Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island was one of the top summer resorts in New England during the 19th century and continues to attract visitors to this exclusive area. Millionaire's Row was once the summer home of the Vanderbilts, Fords, Rockefellers and other powerful families but a large number of these lavish mansions were destroyed by fire in the drought of 1947.
This beautiful area around Bar Harbor holiday rentals lends itself to hiking, cycling and wildlife spotting. More adventurous-spirited visitors can go rock climbing, sailing and paddle boarding. Take a tour of the local breweries, go on a boat trip or fishing charter or play golf in the area. Shopping is another popular activity with many designer boutiques and art galleries showcasing local skills. Bar Harbor is popular with long distance cyclists as it is the end of the Atlantic Coast Bike route which starts in Key West, Florida, and the start of the Northern Tier Bicycle route which goes across the U.S. to Washington State.
Bar Harbor is on the edge of Acadia National Park with the 1,532 foot high peak of Mount Cadillac at the centre. The summit is the first point each day where the sun rise can be viewed in the U.S. The national park offers scenic loop drives, traffic-free roads for cycling and over 125 miles of hiking trails. Family entertainment in Bar Harbor includes visiting the oceanarium, zoo and the unique Lumberjack Show.
Bar Harbor holiday rentals are ideal to visit at almost any time of year, but in the summer the climate is particularly beautiful. The area is warm and sunny with average temperatures of 81°F (27°C). It can be humid with occasional showers at any time. In winter its coastal location keeps temperatures generally above freezing at night with daytime highs around 46°F (8°C). Spring and fall can be quieter times with cooler days and slightly more rain.
Most visitors to Bar Harbor fly into the local Hancock County-Bar Harbor (BHB) Airport which is served by US Airways and Colgan Air on a daily basis. Bangor (BGR) and Knox County Regional (RKD) Airports are both about 50 miles away in Maine. International visitors should look for flights to Yarmouth (YQI) Airport, over the border in Canada, or Portland International (PWM) Jetport about 120 miles away. From there a hire car will be required to reach the island. Those driving to Bar Harbor should take I-95 to Bangor (exit 45-A - 395), then pick-up route1A to Ellsworth, and then Route 3 to Bar Harbor. Bar Harbor holiday rentals are also easy to get to by high-speed ferry from Nova Scotia in less than 2Â½ hours.