Category Archives: Bar Harbor

Ten Summer Cottages Worth Viewing in Bar Harbor

Along with breathtaking views of the rocky Maine coast, Bar Harbor is also home to a stunning number of fine old homes, once called “cottages” by the wealthy “rusticators” who came to enjoy the mild summer weather and incomparable scenery. … Continue reading

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Remnants of a Hollywood Past

Just off a winding hillside road in Bel Air, California is an ornate entrance gate to what looks to be a lovely old house that sits beyond. If you’re looking for it, you’ll see the letters CAP E MO E … Continue reading

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Dedication in the Face of Fire

As fire swept across Mount Desert Island in October of 1947 six women in Northeast Harbor determinedly kept their post at the telephone office. The lights went out; their friends and family fled, but the operators remained, sounding the evacuation … Continue reading

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Otter Creek in a World at War

The story of Bar Harbor in the Roaring Twenties really begins with the Armistice in November of 1918. The first news that the World War had ended came to this country by way of the Otter Creek Naval Station just … Continue reading

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Beatrix’s Garden

When I was in Bar Harbor recently, I stopped by Garland Farm, now owned by the Beatrix Farrand Society. In my new book, Bar Harbor in the Roaring Twenties, I write about how the famous landscape artist donated her time to … Continue reading

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A Book and a Question

Here’s my new book! And before I go back to posting entries on Maine towns and history, I’m going to answer a couple of questions I’ve gotten from people as I’ve been working on this book over the past couple … Continue reading

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More Archives, More Inspiration on MDI

I got to spend a couple more days on Mount Desert Island doing research this last week, and I discovered a beautiful library in Northeast Harbor.  The building is only about ten years old; it’s bright and open and airy, … Continue reading

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Researching the Day Away

On a recent rainy day I left my B&B in Bar Harbor, drove by Eagle Lake, along the edge of Acadia National Park, past the lovely Somes Sound and stopped by the Mount Desert Island Historical Society thinking I’d spend … Continue reading

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The Russians Come to Southwest Harbor

In researching both Portland and now Mt. Desert Island, I’m often struck by how these seaports have always been so well-connected with international affairs.  Take, for instance, the story of the Cimbria, the Russian ship that made its home in Southwest Harbor … Continue reading

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Biking Around Eagle Lake

A couple weeks ago I went to Bar Harbor with my friend Katie. My former student, web designer (see luannyetter.com) and consultant for all things techie, Katie is also quite frequently my partner in crime when it comes to travel … Continue reading

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