For those who can’t wait for winter and the exhilarating sports of the season,  Bar Harbor, Maine beckons.  In the deep of winter, crags and cliffs lure the hardiest adventure-seekers.  Granite mountain faces and seaside cliffs have a different kind of beauty in the deep of winter and are even more challenging to conquer when covered in ice.

The village nestled on the east side of Mount Desert Island, surrounded by Acadia National Park is home to many adventure outfitters including Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School.   This is the the only accredited climbing school in the entire state, staffed by guides with decades of experience.  Explorers are assured an engaging and safe experience. They offer group or one on one personalized instruction in rock or ice-climbing, customized for every skill level.  

Bar Harbor offers a full range of amenities for the less adventurous too.  Numerous dining establishments, boutiques, spas, art galleries and museums provide diversions from the outdoor adventures.  Choose your home base from a selection of accommodations.  Basic cabins, lodges and motels to fabulous oceanside inns all make a cozy winter retreat.

For more information visit or call 1-800-345-4617

Source: ATMS/Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce

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Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".