10 Jul

We were up well before the sun for our first day in Bar Harbor and we sleepily made our way up to the summit of Cadillac Mountain (by car) to be the first people in America to watch the sun rise! We got to the top and everything was shrouded in fog. We hung around hoping that with the sunrise the fog would burn off but exactly the time the sun was supposed to come up, here was our view:

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Haha! It was crazy! The sun was out there somewhere…


We were still glad we tried and we headed back to the Bayview for some more sleep. When we re-woke for the day we went to our inn’s breakfast and ate out on the patio. The Bayview puts out a beautiful spread with lots of homemade goodies and I had a hard-boiled egg, fruit, half this coffee cake and an eggs benny.


Once we’d eaten we went into Acadia National Park to do the Park Loop Road. This road goes all around Cadillac Mountain and as it steadily gains elevation it has lots of different pull-offs for pictures, hikes and points of interest. It started out bright enough but we quickly re-entered the ridiculous amounts of fog. We still did all the pull-offs on the map but we opted out of a hike that we were going to do since we wouldn’t have been able to see anything! Even amidst the fog and clouds, the craggy shoreline and ocean were still beautiful!

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One of our stops was Thunder Hole where the water crashes into a bowl and shoots up.



Another was Sand Beach where the ocean was raging!

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Beaver Dam pond..


When it was lunch-time we conveniently arrived at the only restaurant in all of the Acadia- Jordan Pond House Restaurant!

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My namesake. 🙂 The food here was honestly mediocre and over-priced but they are known for their popovers and THAT was fantastic!


Zach’s lunch was lobster quiche with veggies and I got a port clyde fish with a salad.

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His lobster quiche was good but everything else was meh. You can see I sweatered up because it was getting a bit chilly! After lunch we checked out Bubble Pond and the bridge there.

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We then did a hike to the South Bubble (a big rock formation).


Views from the summit were nonexistent but it was a great hike. 🙂

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We got a bit lost on our way back down and this resulted in a much longer hike than anticipated! Good exercise at least… By the time we finally made our way back to the car we were more than ready to get back and shower, play cards, have wine and relax a bit. Then we were ready for dinner. We headed to Burning Tree which was a cute little restaurant in a house and the food here was AMAZING. This turned out to be one of the best meals of the trip! We shared a lovely bottle of white wine…


I got the prosciutto-wrapped jumbo sea scallops with an orange-rosemary reduction and arugula and ravioli.


Wow!! The scallops especially were just perfect. Zach got the swiss chard leaves stuffed with a scallop mousse, lobster and shrimp served with a sorrel cream sauce over egg noodles.


Again- wow. All the noodles were freshly made and had amazing chew. The seafood mousse in Zach’s swiss chard leaves was incredible, I would have never dreamed up something like that!! Both of our meals were served with a small cucumber side dish with a yogurt sauce that tasted like it had taco seasoning?


It was unique and good and Zach absolutely loved it. We even ate the flowers! For dessert we had a slice of their kahlua cake with mexican sorbet.


We ate this in like 5 seconds flat… Dinner success.


On the way home we saw a deer that let me get awfully close to take pictures and then, instead of running, it came over to check me out!

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It was nuts!! We ended the night with some more deck pictures. 🙂

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  1. Jennifer July 10, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    What a lovely time/day! The food at The Burning Tree had my mouth watering over here in Arizona!

  2. Victoria Rabenstein July 19, 2013 at 9:10 am #

    Oh wow. What that dear deer must have done to Zach.
    Another amazing day as usual. Lovely.

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