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Bar Harbor, ME 

Passenger Service: PenAir offers scheduled passenger service two (2) times per day, seven (7) a week.              
Airport: Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport                         
Distance from Boston = 196 miles                           
Approximate Travel Time = 1 hour and 15 minutes 

Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States, situated on Frenchman Bay. It is known for being home to a famous summer colony for the super-affluent elite and to the largest parts of Acadia National Park, including Cadillac Mountain, the highest point within 25 miles (40 km) of the coastline of the Eastern United States.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 63.11 square miles (163.45 km), 42.24 square miles (109.40 km) of which are land and 20.87 square miles (54.05 km) of which are water.

As of the census of 2010, there were 5,235 people, 2,427 households and 1,275 families residing in the town. The population density was 123.9 inhabitants per square mile (47.8/km).

This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the K√∂ppen Climate Classification system, Bar Harbor has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.

The Wabanaki Indians knew Mount Desert Island as "Pemetic," meaning "range of mountains" or "mountains seen at a distance." The Wabanaki seasonally fished, hunted and gathered berries, clams and other shellfish in the area. They spoke of Bar Harbor as Man-es-ayd'ik ("clam-gathering place") or Ah-bays'auk ("clambake place"), leaving great piles of shells as evidence of this abundance. In early September 1604, French explorer Samuel de Champlain ran aground on a rock ledge believed to be just off Otter Cliffs, and when he came ashore to repair his boat he met local natives. Champlain named the island Isles des Monts Deserts, meaning "island of barren mountains," now called Mount Desert Island, the largest in Maine. 

Many influential people have called Bar Harbor home for at least part of the year. John D. Rockefeller, Jr., son of John D. Rockefeller of Standard Oil Co., donated about one-third of the land in Acadia National Park and built the carriage roads that are used for hiking and biking. J. P. Morgan owned a house that is adjacent to Bar Harbor. Cornelius Vanderbilt built cottages in Bar Harbor. The Astor family owned hotels and cottages in Bar Harbor and the surrounding areas. William Howard Taft used to enjoy games of golf in Bar Harbor.

The co-founder and CEO of Burt's Bees, Roxanne Quimby, has a home near Bar Harbor and is seen frequenting the downtown area. The star and creator of the TV show Martha Stewart has also been known to frequent Mount Desert Island and has been seen in Bar Harbor. Film star John Travolta has a home in nearby Ilesboro and has been seen many times in Bar Harbor. Architect Fred L. Savage started out on Mount Desert Island, moved, and then returned to design houses for many wealthy people in Bar Harbor.

Recreational activities abound in Bar Harbor.The downtown is particularly alive in the summer and autumn months because Bar Harbor is home to many outdoor enthusiasts. Since Acadia National Park is only a couple of miles from the downtown, there are plenty of chances to experience the park. Outdoor activities in Acadia include hiking along trails or carriage roads, biking along the carriage roads, bird watching and mountain climbing all in view of Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the Atlantic seaboard.

Those interested in the marine life surrounding Mount Desert Island can go to the marina at the end of Main Street and sign up for tours that feature puffins, whales, lobster, seals, pelagic seabirds and island lighthouses. The marina also offers an overall nature cruise. At low tide a sand bar from town to Bar Island is exposed and wide enough to drive a car across. Although cars are not allowed on the sandbar, it provides a lot of entertainment for those looking to go shelling or to see what is uncovered when the water retreats. This exposed land also provides an excellent launch point for kayakers.

The American Planning Association in 2012 named the Village Green as one of their Top Ten Great Places in America for Public Spaces.

Bar Harbor is a destination for tourists from all over the world. Cruise ships are in the harbor from May through October (most often in September), with 23 ships expected to make 135 visits in 2013. Bar Harbor also hosts many long-distance cyclists, as it is the eastern terminus of the Adventure Cycling Association's Northern Tier Bicycle Route (which ends in Anacortes, Washington), and the northern terminus of its Atlantic Coast Bicycle Route (which ends in Key West, Florida). 


Frenchman bay and islands and the area around the town of Bar Harbor viewed from Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park.

The town is served by the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport which has flights on Cape Air and PenAir to Boston. 

(excerpts taken from,_Maine May 2015)