We left Portland, Maine for Bar Harbor right on time and after breakfast made it to our first stop at the Maine Maritime for our guided tour of the former shipbuilding yard. Ray, our guide, knew everything about the Percy & Small boatbuilding operation in Bath. The boys did a great job listening and learning about the history of early boat-building...especially the last boat built there - the Wyoming.
From here it was a short backtrack to Brunswick for lunch at the Big Top Deli which had been recommended by camper Wills and his dad. Great food and amazingly fast service considering they didn't know we were coming. We drove through the adjacent Bowdoin College campus before heading over to Freeport for a stop at LL Bean's flagship store in Freeport. We were awed by the sheer massiveness of this store. For comparison's sake, Greenville's new Cabela's would be dwarfed.
Next stop on our travels was at Perry's Tropical Nut House in Belfast. Actually, I think the word "Tropical" has been dropped from the name. It's hard to describe this place except as a roadside "oddity." They sell junk, and candy, and junk...and kids love it. Why not? So along side bins of candy you might find a mummy in a glass case (not real for sure). But it's a fun diversion and worth the stop.
We made it to Bar Harbor around 7:30 and after checking in walked to a steakhouse right next door.
Check out our most recent photos.