There is so much to explore on Mount Desert Island, home of several harbor towns that make up Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, you could spend weeks here exploring everything! We are...we just extended our stay here another two weeks at the 99.00 a week Encore summer special for the Mount Desert Narrows RV Park in Maine. It's a VERY affordable stay at that price, with most campgrounds in the area charging 45.00 a night and upwards. The total each week is 128.38 because of resort fees and taxes added to the $99.00 special. Why move? It's beautiful, the weather is fantastic, we can bike the carriage roads, we can hike in the national park, and we can avoid trying to do stuff on the weekends when all the tourists come in droves. Like we're not tourists, right? As Eldo always says, "This is a lifestyle, not a vacation!" Meanwhile, Sparky wants to go on another whale watch tour. You can never see too many whales! She checked the whiteboard down at Bar Harbor and recent sightings for the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Tour were NINE humpback whales LUNGE feeding! SIGN ME UP! Except it's so expensive, sigh! Around 58.00 a person if you sign up online, and 63.00 a person if you call in by phone to reserve. If you are a workamper at the park, you get to go on whale watching tours for FREE! SIGN ME UP! (Not so fast, Sparky! We've got more miles to go around the sun before we start workamping.)
On your way up the terrace trail, about half way, there is a spectacular view of the Northeast Harbor. You can sit at a little trail enclosure and just watch the lobster boats come in and out of the harbor. You could sit there all day if you felt like it! It's a gorgeous view.
You think you are not going to see anything but more stone steps as you continue the climb to the top of the trail to the lodge, but when you get to the top, a remarkable garden awaits....the Thuya Gardens. No picnics, food or beverages are allowed here, it's just a beautiful set of gardens that are have all the flowers labeled and are there for you to walk up and down the grassy aisles. The doors to the gardens were beautiful as well.
|Just one of many long rows of labeled flowers and plants|
|a hummingbird on the bee balm, or monarda|
There is not a specific admission price to the lodge or to the gardens, but a donation of 5.00 is suggested. That's a bargain these days, to see some beautiful gardens growing. We highly recommend walking the terraces and visiting the gardens. Wow....what a view! And if you get hungry, a great restaurant in Northeast Harbor is The Colonel's Restaurant and Bakery. Great chowdah! :-) Another wonderful day spent in Maine.....