For the best Sunday brunch in Bar Harbor, Jeannie’s, 2 Cats, and Café This Way all have fans. Whether it’s for blueberry pancakes, a trout omelet, or Eggs Benedict, these three all get their share of rave reviews.
But on this early autumn Sunday morning, it was less about the food and more about the ambience as I decided where to have Sunday brunch in Bar Harbor.
That didn’t necessarily mean that my food rating would be inferior. In fact, I started with a thermos of freshly brewed Sumatran – stronger than what most restaurants serve. Then I headed to Bar Harbor’s Eden Farmers’ Market for the selecton of a pastry.
As I walked into the market in the YMCA parking lot next to the Ball Field, a young lady made an unequivocal recommendation for homemade donuts, but I pressed on.
There were purveyors of everything from rainbow chard to squash and carrots.
When I found the baked goods, the seller at first distracted me with a story. “I’m on my third marriage,” he confessed. “I’ve finally learned how to make a relationship work. I don’t call her my wife. She’s my life manager.”
Then he recommended the blueberry scones.
I proceeded down Route 3 and took the fork left on Schooner Head Road. At the very end I parked and grabbed by pack full of breakfast.
At the top of this little peninsula, 56 feet above sea level, I celebrated the beauty of the views overlooking Sand Beach and toward Bar Harbor.
To descend, you can walk down toward Sand Beach to complete the 1.4 mile loop for this little hike. Or you can process the way you entered. Regardless, the congregation of hikers all chatted about the beauty of the morning and the good fortune we had to be on Great Head overlooking Sand Beach on this morning in September.