Our Bar Harbor and Acadia Getaway

Acadia National Park

Coveside closed for the season on October 17, and after our annual “work weekend” with friends to winterize the inn, we took a short (two-night) trip to Bar Harbor for some R&R. We had hoped to hike trails in Acadia National Park and reacquaint ourselves with a region we haven’t had the chance to visit since we opened the bed and breakfast 13 years ago. The weather was pretty disappointing, however — steady rain during our only full day, and fog on our final morning.  We did manage a short (4 mile) hike up Gorham Mountain, where we had a brief aerial view of the coastline before the fog returned.

The trail began easily enough


But the trail degenerated to a rock scramble at the Cadillac Cliffs

This is a trail?

More of the Cadillac Cliffs “trail”

Sand beach from Gorham Mountain

When we reached the top it looked like the fog was about the clear; but, alas, it soon returned with a vengeance.

We stayed at a spectacular B&B in Bar Harbor — the Bass Cottage Inn. Located in a quiet neighborhood of grand old “cottages,” it is just a short walk to the waterfront and the town’s many shops and restaurants. The innkeepers, Jeff and Teri Anderholm, have lovingly restored the hundred-year-old summer home to its former grandeur. Their hospitality and good taste permeate the place; the public spaces and guest rooms (some with fireplaces and water views) are both elegant and welcoming; and the breakfasts were excellent. The quiet location and peaceful charm of this inn is a welcome antidote to the hurlyburly of Bar Harbor. Also highly recommended (by us, and by reports on Trip Advisor) are the two restaurants we visited for dinner:  Mache Bistro and Town Hill Bistro.

Chilly February on Sanibel Island


The white-sand beach across the street from our condominium

Green heron

Carolyn and I spent four weeks at our condominium on Sanibel Island, in Southwest Florida, this February. It was certainly warmer than Maine, but — like most of the eastern seaboard — chilly by usual standards. The birdlife was undeterred by the temperatures, and I was able to get some good shots of the local feathery residents.  Several examples:

Yellow crowned night heron

Great white egret

Late spring and summer are great times in Sanibel.  Rates are dramatically lower, the crowds have left, and both the air and gulf water temperatures are predictably warm. Check out the website for more information and pictures: www.sanibelcondo.biz.