Hi everyone! I just walked in the door from our trip to Maine and am so excited to share more about our trip! Jax and I stayed in Maine for a few days in the fall and couldn’t wait to go back. We planned an entire week full of delicious food and incredible experiences. If you are heading to Maine soon this will be the perfect guide for you! After our long drive from Buffalo, all of the spots we went in Maine were within a few hours of one another. Ever since the pandemic I have fallen in love with road trips and find driving to be an amazing way to see a new spot. I also love the flexibility of adding stops and discovering new places. If you are looking for video recaps of our trip be sure to check out my Instagram or TikTok @belleoftheball45!
First stop: Bar Harbor / Southwest Harbor / Acadia National Park
Where we stayed:
We found the CUTEST bed and breakfast called the Harbour Cottage Inn in Southwest Harbor that was about 25 minutes from Acadia and Bar Harbor. I loved how quiet and charming the Inn was- it really felt like home. Dora and Daniel were both at the Inn everyday and were so kind. Every morning they served a delicious breakfast made from scratch- I miss it already! There are 11 guest rooms available at the Inn, all of which are clean and cozy. Theres also a bar, beautiful patio, easy parking, and a common space with a fire and board games. Another one of my favorite touches was the homemade snacks and lemonade available in the afternoon- what a treat after a long hike!
After staying at the Harbour Cottage Inn for a few nights, we wanted to do one night in a tent to get the full Acadia experience! We booked a spot in the Blackwoods Campground on the Acadia National Park website and had the perfect night. There were so many families camping too which would be such a fun idea for a family! Our spot was right near the trail for Cadillac Mountain which was very convenient since that was the hike we decided to do on Monday evening. We had a cozy fire and a rainy night in the tent! Something I’ve learned (and my boyfriend has always reminded me of) when hiking or camping is to always be prepared for rain! Jax has hiked in numerous places such as New Zeland, Vietnam, Arizona, New Hampshire, etc. and is working on a little guest post with some hiking tips. Can’t wait to share the post!
We arrived late on Friday night so we decided to sleep in on Saturday and since it was a little gloomy we spent the day in Bar Harbor. There was a farmers market in town so we shopped the local vendors and stores. After doing some shopping we had a great lunch- I’m sharing a full list of where we ate and drank below! While walking around after lunch we stumbled upon some live music so we stopped to have a drink and enjoy. Another one of my favorite spots we visited was Sherman’s which is the oldest bookstore in Maine. Such a neat place!
I was so excited to be back at Acadia especially in the warmer weather! For our first hike we decided to do the Beehive Loop. This is not a very long hike- only about 2 miles and took us about 2 hours. There was definitely a lot of other people hiking this trail which is something to keep in mind! This trail can definitely be intimidating if you are afraid of heights. It has a rocky uneven terrain, it can also be steep in some spots but the iron aides make it a lot easier! Here’s a couple photos from the hike:
Shop my hiking outfit:
After our hike we went to Sands Beach and decided to take an impromptu swim which was one of my favorite moments from the trip. The ocean was freezing but so refreshing after a long day hiking.
We went back to the Inn and cleaned up for lunch at Beals Lobster Pier which was absolutely delicious. Make sure to check my Instagram and TikTok @belleoftheball45- we filmed lobster roll reviews throughout our trip that will all be posted there!
After lunch we went back to the Inn and enjoyed the sunshine for a while. We knew we wanted to see the sunset at Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse so we grabbed a few of my favorite picnic finds and picked up a pizza! It was SO busy at the lighthouse, but we still had a great night.
Shop my picnic finds:
On our last day in Bar Harbor we set up our campsite at the Blackwoods Campground and headed out on a long hike. Cadillac Mountain has incredible views, and it you aren’t up for the long hike you can drive up which is a great option. We wanted to drive to the top for the sunrise but we didn’t realize we would have to buy tickets in advance. Definitely something to plan in advanced if you want to do this on your trip- you can buy tickets here. This hike was a lot less crowded than Beehive and I would definitely recommend if you’re up for a longer hike since this one is 7 miles total. It took us about 4 hours, including some stops to take photos and take in the view. We ran into a little bit of rain on our way down, but soon after there was a breathtaking rainbow which was one of the most beautiful views I’ve seen at Acadia.
Side Street Café (the best seasonal margs)
Havana (Fresh & incredible dinner)
The Coffee Hound Coffee Co. (the chocolate chip cookie was divine)
Beals Lobster Pier (Great views and delicious lobster rolls)
Harbour House Inn (Homemade breakfast every morning for guests)
Jalapeños Cantina & Mexican Grill (loved the casual vibe after our hike)
Little Notch Bakery (only had a dessert but their lunches looked so fresh and flavorful)
Hearth & Harbor (we tried to order our pizza for the picnic from here but they don’t offer take out- everything looked incredible and I would definitely eat here on our next trip)
Photos above are from Havana
Second stop: Spruce Point Inn / Boothbay Harbor, ME
Jax and I were SO excited to be back at the Spruce Point Inn, as I previously mentioned we had a wonderful time in the fall and were excited to experience the property in the spring. They also are offering a promo code for my readers which is so exciting- be sure to book your stay at 10% off with code ABBYSPI. A lot of the summer is booked up, but it was incredible in the fall and something to look forward to for next year! Sharing more about our stay below.
The Spruce Point Inn is a beautiful property in Boothbay Harbor, ME that has been a vacation destination since 1892. There is so much to do including boating, swimming, hiking, biking, dining, fishing, kayaking, and more. It is a wonderful place to bring a family or for a relaxing getaway. They are also pet friendly which is such a plus! They have multiple cottages on the property in addition to rooms at the Inn itself. We have stayed in both and had two great experiences. If you are traveling with a family I think the cottages would be the perfect option.
Photos above from The Salty Stag
The Thistle Inn (rumor has it this restaurant is closing soon, but if you make it there before it does you will love it- very cozy)
The Salty Stag ( this is the more causal restaurant on at The Spruce Point Inn and everything we ate for breakfast, lunch, and dinner was very fresh and delicious)
Downeast Ice Cream Factory (try the blueberry ice cream!)
Red Cup Coffee House (great for breakfast items and coffee)
Brisetto’s Second Cup (Jax loved their coffee)
Red’s Eats (30 mins from The Spruce Point Inn in Wiscasset)
Third Stop: Portland, ME
This was a bit of a last minute stop and we ended up scoring a great Air B&B- linked here! It was close to a beautiful park and walking distance to a lot of our favorite spots. I have also stayed at The Canopy in Portland and loved it there. It’s very modern and comfortable and the location is unbeatable! I also loved that the hotel provided bikes and many other amenities that made our stay amazing.
What we did:
We were only in Portland for about 24 hours so we tried to squeeze in as much as possible! When we arrived we did some shopping at some local stores like @ember.maine, @seabags, and @portlanddrygoods. After shopping we checked into our Air B&B and took some time to relax and get some work done. We got ready for dinner and decided to pop into Luna, the rooftop bar at The Canopy hotel. The views from Luna are amazing and it is the perfect place to sit outside and grab a drink. Then we headed to one of my favorite restaurants, Via Vecchia. The atmosphere is incredible and our meals were delicious. Nothing like pasta and a glass of red wine!
After dinner we went out for a little while, so we decided to sleep in the following morning which was so nice and something we don’t do often. We had a late breakfast at the Bayside American Cafe which was incredible and worth the wait. After breakfast we headed to Portland Head Light which is one of my favorite lighthouses that I’ve seen. We walked around the park for a while and were glad the rain had stopped. Another perfect activity for a rainy day was visiting the Portland Art Museum which was so relaxing and fun.
Later on we snacked on a few oysters at The Shop before grabbing a quick dinner. We ended up with a pizza from Radici because we had planned on going to High Roller for lobster but (if you can believe it) we were lobstered out. We have so many fun lobster roll reviews coming your way on my Instagram and TikTok so make sure to follow along @belleoftheball45 for those!
Where to eat & drank:
Bayside American Cafe (Delicious breakfast)
The Shop (Oysters and fun vibe)
Radici (Woodfired Pizza)
Via Vecchia (Delicious pasta, cocktails, and make sure you get dessert)
Luna Rooftop Bar (great place to sit outside)
Lukes Lobster Pier (amazing views and delicious lobster)
High Roller Lobster Co. (I’ve heard a lot of great reviews!)
Duckfat (I haven’t been but Jax loved it here)
Fourth Stop: Kennebunkport, ME
Where we stayed:
We booked our stay a little late so we ended up staying at a cute and affordable Air B&B that was very close to town! They has everything we needed and it was extremely clean. We cooked breakfast every morning and loved having everything we needed there! Linking it here for you. I have visited Kennebunkport before and stayed at this Air B&B in Arundel which was so cozy as well, but definitely a little farther from town and bigger than we needed for the two of us. There are tons of listings for Kennebunkport on Air B&B so be sure to search and find something perfect for your trip! I also just found this glamping experience at Sandy Pines Campground and have added it to my list!!
What we did:
Kennebunkport was the last stop on our trip so we definitely relaxed a little more at this stop. We arrived in the evening on Friday and Jax ran to the grocery store to get some items to cook breakfast in the morning and we watched Somethings Gotta Give. In the morning we slept in, cooked breakfast, and headed to town. Our first stop was Snug Harbor Farm which is absolutely beautiful. We shopped around and ended up picking up some succulents to bring home. After Snug Harbor we shopped at a few local boutiques like Daytrip Society and Après Sea Maine. My friends Jackie and PJ also own the cutest vintage shop called Seacraft so be sure to check that out if you’re in the area! We had a quick snack and drink at Batson River Distillery which is always amazing. For dinner we had our final lobster roll of the trip at The Clam Shack! We went back to our Air B&B and watched a movie since we had to be up early for our drive home.
I hope you were able to find some spots to visit on your next trip and enjoyed the post! Feel free to comment or DM me on Instagram @belleoftheball45 with any questions. Thanks for reading!