectives on Maine as a reminder to take the blinders off and see the stuff all around me that I start to take for granted. You are right about driving East-West in New England…you better not be in a hurry and just resign yourself to enjoying the scenery. So happy you enjoyed your visit, please come back!

8. Cathy - July 24, 2010

Totally overcast today… lovely for sunbelters.

Waitress called us ‘cute couple’ and recommended the Halibut.

I ordered it just for the halibut. Caught fresh that morning and fabricated in the restaurant that very day. Nummy.

btw – This place has quite a history. *maybe more on that later*

9. Cathy - July 24, 2010

Okay… so this place where we’re staying was a home of Sir Harry & Eunice Oakes.

Interesting story. Lots of framed newspaper clippings here on the premises.

*far too much blue-blood*

10. kevlarchick - July 24, 2010

Lovely pics Michael and Cathy. What a delicious meal!
Did you give your server a nice tip?

Those cool temps must be very nice.

11. Dave in Texas - July 24, 2010

Cathy, email me the name of the place.

12. MCPO Airdale - July 24, 2010

I hope you two are having a marvelous time!

13. daveintexas - July 24, 2010

OH awesome, I’ve seen that place.

I wasn’t allowed to stay there.

14. TXMarko - July 25, 2010

Back here in Texas, the Loons build crazy campfires and drink a lot.

Sometimes you can hear them nearly all night before unconsciousness sets in…

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