• Acadia National Park

    Acadia National Park

    ON MOUNT DESERT ISLAND
  • Dining

    Dining

    IN BAR HARBOR & HULLS COVE
  • Shopping

    Shopping

    IN BAR HARBOR, MAINE
  • Bar Harbor Marinas

    Marinas

    IN BAR HARBOR MAINE

Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park

The following is a summary of some of the countless ways in which guests of Oceansedge have made from
their vacations in Bar Harbor and in Acadia National Park memorable adventures.

Bar Harbor

Bar Harbor, along with Newport RI, was the most socially important resort in the nation during the Gilded Age following the Civil War and leading up to World War I, as the surviving Victorian mansions and other shingle-style architectural masterpieces still attest. 

But Bar Harbor and all of Mt. Desert Island were first a gift of natural wonder manifested in the majestically beautiful Cadila range; mountains descending, sometimes virtually straight down, to the oceanfront town's charmed places of interest:

  • venerable and marvelously preserve 19th century oceanfront homes
  • elegant and historic shops like the Willis Rock shop patronized and made famous by the of a US president and by fashion plate celebrities aong cruise ship passengers of the 20th century who wore Mr. Willis unique gold bracelets made from gemstones found on the Island's beaches; and like the marvelous emporium that is Sherman's Bookstore with its creaking floors and tin ceilings, which still thrives after more than a century. 
  • the venerable and architectural period piece Jesup Library which Bostonianss founded and nationally known philanthropists lavishly endowed for over 100 years, with another $5,000,000 added just this year (2022) by a neighbor directly across Hulls Cove from the Oceansedge property.
  • diverse restaurants, perhaps a hundred such restaurants offering cuisines from almost every culture and continent
  • the bustling waterfront, including a flotilla of excursion crafts of almost every sort (whale watching, deep sea fishing, lobster fishing, sailing).
  • the Shore Path promenade where the greatest of the American tycoons came to build residential temples to conspicuous consumption, and to rub elbows only with their peers during the summers of the late 1800s; and where the public was allowed to pass by in order to gaze on America's imperial Great White Fleet at anchor offshore. 
  • superlative hotels like: (a) the historic oceanfront Bar Harbor Motor Inn which has been around since cars were a new idea; (b) the modern oceanfront property Regency Hotel down the shoreline from the subject Oceansedge property; and (c) the Harborside Hotel that is part of a single holding reaching almost the whole length of the waterfront's historic West Street and including the former non-pareil oceanfront Bar Harbor Club which which had been until World War II what is still the social bastion Everglades Club in Palm Beach.
  • and innumerable other places of interest and perhaps inspiration.

Together, these tangible souls comprise the most engaging resort community anywhere in New England. Ask anyone who has passed that way.

Activities & Attractions

Activities & Attractions

Bar Harbor is arguably the most popular seacost destination in New England, as it has been for almost 150 years.

The surrounding 30,000-acre Acadia National Park, which is one of the most popular national parks in the US and the only national park east of the Mississippi, no doubt greatly adds to Bar Harbor's appeal.

Therefore, Bar Harbor has a long tadition of offering to its visitors almost innumerable "things to do", as discussed below.


Sports

Sports

Kayaking

The Oceansedge property with direct access to the ocean from the deck on the shore in front of the house, is ideally suited for safe and convenient ocean kayaking. The following companies brink kayaks to the Oceansedge property on the morning of the day of a guest's arrival, and remove the boats at the end of the week:

Acadia Outfitters

(207)288-8118

www.acadiaoutfitters.com

Bicycling

The Oceansedge property is located within one mile of the Reception Center for Acadia National Park. Guests can bicycle directly from the property to Acadia and its 45 miles of Carriage Roads which are devoid of vehicular traffic.

The following companies bring bicycles to the Oceansedge property on the morning of the day of a guest's arrival, and remove the bicycles at the end of the week.

Acadia Bike Rentals

48 Cottage St - (207)288-9605

www.acadiabike.com/bike

Marathon

Bar Harbor conducts in October of each year the Run MDI Marathon as advertised by the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce.

Golf

The lush Kebo Golf Club in Bar Harbor is open to the public.

Sailing

The venerable Bar Harbor Yacht Club is just across Hulls Cove from the Oceansedge property.

Canoeing

Canoeing is becoming more common on Hulls Cove where it was very popular in the late 1800s.

National Park Canoe Rental

(207)244-5854

www.nationalparkcanoerental.com/

Miniature Golf

Pirates Cove Miniature Golf near Hulls Cove in Bar Harbor

(207)288-2133

www.piratescove.net/locations/maine/bar-harbor/


Shopping

Shopping

Bar Harbor offers many shops although some of its best are some of the oldest as with Sherman’s Bookstore and the Willis Rock Shop. Likewise, the Kimball Shop in nearby Northeast Harbor.

Several art stores featuring not inexpensive Mainescapes include the Argosy galleries.

Open Map of Shopping around Bar Harbor


Dining

Dining

Bar Harbor is said to offer as many as 100 restaurants. They range from the formal and superlative Bar Harbor Motor Inn on the ocean, to the legendary and very casual Geddy’s,and the in-between West Street Café and Paddy’s Irish Pub.

Although it does not fall into the “dining” category for most people, Ben & Bill’s ChocolateEmporium is a necessary self indulgence.

See Restaurants below

High Brow

High Brow

The Jesup Memorial Library

A hundred years old and more revered every year.

The Criterion Movie Theatre

A rare survivor of the Art Deco era, and an experience in itself.

The annual Bar Harbor Fine Arts Festival in August

The Bar Harbor Historical Society’s oceanfront LaRochelle Mansion and Museum

Located on the ocean on West Street, the 41-room manse (a) built for George Sullivan Bowdoin who was a descendant of Alexander Hamilton and of the founder of Bowdoin College, and was the treasurer of J P Morgan Company; and (b) later owned by Philadelphia’s Dorrances of the Campbell Soup Company.

The Bar Harbor Club

Wisely preserved and still evocative of last of the Gilded Age in Bar Harbor.

Bar Harbor Music Festival and the Bar Harbor Town summer concerts on the Village Green

Acadia National Park

After more than 100 years, Acadia shows itself to be the best combined handiwork work of: a Divine provider, the greatest of the American philanthropists, the Rockefellers; and Harvard visionaries. 

There is nothing quite like Acadia's approachable but still stunning natural escarpments above the ocean. Its Carriage Trails that are dozens of miles of bicycling and jogging and hiking routes where buildings and vehicles are never seen amidst forests and lakes and meadows. And its mountain top views of the earliest sunrise in America and the most glorious moonrises over the North Atlantic as well. 

The Carriage Roads

The Carriage Roads

The Carriage Roads are perfect for bicycling, hiking, jogging, fishing, mountain climbing, nature, photography, and more.

Acadia National Park’s Reception Center, which is just a mile from the Oceansedge property, is the gateway to 45 miles of “Carriage Trails”.

John D Rockefeller, Jr. was the primary catalyst for the construction of the roads made with crushed pink gravel and made wide enough to allow two horse drawn carriages to pass – a project carried out at the turn of the 20th century with some spitefulness toward the resented introduction of automobiles to Mount Desert Island.

The Carriage Roads are in excellent condition and provide for virtually all outdoor sports enjoyed in nature – still free of cars.

The Shoreline and the Mountains

The Shoreline and the Mountains

The visual experience of Acadia is at its best along the 27-mile Ocean Drive that circumnavigates most of the eastern and southeastern side of Mount Desert Island. Gorgeous views of the rough surf on that side of the Island and of some of the Island’s most spectacular ocean view homes.

Likewise, the Park roads meandering through, and to the top of, the Cadillac Mountain Range are as beautiful as visitors imagined, or more so. The routes are spectacular in every season.


Dining

Open Google Map of Dining around Hulls Cove

The Chart Room Restaurant

  • 565 Eden Street Bar Harbor ME 04609
  • (207) 288-9740

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The Terrace Grille

  • 1 Newport Drive Bar Harbor ME 04609
  • (207) 288-3351

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The Reading Room Restaurant

  • 1 Newport Drive Bar Harbor ME 04609
  • (207) 288-3351

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Geddy's

  • 19 Main Street Bar Harbor ME 04609
  • (207) 288-5077
    (207) 288-9927

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Stewman's Lobster Pound

  • 35 West Street Bar Harbor ME 04609
  • (207) 288-0346

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Side Street Cafe

  • 49 Rodick Street Bar Harbor ME 04609
  • (207) 801-2591

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Galyn's Restaurant

  • 17 Main Street Bar Harbor ME 04609
  • (207) 288-9706

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Mama DiMatteo's

  • 34 Kennebec Place Bar Harbor ME 04609
  • (207) 288-3666

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Bar Harbor Beer Works

  • 119 Main Street Bar Harbor ME 04609
  • (207) 288-2886

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McKay's Public House

  • 231 Main Street Bar Harbor ME 04609
  • (207) 288-2002

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Jordan's Restaurant

  • 80 Cottage Street Bar Harbor ME 04609
  • (207) 288-3586

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Cafe This Way

  • 14 Mount Desert St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
  • Phone: (207) 288-4483

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Asticou Inn

  • 15 Peabody Dr, Northeast Harbor, ME 04662
  • Phone: (207) 276-3344

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Sightseeing

From strolling through gardens or scaling cliffs around Acadia National Park to setting out to sea and exploring islands, there is truly something for everyone to see and do.

ASTICOU AZALEA GARDEN

3 Sound Dr, Mt Desert, ME 04660
Phone: (207) 276-3727

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Mount Desert Land & Garden Preserve

207-276-3727 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Wild Flower Gardens of Acadia

207-288-3400

Mail Boat Ferry Service - Beal & Bunker

207-276-3960
207-244-3575

Cranberry Cove Ferry

207-244-5882
800-666-2927

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Island Explorer – Acadia Free Shuttle

207-667-5796

Bar Harbor Whale Watch

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Island Cruises

207-244-5785

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Museums, Art, Heritage, and Theater

Embrace the history and culture that Mount Desert Island has to offer with local plays, art galleries, and museums.

Argosy Art Gallery

Address: 110 Main St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Hours:
Open ⋅ Closes 10PM
Phone: (207) 288-9226

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Criterion Theatre & Arts Center

207-288-3441
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Reel Pizza Cinerama

207-288-3811
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Acadia Repertory Theatre

207-244-7260
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Mount Desert Land & Garden Preserve

207-276-3727
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The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden

207-276-3330
(By appointment only)

Garland Farm: Beatrix Farrand Society

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Sports and Rentals

National Park Canoe Rental

207-244-5854
207-244-1151
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Maine State Sea Kayak

207-244-9500
877-481-9500
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Causeway Club Golf

207-244-7220
207-244-3780

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Kebo Valley Golf Club

207-288-5000
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Miniature Golf: Pirates Cove

207-288-2133

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