In this post I will focus on the places we ate at. All of these places I would recommend.
First up is Jordan Pond House located within Acadia National Park and the only one that we drove to. We attempted to get lunch there a couple of days and the place was so packed that we opted for somewhere else. We did take advantage of the afternoon Tea and Popover service. A pot of tea of your choice served with two piping hot popovers along with butter and strawberry jam. Delightful.
Mache Bistro is a tiny French restaurant and very popular. We were very fortunate to obtain a cozy table for two after a brief wait (long enough to order a glass of wine). We started with Marinated Olives and then proceeded to devour Beef and Shrimp over Mashed Potatoes and Duck Confit over Creamy Polenta. The wine was a Saint -Emilion from Bordeaux. Dessert, a shared Creme Caramel. An awesome meal.
Our last night we spiced it up with a trip to Havana. As the name would lead one to believe, the space is colorful and airy. I had a true rum and cola with a Mexican Pepsi (made with sugar instead of corn syrup). We then ordered Lamb Meatballs and a Cuban-influenced Tuna Torte with Crispy Chips for appetizers. To enjoy with dinner we ordered a Stag's Leap Petite Syrah. For entrees we had Seafood Paella and a Filet Mignon with Chili Peppers. To end our meal we splurged on a flight tasting of ruby port: Ferreira 2000, Warre's 1997, Churchill's 1994, Warre's 1980. What an incredible opportunity. We have seen port flights before, but never a vintage flight. And a 1 ounce pour of each was only $22. Our order peaked the owner's interest and he visited our table to chat about port. Sipping wonderful port was a fitting end to our vacation.
Bar Harbor offered us everything we wanted from a vacation spot - natural awesomeness nearby, great places to eat and drink within walking distance. I recommend going during lulls in the season. I imagine the place can be a zoo during peak times and would leave a very different impression.