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2021 Memorial Day Weekend at Acadia National Park

Updated: Sep 1, 2022

This year's Memorial Day weekend was well spent at Acadia National Park. Although it wasn't the best weather, we made the most of it and had a great time. Check out the highlights and recommendations from this year's trip!

Planning a trip to Acadia? Check out my Acadia National Park Guide here.


Hiking + Biking

A visit to Acadia National Park for us means hitting the hiking and biking trails.

On the first day, we hiked the Great Head Trail, a 1.4-mile loop around the perimeter of the small peninsula called Great Head located on the east side of Sand Beach. Have your camera ready! The trail leads you right on the rocky cliffs of the coast with wonderful panoramic views of Mount Desert Island.

On the second day, we biked a loop on the carriage trails from our parking spot to Jordan Pond House Restaurant and back. Usually, we stop into the restaurant for lunch but it was far too overcrowded during the holiday weekend so we didn't stay. Although biking up the Around-Mountain trail was quite a workout, it was worth it for the views of the surrounding mountains and lake below.


Asticou Inn, Restaurant, + Gardens

This year we stayed at Asticou Inn in a topsider cottage that overlooks a large green lawn, a heated pool, and the picturesque waters of Northeast Harbor, Maine. The octagonal home layout of topsiders offers visitors a good view of their surroundings. A topsider stay includes a deluxe king-bedded room and a kitchenette.

The inn's location is convenient to everything Mount Desert Island has to offer. Acadia National Park's trails and the beautiful flower gardens at Thuya Garden and the Asticou Azalea Garden are a short walk away.

And don't forget to try their famous popovers with butter and strawberry or blueberry jam!


Mount Desert Island Restaurants

Of course, while we were here on vacation we had to indulge at some of our favorite restaurants in the area. Pictured below are some of our yummy meals!

  • Mainely Meat Barbecue on Dreamwood Hill (Bar Harbor) - Pulled Pork Sandwich with fries

  • Udder Heaven Icecream Retreat (Bar Harbor) - Homemade ice cream located right next to Mainely Meats. I got a double scoop combo of coconut and dark chocolate!

  • Side Street Cafe (Downtown Bar Harbor) - Lobster quesadillas

  • Colonel's Restaurant & Bakery (Northeast Harbor) - Baked Maine Seafood Casserole with Lobster, Scallop, Haddock and Shrimp baked with a touch of butter and seasoned crumb topping.


Thanks for reading!

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