Local Only FAQs

Local Only FAQs

Best places to eat outside of Bar Harbor?

Best way to get around Bar Harbor & Mount Desert Island?

Bar Harbor is quite small, with very little public parking – so the best way to get around town is to walk or bike.
Mount Desert Island on the other hand is quite big, so it’s best to take you car to distant places. Unless you are up for riding your bike long distances. Mind the hills!

From June 23rd until October 10th there are Island Explorer shuttles that will take you around Mount Desert Island & Acadia National Park on various scheduled routes. Simply speak to the front desk to pick up a schedule map at the front desk or go to www.exploreacadia.com for viewing on your phone

What are the most popular tours in Bar Harbor / Acadia National Park?

Lulu Lobster Boat Rides

  • Watch local lobster fisherman pull up their lobster traps and talk about the historic fisherman lifestyle. Keep a lookout for seal sightings on this 2 hour tour around Frenchman’s Bay

Acadian Boat Tours

  • Eden Star Tour covers visits to Puffin Colonies, local Lighthouses and seal hangouts
  • Sightseeing & Nature Tours covers visits to Egg Rock lighthouse and nearby seals hangouts, Acadia National Park Coastline, Coastal Mansions, local Bald Eagles nest sites
  • Frenchman Bay Sunset cruise is a wonderful 2 hour evening tour that ends at sundown – sights to behold: Egg Rock Lighthouse, the Porcupines, local eagle nests, seal sightings, coastal mansions and coastal Acadia National Park

Bar Harbor Whale Watching Company

  • Whale watching cruise – featuring possible sightings of Humpback, Finback & Minke whales. Also keep a lookout for harbor porpoise, white-sided dolphins, basking sharks, ocean sunfish, grey seals, harbor seals
  • Nature Cruise – join a professional guide and naturalist who will point out natural and historic landmarks as well as wildlife such as eagles, seals, seabirds
  • Lobster Fishing – Watch fisherman pull up their lobster traps and talk about the life of a local lobsterman. Look for seals and seabirds and other wildlife.

Oli’s Trolley

  • Bar Harbor Downtown tour – tour historic Bar Harbor on this 30 minute fully narrated tour
  • Acadia National Park Tour – 2.5 hours, a narrated tour of the history of Acadia National Park with stops for walks and photos
  • Acadia National Park Tour – 4 hours, a comprehensive narrated tour complete with several stops for walks and photos in the following areas: Cadillac Mountain, Thunder Hole, Jordan Pond & Sieur de Monts springs area

Acadia National Park Tour

  • Tour Acadia National Park with narrated emphasis on the history of the area, the geology, wildlife, and much more! Tour stops include Cadillac Mountain summit, Thunder Hole, Sieur de Monts Spring in this 2.5 hour. Restrooms available at all stops.

What are some great places to eat?

Reading Room Restaurant

The Reading Room offers guests of the Inn, visitors to Bar Harbor, and our dearly loved regulars a distinguished fine dining experience overlooking Frenchman Bay.

Terrace Grille

The Terrace Grille is one of Bar Harbor’s premier outdoor restaurants. Centrally located at the end of West Street next to the town pier – look for the iconic yellow umbrellas and you’ll know you have arrived.


The Bistro offers something for everyone. Experience casual fine dining and a full bar in a relaxed atmosphere, with local and international cuisine. Enjoy the views of Frenchman Bay near one of our floor-to-ceiling windows or take in the fresh salt air on our deck or patio. We’re open for dinner with seating for 25 plus balcony seating in season.


Local favorite cafe, open year round, serving excellent quality coffees, teas, sodas as well as breakfast and lunch offerings


Excellent fine dining with a contemporary blend of Latin, European and Asian influences

Project Social

Mediterranean inspired shared plates / appetizers and cocktails

Side Street Cafe

Favorite of locals and tourists, serving Burgers, Salads, Seafood & cocktails

Royal Indian

Delicious Indian cuisine

Thirsty Whale

Casual local hangout serving soups, salads, sandwiches

Stewman’s Lobster Pound

Famous waterfront locale serving Seafood, Salads, Sandwiches, Cocktails


Local favorite, serving Seafood, Pizza, Burgers, Salads, Cocktails


Contemporary American fine dining + Cocktails


Traditional Downeast Seafood located in a Victorian-era boarding house


Irish pub fare


Irish pub fare

Lunch, Bar Harbor

Excellent Soup & Sandwich shop

Pat’s Pizza

Pizza, Pasta & Sandwiches

Reel Pizza Cinerama

A cinema that serves excellent pizzas! Dine in for a movie or take-out.

Jordan’s Restaurant

Historic home-style restaurant known for it’s wild blueberry pancakes, quiche and blueberry muffins

Veranda Restaurant at Balance Rock Inn

Contemporary American fine dining

Route 66 Restaurant

We offer one of the largest menus in Bar Harbor.  Stop in for lunch and to try one of our Hand-Crafted Burger’s or Fresh Maine Lobster with our Lobster Trap, a traditional Fresh Maine Lobster Roll served with a cup of Maine Lobster Bisque. Our Dinner menu offers something for everyone from Burger’s and Salads to Homemade Slow Roasted BBQ Ribs and Fresh Maine Seafood Pasta dishes.

What are some Recommended Hikes?

The Bubbles

1.5 miles roundtrip from Bubbles Parking Lot, Difficulty: Medium

Great Head Path

1.5 miles roundtrip from Great Head parking lot, Difficulty: Easy

Acadia Mountain Path

2.6 miles roundtrip from Acadia Mountain Trail Head side of the road parking, Difficulty: Medium

Kebo Mountain path to Dorr North Ridge to summit

3.2 miles up and back, Difficulty: Medium

The Gorge Path up – Cadillac Northridge back down

3.8 miles up and back from Gorge Path Trail head parking lot, Difficulty: Medium

Cadillac North Ridge to summit

4 miles up and back from trail head parking lot, Difficulty: Medium

Canon Brook Trail to Dorr Southridge to summit

4.4 miles up and back from trail head parking lot, Difficulty: Medium

Cadillac Southridge to summit

6.4 miles up and back from trail head parking lot, Difficulty: Easy but long