FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Under $100: Bar Harbor

by Samantha DiMauro

May 12, 2015

The Town Piere in Bar Harbor, Maine © R’lyeh Imaging | Flickr

North America

This coastal Maine spot is so unique, charming and refreshing, it’s often a notable cruise ship stop. But if you’re not (yet) rolling in enough dough to hop on an ocean-bound cruise line, pack up your pennies and spend a few days perusing the offbeat quirks of Bar Harbor.

 

Start your day at the Coffee Hound coffee bar, which just started serving its delightful summer menu in May. If the massive selection of organic Italian espresso doesn’t satisfy your morning kick, a list of hot, cold or frozen gourmet lattes (like the Monkey’s Uncle, made with mocha and bananas foster) sure will. For noms, try the daily made traveling blueberry pie — a traditional Maine blueberry pie folded into a crust so you can eat it on your way to your next adventure.

 

Bar Harbor, Maine © George Burba | Dreamstime 3186481

Bar Harbor, Maine © George Burba | Dreamstime

 

With pie in hand, head oward the Bar Harbor Town Pier, the bustling epicenter of this Maine town. At this time of day, the pier is alive with boats rolling out to sea, lobster traps being set to catch tonight’s dinner and the dazzling panoramic views of the stunning coastline. While you’re nearby, go for a walk along the historic Bar Harbor Shore Path, first constructed in the town’s hey day in 1880, when it was known as Eden. For more information about the Shore Path and other scenic hikes in the area, check out BarHarborInfo.com

 

At lunchtime, stop by the local deli known as the Lazy Lobster. This is where you’ll get your typical Maine lobster fix in whatever form you’d like: boiled whole, piled into a roll, made into a bisque, on top of a salad and on and on. This stop might make a little bit of a dent in your wallet, but it’s so worth it.

 

Bar Harbor, Maine © Littleny | Dreamstime 27226788

Bar Harbor, Maine © Littleny | Dreamstime

 

Speaking of lobster, why not visit The Mount Desert Oceanarium and Lobster Hatchery while you’re in town? They recently suffered a fire, and lost the Maine Lobster Museum facility, but replaced it with a brand new Maine Lobster Fishing Program.

 

Since you no doubt indulged on a lobster-laden lunch, for dinner, check out Blaze Restaurant, an ultra-modern eatery serving up sustainable local foods. While it’s difficult to eat on a strict budget in a tourist town where prices are inflated to match the pockets of cruise-goers, splitting a charcuterie for two ($16) or a few starter dishes like duck-fat-fried poutine ($12) and pork belly BLT sliders ($13) will leave you full and satisfied, with a few bucks left over to check out some nightlife highlights.

 

After dinner, swing by Cottage St. Pub, a laidback haunt known for it’s awesome list of local beers, artisanal cocktails and complimentary popcorn.

 

#TrazeeTravel

Insta Feed
North America
Dec 7, 2022

Why Winter is the Perfect Time to Visit Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park isn’t just a great spot to visit during the summer months, when the crowds are thick and the weather is (for some) best. You may actually find you like the park more during the height of winter. Here are some of the things you can do if you book a winter package at either Old Faithful Snow Lodge or Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, two park lodges open December to February.

Celebrity Cruises’ Spring Sale

There’s no better time to plan the vacation you’ve been missing. Step aboard with your better half, your friends or the whole family and reconnect, reunite and rejoice with 25 percent off cruise fares for all guests. We’ll also help everyone get there with 25 percent off airfare from 20 major gateways across the country or $100 savings per person on flights from all other gateways when you book your air travel using Flights by Celebrity.*

Health & Wellness
Dec 7, 2022

The Lone Wolf: An Exclusive Yoga Retreat for Men at enLiven Retreat Center

Paul Menard, a yogi with more than 500 hours of yoga teacher training and more than 500 hours of training in Shiatsu and bodywork, announced a new partnership with enLiven Retreat Center in Vermont. Menard is the director at Karuna Yoga and Retreat Healing Arts Center in Western Massachusetts and has been fostering a thriving community. He teaches a profound appreciation of movement and mechanics while emphasizing the intricacy and form of yoga for the past seven years. The new partnership continues to focus on these elements at The Lone Wolf, an Exclusive Yoga Retreat for Men.

Trends / Top Trends
Dec 6, 2022

What’s New and Trending for Remote Lands in 2023

Get out and explore the world in 2023 with new itineraries and destinations from Remote Lands.

Celebrity Cruises’ Spring Sale

There’s no better time to plan the vacation you’ve been missing. Step aboard with your better half, your friends or the whole family and reconnect, reunite and rejoice with 25 percent off cruise fares for all guests. We’ll also help everyone get there with 25 percent off airfare from 20 major gateways across the country or $100 savings per person on flights from all other gateways when you book your air travel using Flights by Celebrity.*

Trends / Top Trends
Dec 6, 2022

This New Experience from Turo Allows You to Book a Road Trip to a Favorite Restaurant

If you’re not familiar with Turo, the brand is essentially a car-sharing service — kind of similar to Airbnb, except you're not renting out someone else’s home while you travel, but their car. If you use Turo during December, you can book some special experiences that take you to one of four Michelin-starred restaurants.