Late last week, I snuck up to New England with my Mom. As the weekend began we headed up to Maine, specifically to Mount Desert Island to spend several days with my aunt, grandmother and some of my cousins.
Though our intentions to visit Acadia National Park were unrealized thanks to the government shutdown, I still enjoyed my time on Maine coast during this gorgeous time of year.
I've spent a lot of time in Maine during my lifetime, but this was my first trip to the Acadia area. Bar Harbor--and the adjacent towns like Southwest Harbor and Northeast Harbor-are scenic without too many tourist traps. Sure, there are lobster-themed sweatshirts and blueberry-shaped soaps to be had, but the real attraction of the area is the natural surroundings.
Yesterday, the weather was bright and clear. Despite the park being officially closed, we made the most of our time here. We bought tickets for a scenic boat tour that launched from Bar Harbor and, for over two hours, enjoyed the rocky shoreline, flocks of ducks and the occasional harbor seal.
Our tour afforded the chance to ogle the gorgeous historic homes of Bar Harbor and neighboring towns, though I was sad when we didn't pass Martha's Seal Harbor home, Skylands. You know I would have loved that.
I was green with envy over every single home. I also snapped some pictures of the flora and fauna around the coastline that was too pretty not to share.
(all via Meet Me in Philadelphia)
So, we didn't make it to Acadia National Park. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the last few days on Mount Desert Island and hope to return again another year.
Have you ever been to this quaint spot in Vacationland? I would definitely encourage you to!