Bar Harbor Winter Wonderland

Bar Harbor Winter Wonderland

I know, no one wants to talk about winter when the summer hasn’t even finished yet. These trees in the photo above are full of wonderful colors right now, too. But let’s face it, Bar Harbor is wonderful in winter, especially when it snows. Did you know the Park grooms the carriage trails for cross-country … Read More

Acadia Hiking Guide: Gorham Mountain

Acadia Hiking Guide: Gorham Mountain

We went hiking at 5:30pm on a day in early September, and from trail marker to trail marker we had the mountain to ourselves. We saw no one until we got to the parking lot. This is one of the fascinating aspects of Acadia National Park. It’s one of the smallest national parks in the … Read More

Bar Harbor Pajama Sale and Bed Races

Bar Harbor Pajama Sale and Bed Races

What do locals do after the tourist season is over? Some say we sleep, and we do, but for one day we like to have a little bit of fun. This year that fund will be had on Nov 10, 2108 from 6am to noon. The earlier you come, the better the discount, and add … Read More

Acadia Hiking Guide: Dorr Mountain

Acadia Hiking Guide: Dorr Mountain

Named after the Father of Acadia, George B. Dorr, Dorr Mountain is one of the more popular and yet overlooked mountains on Acadia. There are four different ways to head up and around the mountain with a couple of paths that connect with others to get to the top: The Schiff Path has lots of … Read More

Acadia Hiking Guide: Ship Harbor, Wonderland, Seawall, and Bass Harbor
Acadia Hiking Guide: Grindstone Neck

Acadia Hiking Guide: Grindstone Neck

  OK, we admit that Grindstone Neck isn’t really a hiking trail per se, but we at the Mira Monte Inn strive to help our guests see not only the mandatory highlights but also the not-so-well-known areas to hit. Yes, Schoodic Peninsula and Winter Harbor have been frequented much more often the past few years, … Read More

Acadia Hiking Guide: Jesup Trail

Acadia Hiking Guide: Jesup Trail

Sometimes the park is furiously busy. I’ve been in a car on the Park Loop Road, just past the Precipice parking lot before the toll booths, that has taken over 1.5 hours to get to Sand Beach. That’s less than a mile in that time. Yes, Acadia is magical, and it is one of the … Read More

Lobsters on the Sound

Lobsters on the Sound

Another fun event that we enjoy attending is Lobsters on the Sound over at Hinkley in Southwest Harbor. It’s a casual lobster bake that starts with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from 5:30-7:30 along with a silent auction. Then the fun really begins at 7:30 when the lobster bake (and other yummy crustaceans) begin right before the … Read More

Acadia Hiking Guide: Eagle Lake Carriage Trails

Acadia Hiking Guide: Eagle Lake Carriage Trails

    Looking for some thing easy but has length? I walk my dog around the Eagle Lake carriage trails every now and again, and she’s often quite ready to eat dinner and go to sleep afterward. A solid two-hour hike, this is one of those “walks” that will give you exercise without hurting the … Read More

Southwest Harbor Flamingo Festival

Southwest Harbor Flamingo Festival

One of the craziest festivals we have on the island is the Southwest Harbor Flamingo Festival, sponsored by the Harbor House. Flamingos on MDI? Come on! Well, no, we don’t have any native flamingos waltzing around, but there is a lot of pink! This is one of the best family-friendly events all summer long, and … Read More