Yep. That’s right.

The Bar Harbor Story is an alternative news and features site that focuses on the people, places and events of Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park, and Mount Desert Island. Sometimes we even venture to the rest of Hancock County, Maine.

Bar Harbor Story is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber.

It’s just me here, Carrie Jones, and I’m doing this to make sure local people have free access to information, and I am far from perfect and far from everywhere, but if you have a story idea or event you’d like me to cover, let me know!

But if you’re worried about credentials, I’ve reported for the Bar Harbor Times and Ellsworth American and edited the Ellsworth Weekly, winning numerous Maine Press Awards for reporting (features, spot news, arts, sports, columns) and photography.

So, come hang out! And let me know if there’s something you’d like me to cover!


The stories according to date (newest to oldest) are on the archive page. Usually, the most recent stories will be pinned to the top.

Why subscribe?

Subscribe to get full access to the newsletter and website. Never miss an update.

Stay up-to-date

You won’t have to worry about missing anything. Every new edition of The Bar Harbor Story goes directly to your inbox.

Join the crew

As a subscriber to the Bar Harbor Story, you’re a part of a community of people who share your interests. Outdoors lovers. Positive people. Hikers. Kayakers. Nature lovers. People who love Bar Harbor, Maine. People who want to know more about what’s going on in Bar Harbor and have the resources to learn even more off this site.

My big goal is to make sure that people who can’t afford to pay for local news still have access to local news. If you want to support that (and you can), please become a paid subscriber. This takes a lot of my time where I really should be doing something that pays so that I can support my family. :) But no pressure!

And if you have an opinion piece or letter you’d like to submit? A story you’d like to pitch? Please let me know.


To find out more about the company that provides the tech for this newsletter, visit

Subscribe to Bar Harbor Story

News and features from Bar Harbor, Maine, and Mount Desert Island.


Carrie Jones

Carrie Jones is an internationally & NYT best selling writer, podcaster, writing coach, artist, and former award-winning newspaper editor and photographer. My linktree: