Make your own arrangements for travel to Bar Harbor. If
you're flying to Maine, VBT will offer a shuttle from Bangor International
Airport. The shuttle works on a “show and go” basis and will make its only
departure from the airport to the inn at 1:00 pm. Shuttle reservations are not
required or available. Meet the driver outside the door across from the
escalators. Your shuttle bus will carry “West Bus Service” titles, and the
driver will be holding a VBT sign. If
you are arriving after this shuttle departs or your flight is delayed, you must
make your own arrangements to reach the Bar Harbor Inn.
Guests driving to the tour may leave their car in the Bar
Harbor Inn's parking lot, without charge, for the duration of the tour.
Our group meets at the Bar Harbor Inn. After settling in,
explore this lovely seaport town until mid-afternoon. At 3:00 pm, join your
VBT Trip Leaders for a safety and bike-fitting session, followed by a short
warm-up ride. At 5:00 pm, meet up with the group for a tour orientation and
welcome reception before our 7:00 pm lobster bake dinner at the inn.
Day 2 - Cycle carriage trails to Jordan Pond
Today, cycle on Acadia's famed car-free carriage roads,
which were established by John D. Rockefeller. Your loop takes you around Eagle
Lake to Jordan Pond before you enjoy lunch on your own. We recommend stopping
at Jordan Pond House for their elegant fare, including their famous lobster
stew and golden lighter-than-air popovers. The afternoon ride offers
exceptional views of Bubble Pond and Cadillac Mountain, the first place to view
the sunrise in North America for most of the year. Tonight, there are often
free concerts on the Town Green.
Day 3 - Cycle to Sand Beach / Optional sea
kayaking, whale watching or a sunset cruise
Spend the morning riding on the Park Loop Road to Sand
Beach, where you can relax on the shore or participate in a short hike. After
lunch at the Fabbri Memorial Picnic Area, cycle back to Bar Harbor or, for
additional miles, continue on the Park Loop Road past Cadillac Mountain Summit
Road. This afternoon, you may choose among optional activities (at your own
expense): guided sea kayaking in Frenchman Bay, a whale-watching excursion or a
sunset cruise on the schooner Margaret Todd. You may also choose to browse Bar
Harbor's charming gift shops and boutiques. For dinner on your own, enjoy one
of the fine restaurants in town.
Day 4 - Explore Northeast Harbor
Today, cycle to the quiet side of Mount Desert Island, where
we'll have plenty of time to check out the local microbrewery and enjoy lunch.
Then, continue cycling to Northeast Harbor, offering views of the spectacular
fjord at Somes Sound. In Northeast Harbor, you will find attractive boutiques,
galleries, gardens and eateries. Our accommodation here, Asticou Inn, overlooks
the beautiful protected harbor full of sailboats and luxury yachts. Take
advantage of the inn's amenities, which include clay tennis courts and a heated
outdoor swimming pool. Dinner will be at a local restaurant tonight.
Day 5 - Non-riding Day / Explore Little Cranberry Island and Northeast Harbor
Our exploration today is by boat and on foot. After a leisurely breakfast at the inn, we
board the mail ferry to Little Cranberry Island. Visit this pristine hamlet,
which hosts a year-round community of lobstermen, boat builders, craftsmen, and
“rusticators” (those who opt for country living). We'll visit the Islesford
Historical Museum before boarding the ferry back to Northeast Harbor (30
minutes). Enjoy an optional visit to the Azalea and Thuya Gardens before our
final farewell celebration dinner at the inn.
Day 6 - Enjoy the Carriage Trails before departing
This morning, we will cycle up to Acadia National Park and
enter the carriage trails one last time, enjoying the views along the west side
of Jordan Pond on our way back to Bar Harbor. As we bid adieu, you'll agree
with the state's motto that this is truly “the way life should be.”
VBT has arranged facilities for your use between noon and
2:00 pm to shower and change before leaving. The innkeepers of the Bar Harbor
Inn ask that you depart by 2:00 pm. A return shuttle to Bangor International
Airport will depart the Bar Harbor Inn at 1:00 pm (travel time approximately
1 hour and 15 minutes).