From Portland we made our way to Mount Desert Island meandering off course for a few worthy pit stops. First, the LL Bean headquarters for the holy grail of duck boots and flannel, Maine’s unofficial uniform. I was so tempted to linger by the returns and people watch after listening to This American Life’s episode about LL Bean’s return policy earlier in the year. [If you aren’t familiar with what I’m talking about, please enjoy This American Life, “Get Your Money’s Worth” right now] After purchasing some duck boots for myself, and some socks for Christmas gifts, we set off for Wiscasset and the famous lobster rolls at Red’s Eats, which did not disappoint. We took another detour before reaching our final destination to see the Marshall Point Lighthouse. You might recognize it from a little film Tom Hanks did called Forrest Gump.
We finally rolled into Bar Harbor that evening and checked into the Maples Inn. The next morning we woke up for a delicious breakfast downstairs with some of the other guests and then set out to explore Acadia National Park. The park stood out beautifully against the overcast weather and we braved the rain to explore some of the trails and coastline of the park, taking shelter at the Jordan Pond House to warm up with tea and popovers.
The next morning we woke up before the sun and joined the rest of the crowd braving the cold on top of Cadillac Mountain to watch the sun rise over the water and light up the mountain.
On our final night on the island we boarded the Margaret Todd for an evening sail. It ended up being one of our favorite things we did on the trip and it was the perfect way to say farewell to our New England adventure.