Three years ago we visited our friends Lise and Charlie at their family cabin just a few miles from where our ship docked. On that trip we explored Acadia National Park and thoroughly enjoyed seeing the natural beauty.
For our return, we opted for a walking tour through this classic coastal village. It charmed us!
Our view coming into Bar Harbor via tender:
Only a couple of days earlier, we toured one of the mega mansions in Newport (The Elms), which during the Gilded Era, was the place to see and be seen. But for a while, popularity moved in this direction, and summer cottages sprang up along the water front. Here is a selection of some of my favorites we passed by on our walk:
Our guide, Lynn, told us tales of the Victorian Era, moved us along at a gentle pace, and brought the charm of the town to life for us. This has been my favorite tour so far from this cruise.
But summer cottages is not all we saw. One of our stops was a visit inside St Savior’s Episcopal Church. This is where the well-healed were expected to attend every Sunday.
Perhaps not as opulent as the great cathedrals, but one worthy note is that several of the stained glass windows were made by Tiffany.
Sadly about 35 years ago, thieves came in the middle of the night and stole one of the Tiffany windows. It has never been found or recovered. The church is now reaching out to the public in an effort to locate it. It is certainly possible that it has been hanging in someone’s home or collection without the owner even realizing the history. In the age of social networking, it is possible that someone will recognize the piece and it can be returned. I wanted to do my little part in helping get the word out. Feel free to share this post.
Right next door to the church is the graveyard as well as another church.
Our tour ended back not far from the pier where we had an outstanding view of our cruise ship, Regal Princess at anchor in the harbor.
The large stone at the waters edge is called Balance Rock. In front and behind the ship are the Porcupine Islands.
After the tour ended, we spent an hour or so wandering through the shops, city park and a couple of the main streets in town, eventually making our way back to the tenders in time for a late lunch on board. This is such a photogenic area and I had no problem getting my 10,000 steps in before noon. Here are some random pictures I took while walking around town.
While on our short boat ride back out to the ship, I continued to capture the scene.
A few more shots from on board our cruise ship to round out the day.
And just in case you are interested in seeing a bit of information on when we visited Acadia National Park on our first visit, here are the links:
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful that although commercialized, Bar Harbor has not lost its charm. It remains small enough to be welcoming, is surrounded by a National Park, has a beautiful harbor filled with impressive yachts, stores to satisfy the shoppers amongst us, an interesting history and (OH YES) some of the best seafood that can be found anywhere!