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The sun rises first in Bar Harbor

By Wayne Lazarus on January 15th, 2012

Categories: Linda's Travel Articles

The little settlement that became Bar Harbor was originally called “Eden.” The name may have been a little misleading. The stark, dramatic scenery of the rocks, crags and cliffs formed by glaciers here on Mt. Desert Island is beautiful, but certainly not a garden paradise.

The little town is surrounded by Acadia National Park, which covers 50 square miles. The park was created in the early part of the last century by wealthy people who came to this area to relax. John D. Rockefeller created a network of carriage roads in the park because he loved his horses and hated to see the automobile overtake all the roads. Cars are still not allowed on the trails, but they are quite popular with bicyclists and tourists who take the carriage rides.

One option on the carriage ride is a stop at the Jordan Pond House for popovers and tea, a tradition that dates back to the 19th century, before the creation of the park. The restaurant has a full menu as well, including Maine Crab Cakes. Reservations are required. If you choose not to take the carriage ride, the sightseeing bus goes there and cars can get there via the loop road. The view looks out over the lawn and down to the lake, where the wild blueberries produce fruit in the summer, delighting the tourists.

The blueberries abound in season, and you’ll find blueberry pies on many menus in town. Instead of a lemonade stand, you may find children selling their mother’s pies on the side of the road. Don’t worry – there’s plenty of Maine’s other most popular product – lobster available as well. (It is possible to eat lobster for all three meals in a day.)

There is plenty to do and see in the area. The village has good restaurants and quirky, interesting shopping. Take a whale watching tour or a lighthouse tour. You’ll probably see puffins and seals. Or take a ride on a lobster boat. Paddle yourself out into the bay in a kayak provided by one of the outfitters, who will point out the eagle’s nests you can see in the area.

Be sure you find you way over to Cadillac Mountain for sunrise at least one day of your visit. Those on the mountaintop see the sun come up before anyone else in the U.S. Check Bar Harbor Hotel Discounts for some great choices on where to stay.

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Jan

3

Albuquerque, NM

By Bob Levin on January 3rd, 2012

Categories: Popular Cities

Founded in 1706, Albuquerque , is a city rich in tradition, culture and history with an amazing collection of things to do.

The city is known for its breathtaking scenery and gorgeous nature. The world’s largest aerial tram ride is in Albuquerque at the Sandia Peak Tramway, an excellent place to begin your trip to take in the landscape. Sandia Peak allows people to travel 2.7 miles to the 10,000-foot peak of the Sandia Mountains. On a day with good weather, this is a dazzling close-up view of all the astounding mountains and nature.

There is a restaurant and bar at the top of the mountain and you also have the option to mountain bike or hike if you want a first-hand experience.

Sticking with the outdoor theme, the Albuquerque Biological Park offers more magnificent nature fixtures, including the aquarium, Rio Grande Botanic Garden and Rio Grande Zoo. This peaceful experience is something the whole family can enjoy with a good variety of animals and plants.

After checking out those exhibits, the Petroglyph National Monument is worth the time, where you can see the nearly 15,000 prehistoric rock art images. You can look at the beautiful scenery while hiking along this 17-mile canyon.

The summer months offer fun activities, such as Cliff’s Amusement Park. The Park contains more than 23 rides, games of skill, arcades, as well as great food and souvenirs. It’s a great destination to bring the kids with the numerous attractions.

The rich cultural diversity of New Mexico has made Albuquerque a great destination for fabulous food. Depending on your preferences, there is food for everyone. Taste some of the finest New Mexico beef at the High Noon Restaurant and Saloon in Old Town, where you can experience fine dining in a casual setting.

The Artichoke Café, which is known for its gourmet meals, is a French bistro on Route 66, a historical location where you can view all the amazing scenery that Albuquerque has to offer.

For a local flavor, Los Cuates in Midtown specializes on native cuisine and offers the most authentic New Mexico food in the area. Be sure to check out the numerous family-owned restaurants for further tastes of the local cuisine.

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