Welcome to Downtown Bar Harbor , ME

Natural mystique, romance and adventure

"Natural mystique, romance and adventure"

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A little about Bar Harbor

The magic of Bar Harbor, romance, adventure, the rock-bound coast and soaring granite cliffs. From the stonewall-lined and tree-covered road leading you into our village, to the sweeping vistas from atop Cadillac Mountain, there is a special mystique to Bar Harbor. Nestled on the east side of Mt. Desert Island, surrounded by Acadia National Park, we have welcomed visitors for over a hundred years. And now we welcome you, too! Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park have a wide variety of offerings for visitors. There truly is something for everyone.

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The history of Bar Harbor

Bar Harbor has long been a place of inspiration, relaxation, and outdoor activities. In the mid-1800's artists of the Hudson Valley School, most notably Thomas Cole and Frederic Church, travelled to Mount Desert Island and to Bar Harbor in particular to paint seascapes and landscapes. The paintings then taken back to the cities of America were well received and the patrons of the art wanted to see those places depicted in the paintings for themselves. At first the "rusticators" as the first visitors were called, boarded with the locals. But as they wanted more and more amenities, it was clear that they needed different lodging choices.

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Businesses in Bar Harbor , Maine

Here is a collection of downtown Bar Harbor , Maine businesses. Clicking on the thumbnail image, or the blue "View Member" will take you to that businesses page. We've included some jump links so that you can easily navigate to different categories of businesses. Those, can be found directly below as icons. Or, there is a list of categories in the menu bar.


Bass Cottage Inn


Bar Harbor's finest boutique inn


Cleftstone Manor


Bar Harbor's gilded age at Cleftstone Manor


Holbrook House


Beautiful 1876 Victorian bed and Breakfast


Seacroft Inn


Walking distance to downtown and the sea


Chartroom Restaurant


Perfectly prepared seafood


Coffee Hound Coffee Bar


Charming, social and irresistibly indulgent




Fresh lobster right from our live lobster tank


Jack Russell's Steakhouse and Brewery


Steaks Beer Lobster Burgers and friendly staff


La Bella Vita Ristorante


Molto bene Italian


McKay's Public House


Local food, local people, we''ll make you local too


The Thirsty Whale


Known for our lobster rolls, seafood, burgers and salads


Maine Coast Bicycle Tours




A Little Mad


Whimsy and wonder


The Naturalist's Notebook


A unique shop and exploratorium


The Man Store of Bar Harbor


All things Man


Window Panes


Offering fun and functional items for your home