BDN pic by Brian Feulner
The Mount Desert Island town made the Final Four of the contest, which started in early May with 64 towns and cities divided evenly among four regional zones (like March Madness, only for municipalities).
Bar Harbor emerged as the top town in the East, beating out 15 other towns and cities including New York City, Pittsburgh, Providence, and Lake Placid, N.Y. The three other contestants that made it to the semi-final round include Chattanooga TN; Port Angeles, WA; and Eau Claire, WI.
Out of more than 38,000 votes cast on the Outside website, Port Angeles beat Bar Harbor last week by 16 percentage points. The Washington city, which is located northwest of Seattle next to Olympic National Park, received 22,492 votes online while Bar Harbor received 16,143.
For the title of “Best Town Ever,” Port Angeles is facing off against Chattanooga, which was the top vote-getter in the South division and then bested Midwest winner Eau Claire. The champion will be declared after voting is brought to a halt at the end of Thursday, June 4.