The air is clean; the rugged, rocky shoreline and the mountains are beautiful. There are lighthouses and lobster fisherman, hiking, biking, gardens, history, museums, and 57 miles of carriage trails where no cars are allowed but walkers, runners, bikers, horseback riders and carriages are. If none of that suits you, there's always shopping in Bar Harbor (if you like shopping--not much of a shopper myself) and looking at the stars. You can climb mountains the easy way (driving, walking up the smaller ones) or the hard way (several of the trails, especially Precipice Trail, access the summits via a series of ladders pounded into the face of the rock). And despite the fact that it's a very popular place, there are plenty of secluded spots where a person can just sit back and enjoy the glorious view.
Here are a few images from the trip:
Just enjoying my view of the shoreline
Trying not to get my feet wet crossing over the rocks
Jordan Pond - you can hike around it, or climb the bubbles (the two peaks visible at the end of the lake) or enjoy scones and tea on the lawn. We've done the hiking and climbing but haven't had tea there yet.
We hiked a trail around a smaller pond (this was supposed to be a short hike of just over a mile, but most of the trail was heavily covered in roots, so it took a bit longer than anticipated. At the end, we were rewarded with this lovely little waterfall, and the way back was over these split rail planks).
We had a nice view of Frenchman's Bay from our balcony where we could watch the cruise ships come in.