The days that our friends T and Kelly from Florida were here were absolutely glorious. Cool mornings followed by sparkling sunshine and pleasant afternoons . . . perfect for hiking and exploring. One of our favorite hikes in Acadia National Park is called Great Head. The short 1.3-mile trail takes you up 150 feet for a panoramic view of Newport Cove and Sand Beach. As you continue along the western side of the trail the rocky coast along the Atlantic appears providing awesome views.
About the time we finished our hike, we were all starting to think about food. The idea of what to eat was milling around and we decided to venture over to our favorite winery and farm café (which is actually the only winery in town). We sat outside on the patio soaking up the sunshine and eating rockin’ good pizza.
One place we had to take our friends was to the top of Cadillac Mountain where you are treated to sweeping views of Frenchman Bay and the surrounding islands. There are two options for reaching the 1,500-foot summit of Cadillac Mountain – hiking or driving. We chose the latter. Cadillac Mountain is the highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard and the first place to view the sunrise in the United States (during certain times of the year). The scenic drive to the top of the mountain officially opened in 1931 and meanders along the North and eastern side of the mountain for approximately 3.5 miles.
“Cadillac Mountain” was named after the French explorer and adventurer, Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, Sieur de Cadillac in 1918. Prior to that it was called “Green Mountain.” The lure of the mountain and its views have been an attraction for hundreds of years. In the late 1800’s there was a mountain-top hotel and a cog railway that accommodated visitors. Today, there is a small gift shop and information center but still offers the same great views.
Bar Harbor can be a bustling little town on days when mega cruise ships are in port. A whopping 6,000 people from the multiple ships can fill the tiny town and make the sidewalks feel as if it is standing room only at a rock concert. But, just down from the main streets is a place called the “Shore Path” where you can escape the crowds and get the best views of the harbor. Originally created around 1880, the path has provided a wonderful place where people can stroll along the water, marvel at the granite outcroppings, and watch boats come and go. It is a favorite place of ours and of Spirit's.
The four days our friends were in Maine flew by. We had such a great time with them and appreciate them picking Maine for a vacation. We'll see them again this winter in Florida. Spirit's BFF is LeRoy, their dog so she can't wait to run with him on the sugar white sand!