By Kate Newman
Grade 7 –
Houlton Jr. High School
Houlton, Maine 04730
– Bar Harbor, Maine
Being born and raised in northern Maine, my childhood vacations often took me outside of the state to some far away place that my parents wanted to explore. But if given the choice, I would have stayed right here in Maine everytime. It’s no surprise that-my home state is called Vacationland. After all, Maine has beautiful mountains and trees and one of the most amazing autumns with its bright-leaves coloring the ground, and much, much more. Wild blueberries also grow here and fishermen still head out at the break of dawn in their boats to catch fresh lobsters. Now that I’ve sold you on my state, let me tell you about my favorite Maine vacation spot, Bar Harbor.
All the places in Maine are wonderful, but Bar Harbor is my favorite by far. Why you might ask? Well, it goes back to my sixth grade field trip. I arrived in Bar Harbor with my classmates to experience all this seaside town had to offer. Immediately my senses were completely overtaken by the smell of
the fresh sea air that made me feel so alert and energetic. First we hopped into a boat that took us around the harbor. I saw lighthouses, seals, bald eagles, and some of the most luxurious homes I have ever seen. It was breathtaking, and I hopedthe rest of Bar Harbor would be as impressive.
I am happy to say I was not disappointed. My friends and I used the rest of our day exploring the downtown shops before turning in to dream about all
we would see and do the next day. After waking up to one of the most beautiful summer days I have ever experienced, we headed to two different beaches where we swam, played in the sand, kicked our feet in the waves, gathered shells and examined the many urchins, starfish, and even a lost lobster we found. It was truly a day to remember. We headed home the next day, but a piece of me stayed in Bar Harbor. I’ve never stopped dreaming about it and wanting to go back. Lucky for me, it’s just a short drive to paradise but I would recommend the trip to anyone, even if you have to fly, drive for days, or take one of the many cruise ships that visits during the summer months.
Like any tourist spot, I admit that Bar Harbor is not perfect. It does have some overpriced restaurants and expensive gift stores, however it’s easy to look past all that to find something that will be just right for you. But you don’t have to take my word for it. Bar Harbor was the winner of the Travelers’ Choice Destinations Award in 2011, so they must be doing something right. Hopefully you’ll give this one of a kind vacation spot a chance, no matter what your age. You never know, it just might make you
feel like a kid again.