**Updated : November 2022**
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About Bar Harbor
Bar Harbor is a coastal town next to Acadia National Park, in Maine. It has just about 5,200 year round residents - with the population skyrocketing in summer months due to the over 3 million annual visitors Acadia National Park receives. It is actually considered one of the top 10 U.S. destinations during the summer months because of this! Both Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park are actually located on Mount Desert Island - and the most shocking fact? Bar Harbor visitors consume over 5 million lobsters a year! Read on for tips to avoid the crowds, and our favorite recommendations for late fall (including the bed races)!
Why you Should Visit in Late Fall
Bar Harbor sees seasonal changes throughout the year, similar to most states in the Northern half of the United States. In the winter, Bar Harbor averages about 68 inches of snow a year with hardly any visitors and lots of ice, and a majority of stores and restaurants close down. In the spring, stores and restaurants begin opening up and tourists begin trickling in, and in the summer...well, tourists and visitors come in large masses. Similar to in the fall, tourism seems to peak thanks to all the stunning fall foliage and beautiful views. And in the late fall? Well, there aren't too many visitors around, some stores and restaurants begin closing in preparation for the upcoming winter season, and many trails and drives throughout Acadia are left empty.
Where to Stay
We have to be honest here, we had a pretty difficult time finding lodging to stay at that fit under our $100 a day budget. However, a bit out of town near Hancock we found an adorable little Airbnb cabin, linked below to the right. We also put together a short list of lodging you can find in Bar Harbor to the left! Just make sure to call ahead before your visit to make sure they are still open during your dates!
Places to Eat
Bar Harbor has a seemingly endless list of places to eat, drink, and dine at! We've gathered a list of our favorite stops, where to get LOBSTAH ;) and where to simply have some drinks! Our ultimate favorites were Thirsty Whale Tavern for their lobster roll, Choco-Latte Cafe for their coffees & teas, Ben & Bill's for their fudge, and Fogtown Brewing for their drinks and sardines and toast!
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Things to Do
Forever our favorite part of traveling, the adventures! (Although food is a close second.) Although it might seem like the only thing to do is explore the nearby Acadia National Park, there are plenty of options and excursions that we highly recommend looking into while you're in the area! We've also listed some other things to do in the area below, just make sure to call ahead to see if they're still open during your visit!
Check out our full guide to Acadia National Park here!
However, our all time favorite thing was the Bar Harbor Bed Races & Early Bird Pajama Sales - this is a MUST. Held in mid November, participants create groups of 5, with 4 pushing and 1 riding their "homemade bed on wheels" down Cottage Street. Seriously the most fun we've had in a while! Plus, dress up in pajamas and join the festivities to get a percentage off when shopping local!
Have any questions for us? Leave them in the comments and we'll do our best to get back to you! Or, head over to Visit Bar Harbor to see what else there is to do!
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We're Deborah & Tyler, a pretty average husband and wife duo from a pretty average state that didn't want to live so averagely. After our *Covid wedding we sold everything that didn't fit into the Jeep and moved to Alaska, then decided to take a gap year!
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