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Ellsworth / Bar Harbor, Maine Travel Guide

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Ellsworth, an attractive town blessed with lakes and streams, offers an exceptional view of Mount Desert Island and Frenchman's Bay from Lamoine Beach State Park. Numerous opportunities exist to observe wildlife in their natural habitats here, as well as to enjoy some serious boating and fishing.

Nature trails run through the 180-acre Black House property which consists of a Federal-style home (circa 1820s), lovely gardens, and a carriage house. Nature trails can also be found at the Stanwood Homestead Museum.

Nearby, Bar Harbor sits at the gateway to Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island. Once the summer haunt of Rockefeller, Pulitzer, and J.P. Morgan, Bar Harbor has become synonymous with natural beauty and wealth.

During the Great Depression, the wealthy island patrons no longer came. Their abandoned homes were left to crumble. In the 1940s, a raging fire overwhelmed the island, converting wealth to ashes. More than 17,000 acres were destroyed, causing $23 million in damages.

Despite its hardships, however, the beauty of the island remains. A stunning blend of mountains, forests and dancing waters makes a visit here an event to be branded in memory for all time.

Points of interest include Society Museum (Bar Harbor), Bar Harbor Whale Museum, and Oceanarium Bar Harbor. The Woodlawn Museum and The Telephone Museum in Ellsworth are interesting, too.

Outdoor activities abound. The 185-acre Birdsacre Wildlife Sanctuary offers pleasant walking trails for year-round enjoyment. Biking, canoeing and sea kayaking are all quite popular, as well. Biking along the 44 miles of carriage trails on Desert Island is also a favorite, and rentals are easy to find.

Numerous adventure trips tickle the senses. Scuba diving and snorkeling are always fun, and lessons are readily available in the area. Rock climbing adventure trips to Desert Island are also provided.

Cruises provide some of the most memorable pleasures. Whale watching, lobster fishing, theater cruises, and sightseeing cruises are all available.

Bar Harbor and Ellsworth are located on the Atlantic shores of Maine on SR 1.


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