Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Acadia National Park, ME

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)
Negative features:
  • 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
Where we stayed:
Where we ate:
Where we shopped:
Natural wonders that we visited:
The above listings are such a drop in the bucket when you consider the many hundreds (perhaps thousands) of places to stay, eat, shop, and visit. Acadia is a magical place for people and puppies!

1 comment:

  1. Firstly I love the blog!  Knowing where to bring dogs and the varying excitement levels they may experience is huge! I love your first hand experiences with Cooper. I can't wait to get the pooches to both Acadia and Old Orchard!  Thanks!