5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Bar Harbor in November
A national park all to yourself, cozy inns, Thanksgiving meals that offer more than traditional turkey and potatoes… these are just a few of the reasons to visit Bar Harbor in November. Discover the events, places and spaces that make this month a golden getaway opportunity in Bar Harbor.
1. Fun November Events in Bar Harbor: The Early Bird Pajama Sale and Bed Races
The town has two lively events in November that will have you shopping, cheering and, most surprising of all, wearing PJs in public. The day of events starts with the Early Bird Pajama Sale. Roll out of bed in your coziest apparel—participating businesses will give you a discount for wearing PJs. The Bed Races involve competitive fun between area businesses on rolling, decorated beds. Cheer them on from the streets and be sure to snap a photo of the creative “beds.”
2. Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner in Bar Harbor
Home for the holidays is all well and good, but what about a seaside destination where you can roam free, if all that family time gets a bit too much? Here are some destinations for your Thanksgiving dinner in Bar Harbor:
Harborside Hotel & Marina: Thanksgiving dinner with ocean views is hard to beat. This stunning hotel is offering a delicious Thanksgiving prix fixe meal and la carte offerings, all while overlooking the dazzling Frenchman Bay. From pumpkin bisque and crispy pan-seared salmon to traditional fare like herb butter turkey, it will be a day that stands out among your Thanksgiving memories.
Galyn’s: This cheerful and cozy-contemporary restaurant located close to the town pier offers a special Thanksgiving dinner. From fresh seafood to steak, chicken and vegetarian options, everyone in your family will be happy. High ceilings and spacious rooms maintain a comfortable atmosphere.
3. A Serene Acadia National Park
It’s no secret that Acadia is a sought-after destination by many. Take advantage of Acadia’s quiet beauty in November. Enjoy a scenic drive with a cup of hot apple cider, or explore Ship Harbor, Ocean Path and the available Carriage Roads. A fall beach walk on Sand Beach is always a great way to invigorate your senses in the chilly, salty air. Take care and plan ahead; darkness falls early, and trails can get icy at higher elevations.
4. Peruse the Museums
If a rainy day threatens to spoil your day in the park, head to one of these museums open year-round. It’s always a good idea to call ahead—museum hours may differ during the off-season.
La Rochelle Mansion and Museum: Learn about the gilded age mansions and explore grand dining rooms and servants’ quarters alike.
Wendell Gilley Museum: See the treasures made by renowned bird carver Wendell Gilley-- with over 300 of the intricately designed creations within the museum’s collection, you may feel more like you’re outside than inside! There are also rotating exhibits featuring other artists that pay homage to the natural world. See their seasonal hours here.
5. Relax and Rejuvenate with a Spa WeekendFor a group trip, couple getaway or just some solo luxury, go to year-round health and wellness organization Destination Health MDI. Meditate, settle in for a deep-tissue massage or relax in a saltwater bath.
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