Destination guide

Explore Bar Harbor from vacation home rentals

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.

Things to do

Places to visit near Bar Harbor vacation rentals

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.

Activities

Things to do near Bar Harbor vacation homes

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.

Weather

Climate for your stay in Bar Harbor vacation homes

Although the town originally made its name as a summer resort, the proliferation of fully equipped Bar Harbor vacation rentals in recent years has allowed visitors to make the most of Maine’s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.

Natural features

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.

How to get there

How to get to and around Bar Harbor

The nearest airport is in Bar Harbor, ME (BHB-Hancock County - Bar Harbor), located 8.6 mi (13.9 km) from the city center.

Family friendly

Family fun in Bar Harbor vacation rentals

Kids will love the fun and educational attractions in Bar Harbor. Vacation homes can be found near places like the Mount Desert Oceanarium, a hands-on aquarium with a lobster hatchery and ecological marsh walk, and George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History, a museum with natural science exhibits and interactive displays. Families will also like Lamoine State Park, a seasonal waterfront recreational area with camping, boating, fishing, and wildlife viewing.

Good for couples

Couple's attractions near Bar Harbor vacation homes

Bar Harbor is an idyllic location for couples to explore. Vacation homes are available near places like Cadillac Mountain, a massive summit with a hiking trail and expansive views, and Jordan Pond, a mountain lake with a teahouse, loop nature trail, and restaurant. You'll also enjoy Somes Sound, a tranquil inlet formed by glacial activity with opportunities for boating and camping.

Can I find a vacation rental around Bar Harbor?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,245 vacation rentals near Bar Harbor. From 659 Houses to 397 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Bar Harbor for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Bar Harbor?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Bar Harbor:

  • Hulls Cove: 32 vacation rentals
  • Town Hill: 31 vacation rentals
  • Seal Harbor: 18 vacation rentals
  • Bass Harbor: 281 vacation rentals
  • Northeast Harbor: 266 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Bar Harbor?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Bar Harbor. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Bar Harbor Whale Watching: 1,283 vacation rentals
  • Cadillac Mountain: 1,284 vacation rentals
  • Mount Desert Island Oceanarium: 1,411 vacation rentals
  • Bar Harbor Whale Museum: 1,285 vacation rentals
  • Bar Harbor Historical Society: 1,282 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Bar Harbor listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Bar Harbor?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 659 Houses in Bar Harbor. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Bar Harbor include:

  • Cabins: 397 rentals available
  • Cottages: 397 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 397 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Bar Harbor?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 44 vacation rentals with pool available in Bar Harbor. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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