Weddings in Bar Harbor, Maine have the potential to be filled with magnificent ocean views and unforgettable photo backdrops. There are many different venues that couples can choose from depending on their preferred budget, their individual styles, and how many guests they want to invite to their special day. Whether planning the big day in a national park or in a historic inn, Bar Harbor is easily accessible for out of town guests and there are plenty of places for guests to sleep over. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.

1.Acadia National Park Weddings

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Small, intimate weddings can be held at the Acadia National Park without the use of a permit, so long as they are less than ten people in total. For larger weddings a permit is required, but the extra paperwork is certainly worth it to be married in this national gem of a park. Everything from sweeping ocean views to mountain backdrops can be found, and nature lovers will certainly love all the photo opportunities that a wedding in Acadia National Park offers. There are many restrictions set in place to ensure the safety of the park, so couples are encouraged to contact the park directly before planning their wedding.

PO Box 177 Bar Harbor, ME 04609, Phone: 207-288-3338

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2.Alex Grant's Big Cat's Catering, Bartending & Event Center

Alex Grant's Big Cat's Catering, Bartending & Event Center
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A great wedding at Alex Grant’s Big Cat’s Catering, Bartending, & Event Center starts with a tour of the facility and ends with a happy ever after. Planning a special wedding at this venue is made easy thanks to onsite staff wedding planners who are more than happy to help couples every step along the way. Everything wedding related, including florists, chair rentals, entertainment services, and caterers can be arranged by Alex Grant’s Big Cat’s Catering to ensure a smooth day. To further help couples, this venue has an informative checklist on their website that couples can use to prepare for their big day.

163 Bar Harbor Road, Trenton, ME 04605, Phone: 207-504-4562

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3.Asticou Inn

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The Asticou Inn provides a memorable wedding venue that can host groups of up to 200 guests and is more than prepared to handle the event stress free. Their onsite chefs will prepare fresh, locally sourced ingredients to help put together the perfect menu, and onsite wedding planners will help with creating the ideal atmosphere that the marrying couple has in mind. The inn is backdropped by Mount Desert which makes for memorable photos. Also, guests can stay over after the wedding for ultimate convenience, and larger groups booking together will enjoy a discount off the total price.

15 Peabody Drive, Northeast Harbor, ME 04662, Phone: 207-276-3344

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4.Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Event Center

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For couples seeking a scenic oceanfront wedding, the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Event Center may be just what they are looking for. This venue, which offers many different venue options and even has some directly on the water, can help couples plan their big day. Onsite staff is capable of handling the menu creation, ceremony decorating and design, reception design, and more. The hotel and event center rests on 12 acres of oceanfront property and overlooks the picturesque Frenchman Bay. Whether couples want to get married with their toes in the sand, on a gorgeous panoramic vista outlook, or in the ballroom, Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Event Center can accommodate.

119 Eden Street (Rte 3), Bar Harbor, ME 04609, Phone: 207-288-5801

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5.Bar Harbor Club

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Couples who book their wedding at Bar Harbor Club can have as much, or as little, control over their special day as they choose. There are onsite professionals that are ready to handle creating custom food menus, personalized ceremony decorations, and even help with designing the ideal reception. Whether couples are seeking a small intimate wedding with only their closest friends and family, or a gigantic celebration, Bar Harbor Club is happy to host. Guests to the wedding can enjoy many of the additional features that Bar Harbor Club offers on their own time, whether that be the tennis courts, spa, pool, or even the fitness center.

111 West St Bar Harbor, ME 04609, Phone: 207-288-5033

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6.Bar Harbor Inn & Spa

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Weddings at Bar Harbor Inn & Spa can range anywhere between 2 and 150 people, depending on the level of intimacy that the marrying couple is seeking. Because Bar Harbor Inn & Spa is one of Maine’s premier oceanfront wedding destinations, and conveniently located in the heart of Bar Harbor itself, guests can enjoy a quick trip to Acadia National Park without any difficulty. From the moment guests first arrive they will be welcomed by professional staff ready to ensure they have everything they need, and experienced wedding planners will be standing by to help guarantee their special day runs as smoothly as possible.

1 Newport Drive, Bar Harbor, ME 04609, Phone: 844-814-1668

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7.French's Point

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French’s Point can be nearly anything that the bride and groom want it to be, and is able to shift itself to fit whatever style they prefer on their special day. This year-round oceanfront property is great for weddings of all sort, both rustic and formal. The waterfront wedding venue offers unparalleled ocean views, and between the two onsite homes there are 18 unique guest suites available. The total property stretches over 14 manicured acres that offer plenty of amenities, including eight different ceremony locations and 14 unique gathering spaces for large groups.

246 Hersey Retreat Road, Stockton Springs, Maine, Phone: 207-567-3650

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8.Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina

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There are many diverse and stunning wedding venues in Bar Harbor, and the Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina is certainly one to take note of. This venue offers easy access to many of the special parks and natural features of Maine’s coast, and the onsite professional team is more than happy to help direct guests to whatever they’d like to see. Harborside Hotel has a few venues that couples can choose from, each with its own flair and perks. No matter what venue is chosen, however, couples can expect to celebrate with a gourmet customized menu, a day of pampering at the spa, and even a post-wedding brunch if they desire.

55 West St Bar Harbor, ME 04609, Phone: 207-288-5033

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9.Ivy Manor Inn - Village Center

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The Ivy Manor Inn is conveniently located in downtown Bar Harbor, on the historic Main Street, and just across from the Village Green. This ideal location means that guests can walk to most of Bar Harbors major attractions, restaurants, and pubs. From the nearby Town Pier guests can watch for pods of whales or book a sunset cruise, and a quick drive will take guests to the massive Acadia National Park. Even though Ivy Manor Inn is located in downtown Bar Harbor, it is still packed full of history and luxury, and has enough character to charm local and out of town guests alike.

194 Main Street, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609, Phone: 207-288-2138

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10.Lamoine State Park

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A true rustic wedding can be found at Lamoine State Park, which is located in the heart of Downeast Maine. The state park is on the oceanfront and is a very popular vacation region when compared to the rest of Maine. At the park guests can camp, cross-country ski when there is snow, fish, hunt, participate in sea kayaking, and watch wildlife at their leisure. Weddings at the park need a permit if they are over ten guests, and the ceremony should be designed to respect the nature surrounding it. For details on permits for larger weddings contact the park directly by telephone, online, or in person.

23 State Park Road Lamoine, ME 04605, Phone: 207-667-4778

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11.Peakes Hill Lodge

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With a full range of wedding services available to couples, Peakes Hill Lodge is entirely capable of creating fully customizable weddings to suit the needs of their guests’ budgets and styles. There are several tiers of service available in different wedding packages, and Peakes Hill Lodge staff can even help with planning and arranging caterers, DJs, tables, and more. Couples can book Peakes Hill Lodge for their rehearsal dinner, their reception, their ceremony, and even the after party. During warmer months it is possible to book an outdoor gazebo, but during the warmer months it is recommended that couples book a space inside the lodge for their wedding.

40 Peakes Hill Rd, Dedham, ME 04429, Phone: 207-944-8319

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12.The Lucerne Inn

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There are two distinct wedding venue spaces at The Lucerne Inn, and couples can choose from either depending on their needs and desires. The Overlook is separated from the main buildings and offers a secluded and intimate space for ceremonies. There are four recessed chandeliers that light the space, a gas fireplace for ambiance, and a large dance floor. The other venue option is the Patio and Tent, which is attached to the main buildings. The patio is made out of brick and allows guests to experience the joy of the outdoors without the downfall of a lawn.

2517 Main Rd, Dedham, ME 04429, Phone: 207-843-5123

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13.The Manor Inn

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With four different churches to choose from, and a variety of ceremony sites for couples to consider, The Manor Inn is a coastal venue that is absolutely worth considering. Whether couples want to be married in a Catholic, Episcopal, Unitarian, or Trinitarian Congregational church or no church at all, they have options to choose from. There are also both indoor and outdoor ceremony sites available, including a beach site and a lighthouse site that are sure to add plenty of glitz and glamour to any wedding. The Manor Inn is under an hour by car from Bangor International Airport, so out of town guests should have no problem attending.

76 Battle Avenue, Castine, Maine 04421, Phone: 207-326-4861

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14.West Street Hotel

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For a venue that can host plenty of out of town guests, provide diverse and unique venue options, and cater to a couples every need, the West Street Hotel is a serious contender. Whether the couple wants to be married while watching yachts sail through Frenchman’s Bar, or perhaps party the night away in a stunning ballroom, the West Street Hotel can satisfy their desires. Onsite wedding specialists are standing by to help couples create their perfect wedding, and can help with everything from the rehearsal dinner menu to the soundtrack for their dream event.

50 West Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609, Phone: 207-288-0825

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Attraction Spotlight: College of the Atlantic Gardens

Located in Bar Harbor, Maine, the College of the Atlantic Gardens encompass five garden facilities and an arboretum on the grounds of the College of the Atlantic campus. The College of the Atlantic was founded in 1969 as the first United States higher educational institution to focus primarily on the relationship between humanity and the environment, organized by educators and community members looking to utilize Mount Desert Island as a year-round learning location.


The college’s first class, consisting of 32 students, was admitted in 1972 and is credited as a major research facility and environmental lobbying force in the American Northeast, playing a major role in enacting Maine’s returnable beverage container bill in 1974. Today, the college has a student body of 350 and runs on a self-designed major model framed around studies of human ecology and environmentalism.


As one of the nation’s leading green colleges, natural spaces are built into the campus of the College of the Atlantic, serving a variety of recreational, food supply, and scientific study purposes. Six separate public garden facilities are operated on the grounds of the College of the Atlantic campus, including an arboretum facility. All garden facilities are free and open to the public for exploration and relaxation.

Located at the campus’ north end, the Community Garden was originally used as a facility for growing organic produce used in the campus’ kitchens. Today, the garden space is open for public use as a community garden facility for the Mount Desert Island community, offering plots every spring on a first-come-first-served basis. Mount Desert Island residents interested in reserving plot space may contact the garden’s director via phone or email. Nearby, Newlin Gardens are accessible from the Community Garden via a small stairway. Established in 1992 by Mount Desert Island resident Elizabeth Battles Newlin, the gardens are intended to serve as a monument to the late E. Mortimer Newlin. Following Elizabeth’s 1995 death, an endowed chair position, the Elizabeth Battles Newlin Chair in Botany, was established to honor Newlin’s environmental and landscaping work and legacy.

The Beatrix Farrand Garden honors Bar Harbor resident Beatrix Farrand, who designed the landscaped gardens for Washington D.C.’s Dumbarton Oaks Library and New York City’s Morgan Library. Located behind the college’s Kaelber Hall, the garden’s rock-walled quiet reflection rooms were designed by Farrand prior to their adjoining estate’s inclusion in the college’s campus. Original rose bush plantings by Farrand are still visible in the garden today, along with a perennial border meant to evoke the landscaper’s traditional style.

The Turrets Seaside Garden overlooks the islands of Frenchman Bay and Schoodic Peninsula, shadowed by the campus’ historic Turrets facility. The 4,000-square-foot garden facility was fully restored to its historic condition in 2005 by Eamonn Hutton, who embarked on renovation endeavors as part of his senior project at the college. The garden’s original formal bedding pattern has been recreated with lower-maintenance sustainable plantings, including fairy roses, lavender, astilbe, and Siberian iris, evoking the classic blue and grey hues of landscape designer Gertrude Jekyll. A new fountain for the garden was installed in 2009, designed by COA alumni Dan Farrenkopf. A Sunken Garden, created by original Turrets owners John and Lela Emery, has also been restored by a group of seniors of the 2009 graduating class.

The college’s Arboretum of Eden was the project of former professor Craig Greene, who planted many of the facility’s shrubs and trees. The arboretum features more than 100 species of native and non-native trees and shrubery, including plants imported from the Mediterranean, Japan, China, and Korea. Notable plantings include copper beech, white pine, and Eastern hemlock trees. The arboretum facility spans throughout the college’s 35-acre campus and serves as a living museum facility highlighting botanical diversity and the relationship between humans and the environment.

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Produce for the school’s kitchens is sourced today as part of a partnership with nearby Beech Hill Farm, founded in 1989 by COA alumni Barbarina Heyerdahl and her husband, Aaron. The farm was the realization of Heyerdahl’s senior project at the college and was donated to the facility in 1999. As an MOFGA-certified organic farm, the 73-acre farm offers six acres of fields for vegetable production, along with five greenhouse facilities, three apple orchards, forest land, and pasture space for livestock. The farm operates a seasonal farmer’s market stand, runs a CSA program, and sells produce in partnerships with several local restaurants and markets. Educational programming is offered through the farm for COA students and community members, including workshops, class visits, and public special events.

105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609, Phone: 207-288-5015

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Attraction Spotlight: Bar Harbor Historical Society

Located in Bar Harbor, Maine, the Bar Harbor Historical Society preserves the region’s social and cultural history through a museum facility located within the city’s former St. Edward’s Convent building. Bar Harbor’s St. Edwards Convent was built in 1916, designed by Milton Stratton and donated as a present to the city’s Holy Redeemer Church by Colonel Edward de Veau Morrell and his wife, Louise Drexell Morell, though the Colonel died prior to the building’s 1918 dedication.


Louise’s sister Katherine, a wealthy socialite from Philadelphia, later became a member of the convent’s religious order and was canonized as Saint Katherine Drexel in October of 2000. During her religious service, Drexel used her large family inheritance to open a number of schools, including a university for the education of indigenous and black Americans. She also founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament order, a religious institution located near Bensalem, Pennsylvania.

The Bar Harbor Historical Society was established in 1945 as a committee of directors from the Jesup Library. The Jesup committee formed to create an exhibit to honor area resident George B. Dorr, the founder of Acadia National Park. Due to popular demand after the exhibit’s closing, the committee embarked on the creation of a permanent exhibit honoring the city’s history, located within the library’s former children’s room. As museum collections continued to grow throughout the second half of the 20th century, the Society began a search for a larger permanent location, and in 1997, purchased the former St. Edwards Convent building.

Permanent Exhibits and Collections

Today, the Bar Harbor Historical Society is operated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, serving as the primary historical organization for the Bar Harbor, Maine and Mount Desert Island areas. The Society’s museum, located at 33 Ledgelawn Avenue in Bar Harbor’s residential district, is operated by a board of directors and overseen by a museum curator. The museum is open regular hours on weekdays from June through October, with winter tours available by special appointment. Museum admission is free and open to the general public.

As the only extant example of Jacobethan architecture in the Bar Harbor area, the Historical Society Museum stands two and a half stories tall and is constructed of red brick. The building spans three bays, featuring a cross-gable roof configuration with a projected section and a series of windows with diamond-paned transoms. Other features include Tudor arches and Jacobethan-style stone work. In 1998, as a result of the Society’s renovations and preservation, the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Permanent exhibits at the museum include the Society’s original George B. Dorr Exhibit, which contains photographs, documents, and other memorabilia chronicling the life and accomplishments of the Bar Harbor native who devoted his life to the development of Mount Desert Island’s Acadia National Park. An exhibit documents the personal and professional accomplishments of Bar Harbor resident Beatrix Farrand, who landscaped the grounds for Washington D.C.’s Dumbarton Oaks Library and New York City’s Morgan Library and donated her personal rare plant collection to the Society. Blueprints of works by famed local architect Fred L. Savage are also featured, along with a list of his constructions.

A Hotel Artifacts Exhibit showcases artifacts and memorabilia connected to a number of local historic hotels, including the Malvern, Belmont, Porcupine, and Newport and Rodick Houses, and highlights original menus and china service from their restaurants. Playbills and photographs from the historic Star Theatre are chronicled in an exhibit, along with preserved memorabilia rescued from area estates lost in Mount Desert Island’s 1947 fire. A Milk Bottle Exhibit displays antique milk bottles manufactured by the island’s former dairy farming industry, which totaled over 40 farms in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. A general Bar Harbor Artifacts Exhibit also displays memorabilia from local schools, trophies of local sports teams and clubs, and preserved artifacts of local businesses, and a reference archive provides information on past and present owners of local city buildings.

Ongoing Programs and Events

The Bar Harbor Historical Society hosts a variety of public programming throughout the year, offering free admission to all events and programs. Periodic public lectures are hosted at the museum, bringing in local historians and experts to discuss topics related to the city’s history and culture. Periodic book signings are also offered, with signed book copies available for purchase. An annual gingerbread house competition takes place in December, allowing local residents to submit gingerbread house creations for judging. An annual opening day celebration in June also showcases new exhibits with a reception.

33 Ledgelawn Ave, Bar Harbor, ME 04609, Phone: (207) 288-0000

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Attraction Spotlight: Bar Harbor Historical Society

Located in Bar Harbor, Maine on the campus of the College of the Atlantic, the George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History, named for Acadia National Park founder George B. Dorr, displays an extensive collection of natural history items prepared by COA students and researchers and offers interactive exhibits on Maine’s natural resources and ecosystems.


Born on December 29, 1853, Bar Harbor resident George Bucknam Dorr was the son of wealthy Boston transplants and traveled extensively throughout Europe during his young life. Door first visited Maine’s Mount Desert Island at the age of 13 on an 1868 family vacation and vowed to make the island his permanent residence one day. After graduating from Harvard University, Dorr devoted much of his life to the development of Acadia National Park, working with landscape architect Charles Eliot and his father, Harvard president Charles W. Eliot to secure land donations and advocate for the park’s creation at the state and national levels. In 1916, the Sieur de Monts National Monument was established on Mount Desert Island, and in 1919, the monument was converted into Lafayette National Park, honoring American Revolution supporter Marquis de Lafayette. In 1929, the park was renamed Acadia National Park, referencing the original French colony of Acadia. Today, Acadia National Park encompasses 49,000 acres on Mount Desert Island and its surrounding barrier islands and welcomes an annual attendance of over three million visitors. For his four decades of contributions and campaigning related to the park, Dorr is remembered today as the “father of Acadia National Park,” and the remains of his family residence in Bar Harbor are preserved as part of the park’s facilities.

The College of the Atlantic was founded in 1969 as the first United States higher educational institution to focus primarily on the relationship between humanity and the environment, organized by educators and community members looking to utilize Mount Desert Island as a year-round learning location. The college’s first class, consisting of 32 students, was admitted in 1972 and is credited as a major research facility and environmental lobbying force in the American Northeast, playing a major role in enacting Maine’s returnable beverage container bill in 1974. Today, the college has a student body of 350 and runs on a self-designed major model framed around studies of human ecology and environmentalism.

Permanent Exhibits and Collections

The George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History is operated as part of the College of the Atlantic campus, located within the renovated original headquarters building of Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor. The museum is open on Tuesdays through Saturdays, with a suggested donation requested as an entrance fee. It is accessible via the #2 Island Explorer Bus during the summer months, and visitor parking is provided on the COA campus.

All of the museum’s natural history specimens have been prepared and preserved by COA students as part of academic studies and are accessible by students, researchers, and artists by appointment. Notable specimen holdings include mammal and bird taxidermy mounts and study skins, preserved holdings of reptile, amphibian, fish, and marine species, and collections of bones, skeletons, and eggs belonging to a variety of species. More than 15,000 plant specimens are also held by the museum in conjunction with the Acadia National Park Herbarium. Specimens from the museum’s collections may be borrowed upon request by contacting the museum’s collections manager via phone or email. Information about the museum’s collections is also accessible online via the college’s ARCTOS database.

All museum exhibits are created by COA students and designed to be highly interactive, encouraging visitors to touch, smell, and explore all specimens up close. Notable specimens on display at the museum include a pilot whale skeleton, a preserved snowy owl, and a skunk study skin, available for hands-on examination at an Experiential Learning station. A Touch Tank exhibit offers up-close touch experiences for young visitors with live sea creatures from nearby Frenchman Bay, and dioramas constructed by COA students elaborate on Maine’s native plant and animal species. A number of rotating temporary exhibits also feature specimens from the museum’s collections, along with nature-themed artwork and photography created by COA students. A gift shop also features a selection of nature-themed jewelry, books, and souvenirs.

Ongoing Programs and Education

A variety of educational programming is offered by the Museum for elementary and secondary students, including custom-designed museum tours meant to incorporate individual classrooms’ curriculum needs. Tours may include experiences at the museum’s tide pool, examination of study skins, or scavenger hunt activities. In-classroom programs are also offered, including the Whales on Wheels program, which encourages students to assemble a 17-foot minke whale skeleton. Nature exploration programs are also offered on the COA campus, with museum educators leading student groups in observational activities.

105 Eden St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609, Phone: 207-288-2917

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