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Top Choice National Park in Mount Desert Island

Acadia National Park

New England's only national park turned 100 in 2016 – it's a fine-looking centenarian. Within its borders are impressive coastal landmarks and great visitor activities.Drivers and hikers alike can thank John D Rocke…
Top Choice Latin American in Bar Harbor

Havana

First things first: order a rockin' Cuba libre or mojito. Once that's done, you can take your time with the menu and the epic global wine list. Havana puts a Latin spin on dishes that highlight local produce, and th…
Top Choice Mountain in Acadia National Park

Cadillac Mountain

Don't leave the park without driving – or hiking – to the 1530ft summit of Cadillac Mountain. For panoramic views of Frenchman Bay, walk the paved 0.5-mile Cadillac Mountain Summit loop. The summit is a popular plac…
Top Choice Lake in Acadia National Park

Jordan Pond

On clear days, the glassy waters of this 176-acre pond reflect the image of Penobscot Mountain like a mirror. A stroll around the pond and its surrounding forests and flower meadows is one of Acadia's most popular a…
Top Choice Modern American in Northeast Harbor

Burning Tree

Dine on sun-warmed greens from the backyard gardens or locally caught halibut with green peppercorns at this intimate cottage restaurant, one of the best in the region. The menu is seafood heavy and has plenty of in…
Top Choice Seafood in Southwest Harbor

Thurston's Lobster Pound

Super-fresh lobster and crab are the headliners at yellow-roofed Thurston's, overlooking Bass Harbor in Bernard. Tie on a bib and crack into a steamy, butter-dripping lobster, or a seafood-filled roll (as the menu d…
Top Choice Ice Cream in Bar Harbor

Mount Desert Island Ice Cream

A cult hit for innovative flavors like stout beer with fudge, chocolate with wasabi, and blueberry-basil sorbet, this ice-cream counter is a post-dinner must. The small, original outlet is at 7 Firefly Lane, by the …
Lighthouse in Southwest Harbor

Bass Harbor Head Light

There is only one lighthouse on Mt Desert Island; it sits in the somnolent village of Bass Harbor in the far southwest corner of the park. Built in 1858, the 36ft lighthouse still has a Fresnel lens from 1902. It's …
French in Bar Harbor

Mache Bistro

A strong contender for Bar Harbor's best midrange restaurant, Mache serves contemporary, French-inflected fare in a stylishly renovated cottage. The changing menu highlights the local riches – think sustainably harv…
American in Bar Harbor

Side Street Cafe

At this happenin' bar and eatery, pub grub comes with the occasional twist – think build-your-own burger or loads of mac 'n' cheese fillings. Plenty of creative sandwiches, too, like pulled pork with barbecue sauce …