• Bar Harbor Historical Society
Located at 33 Ledgelawn Ave., the Society has a wonderful collection of books, photos and memorabilia about the Bar Harbor of the past and its environs. Open from mid-June to mid-October, Monday-Saturday from 1-4 pm. Call 288-0000 or 288-3807 for further information.
• Ethel H. Blum Gallery at College of the Atlantic
Eden Street. A wonderful gallery space offering a monthly change of exhibits. Call the College of the Atlantic at 288-5015 for further information.
• Jesup Memorial Library
Located at 34 Mt. Desert St., the library is a year-round community resource. Sit in the reading room and catch up on a little bit of Bar harbor history, or current and national papers. Browse recent fiction, new weekly magazines or look up an unfamiliar nautical term. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 to 5. Call 288-4245 for further information.
• Kayak Tours
For the more adventurous, there are several businesses which rent sea kayaks to visitors to paddle along the shoreline or out to the nearer islands. Tours are also available, with an experienced guide and even a picnic lunch trip. The numerous islands in Penobscot Bay are so temptingly close.
• Kebo Valley Golf Club
This excellent 18-hole club course and its facilities are available for visitor use throughout the season. Kebo is well-known in the area for its well-maintained greens and fairways, as well as for the challenging course. Bring your own clubs or rent them! 288-3000
• George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History
Eden Street. Exhibits of Maine species in their natural habitats, whale skeletons, salt-water aquarium and gift shop. Many of the exhibits have been built by the COA students with the assistance of the curator. The staff is happy to answer any of your questions regarding geology, plants, animals and ocean life in the area. Open daily from 10am-4pm. Small admission fee. Call 288-5395 for more information.
Tiffany Glass Windows
This Episcopal church at 41 Mt. Desert St. has the good fortune to be the home of several original Tiffany stained glass windows of extraordinary excellence. The windows are so “important” in fact, that one or two of them have been stolen! Recently the windows were restored through the efforts of a restoration expert from New Jersey who has also worked with the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the Carnegie, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Call 288-4215 about opportunities for tours.
Sightings are regular and informative. Many whales that return annually to this area can be identified by skin color patterns and have been named. These trips, which originate at the town pier area, often include bird watching with the longest trips lasting up to several hours.
• Yoga and Fitness at Destination Health
Located right in the center of downtown Bar Harbor, Destination Health is a haven for health and wellness, offering an incredible array of yoga styles, fitness classes, massage therapy and more. Whether you are looking for vinyasa, restorative, yin yoga, TRX, PiYo or spin classes, this studio has the class for you! All regular classes are on a drop-in basis. No registration is necessary. Located on the second floor of Bayside Landing at 53 Main Street. For a complete class schedule, visit www.destinationhealthmdi.com