Every visit to Maine is better than the last, which is why it’s one of my very favorite states in the USA. It’s such a beautiful, wild place, and spending time here feels like a getaway in every sense of the word. Our stay at Balance Rock Inn in Bar Harbor, Maine, was picturesque, tranquil, and rejuvenating. Waking up to the sound of waves crashing against the rocky shore, sea birds crying out overhead, and the uninhibited beauty of Bar Harbor was nothing short of a dream come true. Read on to learn more about this luxurious boutique hotel and why it’s well worth the drive to the northeastern edge of the United States.
The Veranda, an oceanfront restaurant with strong Nordic influences, uses wild-harvested, hyper-seasonal ingredients, a few molecular gastronomy techniques, and freshly caught seafood to create masterful expressions of flavor. By doing so, this exquisite restaurant takes diners on a tasting tour along Maine’s breathtaking rocky coastline, through beautiful meadows, and finally into Maine’s dense majestic forests. Here’s why it was one of my favorite meals I’ve ever had.
Acadia National Park, established in 1929, is one of the most beautiful national parks in the nation. This 47,000-acre nature sanctuary has more than 155 miles of marked hiking paths, 45 miles of drivable roadways, and is the fifth smallest National Park in the nation, but one of the 10 most popular to visit, receiving around 3 million visitors annually. Here’s everything you need to know about planning a visit to this breathtaking outdoor escape.