Planning the Ultimate Fall Trip in Bar Harbor, Maine
As the mild days of summer gradually give way to the crisp and invigorating embrace of fall, Bar Harbor emerges as a haven of vibrant foliage, cozy abodes, and outdoor adventure. With the arrival of fall, our charming coastal town dons its autumn colors, and we've compiled a guide to help you make the most of your visit during this special season.
Fall Weather, Things to do, and More
Fall Weather and What to Pack
Fall in Bar Harbor typically means cool days and chilly evenings. When packing, think of layers - bring sweaters, a hat, and jackets to comfortably navigate the changing temperatures. While we can't precisely predict when the leaves will burst into their fiery hues (so many factors influence the timing!), historical patterns show that Maine foliage tends to shine from late September through the first two weeks of October. To stay updated on the latest foliage conditions, be sure to check out Maine's Fall Foliage Tracker.
Starting Your Day Off Right
Pumpkin. Cinnamon. Nutmeg. Maple. Ah, fall flavors. It just so happens they lend themselves quite well to breakfast time. Don't miss seasonal beverage favorites at Acadia Perk Coffee or crafted-in-Maine brews at Coffee Hound. And don't forget to indulge - Graffiti Donuts delivers creatively delicious donut creations.
Embrace Outdoor Adventures
Bar Harbor offers an array of options to get your heart pumping in the crisp, fall air, all while enjoying stunning foliage. Venture into Acadia National Park, where fall hikes like North Bubble, Great Head Trail, and Beehive Trail will lead you through a kaleidoscope of autumnal colors. For water enthusiasts, Coastal Kayaking Tours offers an opportunity to paddle amidst the serene fall landscapes and witness the stunning colors reflected in the waters below.
If you're up for a challenge that gives back, consider participating in September's Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Half Marathon and 5k, which supports the MDI YMCA. Or join the award-winning MDI Marathon (half and relay options are also available) in October, where you can immerse yourself in breathtaking foliage and coastal views as you run.
When it's time to refuel, there's no better way to warm up on a brisk fall day than with a steaming cup of chowder. Don't miss the chance to enjoy some at local favorites like Geddy's, Stewman's, or West Street Cafe. And let's not forget, lobster remains a year-round delicacy, so indulge in this Maine classic whenever your heart desires!
Leaf-Peeping: In the Sky and on the Road
For a truly unique perspective on the mesmerizing autumnal colors, take to the skies with a scenic flight tour from Scenic Flights of Acadia. Or head to nearby Ellsworth for a ride on the Downeast Scenic Railroad, where you can take in the foliage from the comfort of a vintage train. Also, not to be missed: their annual pumpkin train ride where the scenic route is made extra fun for kids, with a special stop to pick out an orange beauty at the pumpkin patch. And of course, you can always embark on your own scenic fall drive along the iconic Park Loop Road, where the blazing colors of autumn will envelop you. Don't forget to make a pit stop in Bar Harbor to pick up some treats for your excursion.
For those who want to add a little terror and delight to their evenings, Bar Harbor's intriguing history and folklore make it just the place to experience such thrills. Book a tour with Bar Harbor Ghost Tours or Bar Harbor Ghost Walks to intrigue, spook, and engage - but be warned: goosebumps may result.
Cozy Lodging to Complete Your Experience
End your day in one of Bar Harbor's cozy lodgings, ranging from luxurious hotels to charming B&Bs. Embrace the warmth and comfort of your chosen accommodation as you reflect on your fall adventures in our coastal haven. But as beautiful as it is, the season is fleeting. Plan your autumn escape today!