How far is Bar Harbor View Cottage from downtown Bar Harbor and the entrance to Acadia National Park?
Both are within 20 miles.
Are there any books on hiking Acadia National Park that you recommend?
There are four books we recommend. They can be obtained at the park headquarters or possibly from Amazon.
- AMC Guide to Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park – This is the one to get if you’re only going to get one. Rick prefers the 4th edition if you can find it because it easily fits into a shirt pocket. This books comes with a nice folded map in the back you can take with you on hikes. (Pro tip: always take a map!)
- A Walk in the Park by Tom St Germain – Tom has lived in the area for years and has also written books about the history of the trails. His books are too big to take on your hikes, but he gives excellent descriptions of each hike and what to expect. Each hike is mapped out including a side elevation.
- A Pocket Guide to the Carriage Roads by Diana Abrell – This is a thin little book, a pamphlet almost, that outlines a few lovely walks. There is something about reading this book that is very calming.
- Hiking Mount Desert Island by Earl D Brechlin (formerly called Twelve Walks on Mount Desert Island) – This is a guide to 12 walking (or biking) trails in the park. The signposts can be confusing, so this is a good book to bring along if you don’t have a map.
Where’s the best place to get lobsters?
The Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound – turn right out of our driveway, go about 4 miles, turn right on Rt. 3 and go about half a mile. The lobster pound will be on your right just before you cross the bridge. Call ahead and order your lobsters and they will be cooked and ready for pick-up. Make sure you take the kids to see the steaming pots that the lobsters are cooked in!
Where can we buy groceries?
In Trenton, there is the Edwards Brothers Supermarket (formerly Trenton Marketplace IGA). Turn right out of our driveway, go about 4 miles, turn left on Rt. 3 and Trenton Marketplace will be on your left in about half a mile. A little further down Rt 3 in Ellsworth, you’ll find Acadia Provisions (market, butcher shop, and deli), a Shaw’s Marketplace, and a Hannaford Supermarket There is also John Edwards Market in downtown Ellsworth that features whole foods.
Are there any airports nearby?
The Bar Harbor Airport is about 5 miles from Bar Harbor View Cottage. The Bangor Airport is about an hour away. The Portland Airport is about 3 hours away. The Manchester, NH Airport is about 4.5 hours away.
Where do we pick up our key?
There is a lockbox on the door entering the house. Instructions for accessing the key inside the lockbox will be emailed to you no later than a week before your arrival. You are expected to lock the house and return the key to the lockbox prior to your departure.
Can we use your kayaks?
Absolutely! You’ll find life vests, booties, and paddles in the garage. Head across the Western Bay and you’ll probably encounter plenty of seals and dolphins. Please note use of the kayaks is at your own risk.
Do you provide supplies?
The small room between the kitchen and the foyer should have toilet paper, napkins, paper towels, extra light bulbs, etc. We would appreciate it if you would replace any items you use.
Does Maine have a bottle bill?
Yes. Bottles purchased in Maine can be taken to a supermarket and redeemed for 5 cents each. Bottles purchased elsewhere are not eligible. It can be fun to return the bottles; we usually use the vending machines at the entrance to Shaw’s.
What should we do with our trash?
Please bag all trash and place it in the dumpster in the driveway. Do not park in front of the dumpster or it will not be emptied during the week of your stay. Do NOT leave any trash in the house when you depart.
What should we do with the fireplace ashes?
A can for ashes has been provided for your use. Once the ashes have cooled, please dispose of them outside in the dumpster. Do NOT place them in a plastic bag or in the garage.
Where is the closest hospital?
Maine Coast Memorial Hospital is located at 50 Union Street in Ellsworth, about 10 miles from Bar Harbor View Cottage.
What are temperatures like in the Trenton area?
The following chart shows average monthly temperatures in the Bar Harbor/Trenton area: