If you’re looking for an oceanfront retreat for your honeymoon, forget the hustle and bustle that comes with a pricey tropical vacation and check out some more local options instead - they don’t disappoint! Bar Harbor, Maine makes the perfect post-wedding destination because of its fun downtown vibe, miles of national park and oceanfront trails, and incredible food. Not to mention, it’s super romantic - what’s better than winding down seaside together after months of planning a wedding?
The hotels in Bar Harbor are unlike any you’ll find at fancy resorts and spas, but they’re absolutely charming and gorgeous. For a super cozy and unique stay, check out the Ullikanna Inn, which is made up of adorable dollhouse-like cottages! If you want to be as close to the water as possible, though, book your stay at the most popular place in the area: the Bar Harbor Inn. Make sure to get an oceanfront room to enjoy your coffee on the balcony first thing in the morning! The AirBnB market in Bar Harbor is packed with quaint waterfront cottages for any budget, like this one. For about the same price as an inn, you get the entire place to yourselves and a waterfront campfire to enjoy!
Don’t focus too much on where you’re staying, though, because the beauty of a trip to Bar Harbor is how much there is to explore outdoors. Nestled right next to Acadia National Park, the area’s riddled with hiking trails for any skill level. Take an easier beginner’s trail up Dorr Mountain or really challenge yourselves by attempting to hike the Beehive. If the weather’s a little too hot, drive up Park Loop Road instead!
You can’t leave Bar Harbor without watching the sunrise from the top of Cadillac Mountain, and you most definitely can’t miss checking out Thunder Hole. When the tide rolls in, the waves reach up to 40 feet high and sound exactly like thunder - it’s unforgettable!
Most of Bar Harbor is scattered with gorgeous rocky beaches, but if you want to lay in the sun, check out Sand Beach - it’s the only sandy beach in the area, so be prepared for a huge crowd! After spending the morning in the sun, stop by Jordan Pond House for one of their classic popovers.
Make sure to head to downtown, too, and shop all the local storefronts. Parking in the summer is a bit of a hassle, so opt to bike or walk instead! While you’re exploring downtown, stop for some world-famous seafood at Galyn’s; there’s nothing quite like their mouth-watering lobster rolls.