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In the past three years or so I have developed a serious thing for Portland, Maine. Part ocean. Part foodie. Part cobblestone. Ok yes, part shopping too.

Two of my college friends are from outside of Portland — and so between bus trips up after graduating, bridal showers, weddings and well, there is that, Whole Foods Market here too — Maine, and Portland have started to have a special place in my heart.

But it was time to see what more Maine had to offer — and Portland is really just the beginning. I spent the past two and half days in Bar Harbor, ME with my Mom. I visited Acadia National Park for the first time which was full of so much amazing-ness that it was quite frankly overwhelming. Also, crowded. Too crowded. Don’t come in August – September or October is probably a whole lot more peaceful.

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Where we went in Acadia:

We had some thunder and rain so we didn’t get to explore Acadia as much we had hoped but we did go to Cadillac Mountain, Jordan Pond House and Sandy Beach. Here’s a list of the 6 Must Sees in Acadia if you plan on making your way up here and aren’t sure where to start like we were. I left knowing I would love to come back with my bike and with a plan to hike.

Where we ate in Bar Harbor:

Cherrystones – We ordered the beet and apple salad with grilled shrimp and blackened swordfish.

The Fish House Grill – We ordered the fish tacos and a spinach salad topped with scallops and blueberry balsamic dressing.

BLAZE -My mom’s wood-fired salmon was $17, SERIOUSLY?!

A&B Naturals “Provisions for a healthy plant” – We grabbed fresh smoothies and Taza Chocolate at this awesome local health foods store

What we did in Bar Harbor:

Acadia SUP. The thunder didn’t cooperate so we weren’t able to go Stand Up Paddleboarding =(

Yoga @ Cattitude

And we shopped. My favorite purchase was my “The Ropes” bracelet with it’s “made in Maine tag” that hangs off. Oh, and the Lululemon outlet in Kittery. I’m not super into Lululemon (or against it), but still when in Kittery…