Our original plan for our second day in the great state of Maine was to spend the morning and afternoon hiking Acadia National Park. Unfortunately for us, Mother Nature had other plans.
We woke up to pouring rain and a forecast that predicted the same throughout the day. No worries, we decided we would simply switch our itinerary around and spend the day exploring Bar Harbor. We figured it would be a little more wet, but just as fun and we would save Acadia for the following day which was supposed to be clear. We found umbrellas in the closet of our rented house and made our way down to the 2 Cats Restaurant and Inn for breakfast.
2 Cats was located in a big yellow house and looked like it came straight out of Mystic Pizza. The lower level had been converted into a restaurant and there were rooms above. We were seated immediately and wasted no time ordering coffee and lobster.
I opted for the lobster benedict while Anna and Michelle both got lobster omelets. EVERYTHING was delicious, including the homemade biscuits with strawberry butter.
When we couldn’t eat another bite we ventured back out into the rain and began our exploration of Bar Harbor. Most of the shops are located on the Main Street downtown (perpendicular to 2 Cats) so we began at the end closest to the water and went uphill from there.
Did I mention it was rainy and VERY windy?
Bar Harbor is a very touristy town and I won’t lie to you, most of the shops are full of souvenirs and tourist junk, but there are a few gems.
We bought gifts and souvenirs at a few shops and then popped into the Bar Harbor popcorn company, where we snacked on blueberry popcorn and kettle corn to tide us over until dinner. We also stopped at a general store and sampled Maine’s famous soft drink, Moxie.
It tasted a bit like a spicy root beer. It wasn’t terrible, but I think it’s probably an acquired taste.
When we were all shopped out we headed home to shower and enjoy a few glasses of wine before dinner.
We were lured into the Side Street Cafe by promises of the best lobster mac and cheese in Bar Harbor. Apple Pie Margaritas and blueberry pie were an added bonus.
Once again full of lobster (are you sensing a pattern here?) we headed back home to call it a night since we planned to begin our hike at dawn!