Friday, August 16, 2013

Bar Harbor Campground: Blueberries Galore and So Much More

We are leaving Bar Harbor in the morning, headed for Nova Scotia. We have enjoyed our stay here immensely in large part due to the campground. We discovered Bar Harbor Campground on our visit here two years ago.

They have very good wi-fi in certain areas of the campground. There is a full-hookup area in close proximity to the playground and laundry facilities. This same part of the campground sits on a ridge that has a commanding view of Frenchman's bay. Maybe 25 sites have this view (ranging from no service tent sites to full hook-up) and as such are the most popular and hard to snatch up. However, there is a lot of common space that shares the view including the pool and playground. There is something so soothing about seeing sail boats out in the blue spaces or watching the fog roll in off the water.  Ah, Maine!

The view from the playground
One unique aspect about the campground is they do not take reservations nor credit cards. It can be challenging to get a good spot at first, but once you are on one - it's yours until you leave - no worrying about having to move because someone else has it reserved beginning on a certain day.

Our site the first 2 weeks - surrounded by other RVs
One of the other great features of this campground (and this may be true for others on Mount Desert Island) is the prevalence of blueberry bushes in the undeveloped areas. The shrubs are usually very low to the ground and the berries are very small, but very flavorful. You can literally go out for a stroll in the evening and pick enough for breakfast the next morning. During one evening walk, we spotted a dear near the edge of the campground browsing for blueberries. We got within 20 feet or so before it decided to spring away. (And no we haven't seen any ticks, though I'm sure they are around)

Elisabeth blueberry picking - our view from our second campsite
Elisabeth picking blueberries
Wild blueberries
There are lots of other things about this campground that make it a hit - close proximity to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park.  There is a very good BBQ restaurant adjacent to the campground called Mainely Meat and a putt golf across the road from that. They have reasonably priced ice and firewood at the campground office. You can order a Lobster and corn on the cob meal to be delivered to your site. And a couple of times a week a van drives through tempting you to buy one of their homemade pies - they are a bit pricy but good (I know this because daddy gave into the incessant begging of our 5 year old.)

Needless to say, this is our first pick for a campground on Mount Desert Island. This being said, I would like to camp at one of the campgrounds in Acadia and be closer to the trails and carriage roads at some point. Maybe when the kids have learned to ride bikes, we'll try that for a few nights.

Adieu, Bar Harbor and Acadia NP.  God willing, we'll be back.

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