Directions: Click here for Google map (to a B&B in Prospect Harbor)
The rugged coast of Maine is a spectacular sight, especially if you travel north to Acadia National Park. This area, with its thousands of wild acres, will beckon you (and Fido) to experience one adventure after another!
You can enjoy Acadia in two ways: city style and/or country style. City style would include visiting Bar Harbor, which offers a bustling (but quaint) downtown with lots of shops, restaurants, and a park right on the ocean. Country style includes a limitless supply of secluded bed & breakfasts, hiking, picnicking, sightseeing, and of course relaxing near the ocean.
We've stayed in three B&Bs in Acadia and visited several restaurants, shops, and natural wonders which I've listed below. We enjoyed each place (or I wouldn't post them here). There are so many more things to see, you can easily create your own adventure!
Here are the positive features:
- Over 47,000 acres of mountains, ocean shoreline, woodlands, and lakes to enjoy
- Hiking/walking trails and great picnic spots seem to be everywhere
- There are 17 mountains in the area for you to climb
- With so much space, it's easy to find privacy and seclusion even in the summer!
- Dog friendly lodging abounds (search Google or see below for where we stayed)
- Incredible sightseeing in your car with lots of opportunities to pull over and explore
- Go from peaceful seclusion to bustling downtown areas
- Fantastic restaurants in random places (see below for the places we visited)
- It's easy to get take-out and have a picnic with your dog
- Lots of info is available to help you plan your trip (click here)
- Acadia is so big, it can take a long time to drive from one destination to another
- There is some serious wildlife in the forest, so you need to be careful and aware when hiking with your dog
- Some hiking trails feature terrain that may be too rough for your dog, so plan ahead
- Swimming beaches are off-limits to dogs in the summer
- Three Pines Bed & Breakfast (very secluded): www.threepinesbandb.com
- Ocean Meadows Inn (private beach & nature trails): www.oceaninn.com
- Bluff House Inn (lots of private property & a nature trail that goes to the ocean): www.bluffinn.com
- Bunker's Wharf (our favorite fine dining): www.bunkerswharfrestaurant.com (update: it's now out of business - boohoo!)
- The Crocker House (great fine dining and they have an inn): www.crockerhouse.com
- Cleonice Mediterranean Bistro (excellent casual fine dining): www.cleonice.com
- Quarterdeck (waterfront dining & great for take-out): www.quarterdeckbarharbor.com
- Cafe Milagro (great little coffee shop): www.milagrocoffee.com
- J.M. Gerrish Provisions (coffee, breakfast, lunch, ice cream): www.jmgerrish.com
- Sherman's Bookstore (lots of books & gifts): www.shermans.com
- Ben & Bill's Chocolate Emporium (yum): www.benandbills.com
- Walkin' the Dog (a store your dog can shop in, too!): www.walkinthedogbarharbor.com
- Gull Rock Pottery (beautiful stoneware): www.gullrockpottery.com
- Winter Harbor 5&10 (t-shirts, gifts, stuff): www.winterharbor5and10.com
- Schoodic Peninsula: www.acadia.ws/schoodic.htm
- Somes Sound: www.acadiamagic.com/SomesSound1.html
- Roque Bluffs: www.state.me.us/cgi-bin/doc/parks/find_one_name.pl?park_id=23
- Cadillac Mountain: www.acadiamagic.com/CadillacMountain.html
- We hope to go back and see lots more!