Enter Acadia National Park at *** access. Stop at various scenic overlooks. Just before the Park toll-booth, go left to the “Scenic Overlook”. Follow the trail to the shorefront. Ned will give you directions to Anenome Cave itself.
Explore Anenome Cave. Ahead of time, check for time of low-tide. You can usually enter the cave within three hours (before or after) low-tide. You must wear footwear that is supportive and not slippery! Stop at various scenic outlooks as you proceed along Ocean Drive and the Park Loop Road.
Park at the Gorham Mountain parking area, then climb Gorham Mountain. Twenty-thirty minutes up to the tree line, then it’s all gorgeous ocean views up to the top. An hour to the top. Easy for kids and dogs.
Lunch: Stop and picnic at Hunter’s Beach or Little Long Pond, or eat lunch at Lighthouse Restaurant in Seal Harbor.
Enjoy a short stroll at Little Long Pond. This is the very best place for Dog Play (and dog swimming). It’s also quite as beautiful as anyplace on MDI.
Drive ten minutes further, then take another short stroll at Thuya Gardens in Northeast Harbor. This is a beautiful series of gardens, including a Japanese Garden. Not to be missed!
Back on the road, you’ll soon be at the drive up Cadillac Mountain. Walk around the top of the mountain for magnificent panoramic vistas. Dogs very much enjoy it here. Do stop at each of the scenic overlooks on the way down.
On the way back into Bar Harbor, pick up lobsters, oysters and blueberry pie at Debbie Parsons’ lobster store on Route 233. Or dine in Town.
If the weather is lovely, consider having cocktails outdoors at the Bar Harbor Inn, overlooking Frenchman’s Bay.
Back home for your lobster dinner! Tina will have shown you where the lobster pot, picks and shell crackers are, as well as the oyster and clam knives. Enjoy your seafood dinner! Be sure to do a little star-gazing from the driveway if you’re up late!