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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Bed & Breakfast
“Good local seafood, a mix of modern dining and family favourites. Great cocktails. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Car Rental
“You would be wise to rent a car as soon as possible as this agency is very busy in the summer. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Ruth & Wimpy's is en route to Milbridge, as you're heading east on Route 1. They offer a huge variety of foods, including burgers, sandwiches, lobster, &c., and also a very large variety of beers. It's also important to mention their GINORMOUS lobster (fake, of course) just outside the restaurant which is pretty sought-after for photo ops.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Amusement Park
“Family attraction with water features, an aerial course with ropes, go-karts & miniature golf. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Ellsworth Pat's Pizza - offers drive through pick up for your call ahead pizza! And that atmosphere inside makes you feel like family! Great spot all around.”
  • 8 locals recommend
State / Provincial Park
“Lamoine State Park is a public recreational park located on 55 acres along Frenchman Bay. The Park hosts picnic and campsite areas, hot showers, a dock, boat access, a pebble beach, and it allows fishing. It's a perfect place to kayak and has wonderful views of Acadia and Bar Harbor. Since it's close to, but not AT Bar Harbor or Acadia, it's usually pretty quiet, which makes it perfect for some low-anxiety beach time. :)”
  • 6 locals recommend
Department Store
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“For the stuff that you just have to get at Walmart. It is very convenient to the cabin and closest place to get groceries.”
  • 1 local recommends
General Travel
“A short walk away. Friendly local Inn that has been here for over a century.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Route
“Monday nights(summertime) at the reversing falls live music bring your own food and drink”
  • 5 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Tidal Falls Preserve is right across the water from the cabin. At high tide will see the rushing waters and maybe a seal feeding. Free concerts on Mondays with food trucks at 6 pm. July thur mid August. www.frenchmanbay.org”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great restaurant for breakfast and lunch. Fresh bake blueberry muffins and bread daily. Great prices. Closed Monday & Tuesday. Located on Route 1 in Hancock.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
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“I include this not only because it's a great near-by seafood and burger joint, but because it leads into Bangor Metro Magazine's list of best restaurants of 2018. I can't include that list here but it appears in the printed version of this guide at SeaCat's Rest. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Lamoine State Park is a nice 55-acre park for those who want to escape the crowds on Mount Desert Island. It has an oceanside setting with picnic areas, dock, boat access, a pebble beach and allows fishing. Since it is just north of the island on the Maine coast, there are great views of Bar Harbor on the northern side of the island and Cadillac Mountain.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“If you want to see the ocean, we highly recommend going down the shore road (Route 186) to Lamoine beach (free) or Lamonie State Park (fee). ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Rental Car Location
“Bar Harbor Bike Shop on Cottage St. in Bar Harbor is 1/2 mi. from one of the entrances to the carriage roads, the perfect place to rent bikes for an outing. ”
  • 3 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Seafood Restaurant
“Ruth & Wimpy's is en route to Milbridge, as you're heading east on Route 1. They offer a huge variety of foods, including burgers, sandwiches, lobster, &c., and also a very large variety of beers. It's also important to mention their GINORMOUS lobster (fake, of course) just outside the restaurant which is pretty sought-after for photo ops.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Ellsworth Pat's Pizza - offers drive through pick up for your call ahead pizza! And that atmosphere inside makes you feel like family! Great spot all around.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Great restaurant for breakfast and lunch. Fresh bake blueberry muffins and bread daily. Great prices. Closed Monday & Tuesday. Located on Route 1 in Hancock.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
“I include this not only because it's a great near-by seafood and burger joint, but because it leads into Bangor Metro Magazine's list of best restaurants of 2018. I can't include that list here but it appears in the printed version of this guide at SeaCat's Rest. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Chinese Restaurant
“Half the menu is classic seafood shack fare (fried haddock, fried scallops, fried clams, french fries, lobster and crab rolls); the other half of the menu is Korean. Really. Popular with locals and almost always busy. Although it has "takeout" in the name, there are some picnic tables.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Top quality BBQ made by Texans, who live on the property to maintain the smoker all season long! Great outdoor seating to enjoy your surf & turf Maine/Texas style! ”
  • 1 local recommends

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