Bar Harbor, ME, USA

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Bar Harbor, ME, USA

Bar Harbor vacation rentals

Freedom of choice in Bar Harbor

Sandwiched between the mountains and the ocean, Bar Harbor offers multiple vacation themes in one destination, and Bar Harbor vacation rentals are the perfect way to capitalize on this freedom of choice. Whether you indulge your appetite for adventure on the scenic trails of Cadillac Mountain, explore the diverse wildlife of Maine in Acadia National Park, soak up the stylish ambience of Main Street, or relax to the soothing rhythms of the Atlantic Ocean, self-catering Bar Harbor vacation rentals offer the flexibility to tailor your timetable according to your personal preferences.

Reliving Bar Harbor’s golden age

Bar Harbor became a popular summer playground for the East Coast elite during the Gilded Age of the late 19th century. Celebrities, artists, tycoons, and statesmen competed to build the most palatial mansions, and lavish hotels sprung up to cater for the growing influx of wealthy vacationers. Today’s visitors can get a glimpse of this golden age on a walking tour of Mount Desert Street, where several of these former summer homes are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Another side of Bar Harbor’s heritage can be experienced on a cruise around Frenchman Bay aboard an authentic lobster boat.

Bar Harbor—proud to showcase indigenous culture

The Abbe Museum is an affiliate of the prestigious Smithsonian Institute and boasts one of the country’s best collections of Maine Native American basketry. The museum works with the indigenous Wabanaki nation to preserve and share its history and culture through exhibitions of ancient and modern artifacts, workshops, and special events. The main building in downtown Bar Harbor is open daily between May and October, and Thursday through Saturday between November and April. The museum also has a rural outpost at historic Sieur de Monts Spring in Acadia National Park, which is open during the summer months only.

Bar Harbor sparkles no matter what the season

Although the town originally made its name as a summer resort, the proliferation of fully equipped Bar Harbor vacation rentals in recent years has allowed visitors to make the most of Maine’s changing seasons without sacrificing the comforts of home. The spectacular natural beauty of Acadia National Park takes on a new magic when the temperatures plummet, especially during the snowfalls of December through March, so simply check out Bar Harbor vacation rentals with a hot tub and cozy open fire and enjoy the depths of winter minus the high-season crowds.

See Bar Harbor’s whales through expert eyes

The rich and varied marine life around Mount Desert Island is a major attraction for visitors. Whales can occasionally be spotted with the naked eye from the shore, although venturing into deeper waters offers a better chance of spotting these huge, graceful creatures. Humpbacks, minkes, and finbacks share their home in the Gulf of Maine with sharks, dolphins, and porpoises. Specialized nature cruises from Bar Harbor pier are accompanied by wildlife experts who know all the best locations and are happy to answer questions. Trips run daily between May and October.