Should you visit Bar Harbor or Woodstock?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Bar Harbor and Woodstock can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.
Bar Harbor is a seafront town located on Mount Desert Island just off the coast of Maine. The Wabanaki Indians who seasonally fished, hunted and gathered berries, clams, and other shellfish in the area, called it the ‘clam-gathering' or ‘clambake' place. Eventually the area was settled by Europeans who established industries in fishing, lumbering, shipbuilding, and agriculture. Its maritime scenery even attracted artists of the Hudson River School like Thomas Cole, and the area soon became a seasonal resort for the affluent, comparable to that of Newport, Rhode Island.
While this town does lend its name to the 1969 Woodstock Festival, the legendary event was actually held on a dairy farm almost 60 miles away in Bethel, NY. So if you are looking to see the field where it all happened and a museum dedicated to its history, you will need to take a day trip outside of town.
Woodstock, New York, however, does stay true to the spirit of the arts. Since 1903, the place lay home to Byrdcliffe Art Colony, the oldest of its kind in the nation, and even attracted artists of the Hudson River School during the late 1800s. Today, artists from all disciplines—visual, ceramic, music, fiction, nonfiction, screenwriting, playwriting, and poetry—take up residence at the colony and have works displayed in galleries open in the main part of town.
Tinker Street and Mill Hill Road are lined with a mix of restaurants and shops all teeming with the essence of hippie living, arts, and spirituality. From shops selling Woodstock paraphernalia, incense, and Himalayan products, to yoga studios, vegan restaurants, and local art galleries—the town of Woodstock is one dedicated to keeping the spirit of the Woodstock Festival and the arts alive.
Which city is cheaper, Woodstock or Bar Harbor?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Bar Harbor is $161, while the average daily cost in Woodstock is $123. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Bar Harbor and Woodstock in more detail.
The average price for accommodation for two people in Bar Harbor is $188. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.
If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $65. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Woodstock the cost is $130 on average.
Food in Bar Harbor costs travelers about $45 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.
In Woodstock travelers spend around $27 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.
Meals for one day
Bar Harbor $45
Typical Food prices in Bar Harbor
Some typical examples of dining costs in Bar Harbor are as follows:
West Street Cafe (for 4)
The cost of a taxi ride in Bar Harbor is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $28 per person, per day, on local transportation in Bar Harbor.
The cost of a taxi ride in Woodstock is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $48 per person, per day, on local transportation in Woodstock.
Is it cheaper to fly into Bar Harbor or Woodstock?
Prices for flights to both Woodstock and Bar Harbor change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.
Entertainment and activities in Bar Harbor typically cost an average of $31 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.
Entertainment and activities in Woodstock typically cost an average of $28 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.
Typical Entertainment prices in Bar Harbor
Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Bar Harbor are as follows:
Tours and Activities in Bar Harbor
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Bar Harbor are as follows:
Acadia National Park Self-Driving Audio Tour:
Historical Guided Walking Tour:
Premium Narrated Bus Tour of Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park (3.5 Hours):
2-Hour Tall Ship Cruise from Bar Harbor:
Bar Harbor, Maine: Culinary Walking Tour with Tastings:
Savor Bar Harbor Culinary Walking Tour:
3 Hour: ACADIA NATIONAL PARK TOUR Cadillac Mountain, Sand Beach & Thunder Hole:
Tours and Activities in Woodstock
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Woodstock are as follows:
Kancamagus Scenic Highway Self-Driving Audio Tour:
Day Tour through Stowe, Vermont:
A Unique Lifecasting Experience in Woodstock:
The average person spends about $24 on alcoholic beverages in Bar Harbor per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
The average person spends about $18 on alcoholic beverages in Woodstock per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
Sample the Local Flavors in Woodstock
Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Woodstock:
Brewery & Spirits Tour:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Bar Harbor and Woodstock, we can see that Bar Harbor is more expensive. And not only is Woodstock much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Woodstock would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Woodstock and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Bar Harbor would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Bar Harbor than you might in Woodstock.
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