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Road trip - Boston to Bar Harbor

We're planning a road trip from Boston to Bar Harbor.  We want to hike in Acadia National Park and are thinking about whale watching and kayaking.  Interested in hiking, biking, local food, breweries, wineries, scenery.  Little shopping.  Thinking of staying in Portland for a couple nights and taking a day to get to Bar Harbor and stay a 3 full days.  Then head back to Boston for a day and half.

Any suggestions as to where to stop along the way, must sees or other ideas?

7 Answers

answered by
Joyce from Limington Me

Portland (Maine)is a wonderful city with plenty of places to see and eat. Take a ferry out to an island for lunch. You also should stop at the the Botanical Gardens Dr. If you like gardens, this is among the best we've seen!

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answered by
Samuel from Manchester

Boston and Maine are full of fantastic microbreweries, so I'll name a few of my favorites. The most popular ones in Boston in my experience seem to be Samuel Adams and Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall. (It's debatable whether or not Sam is a microbrew, but that's for another day!) You'll get a lot of brew on both tours, so be prepared to take public transit or a taxi to your next destination. Seriously, Harpoon used to give you 30 minutes of unlimited samples from their drafts (including the limited seasonal casks) after you got several free samples during the tour. The Boston Sam Adam's brewery is now their research site, so you'll get to taste the newest brew they have. The tour at Harpoon is better, but it's still worth the trip to Sam. Here again, they pass pitchers around until they are empty, so be prepared. Skip the party trolley from Sam Adams unless you need some recoup time.

If you want to stop on way to Portland, the Redhook Ale Brewery in Portsmouth, NH gives generous samples of very high quality beer. The tour is more of a speech, but the tour guide is great and the beer is fantastic.

In Maine, Portland is full of breweries. Shipyard Brewery has very generous samples of excellent beer. After the tasting, I recommend walking down to Duckfat to enjoy a fantastic sandwich with duck confit fries. Finally, while I've never actually gone, the Allagash Brewing Co Inc tour should be great. They've really exploded in popularity, so be sure to book in advance if you're interested.

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  1. Samuel Adams (restaurant)
  2. Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall (attraction)
  3. Redhook Ale Brewery (restaurant)
  4. Shipyard Brewery (restaurant)
  5. Duckfat (restaurant)
  6. Allagash Brewing Co Inc (restaurant)
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answered by
Kit from Chicago

Great plan. In Boston, you need to stop in the North End for Italian Food. I love Al Dente and the pizza place next door, Beneventos is also very good My favorite hotel in Boston is The Liberty, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Boston, which was a originally a prison and is now a lovely upscale hotel. They offer free bikes, and we biked all over the city.

Portland (Maine) is lovely, and it has a great food scene. You might want to stop in a beach town (York (Maine), Wells (Maine), Kennebunkport) before you get to Portland. These little seaside towns are charming. While in Portland, I recommend dining at OTTO Pizza and Bao Bao Dumpling House

Rockland is a beautiful town on the way to Bar Harbor that is worth a stop for lunch at the least.

While in Bar Harbor, you can do lots of kayaking, biking, and hiking.

I am from Maine and have written about it on my site. These posts might be helpful:

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  1. Al Dente (restaurant)
  2. Beneventos (restaurant)
  3. The Liberty, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Boston (hotel)
  4. Portland (Maine) (city)
  5. York (Maine) (city)
  6. Wells (Maine) (city)
  7. Kennebunkport (city)
  8. OTTO Pizza (restaurant)
  9. Bao Bao Dumpling House (restaurant)
  10. Rockland (city)
  11. Bar Harbor (city)
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answered by
Camille from Bar Harbor

While in Bar Harbor get a beer and tour the Atlantic Brewing Company & Mainely Meat BBQ in Town Hill (about 10 minute drive from Bar Harbor). Play bocce or check out live music at The Lompoc Cafe on Rodick St. On your way to Bar Harbor stop in at Sweet Pea's Winery and Cafe. Acacia House Inn is on a nice quiet side street right in town and the best in Bar Harbor. Acadia National Park is wonderful for both hiking and biking. Have fun!

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  2. Town Hill (attraction)
  3. Acacia House Inn (hotel)
  4. Acadia National Park (amusement park)

answered by
Cole from Westfield, New Jersey

Have dinner in Portland (Maine), there are lots of great resturants

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answered by
David from New Hampshire

You need to stop off at Red's Eats in Wiscasset for the BEST lobster roll you'll ever have. You get a full lb. and it is reasonably priced.

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answered first by
Stephanie from New York City

Look into stopping in Brunswick (Maine)! A really cute seaside town and some of the best fall foliage i've ever seen. 

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