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Bar Harbor, Maine

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A resort town since the 19th century, Bar Harbor is the artistic, culinary, and social center of Mount Desert Island. It also serves visitors to Acadia National Park with inns, motels, and restaurants. Around the turn of the last century the island was known as the summer haven of the very rich because of its cool breezes. The wealthy built lavish mansions throughout the island, many of which were destroyed in a huge fire that devastated the island in 1947, but many of those that survived have been converted into businesses. Shops are clustered along Main, Mount Desert, and Cottage streets. Take a stroll down West Street, a National Historic District, where you can see some fine old houses.

The island and the surrounding Gulf of Maine are home to a great variety of wildlife: whales, seals, eagles, falcons, ospreys, and puffins (though not right offshore here), and forest dwellers such as deer, foxes, coyotes, and beavers.


Alone Moose Fine Crafts

The oldest made-in-Maine gallery in Bar Harbor, Alone Moose Fine Crafts offers bronze wildlife sculptures, jewelry, pottery, and watercolors.

Eclipse Gallery

The Eclipse Gallery carries handblown glass, ceramics, wood and metal furniture, and home decor items like mirrors and lamps. The gallery is open from mid-May through October.

Island Artisans

This shop sells basketry, pottery, fiber work, and jewelry created by about 150 Maine artisans.

Native Arts Gallery

Silver and gold jewelry is a specialty at Native Arts Gallery, open from May through October.

Cadillac Mountain Sports

One of the best sporting-goods stores in the state, Cadillac Mountain Sports has developed a following of locals and visitors alike. You can find top-quality climbing, hiking, boating, paddling, and camping equipment. In winter you can rent cross-country skis, ice skates, and snowshoes.

Bar Harbor, Maine