Greg's mother was visiting us and asked to visit Maine. Naturally, we were happy to spend a weekend in Bar Harbor!
We rented a house for the three of us plus Fred and couldn't check in until 4 pm so we made a day of the drive. Our first stop was Kittery Maine for some shopping for winter clothing. Before leaving Kittery we popped in for some bread at When Pigs Fly Bakery.
Our 2nd stop was Portland Maine. We braved the cold to visit the Portland Head Lighthouse and trails. Afterwards we called in a lunch order to Duck Fat. When traveling with a dog in the winter months there isn't any outdoor seating so we took our to go order and enjoyed it in the car. Our sandwiches were enormous and the absolute winner was the Duck Confit Panini. The sandwich offers a variety of textures, sweet notes, and savory bites! The french fries were hot, lightly salted and crispy. Delicious!
We finished our drive to Bar Harbor and popped into town for a little bit before heading to our house. We pulled up to our 2 bedroom 1 bath house and felt very comfortable. For dinner we decided to enjoy a spread of items we brought from home. I have fallen in love with the offerings for D'artagnan. We enjoyed foie gras torchon, French cold cuts, bread, oils, and blueberry preserves that I made.
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In the morning our breakfast was croissants that I made and brought with us. Before venturing into Acadia National Park we stopped at Choco Latte for coffee.
We drove all through the park and stopped for pictures at Thunder Hole, Otter Cliffs, Otter Point, and drove up to the top of Cadillac Mountain (even though it was terribly foggy). We had never seen the ocean so stormy in Bar Harbor and while we were chilly it was thrilling to see.
In the afternoon we bundled up and went shopping in Bar Harbor. We bought some tea, maple products, shirts, and more while enjoying conversation with the locals.
For lunch we decided on Lobster rolls from Peekytoe Provisions. We ordered two Lobster rolls, one Crab roll, and a few extra bites for later in the day.
At dinner time we had reservations for Havana (one of my favorite restaurants in the area) but with the dreary weather we decided to stay in. We opted for wine and pickies from the night before and enjoyed each others company.
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Sunday morning we woke up to the sun shining brightly. The temperature was cold and windy but it was better than the fog.
After we checked out of the house we decided to take another drive through Acadia. What a difference a day makes! The ocean was calm and serene, the sun was bright, and the scenery stunning. Unfortunately, we can only assume that the winds closed the road to the top of Cadillac Mountain. We'll just have to have Greg's mom out again to take in the amazing views.
On our way back home we stopped for coffee again and then the 4 hour drive seemed much easier.