Bar Harbor, Maine, is truly a glittering natural American jewel. Established largely by artists, scholars, scientists, and writers seeking rumination and tranquility, the town has long been a place of inspiration, relaxation, and outdoor fun.
Among Bar Harbor’s amenities are Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park, areas blessed with some of the most beautiful landscapes, diverse ecosystems, rich history and cultural traditions in the country. Acadia includes bike routes for both the novice and experienced cyclist.
Bar Harbor offers two music festivals with everything from string orchestras to chamber music to jazz. The town’s nightlife, bars, and clubs host a range of bands and solo artists that complete the musical mix. Improvisational comedy theater is available, as well.
Whale-watching from Bar Harbor remains a favorite pastime, and the Bar Harbor Historical Society’s museum, located at 33 Ledgelawn Avenue, is listed on the National Register of Historic places.