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Make a self catering cottage or holiday rental in Bar Harbor, Maine, USA your home away from home

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.

Things to Do in Bar Harbor, ME

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.

Places to Visit Around Bar Harbor, ME

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.

Weather in Bar Harbor, Maine

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.

Travel to Bar Harbor, Maine

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 2½ hours.

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                                                                                                      My wife and I were lucky enough to stay at Sunset Point for part of our honeymoon. We stayed a week and enjoyed every second. The views and the relaxing ambience were just what we expected. The cottage was very clean and well maintained. We decided to sleep in the living room and not one of the two bedrooms. We wanted to take full advantage of the fireplace and views of the mountain (very romantic setting).The drive to downtown was quick and the beautiful scenes of nearby hikes, bike rides and canoe trips were just a few minutes away. We took advantage of the fresh lobster delivery offered and had our very first taste of fresh Maine lobster in the comforts of the cottage(reasonably priced). Terri and Joe were great with everything. We truly had a great time. One thing to watch out for when driving to the cottage for the first time is to remember to drive all the way to the top of the mt. The first cottage on the left is not sunset pt. (woops) We can't wait to go back and enjoy more of sunset point cottage! Make sure to take advantage of the books in the cottage showing all the activities available. We really enjoyed the nearby hikes. Thanks again Terri and Joe!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Oct 06, 2009
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jun 2009