Whether or not you choose to stay at SeaCat’s Rest, if you are planning on booking a vacation rental house through Homeaway, vacationrentals411 or one of the other sites, now is a good time to start thinking about finding that perfect spot for your Maine vacation. Calendars will start to fill up fast, and I have the feeling that there will be quite a demand this summer. By February the reservations will be flowing in and your free weeks may not match with our free weeks, and you’ll be stuck with a hotel. My prediction about next summer’s popularity has to do with a trend I saw in the summer of 2010. The presidential visit, end-of-season numbers up 19% (park visits) and our own business holding steady throughout the downturn leads me to think that recent improvements in the economy will be felt in greater bookings in the Bar Harbor/Acadia area.
Then there’s the weather. I don’t know if we’ll have another blistering summer (elsewhere), but here along the coast it’s lots cooler and that ocean breeze blowing over that 50-60 degree water means you can always find a cool spot. No one likes to keep cooped up in air conditioning on vacation; here in Downeast Maine you can bet on spending time outdoors–but take your rain coat just in case.
Food-filled ocean currents and cooler temps means lots of happy wildlife to see. Our wrinkled coastline means finding that patch of lonely shore is no problem. Climbing mountains or riding bikes on carriage paths will whet your appetite for a lobster dinner at one of our pounds or restaurants. Seek out the perfect photographic opportunity or boating adventure. I’ve written about these activities in these pages, but reading about them is not as fun as doing them!
Don’t think that because there are quite a few rich and famous who summer here that prices are out of reach. Acadia National Park and environs remain one of the more modest vacations you can take. Why? Because most of the people who live here take a good part of their pay in beauty, sacrificing higher pay for a cleaner environment with less noise, crime and stress. Bargains abound. You may have to move a little away from Martha’s part of Acadia to find the affordable places, but they are there. And don’t worry about being nickle-and dimed at every turn. it’s not like that here. So what are you waiting for?