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About Bar Harbor

Bar Harbor may have been a quiet, undiscovered haven for decades, but today its cool summers and ample natural beauty welcomes thousands of visitors from near and far. Located on Mount Desert Island, this seaside village is ideal for tourists who enjoy a small-town atmosphere and all of the charm that comes from being in close proximity to the water. Book Bar Harbor vacation rentals with views of the Atlantic coastline or rugged Cadillac Mountain, and prepare to be impressed.


Bar Harbor residents and visitors enjoy mild summers and cold winters. Temperatures in July and August rarely top 80 degrees, while winter temperatures typically hover in the 20s and 30s. Summer is generally the most popular time to visit, given the pleasant weather, but fall also draws crowds thanks to the area's stunning foliage. Whenever you decide to visit, pack appropriately by bringing clothing for cool weather as temperatures can fluctuate significantly from day-to-day and from daytime to nighttime. 


Bar Harbor is relatively remote, but that doesn't mean it isn't easily accessible via major highways. If you're driving north along the East Coast, Bar Harbor is just a few miles off U.S. Highway 1 or about 35 miles off Interstate 95. If you fly into the area, book your flight into Hancock County - Bar Harbor Airport or Bangor International Airport, which is about 50 miles from Bar Harbor. In Bangor, it's easy to rent a car and drive to and from Bar Harbor vacation rentals and the area's top attractions.

Things to Do

No trip to Bar Harbor is complete without a visit to Acadia National Park or a hike across Mount Desert Island. Acadia National Park is home to some of Maine's most gorgeous, rugged coastline, as well as Cadillac Mountain, the highest peak on the East Coast. Here you can hike, climb, fish, or take a scenic tour straight to the summit. There are roughtly 125 miles worth of trails for hiking and walking around Bar Harbor. To explore the best of Mount Desert Island, charter a boat, go whale watching, or rent a kayak to go at your own pace.

Bar Harbor is a great place to see wildlife in their natural habitat. Spot whales off the coast or take a guided tour to see other forms of wildlife, such as seabirds, dolphins and sharks. 

Museums are also a wonderful place for families to visit while staying in Bar Harbor vacation rentals. The George B. Dorr Museum of Nature is one such museum and includes ...

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