Arbor makes Bar Harbor even better!
We occupied the Arbor House for 3 weeks and that wasn't enough!! The house is in the BEST location in downtown BH, close to the water, all restaurants, shops, bars, parks, great running routes. Not having a car didn't at all present a problem, even for trips to the grocery store (about .5 miles away). The house has it all, and if it doesn't, JR or Courtney will have it on your porch by the time you return from hiking! The layout is great and very conducive to cooking, entertaining (inside the dining area or out back in the yard). The front porch was my favorite for reading or journaling (of course with a glass of wine from a bottle purchased at the cute,local wine store right around the corner!!). I can't say enough good things about Arbor House and its owners. A few weeks after I left, my friend and her family (husband, 3 kids) stayed a week at Arbor and they all loved it and were totally comfortable. Great places for dinner - Side Street Cafe, (upstairs and outside at) Parkidse Grill, Gringo's (fresh, mexican take-out), but my favorite might have been cooking many awesome dinners at the Arbor House with different close friends and family. The kitchen is cozy and fun to cook in, or the grill out back was great too. In the mood for some good coffee/lattes?...try Trailhead Cafe (Cottage St.) or The Opera House (aka 'Internet Cafe)..the people who work there are so nice and it's fun to hang and play a game of scrabble if you're stuck inside due to bad weather or just want to chill. You HAVE to get a Blueberry soft serve cone from CJ's Big Dipper (again, right around the corner from Arbor). Try to walk the Shore Path daily, it's sooo beautiful and relaxing, and sooo close! Not one day went by (in my more than 3 weeks in Bar Harbor) that there wasn't something different to do (I never repeated one thing). Between biking the roads or carriage trails of Acadia National Park, hiking the many mountain trails, kayaking on the bay, visiting the different harbor towns and villages on the island, taking a boat tour, and so much more - one can never run out of things to do in Bar Harbor. It can satisfy anyone from an extremely physically active person to a person who likes to window shop, sight-see, and do lunch. I/we plan to return to BH next summer (5th summer visit to BH) and we will have an awesome time all over again...and I hope it's at the Arbor House. Thanks Courtney and JR for making our vacation fabulous!!!
Tourists without a Car,
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
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