The Bar Harbor Inn; Bar Harbor, ME

From a boat in Frenchman Bay, the Bar Harbor Inn is a standout hotel that sets on the edge of Maine’s rocky shores. Full of history, the inn has changed a lot from its beginnings in 1887. Plenty of shops and restaurants are in walking distance, and Acadia National Park is a few minutes away.

While you can book basic rooms, dual level suites are complete with a waterfront balcony, two bathrooms and plenty of space for slumbering families, or couples looking for something extra extravagant.

Breakfast is available in a separate building, which is a short walk past the central outdoor pool. Muffins, fruit and cereal are some of the solid, basic choices you’ll find. You may want to try something a bit more unique to Bar Harbor though.

Jordan’s Pondhouse in Acadia, not to be confused with Jordans in downtown, has famous popovers that have been served since the 1800s. Popovers are an unsweetened, hollow pastry, but are served with amazing strawberry jelly. Be sure to check hours before visiting.

Jordans in downtown is not the same restaurant, but is renowned for their Maine blueberry muffins.

Sitting out on your personal balcony as the sun begins to set, is nothing short of breathtaking; room service has a great cheese plate and blueberry martini for late night snacking.

Dining options in the hotel are classic, great choices with plenty of seafood picks. Downtown offers some waterfront dining choices too.

Although we didn’t try it out, the hotel’s spa ranks highly. So if you have a slow day (good luck, because there’s a ton to do), I’d drop in for a treatment. Read up on the history before you go as well, it’s interesting stuff that will make you more greatly appreciate the building.

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