Back-friendly Travel: Bar Habor, Maine
Traveling with a sore back is challenging. Between the heavy luggage and the strange beds, a person can develop more pain than the trip is worth. Since living with low back problems for many years, I have discovered the hardships of travel. Not wanting to give up the benefits of visiting beautiful places, I look for back-friendly environments and activities that help me avoid debilitating pain that can spoil a trip. Traveling allows me to do the things I enjoy. And, I am always in less pain when I am doing something I enjoy. I want to share with you the benefits of travel and help you avoid the sore-back pitfalls. You too can experience the pain melting away when you are doing something fun or taking in a breath-taking vista. But first, a successful trip requires a back-friendly destination and back-friendly fun. Without planning for your body's needs, the trip can become a bummer when you end-up spending most of the time in bed looking out the window. No fun! With a few travel hints, some prime locations can become accessible to even the crankiest backs. Now, let's explore Bar Harbor, Maine with less pain.
Bar Harbor, Maine is a popular destination for good reason. I also found a great back-friendly hotel, The Bar Harbor Hotel-Bluenose Inn (www.barharborhotel.com ). Before choosing a hotel, I always check the hotel locator on the Tempur-Pedic mattress website (www.tempurpedic.com). Because this is the mattress I use and love, I know my back has a better chance to survive a night away from home. Nothing is worse than a bad motel mattress that is usually too hard for my taste. The beds at the Bar Harbor Hotel were better than I expected. Not only did I have a Tempur-Pedic mattress, I also had plenty of pillows for support and a comfy feather mattress topper. But, the biggest surprise in my room was the Human Touch Massaging Chair (HT-136, www.humantouch.com ). The chair was adjustable to my body size and had easy to use automatic-massage programs for the upper, lower, or full back. Wow! Believe me, after a day of flying across the country, my back really benefited from this massaging chair. Because of this back-friendly environment created at my hotel, I was ready for some activities during the day. Plus, knowing that I had a full arsenal of pain relieving devices at the hotel, besides the standard (but lovely) indoor pool and spa, I was more confident to get out and play.
With Acadia National Park nearby, many back-friendly activities await you. Thanks to the lovely carriage roads built by Mr. Rockefeller, this national park is the most accessible "wilderness" experience that anyone with a disability can enjoy. Throughout the Acadia N.P. and beyond, the 50 plus miles of carriage roads are only to be used by bicycles, feet, and hoofs. The level, wide paths are perfect for easy walks with a sore back (even easier with your walking stick). If walking does not suit your capabilities, then a horse-drawn carriage (Carriages in the Park, 207-276-3622) is the best way to explore Eagle Lake, Jordan Pond, and even the remaining Rockefeller property adjacent to the national park. Just sit back and enjoy the ride as you are soothed by the sound of clippidy-clop and the breeze through the maple leaves. People with all levels of ability can spend many happy days in Acadia National Park.
In fact, Bar Harbor, Maine is a must visit location for the sore-back traveler. With the right back-friendly combination of environment and activities, a cranky back can come away feeling better. Don't be scared to travel. Back-friendly travel is possible with good planning and some guidance. Prove it to yourself, visit Bar Harbor, Maine.
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*pictures by Dr. Lasich