Bar Harbor, Maine

In Bar Harbor, Maine The Weather Outside Is Frightful

Oh the weather outside is frightful,
But the fire is so delightful,
And since we’ve no place to go,
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

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Seafront park in Bar Harbor Maine

Bar Harbor Maine

Park fountain in Bar Harbor, Maine

At the moment, the lyrics of this old song could not be more appropriate. I arrived in Bar Harbor, Maine at noon yesterday to skies so dark and gloomy that it was difficult to get a good photo. From the town pier I climbed the hill and strolled through Agamont Park where, despite the chilly weather, people sat on wooden benches enjoying the view of the harbor. I was surprised to find the town so full of tourists at this time of year but I soon learned why; two cruise ships had anchored off-shore for the day. Apparently the activity of “leaf-peeping” – traveling in search of colorful fall foliage – has been embraced by the cruise industry and Bar Harbor is one of their major ports of call.

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Ice cream shop in Bar Harbor, Maine

Indeed, the fall foliage along the coast of Maine is quite showy; the broad, leafy trees overhanging the steeply inclined sidewalks of town still exhibit brilliant colors. I wandered in and out of shops, stopping here for espresso, there for a freshly baked scone. To my amazement, many people were sitting outside eating ice cream. Apparently, ice cream is a Bar Harbor tradition; one store proprietor told me his family has been making its own ice cream since 1896. Still, tradition can only go so far; all I wanted to do was put something hot in my belly.

Late in the afternoon the sun finally peeped out from the clouds long enough for me to snap a few photos that didn’t look dark and dreary:

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Main pier at Bar Harbor, Maine

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Streets of Bar Harbor, Maine

Bar Harbor Maine

Streets of Bar Harbor, Maine

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Pretty town of Bar Harbor, Maine

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Fun in the park in Bar Harbor, Maine

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Harbour in Bar Harbor, Maine

Back at the town pier I happened upon three women laden down with purchases that they insisted were gifts for their grandchildren, but from their blushes and giggles, I suspected otherwise. They were good sports, laughing at my teasing.

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Tourists take home stuffed white bears from Bar Harbor, Maine

When I simply couldn’t stand the cold anymore, I returned to the Bar Harbor Hotel via the waterfront path and soon afterward was enjoying a dinner of Lobster Pie, the specialty of the house at the Bar Harbor Inn’s Reading Room Restaurant.

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Cruise ship offshore from Bar Harbor, Maine

This morning the weather had further deteriorated. The wind is so strong and bitingly cold that it brought tears to my eyes when I went out for a walk. After a leisurely lunch at the Thirsty Whale, I hurried back to the hotel where, as in the song, I have since been happily ensconced in front of a roaring fire in the lobby. Although I had planned to stay only two days, the weather has changed my plans. Since the forecast calls for brilliant sunshine and more moderate temperatures tomorrow, I will stay through Friday to hike a couple of the trails in Acadia National Park, which surrounds the town of Bar Harbor, before heading back down the coast. From what little I have seen of Maine so far, it is remarkably beautiful and it would be a crime to leave without exploring it a bit more. I only hope it doesn’t snow before I can get out!

4 Comments on “In Bar Harbor, Maine The Weather Outside Is Frightful

  1. Beautiful pictures! I love Bar Harbor and Acadia. I was there only 2 weeks ago, camping with my brother and enjoying the town on the last “official” tourist weekend (Columbus Day weekend). In fact, I realized after the trip that living where I do (near New York City) has been bad for my mental health, so I’ve been looking into moving up there!

    Thanks for the reminder!

  2. Barbara
    You really did a tremendous job on Bar Harbor and coming from a native Mainiac, you couldn’t get a more authentic endorsement.
    I’m reminded of an old New Yorker cartoon. Two people chatting at a cocktail party and the woman says to the man, “Maine-what an authentic place to be from!”

  3. Thank you for sharing your marvelous trip with us Barbara! I am reminded of a similar trip I took to that part of the country many years ago…GREAT PHOTOS TOO!

    What a gift!

  4. Wow–those pictures are gorgeous. I’ve always wanted to visit Maine and now I want to even more. The day sounds really relaxing and enjoyable.

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