If city life has you feeling overwhelmed, overworked, and quite honestly just over it, immediately turn off Zoom and book your much-needed break to Bar Harbor, Maine. Reset your inner selves by reconnecting with the outdoors and each other. Trade in the crowds and traffic in the city for the open spaces and fresh air on the coast of Maine. The car ride to get here is worth the opportunity to visit this bucket list destination while it’s not overly impacted by international travelers. Just pack your bags and boots, and hit the road to experience the ultimate outdoor getaway from New York.
Our completely renovated oceanfront Maine hotel is waiting to serve as your respite from reality, where you can enjoy luxury accommodations, epic water views, and tasty, but healthy food. If you want to really make the most out of your journey here, take advantage of our 5-night Extended Stay Special. Read on for our top tips to making the most of your getaway from NY in the gateway to Acadia.
Immerse Yourselves in the Landscape
Explore the majesty of Mount Desert Island, amaze at the beauty of Acadia National Park, or set out to sea to gaze at the deep blue water. No matter which direction you go, or which way you decide to travel, there is beauty to discover around every corner. Just minutes from our front door are a plethora of opportunities to walk, hike, bike, drive or float your way to breathtaking scenery. Your romantic getaway from New York will be greatly enhanced by the beautiful backdrops and spectacular sunrises and sunsets. So be sure to borrow binoculars from the front desk to enhance the views and pack your camera to capture the moment.
Soak Up the Views with a Hike
Freshen your perspective with an invigorating hike in Acadia National Park. Take in the fresh, pine-scented air while you ascend the hills or follow the more accessible Carriage Roads. Below are a couple of recommended treks, but we’re happy to point you in the right direction if you’re looking for something more tailored to your needs and skill level.
- Cadillac North Ridge Trail is an easy-to-moderate 4-mile hike that is one of the most popular in the park. You’ll pass by beautiful wildflowers and be rewarded with stunning views from the top. The 1,528-foot summit is not only the highest in the park, it’s the highest point along the entire eastern seaboard.
- For up-close views of the rocky shoreline with the ocean as the backdrop, we recommend taking the Ocean Path Trail. You’ll start at Sand Beach, be taken by Thunder Hole and Monument Cove, and end up at Otter Point. You can go back the way you came, or use Park Loop Road for a different vantage point.
Explore the Landscape by Bike
Take to the trails on two wheels with a biking adventure in Bar Harbor! With over 45 miles of bike-friendly roads and a vast array of trails to explore, Acadia Park is a biker’s paradise. Bring your own bike to venture out on your own, or rent one from Acadia Bike, just about a mile down the road. They also offer Ranger-led tours during the week in the summer and fall – it’s a great way to get introduced to the area. If you’re going to take to the trails on your own, we recommend that you start on the car-free Carriage Road System which winds its way through the park. From there, you’ll have lots of opportunities to branch out to other trails that intrigue you. We’re happy to suggest routes for your skill and comfort level! Also, don’t forget to purchase your park pass before heading out during your getaway from New York.
Relax & Rejuvenate at Your Home Base
After a long, adventurous day in the sun, you can look forward to coming home to The Bayview Hotel for a comfortable space to rest and recharge. Each of Bar Harbor accommodations at our romantic inn feature expansive ocean views, modern décor, and luxurious amenities to set the stage for your dreamy getaway from New York. You’ll also get to sample our wellness-inspired breakfast to start your day off right. If your ideal outdoor getaway includes your furry friend, we are happy to offer pet-friendly accommodations and recommendations for dog-approved activities. No matter who your vacation companion is, we look forward to welcoming you both to our oceanfront boutique hotel.