Posted by: njbrown | June 15, 2013

Bar Harbor, Maine – Lobster and Blueberries


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Bar Harbor, Maine

After leaving Nova Scotia and a night in St. John, N. B., we drove to Bar Harbor, Maine. Bar Harbor had been highly recommended by both sides of our family, and having loved the covers of L.L.Bean catalogs in the years that they had paintings of Maine, I was looking forward to seeing Acadia National Park on Mt. Desert Island with Bar Harbor. We arrived in the rain, and were told by hotel staff that it had been raining for two weeks. Our harbor view room at the beautiful West Street Hotel had a view of fog.   However, the next morning, the sun came out and began to burn off the fog and lovely islands were revealed.

Jordan Pond House Restaurant

Jordan Pond House Restaurant

We left for the Park early to be sure to get a table at the Jordan Pond House Restaurant there.

Jordan Pond House Popover

Jordan Pond House Popover

The Jordan Pond House Restaurant is known for its delicious popovers. Pretty tables with market umbrellas dotted the lawn overlooking the water with twin peaks beyond. The weather was perfect, and the staff very attentive.

Lobster Quiche

Lobster Quiche

George opted for a lobster quiche that he loved, and I had a very nice salad. True to our recommendations, the popovers were excellent, although I’m not a huge popover fan.

Blueberry Crumble

Blueberry Crumble

For dessert, we chose blueberry crumble. Maine is known for its tiny, sweet blueberries, and this dessert was full of them. George would have liked a bit more crumble, but I thought it was delightful.

View from top of top of Cadillac Mountain

View from top of top of Cadillac Mountain

After lunch, we drove to the top of Cadillac Mountain in the Park and saw the most spectacular scenery of the trip – high mountains, beautiful ocean, and many evergreen covered islands. An unexpected benefit was that we qualified for a seniors’ lifetime pass to any national park ($10 and it covers both of us).

Four-masted Schooner: Margaret Todd

Four-masted Schooner: Margaret Todd

Later, George spent two hours on the four-masted schooner Margaret Todd out of Bar Harbor, and had a wonderful time talking with the captain and crew.

Dinner that night was in a rustic seafood restaurant on the wharf, and for the first time, I saw outdoor kettles steaming in wait for lobsters. The restaurant menu said many scientists think lobsters don’t feel pain due to their primitive nervous systems, but the jury is still out for me.

The next morning was again lovely and sunny, and we began the final leg of our trip home through Vermont and upstate New York. Bar Harbor is definitely on our list for another visit

Four-masted Schooner: Margaret Todd

Four-masted Schooner: Margaret Todd

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