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Portland to Acadia in August

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Portland to Acadia in August

Open to any and all suggestions! Traveling in mid-August with my significant other. I'm aware that this is busy season but would like to avoid crowds when/if possible... willing to get up early to beat the rushes!

Flying into Portland, renting a car:

-Camping three nights in Acadia (Cadillac Mt, Jordan Cliffs trail, Thunderhole, Jordan Pond)

-Camping for two more nights- not sure of location yet- thinking Wolfe's Neck Oceanfront Campground

-One night in Portland

Any must do/see/eat in Acadia, Freeport, or Portland?? We appreciate outdoor activities and yummy/affordable food!

Thanks for the help :)

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1. Re: Portland to Acadia in August

Lots of info on to-do's in Acadia/Bar Harbor on the Bar Harbor Forum... precise suggestions would require more info about what you hope to do/see while you're here. Hiking, beaches, lighthouse, nature cruises, lobster cruises, whale watching, general sightseeing, small coastal towns, nature walks, kicking back watching nature are all popular among a longer list of possibilities... Likewise with places to eat; are you looking for fine dining, family fare, cheap eats, on-the-dock lobster, Tex-Mex, etc. etc... recommendations don't have much meaning without knowing your likes/dislikes. Itinerary itself looks fine. In Freeport, (fewer options than Acadia/Bar Harbor), check out Wolf's Neck State Park, L.L. Bean Flagship Store and South Freeport Harbor. Portland area must-sees include Portland Head Light Lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth, Old Port District of Portland, Victoria Mansion, Portland Museum of Art, Portland Observatory....

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2. Re: Portland to Acadia in August

We are visiting Maine and camping in the National Park in early Aug. I am interested in how you are going to camp after flying in. We are driving in but have a small car and can't bring much.

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3. Re: Portland to Acadia in August

Hiking is definitely our priority in Acadia but also interested in light houses and beaches.

Recommendations on the best windjammer cruises? Thinking we might do one out of Camden.

As for food, we need restaurants with gluten free options... if anyone knows of somewhere with gluten free lobster rolls, let us know!! Otherwise just looking for cheap eats!

Camping, we are renting gear through Airbnb!

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4. Re: Portland to Acadia in August

Peekytoe Provisions in Bar Harbor will make a gluten free lobster roll. https://peekytoeprovisions.com/menus.html

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5. Re: Portland to Acadia in August

Also Coffeehound on Main Street, across from Agamont Park, in Bar Harbor, will do a gluten-free lobster roll for $2 extra. I once overheard a chef from one of the cruise ships praise the lobster rolls at Coffeehound. It's a small place with only one table. But you can take your food across the street and eat on a park bench while watching the lobster boats in the harbor.

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