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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

National Park
“Absolutely beautiful park. Worth braving the crowds! If it's too crowded for hiking, the loop road is a very scenic drive.”
  • 156 locals recommend
Mountain
“Prime spot for incredible views of Frenchman’s Bay- fabulous drive up the mountain- hiking trails all around. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Café
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“Sips is a great little place for a nice affordable meal. You may want to make a reservation.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Jordan Pond House is a popular restaurant inside Acadia National Park, serving popovers and American fare. One can sit outdoors, with a view of Jordan Pond and "the Bubbles": mountains in the background that are popular for hiking.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Cuban Restaurant
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“Lots of good place in Bar Harbor but for good food, atmosphere and service Havana's is great. They have an outdoor patio/bar that's terrific. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Don’t be fooled by outside appearance Superb food and bar. One of our favorites”
  • 17 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“A bit off the beaten path but the drive there is beautiful and it's a fabulous restaurant!”
  • 17 locals recommend
Grocery Store
“ Specialty grocery store to include deli, high end beef and seafood, wine and spirits.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Trail
“Jordan Pond House: If you are going in to Acadia or anywhere on MDI and you want to have lunch or afternoon tea and popovers at Jordan Pond House, with stunning views, make sure you make reservations in advance. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Wonderfully creative dishes and a fun atmosphere with a lively bar scene. You can also count on good live music.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Slightly smaller than the Hannaford in Bar Harbor but most staples are still able to be found here. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“47,000-acre Atlantic coast recreation area. Featuring rocky beaches and granite peaks such as Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the United States’ East Coast. Among the wildlife are moose, bear, and whale. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Park
“Thuya Garden is a gorgeous flowering garden located on a granite hillside overlooking Northeast Harbor on Mount Desert Island, Maine. It was originally designed and built in 1956 - 1961 by Charles K. Savage, a long-time resident of Northeast Harbor, along with financial support from John D. Rockefeller. The garden exhibits an English style influence with special input from Beatrix Farrand so that it will incorporate the unique character of the Maine coast. A variety of annuals and perennials line the two long sides of the garden. An open observation pavilion sits at the top of a slight incline on the north end overlooking the main garden that cascades down to a shallow reflecting pool below. Thuya Lodge was constructed from 1912 - 1916 by summer resident Joseph H. Curtis, its owner and Boston based landscape architect. The garden was constructed in an orchard also owned by Curtis. A memorial in his honor is located part way up the Asticou Terrace Trail. Thuya got its name from the abundance of white cedar (Thuya Occidentalis) located in the area.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Museum
“The Seal Cove Auto Museum fosters joyful experiences for people of all ages and interests. Their collection features some of the earliest automobiles and motorcycles, as well as clothing and accessories, from 1895 through the early 1920s. They have different events throughout the year that are a great way to connect with the community.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bike Shop
“Rent mountain bikes for the Carriage Trails (dirt roads through the park with no cars allowed) on the Bar Harbor side. Also biking Sargent Drive across Somes Sound has great views. Longer rides around the Park Loop Road or up Cadillac Mountain.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bed & Breakfast
“A visit to the island is not complete without a tea or lunch with popovers. The Asticou Inn is one of the view large historic hotels still on the island. Spectacular view.”
  • 11 locals recommend