“1A Relics”, Ellsworth (Maine), On The Way To Acadia — Veritable Aladdin’s Treasure Trove Of Delights.
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The Incredible Bathrooms!
We saw the building in June 2017, the first time we went to Acadia via Bangor (and Route 1a) rather than the longer (and maybe the more scenic) Route 1.
In 2017 it was empty. We thought that that was a great shame.
In June 2018 as we drove by we saw activity and stopped. They said they were going to be opening next week! We were excited.
This June we stopped. And aren’t we glad we did.
What a place. Creativity and imagination run riot. And a treasure trove of wonderful STUFF. Not badly priced either. Yes, individual consignment stalls and it all blends together into a tantalizing whole. We could have spent hours there BUT we know we will stop each and every time we go to Acadia and we go to Acadia quite a lot.
You have to stop, explore and enjoy. You will love it and memories will stay with you for a long time.
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Those of you who know this blog will recall that I have a thing about taking pictures of flowers and that there are lots and lots of posts with titles “Flowers of …“. Well, I just went and had a look. My last “Flowers of” post was from October 18, 2017. I guess that is why I got so excited when I saw these great flowers.
Two displays at the “Atlantic Oceanside” hotel we stayed at during our latest visit to Acadia National Park (our 10th in 4 years) last week. They had two gorgeous vases. The flowers were from a florist from Ellsworth.
I wanted to share them with you, if you too are missing fresh flowers.
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It is longer, BUT quicker because you are on I-95 doing “65” mph.
It is not the MOST scenic. If you have the time and want to enjoy the scenery, including the quite magnificent ‘Penobscot Narrows Bridge‘, turn off I-95 in Augusta (Maine) and take Routes 202, 3 and 1. Route 1, obviously, is iconic and there is always a lot to see. But, you are averaging 45 mph, at best.
We have been to Acadia 8 times since 2013. We always too the scenic route. I would often question locals about it. They would say there wasn’t much of a difference and as such it was worth taking the scenic route.
Well in June of this year, coming back from our latest visit, I decided to give the Bangor route a try. Wow, it was noticeably quick. Pretty boring driving on I-95, BUT Route 1a is quite pretty.
I think in future I will most likely take the faster route.
Hope this helps and quells the debate as to the faster route once and for all. P.S., Google recommends the Bangor route!
As I explain in this post, Friday, July 8, 2016 Centennial
is even premature IF you want to be pedantic.
Wikipedia sums it all up quite succinctly.
Officially, per the National Park Service, it is now winter at the ‘Acadia National Park’ though they ruefully note “As of Tuesday, December 1st: We have yet to receive any snow in the majority of the park. There is some ice on the tops of mountains and trails”. To be fair to them this is probably atypical. Per tradition road closings, in particular the iconic ‘Park Loop Road’, kick in on December 1 (irrespective of actual road conditions) and stay in effect until April 14.
And that is the case now, and I received an ‘alert’ as such from my ‘Acadia’ APP on my Android Pad.
Two sections of the ‘Park Loop Road’ are however open. A short section, known as ‘Ocean Drive’ between Sand Beach Entrance Station and Otter Cliff Road and Jordan Pond with access from the ‘Stanley Brook Entrance‘ at Seal Harbor. The ‘Ocean Drive’ section will give you access to ‘Thunder Hole‘.
All the carriage roads are OPEN and Route 3 that cuts across the Park and then then traverses the western perimeter of the eastern section of the ‘Mount Desert’ part is open.
We have never been to Acadia in Winter. The latest we have been is September and the earliest, June. I would like to go and I know the kids will jump at it. They are Acadia addicts. I don’t think we can do it this month or in early January. Just too much going on. But I might try to get up there, for a quick weekend break, in late January or February. Of course I will share with you. I know that most of the Bar Harbor hotels, including our now preferred ‘Wonder View Inn‘, is closed for the Winter. But I am sure there are a few open and then there is always Ellsworth — Maine’s fastest growing city.