Bar Harbor Travel Guide

Bar Harbor lies against Maine's quintessentially craggy coast. Its waterfront is an excellent array of accommodations and restaurants fill the streets and culture is within easy reach.


Activities
Acadia National Park
The first national park east of the Mississippi, Acadia may arguably be the East Coast's most scenic. Visit the top of Cadillac Mountain for sunrise, explore scenic overlooks and hit the Jordan Pond House for its legendary popovers with jam.
Photo by National Park Service
  • Mt. Desert Island
  • Mount Desert, ME US

Acadia National Park

The first national park east of the Mississippi, Acadia may arguably be the East Coast's most scenic. Visit the top of Cadillac Mountain for sunrise, explore scenic overlooks and hit the Jordan Pond House for its legendary popovers with jam.
Mt. Desert Island Mount Desert, ME, US
Phone: +1 207-288-3338
Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse
Technically part of Acadia, but located just a 30-minute drive from the park, this idyllic light on the edge of Maine's craggy coast is one of Maine's most photographed. Walk the trail to the left for the best -- and most iconic -- photos.

Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse

Technically part of Acadia, but located just a 30-minute drive from the park, this idyllic light on the edge of Maine's craggy coast is one of Maine's most photographed. Walk the trail to the left for the best -- and most iconic -- photos.
Mt. Desert Island Tremont, ME, US
Sunset at Balance Rock Inn
Celebrate sunset at one of the prettiest spots in town -- the Balance Rock Inn's back patio overlooking the waterfront. Complete with a pool, fire pits and bar serving artisan cocktails, it's a true insider's gem.
Photo by Balance Rock Inn
  • 21 Albert Meadow
  • Bar Harbor, ME 04609 US

Sunset at Balance Rock Inn

Celebrate sunset at one of the prettiest spots in town -- the Balance Rock Inn's back patio overlooking the waterfront. Complete with a pool, fire pits and bar serving artisan cocktails, it's a true insider's gem.
21 Albert Meadow Bar Harbor, ME, US
Phone: +1 207-288-2610
Abbe Museum
The Smithsonian-affiliated Abbe Museum's mission is to inspire new learning about Maine's native Wabanaki tribes. The museum showcases artifacts, contemporary native art and features a touching Circle of Four Directions contemplative space.
Photo by Abbe Museum
  • 26 Mt. Desert St.
  • Bar Harbor, ME 04609 US

Abbe Museum

The Smithsonian-affiliated Abbe Museum's mission is to inspire new learning about Maine's native Wabanaki tribes. The museum showcases artifacts, contemporary native art and features a touching Circle of Four Directions contemplative space.
26 Mt. Desert St. Bar Harbor, ME, US
Phone: +1 207-288-3519
Thuya and Asticou Gardens
Traditional English garden lovers and fans of azaleas will be drawn to Thuya and Asticou gardens. Accessible by land or sea, the former features a blend of annuals and perennials while the latter focuses on azaleas.
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Photo by LightRocket / Getty Images
  • 3 Sound Dr.
  • Northeast Harbor, ME 04662 US

Thuya and Asticou Gardens

Traditional English garden lovers and fans of azaleas will be drawn to Thuya and Asticou gardens. Accessible by land or sea, the former features a blend of annuals and perennials while the latter focuses on azaleas.
3 Sound Dr. Northeast Harbor, ME, US
Visit Northeast Harbor's Shops
Explore beyond Bar Harbor's charms in nearby Northeast Harbor -- a tiny, scenic village and marina whose summer residents have included the Rockefellers. Spend an afternoon strolling past art galleries, boutiques and bookshops.
  • Northeast Harbor
  • Mount Desert, ME US

Visit Northeast Harbor's Shops

Explore beyond Bar Harbor's charms in nearby Northeast Harbor -- a tiny, scenic village and marina whose summer residents have included the Rockefellers. Spend an afternoon strolling past art galleries, boutiques and bookshops.
Northeast Harbor Mount Desert, ME, US

Hotels
West Street Hotel
Easily Bar Harbor's trendiest accommodation, the sleek West Street Hotel's ultra-mod rooms include spacious balconies with unbeatable views in an ideal location. Hotel highlights include an incredible heated rooftop infinity pool with 360° views.
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  • 50 West St.
  • Bar Harbor, ME 04609 US

West Street Hotel

Easily Bar Harbor's trendiest accommodation, the sleek West Street Hotel's ultra-mod rooms include spacious balconies with unbeatable views in an ideal location. Hotel highlights include an incredible heated rooftop infinity pool with 360° views.
50 West St. Bar Harbor, ME, US
Phone: +1 207-288-0825
Harborside Hotel & Spa
Tucked alongside Frenchman's Bay in the heart of Bar Harbor, this seaside retreat's 193 rooms and suites include amenities like marina access, free Wi-Fi and spa services at the Bar Harbor Club. Treat yourself to a room with an outdoor Jacuzzi.
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  • 55 West St.
  • Bar Harbor, ME 04609 US

Harborside Hotel & Spa

Tucked alongside Frenchman's Bay in the heart of Bar Harbor, this seaside retreat's 193 rooms and suites include amenities like marina access, free Wi-Fi and spa services at the Bar Harbor Club. Treat yourself to a room with an outdoor Jacuzzi.
55 West St. Bar Harbor, ME, US
Phone: +1 207-288-5033
Bar Harbor Inn & Spa
Set upon the shore at the head of Frenchman's Bay, this historic inn's storied past will captivate history lovers. More importantly, its prime location, luxury spa and well-appointed rooms will insure a comfortable stay.
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  • 1 Newport Dr.
  • Bar Harbor, ME 04609 US

Bar Harbor Inn & Spa

Set upon the shore at the head of Frenchman's Bay, this historic inn's storied past will captivate history lovers. More importantly, its prime location, luxury spa and well-appointed rooms will insure a comfortable stay.
1 Newport Dr. Bar Harbor, ME, US
Phone: +1 800-248-3351
The Bluenose Inn
Perched on a granite hillside high above Bar Harbor, the Bluenose Inn features exceptional sweeping views of the waterfront and town below. Enjoy indoor and outdoor pools, a spa and nightly live piano music in the hotel's Great Room.
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  • 90 Elden St.
  • Bar Harbor, ME 04609 US

The Bluenose Inn

Perched on a granite hillside high above Bar Harbor, the Bluenose Inn features exceptional sweeping views of the waterfront and town below. Enjoy indoor and outdoor pools, a spa and nightly live piano music in the hotel's Great Room.
90 Elden St. Bar Harbor, ME, US
Phone: +1 207-288-8348
Sidestreet Cafe
Locals rave over Sidestreet, a neighborhood favorite since opening in 2009. The restaurant and its tasty mains like hot pastrami and pulled pork sandwiches, give way to a rockin' bar scene -- often with live music -- as the evening progresses.
  • 49 Rodick St.
  • Bar Harbor, ME 04609 US

Sidestreet Cafe

Locals rave over Sidestreet, a neighborhood favorite since opening in 2009. The restaurant and its tasty mains like hot pastrami and pulled pork sandwiches, give way to a rockin' bar scene -- often with live music -- as the evening progresses.
49 Rodick St. Bar Harbor, ME, US
Phone: +1 207-801-2591

Restaurants & Bars
Mache Bistro
This neighborhood restaurant brought innovative farm-to-table cuisine to Bar Harbor long before it became an industry trend. The French-Mediterranean menu features tasty appetizers and entrees like seared crispy pork belly and duck leg confit.
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  • 321 Main Street
  • Bar Harbor, ME 04609 US

Mache Bistro

This neighborhood restaurant brought innovative farm-to-table cuisine to Bar Harbor long before it became an industry trend. The French-Mediterranean menu features tasty appetizers and entrees like seared crispy pork belly and duck leg confit.
321 Main Street Bar Harbor, ME, US
Phone: +1 207-288-0447
The Terrace Grill
Top dining views in town belong to the Terrace Grill and its high-end upstairs neighbor, the Reading Room. Sit outside at Terrace Grill, located mere steps from Frenchman's Bay, while chowing down on the popular Downeast Lobster Bake.
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Photo by Bar Harbor Inn Oceanfront Hotel
  • 1 Newport Dr.
  • Bar Harbor, ME 04609 US

The Terrace Grill

Top dining views in town belong to the Terrace Grill and its high-end upstairs neighbor, the Reading Room. Sit outside at Terrace Grill, located mere steps from Frenchman's Bay, while chowing down on the popular Downeast Lobster Bake.
1 Newport Dr. Bar Harbor, ME, US
Looking Glass Restaurant
With a location high above Bar Harbor, the Looking Glass Restaurant's sweeping vistas are hard to beat. Grab a sunset cocktail on the outdoor patio to enjoy the views then head inside to enjoy classics like lobster bisque and surf and turf.
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  • 50 Eden St.
  • Bar Harbor, ME 04609 US

Looking Glass Restaurant

With a location high above Bar Harbor, the Looking Glass Restaurant's sweeping vistas are hard to beat. Grab a sunset cocktail on the outdoor patio to enjoy the views then head inside to enjoy classics like lobster bisque and surf and turf.
50 Eden St. Bar Harbor, ME, US
Phone: +1 207-288-3358
The Independent Cafe
Owner Tim Rich has set out to make his cafe a community staple, and with excellent cuppas and his affable personality, he's well on the way to success. The cafe even pays mind to the environment by recycling 100% of its used grounds.
  • 164 Main Street.
  • Bar Harbor, ME 04609 US

The Independent Cafe

Owner Tim Rich has set out to make his cafe a community staple, and with excellent cuppas and his affable personality, he's well on the way to success. The cafe even pays mind to the environment by recycling 100% of its used grounds.
164 Main Street. Bar Harbor, ME, US