(Closed) Bar Harbor for Honeymoon in early May??

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Awesome!  I have been there a lot, so I can definitely help you out. 

EATING:  You must must must eat at The Jordan Pond House in Bar Harbor.  The blueberry jam on popovers is to die for.  They are really good for breakfast and lunch. 

SIGHTS:  You can pretty much walk about the downtown for hours and not be bored.  There are tons of places to look at, take in the view, and enjoy the shops. 

STAYING:  The Bar Harbor Inn may be pricey, but it is SO worth it!  It would be perfect for a honeymoon.  It’s right on the water, walking distance to most attractions, and gorgeous.  My cousin got married there and it was amazing.

ACTIVITIES:  Biking the Acadian Trial is a blast if you like biking.  We have also enjoyed driving up Cadillac Mountain, going to the beaches (which, even though it will be cold, will still be beautiful!), and driving the coastline.  You can also go on schooner rides right outside of the Bar Harbor Inn. 

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Bar Harbor is stunning, but to me, Maine is freaking COLD before July. When we went, we stayed in a huge suite above a divine bakery across the island from Bar Harbor. It was AMAZING, and I can’t believe I have forgotten the name. You’d still be really, really close to the park, but there are amazing fancier restaurants and, most importantly, NO KITCH OR TOURIST CRAP. That really bugged me about Bar Harbor proper, it felt like one big gift shop. Where we stayed was quiet and tranqil and beautiful. If you need more info, PM me, and I will have my husband look the info up (should be in his email since he’s the one that booked it!)

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I’m jealous.  We were supposed to go to Bar Harbor in mid-May but now we can only afford a few days so we’re heading to Savannah.  I’ve never been but looking around the place we were going to stay was at the Saltair Inn.  We were mainly just going to relax though and explore.  

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Bar Harbor is pretty much my favorite place on earth – FI’s parents live there and we’re getting married on the island next summer!  Agree that mid-May is not the ideal time to go – but June is black fly season and that is even worse, so if you don’t mind wearing a fleece and potentially being a little windy/chilly, it will be nice to beat the summer crowds. Eating is my top priority to here goes:

Cafe This Way: awesome for both homey breakfast and dinner, but might not open until June, double check

Mache: Excellent French food, double check when they open for the season but i think it might be earlier

McKays – open year round, beautiful cozy interior, great food and wine list, fireplace

Morning Glory Bakery – my favorite bakery in the world – great bagels, scones, muffins, cookies, sandwiches, and bread, of course – also great lattes with local milk and cupcakes πŸ™‚

Lompoc Cafe – cute patio open for lunch and dinner, yummy sandwiches/salads burgers and lots of local beers, bocce court

What to See: There are a million great hikes in the park – some of our favorites aer the Beehive, Gorham Mountain, and the trail around Eagle Lake, which is also great for mountain biking. You can rent either road or mountain bikes at Bar Harbor Bicycle Shop downtown. If it isn’t too cold, kayaking in Frenchman’s Bay is awesome too. Definitely make a stop at Jordan Pond House for popovers on one of your hikes/rides.

Southwest Harbor is very cute and more fun to poke around in than Bar Harbor, which is touristy (although my favorite stores are WindowPanes, cute furniture and kitchen stuff, Island Artisans has local pottery and jewelry, and the best pet store ever, Bark Harbor are all downtown. Also Mount Desert Ice Cream, yum.) SW Harbor has lots of galleries and antiques and stuff if that is more your speed, and some good places to eat. 

STAY: It is probably worth springing for one of the nicer places on your honeymoon, and although I love B&Bs, sometimes I feel like they are less private, The Bar Harbor Inn is really nice…I’ve heard great things about Balance Rock and some of the other new places that are near the Shore Path. 

Have a blast! Post pics!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think everyone else is giving much better detailed responses, so sorry for my lack of details…

Just to add in my two cents…my fiance is from Maine, so I asked him about Bar Harbor in May.  He said its pretty, and spring like, and not particuarly warm.  But it sounds like, from what everyone else is saying, it’s a good choice πŸ™‚

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Will be thinking of you on your honeymoon and hoping for good weather! Most things will be open by then – you can bet on Morning Glory, Two Cats and McKays at the very least, and probably most of the others too. You’ll love it! Come back with pictures!

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