How to Ring in 2022 in Bar Harbor (Plus, What to Do if You Can’t Make It)
In Bar Harbor and Acadia, you’ll get the best of both worlds for your new year’s getaway – celebratory fun paired with opportunities to reset and restore. Many of our restaurants will be offering New Year’s Eve specials, along with live music for an optimal night out. To get a head start on your new year’s resolutions, you can participate in one of Destination Health MDI’s wellness programs. Acadia National Park is open for your exploration (be sure to check the park’s current conditions) – whether you crave the peace and quiet of snowshoeing through the woods, or welcoming the first sunrise of 2022 on Cadillac.
1. Take part in New Year’s Eve festivities in Bar Harbor.Kick off the new year right – live music, brews and award-winning cuisine await. It may be a quieter time of year, but you’ll find plenty of places filled with light, warmth, good food and drinks.
Fogtown’s Two-Part New Year’s Eve Party: You know Fogtown Taproom & Kitchen for its diverse list of brews, wood-fired pizza and warm atmosphere that makes for perfect trivia and game nights. The brewery will be holding a dual New Year’s Eve party that shares the fun between its two locations in Bar Harbor and Ellsworth. The festivities start at its Ellsworth location, offering a free concert at 2 p.m. in the beer garden by members of the Winter Harbor Music Festival. Fogtown Bar Harbor will be ready for you afterwards, with drink and food specials and live music by the Fogtown Family Band from 9:30 p.m. to midnight. Find out more here.
Leary’s Landing: The iconic Irish pub will be elevating its already delightful offerings to an impressive six-course tasting menu for New Year’s Eve. The dinner takes your palate through a wide array of flavors, from local seafood to braised short ribs, concluding with a rich chocolate pot de crème. The bar will be open late to leave plenty of time for cheers-ing. Make a reservation to attend.
Havana: The fine dining American-Latin restaurant will be planning something special for New Year’s Eve. Call for details.
2. See the first sunrise of 2022.Greet 2022 by witnessing the first sunrise of the year in Acadia National Park while overlooking Frenchman Bay for a dazzling display of the rising sun. The Ocean Drive stretch of the Park Loop Road remains open to vehicles so you can watch the sunrise from the cozy comfort of your car. Or get out and walk the Ocean Path between Sand Beach and Otter Cliffs to welcome the New Year in the brisk open air. Be sure to prepare for the conditions by wearing warm layers and comfortable shoes and having a flashlight with you. Not a huge morning person? Bid 2021 adieu by taking in the sunset on New Year’s Eve instead – the western side of Mount Desert Island offers spectacular sunset views.
3. Live out your new year’s resolutions at Destination Health MDI.Often, our new year’s resolutions will include some type of wellness goal – whether that is strengthening our bodies with more nourishing foods, seeking opportunities to get moving or setting aside more time for ourselves. Destination Health MDI is an ideal place to start 2022 by encouraging those habits that make us feel whole. They offer a diverse array of yoga and fitness classes, ranging from options that warm your muscles or make you really sweat! Their holistic chef services make meal prepping a snap, with fresh, nourishing foods prepared to order. You’ll find plenty of ways to relax and recharge – their therapeutic treatments include massage, flotation therapy and a sauna.
4. Experience the Wonder of Stargazing on Sand Beach.
The beach? In the winter? At night?! Yes, yes and yes. This popular summer spot is a starry and serene wonderland on winter evenings. Weather permitting, New Year’s Eve makes for a great excuse to bundle up and witness the crystal-clear, star-studded skies, all whilst the ocean plays its soothing soundtrack. Be sure to follow the park’s safety guidelines while witnessing this amazing spectacle.
5. Savor Beal’s at Home
If you can’t make it to Bar Harbor, you can still bring some Bar Harbor to your New Year’s Eve dinner table. Beal’s at Home offers shipping services of live lobster, lobster meat, lobster roll kits, scallops and crab meat straight to your door. Order online and plan an unforgettably special meal.