28 September 2018:
Bar Harbor, Maine, US:
When Fall Comes to New England

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

Bar Harbor is a lovely, small place on the coast of the mostly empty state of Maine in the northeast corner of the United States.

When climate, weather, and the calendar coincide properly it is one of the best places to experience the beauty of fall in New England: trees filled with leaves in stunning hues of orange, yellow, red, and purple. The change of colors starts further north, across the border in Canada, and makes its way down the coast.

It is also the tail end of hurricane season and deep into nor’easter storm season. The trick is to arrive after the colors have changed and before the inevitable big storm comes along to wipe it all away.

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK TODAY

I went today with a group of guests on a hike on the OCean Trail within Acadia National Park. It was a cool damp morning, appropriate for Fall in New England.

Here is some of what we saw today.

BAR HARBOR

The town of Bar Harbor is quite small, with a permanent population of about 5,000.

Of course, that population swells greatly in the summer and fall.

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Ice cream, salt water taffy, and tourists locked out of Acadia. Photo by Corey Sandler

At the back of the harbor is the bar, a stretch of sand and gravel that is covered at high tide but visible and often walkable at low tide across to Bar Island.

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Bar Harbor. Photo by Corey Sandler

Mount Desert Island is Maine’s largest island, with an area of 108 square miles (280 km²).

That makes it the sixth largest island in the continental United States, and the second largest on the east coast of the United States—behind Long Island in New York and ahead of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.

Even without the park, it’s a pretty place, especially if you go past the t-shirt shops and into the old town.

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Bar Harbor. In the churchyard is a memorial to the sons of Eden (the town’s original name) who died in the U.S. Civil War. Photos by Corey Sandler

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