ADD TO LISTWinter Harbor is not really a tourist destination, and it's among the United States's less visited places. Travelers passing through the area usually stick to more popular destinations such as Bar Harbor. Know something about Winter Harbor? Please share what you know by adding to the Winter Harbor travel guide.
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This little town one peninsula up from Ellsworth and the access to Bar Harbor is home to the Schoodic section of Acadia National Park. Few visitors to Acadia end up visiting the Schoodic section, but it's worth the drive. It's clean, scenic and provides outstanding views to Bar Harbor and Cadillac Montain. Winter Harbor itself is a small town with a few decent restaurants. While we were there in June, 2006, there was a bald eagle who came to hang out in the harbor at low tide for several hours. You can buy fresh lobsters there and it's a peaceful place. Visit the Grindstone Neck section of town to see some unbelievably gorgeous old mansions lining the waterfront and with fantastic views of Bar Harbor.
We could only find one restaurant in Winter Harbor and that was Chase's -- "Where the locals eat". In both our experiences, it was remarkable how chaotic service was. Tables went uncleared for thirty minutes at a time. Once, when we were left waiting for an hour, the waitress -- who seemed to be the only person in the place -- begged us to "be patient" with her.The clam chowder is to be avoided. It is made with skimmed milk, it seems, and the grayish possible parts of the clams.They do make a decent Reuben.
An Alka Seltzer commercial "star" lives here. :)
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