Before you enter the park, make sure you have enough water and snacks and also gas for your car! We had stopped by the Welcome Center in Bar Harbor to get some information about hiking with our dog and other outdoor activities, but the folks inside the Park had more detailed maps for us. So we’d recommend going straight to the Acadia National Park Info Center and purchasing your parking pass ($25 for 7-days in the minimum). Unfortunately they do not let dogs into the building, so one of us waited outside with Maddie. Our favorite hikes were two trails behind the Wild Gardens (although we had a weird wild turkey encounter!) and the Ocean Path from Sand Beach to Oyster Point. Dogs are always on leash and not allowed in certain areas including the water, so definitely note their restrictions. Definitely our collapsible water bowl and a separate water bottle came in handy for Maddie who was extremely thirsty. We walked about 4 miles a day with her, and she would come back to the hotel after and rest for a while, so happy!
Our hotel had given us a list of dog-friendly places that was put together by a great pet store in town called Bark Harbor which was really helpful. Not every place in town was on the list, and so we had to ask at every spot before we entered. For the most part, shops were very dog friendly, and we had quite a shopper on our hands.
I’d say the happiest stop for Maddie was at MDI Ice Cream where they treated her like a queen. She got to eat three scoops of their dog-friendly sweet cream ice cream in a wide bowl just for her. Maddie’s first ice cream experience was A+! And Obama loves this place, too. You can’t go wrong with their incredible flavors and high quality.
Walking To Bar Island
Besides shopping, Bar Harbor has some delicious eats, and lucky for us there were lots of dog-friendly places. One night we just got calzones delivered to our room because we were too tired to venture out, but we did enjoy some memorable meals with Maddie.
Stewman’s Lobster Pound had the best virgin cape codders that were a huge highlight (thanks for the refills!) as we were super parched coming back from Bar Island. They also had delicious eats! Across the street they own Paddy’s Pub which has a wide patio that’s great for dogs. There we munched on a yummy lobster roll and reuben sandwich. Over by MDI Ice Cream, we really loved Peekytoe Provisions where the haddock sandwich was a stand out. Unfortunately the patio at Jordan Pond House was closed for renovations this month, but we do imagine that their yummy (albeit small and $4!) popovers would be fun to eat alongside your pup. We also noticed a fun Maine Foodie Tour happening and visited Bar Harbor Popcorn, which was delicious, but Maddie couldn’t go in. Delicious fudge was also found and quickly eaten on Bar Harbor’s Main Streets. So much fun shopping and eating!
Have a wonderful summer!
Lizzie, Sam, and Maddie
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