Hello from Bar Harbor, Maine!
It’s Sunday night, and my friends and I are driving back to NYC bright and early tomorrow!
My suitcase is packed, everyone is asleep, and I thought, what better time than to share my favorite moments from the incredible adventure we had this weekend!
There were LOTS of laughs, LOTS of lobster, and LOTS of special memories I’ll hold onto forever.
First of all, if you’ve never been to Maine, NOW is the time to go. It is pristine – Mother Nature is fully on display. The mountains meet the sea. The countryside is sprinkled with picturesque inlets and bays. I’d actually LOVE to see it from above.
The next thing you should know is that INNS are IN!
So at least I’m Bar Harbor, there are no major hotels. They’ve taken all these old, magnificent mansions and converted them into quaint, quirky inns!
The houses are SO cute – it is exactly what you’d imagine a little lobster seaside town to be. With an ice cream shop on Main Street, over looking the ships in the harbor, with everyone biking and millimg about.
I mean, the night we arrived, they were having a movie in the town square park…gazebo and all!
Time has stood still, and I am HERE FOR IT!
My FAVORITE thing we did the whole trip was seeing the sunrise on top of Cadillac Mountain.
It’s the first sunrise in the US, and it was truly the most magnificent display of God’s beauty I’ve ever seen! The sky was exploding with the most vibrant magentas and pinks and oranges. It was unreal. God is so majestic!
That afternoon, we hiked another little mountain (before noon!) right before a big rain storm rolled in. (But it’s okay, we took a big nap!)
The other SUPER cool thing we did was nighttime kayaking to see the bioluminescence in the Castine Bay. And WOW. If you’re up for an adventure, this is it!
Bioluminescence are tiny organisms in the water that glow in the dark. They illuminate as a defense mechanism when they are facing a predator. They are incredibly hard to see, and there are a few spots in the world where the bioluminescence are super concentrated, and Castine, Maine is one of these places!
It was AMAZING. We set out in kayaks at around 9pm, and we paddled across the bay to these little wooded coves where the bioluminescence were visible. And technology can’t capture it – believe me I tried.
But imagine fireflies in the water! I’d dip my paddle in, and the agitation of the water would set off the illumination, and the water would twinkle a neon blue all around my paddle. It was out of this world.
The whole time I couldn’t help but be in awe at God’s creativity when He created – literally – sparkly, glittering water.
I mean, how loved are we, that we have a Creator that wants to delight us with such whimsy and unique beauty through nature!
Ok finally…the FOOD. I was in heaven every meal! The seafood was literally caught right outside the window THAT MORNING.
And lobster rolls are worth. the. hype. We stopped at this roadside shack called Sprague’s Lobster on the way into town and it was truly phenomenal. There was one day we packed a picnic lunch (of lobster rolls) and ate it on the beach! It was such a lovely afternoon!!
Other notable Bar Harbor restaurants, Blaze, Jalapeños, Testa’s, and GET THE BLUEBERRY SOFT SERVE! (All eaten outdoors or takeout!)
Maine is known for blueberries, so basically anywhere I was, I asked for extra blueberries, or extra lobster or crab meat haha
It was a culinary delight to say the least!
And now we’re headed back to reality!
What an incredible blessing to have been able to create such wonderful memories with friends I’ve lived down the street from my entire life. Literally. LIFE LONG friends. These three women are “my people.” My heart is at such peace and in so much joy with them!!
So. Going to hit the hay now. Hope you had a wonderful weekend too! And hopefully you followed along on Instagram – I posted so many fun videos and pictures.
See you Wednesday for a delicious, Maine-inspired recipe!
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