Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Shore Path, Bar Harbor, Maine

The Shore Path is a nice walking path just along the shore that I used for my morning walk. The sign says it's a half mile but I started my walk from the door of the Bar Harbor Inn and joined the Shore Path at the Town Pier. Then at the end I turned and walked up to Wayman Lane and returned. That was almost 2 miles.

As you walk there is incredible scenery including Balance Rock. There was even an apple tree with ripe apples on it when we were there.



Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Bar Harbor Inn, Bar Harbor, Maine

Remember the three rules of real estate: Location, Location, Location. Well, the Bar Harbor Inn has THE location.




We had a first floor room (109) in the main building with 2 queen beds. There isn't a better view in Bar Harbor. The staff is excellent even providing complimentary valet parking.

We like to be lazy on our vacations and Bar Harbor Inn serves complimentary breakfast until 11:00 which suits our style. It is a couple of buildings away from the main building but with the weather in Bar Harbor you won't mind. One morning I walked over and picked up some fruit and muffins and brought them back to the room.

It's just a short walk up a slight hill to Main St. and any kind of shop or restaurant you would want.

They advertise free Wi-Fi but I had trouble with it the the entire time of my stay. They even brought a hot spot into my room to improve the signal but signal strength was not the problem. Clearly they have some kind of problem with their infrastructure. I tried using my phone's hot spot but the LTE speeds weren't very good either. Set your expectation with the front desk and then just be patient. It's really not acceptable for this level of hotel.

Their web site is here and their reviews on TripAdvisor are here.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Bar Harbor, Maine

Maine had been on our "To Do" list for a long time and Bar Harbor is on an island so…

We flew into Bangor and rented a car. It's less than an hour drive down to Bar Harbor on Mt. Desert Island although the road construction in Ellsworth (it's not often that you see a "Pavement Ends" sign on a state highway") made it feel like much longer than that.

We wanted a great ocean view and that quickly narrowed the choices down to Bar Harbor Inn. Each morning I was able to take my walk on Shore Path passing Balance Rock.

Nearby was the Village Green with the Island Explorer bus stop.

We drove out to Acadia National Park and followed Park Loop Road where we visited Thunder Hole and Cadillac Mountain.

Bar Harbor is less than 100 miles from Canada's Campobello Island, New Brunswick so we made a day trip there.

On Campobello Island we saw Jocie's Porch, Friar Point, Mulholland Light, Liberty Point, Head Harbor Lightstation and Roosevelt Cottage.

C-Ray's and Jordan Pond House were special places as well as having good food.

We wrapped up our visit to Bar Harbor with an Acadian Boat Tours cruise around Frenchman Bay.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

Our last stop in Ireland was Dublin. We stayed at our favorite hotel, the Jurys Inn Christchurch. You can look out your window directly onto Christ Church Cathedral. The view seems less special when the bells begin ringing.

The Jurys Inn is just around the corner from Temple Bar. We took the long way to Temple Bar and went by Dublin Castle and Ha'penny Bridge.

When it started raining we ducked into the Hard Rock for ice cream.

We were getting hungry and we came across The Old Storehouse with live Irish music. When the musicians asked where people were from we replied that we were from Memphis. They immediately broke into "From Galway to Graceland."


That was the perfect end to our Ireland vacation.


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Moneygall, Tipperary, Ireland

On the drive from the Shores Country House to Dublin we needed a lunch stop. As we whizzed along the M7 (on the wrong side of the road) we came across this road sign.



Well, that was our MUST stop.

We didn't go into town. The Barack Obama Plaza was plenty of entertainment. There was a variety of fast food along with the Barack Obama souvenirs.