Our time in Maine exceeded any of our expectations. Maine was more beautiful than I remember when visiting as a kid on family vacation. We have been back home for not even a week and we find ourselves already missing this gorgeous state.
About Jordan Pond
After a day and a half of travel time (driving) to our cabin, we spent our first full day in Acadia National Park which was about a 50 minute drive away. Our initial stop in Acadia was the famous Jordan Pond which covers 186 acres and is surrounded by the two Bubble Mountains and Penobscot Mountain. Jordan Pond’s water is known to be the clearest in Maine with visibility of up to 60 feet.
We started on the south end of the pond and immediately were in awe of the views. The water was completely clear and still which made the pond act like a mirror with the reflections of the mountains and sky. (just like here at Mirror Lake in Yosemite National Park in California) The path around the pond is 3.2 miles around and runs along the waters edge the entire way which provides impressive sights. The trail turns from dirt, to bridge, to beach, to stone to a wooden plank path all before reaching the entrance area of the famous Jordan Pond House Restaurant!
Dining at Jordan Pond House Restaurant
The Jordan Pond House Restaurant is known for their delicious homemade popovers. A popover is a muffin/roll/type biscuit that is light and hollow in the middle. The ‘thing’ to do when visiting Acadia is to head here and enjoy afternoon popovers + tea at Jordan Pond House. (and lunch if you are feeling hungry) With a large outdoor seating area and views over Jordan Pond you could stay here for hours. The Hubs and I (and the dogs) found ourselves here one two occasions. The first visit was for lunch after our hike around the pond which included the popover and beverage special. This special included 2 warm popovers with homemade butter and preserves and a blueberry lemonade (if thats your thing). The restaurant also has a Prosecco and popovers option to help you feel even more relaxed after a day of hiking.
We were still hungry after our ‘appetizers’, so we ordered some sandwiches. I went with a chicken Caprese sandwich with garden salad (Jordan Pond house has an amazing house lemon mint Vinaigrette) and Wade a Buffalo Meatloaf Sandwich with coleslaw, Vermont cheddar, BBQ sauce all on ciabatta bread with a side of the whole grain salad (which included long grain rice, quinoa, cranberries, carrots and a ton of other healthy goodies). My lunch was good, but Wade’s sandwich and grain salad was extremely impressive- I was jealous and gracious he gave a few bites.
Our second visit to Jordan Pond House was during our last visit to Acadia National Park. We just went with the simple popovers and coffee option but sat forever just taking in the views of the pond and mountains one last time. Check out some beautiful images of a walk around Jordan Pond and Popovers + Lunch at Jordan Pond Restaurant below.
Want more of the outdoors?
Wanting more outdoor-sy stuff? Check out Apple Picking at Catoctin Mountain Orchard (here), 48 Hours in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains (here), Camping at Rocky Gap State Park (here) and a Picnic at Cunningham Falls (here).