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debbiemeckler7029 May 13th, 2021 06:46 AM

Portland to Bar Harbor
 
Need help with itinerary, must see, eat, do!!!
  • DAY 1 Flying into Portland mid morning, want to explore Portland before driving up to stay in Boothbay Harbor for 5 days.
  • DAY 2ExploreBooth bay
  • DAY 3 Backtrack towards Portland, what to see and do?
  • DAY 4 Explore Camden ( and anywhere else you recommend)
  • DAY 5 Not sure maybe stay in Boothbay for the day? Whale watching or should we do this somewhere else? Puffin tour? Not sure if worth the time?
  • DAY 6 Leave early and drive to Bar Harbor, explore Acadia. We have not booked accommodations in Bar Harbor, any recommendations appreciated here as well!
  • DAY 7 Sail or cruise Frenchman Bay, nice restaurant recommendations appreciated .

Thank you in advance for your recommendations!!!

clarkgriswold May 13th, 2021 12:20 PM

1st piece of advice would be : if the visit is late June through mid-September, book something for Bar Harbor asap. I'm not sure what you're looking for in terms of budget but Bar Harbor Inn on the high-end, or Villager Motel, Moseley Town Motel or Cromwell Harbor Motel are all nicely located walking distance to the village. Favorite restaurants include Havana, Project Social Kitchen, The Barnacle, Peekytoe Provisions, The Terrace Grille and Geddy's Pub. Head out to one of the lobster wharfs nearby, Beal's or Thurston's. For Popovers head to the Asticou Inn in Northeast Harbor (best kept secret) instead of the Jordan Pond House.

Also I hope you have your rental car all sorted out as several dates over the summer are sold out already.

If you are interested in sandy-beach time, then Reid State park or Popham Beach State Park or Pemaquid are all a nice day trip from Boothbay Harbor. Look into the "Cabbage Island Clambake" if it's not already sold out on your dates.
For dining in/near Boothbay The Thistle Inn, Robinson's Wharf in Southport , The Carriage House in East Boothbay, and Kaler's.
For Camden, visit on a weekday or you'll be caught up in slow traffic coming and going from Boothbay.

stdekagr May 13th, 2021 12:29 PM

Thankyou for your reply!
 
I did just book our hotel accommodations for Bar Harbor and we do have a rental car secured, thank goodness! We will definitely save Camden for a weekday and thank you very much for the beach ideas as both of my kids will love the beach day!

clarkgriswold May 13th, 2021 12:37 PM

Oh you'll have kids with you? If they're maybe 13-or-younger then do consider Diver Ed's cruise out of Bar Harbor.

J62 May 13th, 2021 01:43 PM

@ BBH.

Local to-dos

Walk across the footbridge and over to Barrets park. Good place to swim. Warmest water in all of Maine...not that that says much.
Kayak around the harbor, or take one over to Barrets park - quieter and usually more wildlife as well.
Visit the Boothbay Regional Gardens - entrance fee
Drive out to Ocean Point and walk along the road there for a great view of the ocean and harbor
Boat tour - as you descibe. The Eastwind schooner is a nice tour as well.

As you drive to Rockland/Camden, stop in Damariscotta for oysters.
Also past Damariscotta, visit Pemaquid light house

If you want a bigger boat excursion, head to Monhegan Island for a day hike.

In the direction of Portland but not to far.
Bath iron works - not sure if they are doing tours, but there's always a ship or 2 there being worked on
Freeport - LLBean and other outlet shopping.

dfrostnh May 14th, 2021 01:37 AM

You can check the Maritime Museum in Bath for lighthouse cruises.
it's a long boat ride from BB to Monhegan but great hike. Take a picnic lunch.
just north of Camden you can hike or drive up Mt Battie. Great view from the top. It's another place we like to picnic. Don't forget binoculars.
Brunswick is a college town with a great farmers market on fridays. Pick up pastries, fresh berries to go on yogurt, etc. lots of restaurant choices, for family style seafood we like Cameron's just north of town on Bath Rd. If you head east to the Harpswells lots of places to explore. You can download a map of conservation areas. I liked the Giant Steps walk along the water. There are some secluded beach areas to explore.

East of Rockland the hike to Owls Head lighthouse is easy but you don't get views until you go up the stairs. You might like Owls head transportation museum but most interesting on a weekend when they have special events like seeing antique airplanes flying. Further on our most favorite lobster shack is McLoon's. It's on a working harbor. Great views. Watch for eagles.


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