Rusticating in Bar Harbor. That’s what they used to do back in the 1800’s, get away from the big cities of New York, Boston and Philadelphia and come to Maine to vacation. People are still rusticating but it is much less formal than back in the day.
I wanted to show you some of the fountains in town. The first two are in the town park at the top of the hill. A sward of green with mature trees sporting a bandstand (with band concerts in the summer) is the site of this delicate fountain. I’m not sure who the handsome youth is that stands atop with his spear. But it is a most pleasing sight. On the other side of the park is the lion headed horse trough. No horses to be seen these days but I am glad they kept it in the recent park renovation.
Across from the park is Butterfield’s grocery. It’s a real old-fashioned shop that always has an eye catching display of fruit in the window. Stop in for your loaf of bread, a jug of wine and walk across the creaky wooden floor. You thought I was going to say thou, didn’t you?
At the other end of town overlooking the harbor is this fountain. A favorite for children to splash in, you can sit here and watch the boats, cruise ships and whale watchers come and go. It’s also a favorite photo spot. I caught these tourists having a fun time in their lobster hats. Not sure what they were trying to convey with their expressions though.
Down a short shopping courtyard you will find this fountain of native granite. Today there was a business-after-hours party going on sponsored by the chamber of commerce. It is a good meeting spot when friends and family get separated shopping and sight seeing. And it’s usually a cool and quite retreat on a hot humid day. Yes, it can get hot in Maine. It was 90 degrees there the day I returned to Seattle.
If it is too hot you can take a cruise on the Margaret Todd, a four masted schooner. You can even help hoist the sails and sing along to sea shanties. Or you can just sit in the park and people watch while enjoying the ocean breezes.