We went to Jeanie’s for breakfast with a plan to walk The Shore Path. We were stunned to see parking meters everywhere. And not cheap ones either – $2/hour.
Little by little we see Bar Harbor – always more touristy than the other harbors on the island – becoming a ”t–shrits for tourist” place…and losing its charm. The 100 year-old family-owned pharmacy – the one that had the in-store counter and egg creams – is gone; owner retired. The locally-owned Morning Glory Bakery is gone. Poor Boys Gourmet – one of our go-to restaurants when we were first coming her – got a new owner a few years ago. It wasn’t as good and we stopped going. It went bankrupt and it’s vacant.
We did finally get to walk The Shore Path. For the first time I wasn’t thinking about buying a place here. Instead, I could visualize coming here for just a few days, almost like passing by, and staying at a hotel. It was sort of weird.
But time moves on and life changes…even in the once-quaint Bar Harbor.