Maine lobster is typically 1-1.5 lb each in weight but occasionally, there were special sales of “giant” lobsters. This one we got was about 2.5 lb. You can see the comparison of the giant one vs the regular size in the last photo. It didn’t taste anything special but we were happy to at least try it.
An otherwise very happening beer garden but still closed due to COVID-19.
Recommended by our host, it is a popular bbq chain on the island. The ribs were really good!
Highly recommend this trail! It’s a trail that connects Bar Harbor with Bar Island for only about 4 hours a day. You have to go between the 2-hour-window before and after the low-tide point during the day, otherwise the trail is covered by sea. The low-tide point also changes daily so make sure you check the tide-chart before you go.
This trail is really great for the little one. We spotted lots of cockles, some crabs and even a starfish!
A small but cute park with the prime view of Bar Harbor coastline.
One of our favorite medium-level trails so far! The view at the peak was great. Most hiking trails have the best view on top and not much else to see on the way up or down. But when we were coming down on this trail, an even more gorgeous view overlooking the long pond showed up. We stopped for a while to take in the breathtaking view and even did some meditating on the edge of the rocks.
One of more local beaches on the island.
A really pretty picnic area. A bit hidden from the main road so it felt very private.
The weather on Mount Desert Island, like typical New England weather, is very unpredictable. Mark Twain once said “if you don’t like the weather in New England, just wait a few minutes”. We have experienced a few days when the forecast was overcast and rainy but it turned out partly sunny. Unfortunately, we experienced the opposite for this fishing trip. We intentionally picked the most sunny day of the week based on the forecast - it was forecasted to be 100% sunny and we checked several times leading to the day we booked. And on the evening right before the fishing trip, the forecast changed to cloudy in the morning but it was too late to cancel.
A famous lighthouse but the weather was too bad to see it clearly. There were actually hundreds of sea lions lounging on the island but you could barely see them from the photos.
It was quite an experience, not in a good way. The weather was horrible, grey, windy and cold. The boat was not that big so the strong wind made the ride very choppy. We got a handle of the fishing rod fairly quickly (it was our first time fishing) but the first two spots we stopped to fish, very few people caught fish. Maybe too many people on the boat tried to fish at the same time.
We ended up catching a lot of fish at the 3rd and the 4th stops. Most of them were small ... we had to put back any fish less than 12 inch in length. There are 3 hooks on each fishing rod. Sometimes we caught 2 or even 3 fish on one go. I have to say the fishing part itself was fun minus the crappy weather. We felt seasick and I threw up twice.
The boat staff gutted and cleaned fish for us at the end of the trip. We got to keep 5 (out of 20-30 we caught between the two of us). It was interesting to see as soon as the captain started cutting up the fish, tons of seagulls just appeared out of nowhere and followed our boat in hope of catching any fish scraps thrown by the captain.
The weather turned clear in the last 10 mins of our fishing trip when we were back at the dock.
After a rough morning of boat fishing in crappy weather, we really enjoyed our lunch at the Terrace Grill of Bar Harbor Inn. The weather was great and the food was decent.
Loved this inn ... it has the typical New England charm and its oceanfront location makes the view great.