Dining in the Wilderness: The Restaurants in America’s National Parks

August 28, 2015

What does it take to feed 292 million visitors a year?

If the Jordan Pond House restaurant in Seal Harbor, Maine, stopped serving its signature afternoon tea and popovers, that wouldn’t just irritate the diners who have obsessed over the custom since the 1890s. It would violate the restaurant’s actual contract with the federal government.

The Jordan Pond House is located in Acadia National Park, one of 408 national parks, seashores, and monuments under the care of the National Park Service. Thanks to that breadth of coverage, the park service employs a cadre of concessioners to run food and beverage…