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Bar Harbor, Maine

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Oceanside Oasis: Bar Harbor, ME

Down east Maine is dotted with private islands—Oar, Clapboard, Chanterelle—where couples can play Yankee castaways. One of our favorites is the four-acre Spectacle Island, a short boat ride from Bar Harbor. Book Spectacle Island Estate, a three-bedroom cottage on this spruce-covered spot in Frenchman Bay. The wraparound porch makes for good afternoon bird-watching, when gulls and osprey swoop along the shoreline. Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island offers rugged hiking trails (or walk along the beach and watch the lobster boats). The island rental also includes a seaworthy 36-foot boat manned by a licensed captain. Catch the boat back to Bar Harbor and have a jumbo baked lobster at La Bella Vita, in the Harborside Hotel.

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