Thursday, August 31, 2017

Traveling Totes - Acadia National Park

The little bridge in Somesville, Maine is where I was for my birthday in August. Doesn't it look so refreshing and peaceful? Thanks for all the birthday wishes in August and for your friendship. 
We stayed in Southwest Harbor, Maine, and I should have worn sunglasses for this photo...LOL   Shhhh.....Miss Aurora is hiding from all the LL Bean totes. 
Maine is "LL Bean country", so there was not a checked tote anywhere! Miss Aurora thought.....oh boy, how will I ever fit in with all these Miss Beans! 
 Oh look, we FINALLY found some checks at the trolley stop! 

 OK, since the sign is on the side of the quiet side of the road near the woods, let's quickly take a picture. 
At last, I do have a purpose in Maine. I'll tote some Old Soaker Blueberry Soda that everyone is walking around Acadia National Park drinking. Tastes like grape to me! My son gave it A thumbs up. I think I may try a blueberry ice cream float with the soda if there is any left. 
Doesn't Miss Aurora look nice with the lobster rug in the condo?
While in York, Maine, Stonewall Kitchen is always a necessary stop and you can fit a ton of stuff in that tote. 
Wonder how many lobstas would fit in that tote? 

 In August, we visited Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park to enjoy the pristine environment of Mt. Desert Island and the rugged coast and pine forests. Colorful buoys, the smell of pine, summer flowers. That is Maine!!

We utilized the park's free-to-all Island Explorer buses to navigate the park. Acadia has 130 miles of hiking trails so there is a path perfect for every ability. 

One of the most scenic and popular is the one mile Shore Path that begins at the town pier and runs along the ocean at Frenchman Bay. 

We stayed in Southwest Harbor, and there is nothing like New England in the Summer. We rented a marina side condo from Dysart's on Airbnb, and this is where it's at if you like summer living! We spent our days leisurely watching the lobster boats come and go in a modern marina with some sensational summer yachts. We were a 5 minute walk to galleries, shops and restaurants and only a 5 minute drive to Acadia sites, Bass Harbor Head light, Somes Sound, Seawell and Echo Lake. No visit is complete without Jordan Pond's warm popovers with strawberry jam. We were advised not to eat our popovers outdoors at the lovely tables with green umbrellas overlooking the beautiful pond due to "bee season". The bees love the jam! You can make popovers that taste just like the ones at Jordan Pond using this recipe.  
Jordan Pond
We went on a horse-drawn carriage ride at Wildwood Stables in Acadia National Park on the southeastern side of Mount Desert Island, Maine. Tours follow the famous and scenic carriage roads that were originally constructed by John D. Rockefeller between 1913 and 1940. The horses were Shires named Moses and Mary, and they get their horses from the Amish once they are retired. The horse (and apparently my outfit) was required to match my tote bag. 

Hiking the Beehive Trail on Mount Desert Island in Maine. It should be your destination if you want to hike where the mountains meet the sea. 

Such a unique location in Maine, and we really hated to leave but we have wonderful memories. Loved being on the quiet side of town and in walking distance to everything in Southwest Harbor.  Favorite hikes were Cadillac Mountain, Beehive, Wonderland Trail, Echo Lake to see the nesting loon, and hiking (and eating popovers) around Jordan Pond. 

The garden photos are from Asticou Terraces, Thuya Lodge and Thuya Gardens. We had one rainy morning so decided to visit the gorgeous flower garden located on a granite hillside overlooking Northeast Harbor on Mount Desert Island Maine.

After five nights of fresh ocean breezes, delicious local seafood and Maine wild blueberry pie, it was time to head south (towards home) with a two night stop in Ogunquit to split up the long trip home. 
 Saying goodbye to our condo. We are on our way to Ogunquit. 
 This photo was taken from the Marginal Way in Ogunquit, ME. You can see it is not as quiet as Acadia National Park. Everyone flocks to the public beach in Ogunquit, and we go to our little private beach during low tide. 
I will, as long as I live, remember this wonderful blueberry pie that we devoured. I brought a couple plates from home....yes I know that is silly but I like to feel at home when I travel. LOL

Now we are back in New York at the Chinese Lantern Festival. This festival was colorful and amazing. Each display includes hundreds of parts, and thousands of LED lights. From a three-foot baby panda in Panda World to a three-story Chinese palace pagoda, 1,000 sculptural components have been created on-site by more than 30 artists from China. Welded metal frames covered in fabric will emerge as flowers, peacocks, cranes, butterflies, archways. The sculptures are LED-lit-from-within lanterns.

  To thank you for following along with our adventures, we are having a giveaway! To enter your name in the drawing, visit Linda with Miss Rosie @ More Fun Less Laundry.

To see what Miss Aurora's tote sistas have been up to, click on the participating blogs below. 

Emily with Miss Courtney ChildsThe French Hutch
Jenna with Miss Coquille @The Painted Apron
Katie with Miss Daisy @ Preppy Empty Nester
Linda with Miss Rosie @ More Fun Less Laundry
Linda with  Miss Lola @ Life and LindaLife and Linda
Patti with Miss Kenzie and Miss Taylor @ "Pandora's Box"
Rita with Miss Luna C Panoply 
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul

Thanks for stopping by! We will have something very awesome to share with you in December. Can't wait!

Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. Debbie, this is the cutest post! I love seeing all the adventures you and your Traveling Tote take. Maine is a favorite place for me. I'm so happy that you and Joe had that time to explore and take in the beauty of Maine. Thanks for taking us along.

    1. Happy to take you along Sarah! It's the one trip that I would like to do over tomorrow! LOL We will definitely return every August now that we have found this location and condo that was the perfect fit for us.

  2. If you are viewing this post from your phone, I noticed on my phone that some of the font and pictures are cut off on the right hand side.

  3. Debbie, I can't get enough of these pictures from Maine! What a wonderful place to spend your birthday! It has been too long since we went to Acadia and I need to go right now! I'm salivating over that wild Maine blueberry pie -- there is nothing like those berries. I wondered if the carriage trails are still open. We rode horses there long ago. It's one of my favorite things to do when we travel! And now I'm thinking about lobsters and popovers! Bees are the worst in late August -- they seem to be fiercer as they buzz about at the end of the summer. What a great trip you had! I think I need to go back very soon! Thanks for the wonderful tour. Linda

  4. It was fun seeing Maine thru your eyes! I miss the Maine coast and the smell of pine, and the blueberries,fresh picked from the mountains!! It looks like you enjoyed hiking and eating the local food. I am sure your tote stood out from all the others in Maine, for sure! Great photos!

    1. And I decided that you need a checked backpack!!

    2. Patti, I agree! I'll send you my tote once it is all worn out and you can make a backpack out of it. LOL

  5. Debbie what a great trip to Maine. If I could go there again, I'd be happy to use your complete itinerary! Haha, loved the trolley stop sign, the mallard (caught it!), and Miss Aurora hiding from the Bean bags. :) I also love how you scoped out your own private beach at low tide - that's our style too. Even back home, the sight of that Chinese Lantern Festival was very cool.
    You look fab in your new year - age becomes you!

  6. Debbie... darling post! I sent your link to my Mr. with a note...Maine is on our bucket list! I LOVE that lobster rug in the condo. I put it on my gotta have list. Thanks for taking me on the tour and giving me a delicious taste of Maine. Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend.

  7. One of my fave posts..

    I swear you look my daughters ages..
    You rock climb? I trip over rocks now..

    I still LOVE that umbrella pic:)
    All fun lovely pics..!

  8. Oh your trip to Maine sounds incredible Debbie! Walking to shops and restaurants, lobster boat views from your condo, beautiful trails to hike and enjoy, such a different part of the world for me! I can only imagine eating fresh Maine lobster straight from the sea and fresh Maine blueberries! The Chinese Lantern Festival is unbelievable! You are always up to something fabulous! Happy fall!

  9. What a fun trip, and I love all your photos! Aurora fit right in!!! I know y'all ate well while there, and the scenery on your hikes looked so lovely. Great post!

    Ricki Jill

  10. Oh wow Debbie, what a wonderful and fun adventure for you and Joe. I had to gasp when I saw the photo of you climbing, wow, I'm impressed. You do have adventure in your blood! Lovely place, I love the photo of the beautiful flowers and trees and you and your umbrella. It looks like a fairy garden. So many gorgeous spots your enjoyed and you looked fabulous in every one of them. Smart to take your plates with you, you are that kind of girl, chic and fabulous.
    Happy Labor Day........

  11. I've always wanted to visit Maine, Debbie, and now thanks to you, I have taken a tour through your eyes. I would love eating lobster, blueberry pie and popovers. I'd be climbing that Beehive Trail, too! What a fun adventure you had with your totes. The Chinese lantern festival looked so colorful, too. You looked beautiful in all the photos, Deb. What a great birthday you had!! xx

  12. Very fun post Debbie. You look fabulous! What a great time you had eating all of that lovely food. hiking and relaxing too. Miss Aurora is having a blast. Love the penguin picture. I do love the umbrella shot. So photogenic.

  13. Wow!! such a fun adventure.. Love your blog..

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