Complete Guide to Coastal Maine

Updated: Dec 16, 2020

Ahhh, Maine. A state I have dreamed of visiting since I had my first bite of buttery lobster years ago. The coastal seascape of Bar Harbor and Portland, Maine, was the last stop on Mark and I's New England road trip this past October. My original bucket list had extended plans to see Maine during the lobster festival in August, but there was something magical about visiting during the peak fall timeframe.

Keep reading to learn more about spending a long weekend in these seaside towns of Bar Harbor and Portland and how I could consume six lobster rolls in 4 days....is there a coney island version of athletic eating in Maine? Asking for a friend...


Bar Harbor

I chose Bar Harbor for several reasons: the town is literally what you would picture a tiny east coast fishing town to resemble & it is adjacent to Acadia National Park. A roughly 6 1/2 hour drive from Vermont (I reccomend an overnight stay in Mexico, yes..Mexico, Maine to break up your drive as we did!) Bar Harbor is a great place to start your drive along the coast of Maine.


After my Montana & Wyoming National Park road trip this summer, I was inspired to visit another national park not as close to home. We did not get nearly enough time at Acadia (weather was not our friend) and absolutely plan to head back someday!


Where We Stayed

As I spoke about in my Vermont post, hotels and AirBnbs are relatively the same prices in the New England area, but we opted for a cheaper option as we were only staying one night in Bar Harbor. We opted for the charming Black Friar Inn & Pub, centrally located within walking distance to downtown Bar Harbor, the sea & about an 8-minute drive to Acadia National Park. The entire time we could not stop gabbing about how great the location of our stay was to the area. The room had a cottage feel with a cozy fireplace to enjoy on cooler evenings.

The hotel also offered complimentary breakfast in the morning, a complete feast that includes all the classic American breakfast favorites in the pub downstairs. They also provide a tempting happy hour menu to encourage mingling with local travelers. We highly recommend this spot and check out some hotels closer to downtown, such as the Ivy Manor Inn (they had live music and a fire pit out front! Pictured above) or the Elmhurst Inn.


Where We Ate & Drank

Do you only care about lobster rolls? Same. Read my guide of where to eat Maine's best lobster rolls. Yes, it is necessary for the integrity of this website.