Cynthia - Click to enlarge Edition #5, 3 December 2007

Hello, my name is Cynthia. I am a mermaid from the waters of New England. Thank you for visiting my collection of articles on coastal New England. A new article will be posted here every other Monday. Be sure to check back often.

If you missed any of my previous articles, you can find links to them here.

Bar Harbor, Maine

With the beauty of Mount Desert Island, and Acadia National Park close by, you can tell why Bar Harbor is a favorite destination for those vacationing in Maine. Bar Harbor is located in the southeastern region of Maine on the east side of Mount Desert Island. This region of Maine is known by New Englanders as "Down East". Here is a map of Bar Harbor and the surrounding area.

Do you prefer the land or the sea? I prefer the sea, by the way. Start your visit to Bar Harbor by taking a relaxing cruise or a whale watching trip. This is another time in which you should not forget your camera. Be sure to share your best sea life pictures with me.

Let's spend some time on land now. The nearby Acadia National Park spans 41,000 acres and contains 120 miles of hiking trails and 27 miles of paved roads suitable for biking. In addition, there are carriage roads of crushed rock that also make fine bicycle trails. The park also features two lifeguarded beaches. Sand Beach off of Park Loop Road is on the ocean. Because of this, the water temperature is quite cool, rarely exceeding 55 degrees. Echo Lake Beach is freshwater, and should be a bit warmer. Along Park Loop Road there are several turnouts where you can stop and take photographs.

From Bar Harbor - Chuck Allan     Acadia Natl Park - Chuck Allan

Camping is available in Acadia National Park at two campgrounds, Blackwoods and Seawall. Museums include the Nature Center and the Islesford Historical Museum. Also worth a visit is Thunder Hole, a facinating natural rock formation along the coast.

Returning to Bar Harbor, it may be time to check out one of the local restaurants. Favorites include The Quarterdeck, Rinehart Dining Pavilion, Stewman's Lobster Pound, The Pier Restaurant, and many more. Want something different? Try Miguel's Mexican Restaurant, Havana, or China Joy.

Accommodations in Bar Harbor include a number of hotels, motels, cottages, bed & breakfasts, guest houses, and small inns. Check the links below for the many choices available.

I hope you have enjoyed our look at Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. Further information on this area of Maine may be found at and

Until next time, keep safe and keep warm.


Hi, Cynthia,
I looked at your articles on They are very good! Even though I've never been New England but it makes me feel that I know a lot after reading your articles.

Jackson Y.

Hello, Jackson,
I am glad you are enjoying my collection of articles on New England. Have a wonderful holiday, and do keep in touch.



Do you plan on doing an article soon on Cape Cod or Martha’s Vineyard? I grew up there and would like to see what’s going on there these days. Your past articles have been informative and useful. I look forward to reading more and I appreciate what you are doing. Let’s have some reports on the Boston area if you will, please.

Thanks and Best Wishes,
Wayne E.

Hi, Wayne,
Looks like I am going to be busy in the coming weeks. Thank you so much for the suggestions. Cape Cod was covered to a degree in my article on Provincetown. I am sure we will be spending more time on the Cape before too long. Boston and Martha's Vineyard are definitely on my list as well.


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Cynthia at Sunrise: DSI Photo
Bar Harbor and Acadia: Chuck Allan

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