Two weekends ago Marc and I took a trip up to Mount Desert Island, Maine, most known for the town of Bar Harbor. Both of us spent many summers at our respective camps in Maine, so the summer there holds a very special place in our hearts. Since we couldn’t agree which camp was better to visit (mine, ALC, obvs), we decided to check out the Island, home to Acadia National Park.

The Island is about a 5 hour drive from Boston, so we split up the trip with a stop in the Old Port for lunch. We got some very cheap lobster rolls and lobster (we are talking $10 and $12 respectively) at J’s Oyster. It’s right on the water and popular with the locals and so Maine. After lunch we took a quick walk to work off the lobstah.

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After a long 3 hours through Maine we arrived at the Lindenwood Inn in Southwest Harbor. A an inn recommended to us by Elly who grew up on the island. It was the perfect spot, mainly because there was no flowery decor, which Marc detests. Instead, the owner has decorated the rooms which pieces from his travels through Asia and the Pacific Islands.

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Mount Desert Island is divided into a few towns, Somesville, the first settlement on the Island (and the best because it’s home to the ElPep’s), Bar Harbor, Seal Harbor, Southwest Harbor, Northeast Harbor and Your Mom’s Harbor (you get the idea). Acadia National Park spans the whole Island.

On our first evening we took a Foggy Cruise on the Schooner Margaret Todd (or was it a sailboat?), the only 4 masted ship on the east coast. The boat was quite pretty, but unfortunately the fog prevented us from taking in the surroundings. After the chilly sail we warmed up with some clam chowder and Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale, YUM.

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The next day it was time to explore the park. We rented bikes in Bar Harbor and hopped onto a L.L. Bean sponsored, propane-powered shuttle bus. It dropped us off just inside the park, on the north side of Eagle Lake. From this point, there were 45-miles of carriage roads — basically, well maintained gravel roads — to explore. The roads were the gift of John D. Rockefeller, who wanted a way to enjoy the park automobile free, hence the name carriage roads. You still can take carriage rides, but there were also plenty of other bikers, hikers and runners.

The trails took us through woodlands, up some small peaks, and besides beautiful lakes.

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Elly told us it was a must to stop for Lunch at the Jordan Pond House, a restaurant right in the park, known for their popovers, which after biking 12 miles, were DELISH!

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In the afternoon it rained a bit and I got muddy. Not cool at the time, but kinda hard core if I do say so myself!

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Luckily once we were de-mud-ified, showered and recovered from the ride the owner of the Lindenwood Inn hosted a margarita happy hour (well more like 2 hours) for all the guests. Perfect way to end a long day!

The next day we we joined the masses on Park Loop Road, which is said to be the premier attraction of Acadia National Park. This 20-mile stretch of pavement closely follows the rocky shoreline. Spruce and fir trees sit on dark granite ledges above the crashing white surf below (sentence plagiarized from MarcZawel.com). After driving up Cadillac Mountain, the highest peak on the eastern seaboard, we hit the coast, parked the car, and hiked along the shore.

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Exhausted we got back into the car and drove back to Portland, where we had a dinner reservation at Fore Street. I’ve been lucky enough to go three times, Marc had been on one other occasion. After the meal we agreed it is one of our favorite restaurants in the country. The food is all super fresh and in-season; the open-kitchen in the middle of the restaurant is a spectacle; and there’s a vegetable closet. They might call it something different, but it’s a wood-paneled room full of fresh veggies, completely awesome.

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Our dessert, a flour-less chocolate torte with a vanilla bean milkshake, was divine. I must admit, I ordered the dish specifically for the shake.

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Maine ROCKS!

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