Things to do
NATURE & WILDLIFE
Walk on the wild side in Acadia, where hiking the old crushed-stone carriage roads could lead you to new frontiers. The Park is also studded with photo-perfect lakes, and fringes the rugged Atlantic coastline. And whale-watching tours here begin (and end) at Bar Harbor. Or embark on an unforgettable road trip on the Park Loop Road that criss-crosses Cadillac Mountain, and continues to Sand Beach and Eagle Lake – just the spot for kayaking adventures. In winter, you can swap SUVs for snowmobiles, which are permitted on the ‘Loop’.
FOOD & DRINK
After a day spent in the great outdoors, there’s nothing quite like hunkering down in a classic lobster shack, swapping tales over buttery, messy seafood. Look for the wood-fired lobster pots outside restaurants that fringe the ocean. For those with a sweet tooth, Mount Desert Island’s popovers, dusted with sugar or dunked into wild-blueberry jam, are a must-try.
Abbe Museum, with its Smithsonian links, opens a window into the First Nation American tribes in Acadia – specifically the Wabanaki Nations. An ever-evolving series of workshops and exhibitions give a valuable insight into the tribe’s past and present. For a truly memorable geography lesson, don’t leave Acadia without visiting Mount Desert Island. Shaped by glaciers, it’s an unforgettable place for wild swimming in the fjord-esque lakes.