Yes, I’m still posting images from my trip to Maine two weeks ago. I’m posting them because I want to, because Maine is beautiful, and because I miss it there.
Today’s images are from lunch at Jordan Pond House in Acadia National Park, something I’d never before experienced. I’ve hiked past the place with my husband, and we usually hike the 3-mile loop trail around the pond you can see in the photo below, but we’ve never been inside the restaurant.
My blogging friend, Lili, along with her husband, Henri, were taking me to lunch.
I posted the photo above on my Picture A Day blog as well. I hadn’t updated over there since the end of 2010. Ah, well.
See those two mountains in the distance? They are the North and South Bubbles. I’d like to hike that trail on my next journey to the national park.
I was lucky to get the shots without any people in them. The restaurant was getting quite packed, and there were hikers everywhere. But it’s all about timing, you know.
I was definitely going to have the popovers. Jordan Pond House is famous for their delicious popovers with sweet creamery butter and homemade strawberry jam on the side.
Delicious clam chowdah.
Henri’s he-man lunch.
Lili and I each had the walnut, apple, and dried cranberry salad with a delicious vinaigrette.
Then, for dessert, we shared a slice of chocolate cake and homemade vanilla ice cream.
The Jordan Pond House has been in existence as a restaurant since the 1870’s. John D. Rockefeller bought the place around 1946, bequeathing it to the national park to ensure its continuation. The Acadia Corporation, a small group of locals, have been operating the restaurant since then and are committed to preserving its traditions.
Sometimes when I’m in Maine, I feel like I’ve stepped back in time.
Lili tells me that this is hers and Henri’s favorite restaurant in the entire area. They’ve had dinner here too, and have never been disappointed. I highly recommend this place but will warn you – it can get packed in the summertime. We arrived at 11:15 or so and waited in line until they opened their doors at 11:30. When we left about an hour later, there wasn’t a spot left in the parking lot and there was a bit of a line to get an outside table.
One of the best things . . . you can bring your dog.
But the best thing, the very best thing . . . is enjoying an awesome meal with this wonderful view.