2011 Update: this motel is still getting excellent reviews and prices are still extremely reasonable by Bar Harbor standards. They've added nice multi-night package deals with some dinners/breakfasts at good local restaurants so check it out.
We loved this place. It's not fancy but the grounds are well-maintained and quiet and the rooms large, very comfortable and squeaky clean. It's not quite a mile out of Bar Harbor and the quad units are scattered around 14 carefully landscaped acres. The rooms have either one or two double, queen or king beds (I booked a double queen for maximum space) and they have a few family units with two bedrooms.
Rooms have air conditioning, wifi, color TV, phones, refrigerators, hair dryers and irons/boards, and a small covered porch with chairs (family units open onto a large communal patio). There are no coffeemakers, no cooking/smoking is allowed in the rooms and no breakfast with the tariff but the coffeepot is on in the lobby all day. There are also coin laundry facilities, bike storage lockers, a playground and a heated outdoor pool.
The large, detatched lobby is full of informational materials to help you plan your visit as well as a binder of area restaurant menus. The motel is also on the Island Explorer Shuttle route (in season). We'll definitely be back! Rates change per season so please reference their website.
Very clean and managed by very nice people. Grounds are well maintained and most units are far enough off the highway to be quiet at night. Everything in the room worked, beds were comfortable and the shower had good water pressure. We found it a great place for grownups but it would also be perfect for families as the pool, playground and large amount of open spaces are a plus for active youngsters. It's also not far from the Hull's Cove entrance to Acadia N.P.. At Bar Harbor prices, it's a real find.
There are two campgrounds in Acadia National Park: Blackwoods Campground and Seawall Campground. However, these campgrounds often fill up during the busy summer season.
Karen and I camped for four nights at the nearby Lamoine State Park. From our campsite we had a gorgeous view across the bay to Desert Island and Acadia National Park.
Lamoine State Park sits on 55 oceanfront acres and is a great choice for those who want to escape the crowds on Mount Desert Island. Amenities include camping and picnic areas, hot showers, a dock, boat access, and a pebble beach. Fishing is allowed.
This is a private campground on Mount Desert Island where Acadia National Park is mostly located. Even though not within the park boundary itself, it is very centrally located between the north and south halves of the Park.
We had one of about 8 waterfront campsites, the other forty-something campsites were wooded or in the open. Luckily, the two waterfront sites closest to ours were empty and the campground as a whole was probably less than a quarter full. We loved it. However, at maximum capacity, if it ever reaches that, the sites would be way to cramped and the showers and toilets, two of each per sex, would be in short supply. Did I mention that the showers were coin operated? A dollar provided plenty of hot water for me.
I didn't get a chance to check out the national park campgrounds (there are two of them) to see how nice they were, but they both had signs out front saying "FULL". Yuk.
One of the campground's bragging points is that it is within 20 minutes of anywhere in Acadia National Park and for the most part I think it is correct.
The waterfront (Somes Sound) campsites were nicest; however, they could be pretty cramped if all 8 were occupied. The waterfront sites were something like $45/night and the other sites were around $20 - $30 per night.
It's a beautiful hotel, with spacious, clean rooms. The rates were fairly reasonable compared to others in the area. It has it's own Lobster Pound on the grounds. Best of all, it's only minutes from the park. However, they had a short in the fire alarm the night we were there that set things off at 2:00 in the morning and went on for an hour. Everyone evacuated. What is most upsetting is there was no apology from management the next morning. Just a "Sorry you were woken up last night" would have been nice. Ruined an otherwise pleasant stay.
This was quite an enjoyable stay at the Acacia House in Bar Harbor outside of the Park. A young family owns this three story home. They make the stay very enjoyable and are rarely even seen unless we needed something. The want their guests to feel like they are at home and not at a B&B.
Continental Breakfast is provided on the porch every morning.
The close location to downtown Bar Harbor (by foot) and Acadia NP.
The engine was exhausted as we pulled up to the campsite window. Black Woods was a oasis of quiet sleep after a grueling drive straight from Cape Cod on Hwy. 1, scenic but long. Administered by the National Park system Black Woods lives up to its name, the darkness that hugs our sight was inpenetrable. Much needed sleep was sought after hallucinations were impairing my driving. I painted a silouette of a huge deer staring me down on the yellow double center line, I footed the brake pedal. The night sounded of chirps and buzzes of various insects, with constant drips tapping the tent from the foggy buildup on leaves overhead. Any form of light was attacked with a sfumato effect from the thick nightly fogs, so closeness to bathroom facilities were of no dilemma. The campsite has great coodinates for reaching Acadia's main sites, all within a few minute drive.
Showers, if you wish, sit just outside the campsite boundries, waiting for 4 quarters to give you four minutes of hot water.
Very simple accomodations, but clean and it has all that you may need. Even if you want self-catering
It is also ideal as a starting point to get into the park.
I think you can't get closer if you don't want to stay at Bar Harbour.
Heated Pool, Picnic Areas, Cable Tv, Air Conditioning, Heated rooms, Telephones.
We had planned on camping in the park but with temperatures dipping below freezing at night and a $20 camping fee, we opted for this great deal of a motel just on the edge of town in Bar Harbor.
It is a real family run place and very friendly owners make you feel right at home. I had stayed here years ago on my own and had a lackluster room so ask to see more than one room until you find one that is nice. Also, get one away from the main road to ensure a peaceful night's sleep. The rooms are simple but comfortable, heated and have cable TV. At $38 a night, it's tough to beat in Bar Harbor.
Taking out a kayak from here is a pleasure. We left early in the morning when the water was still very calm. We paddled out into the bay and around some small islands. We got pretty close to some cormorants drying themselves off on large rocks jutting out of the water. The lighting was great since it was early morning, but I didn't have my camera with me. :-( We also paddled into a couple of coves and saw some pretty nice homes, or maybe they were vacation homes.
From the beach you can take out a kayak for a paddle around the cove and if you like, venture further into the bay and surrounding islands. There are also hiking trails and mountain bikes for your use. For guests, use of the kayaks and mountain bikes is free of charge. I honestly felt that the quality of the mountain bikes was poor. They aren't maintained and are left outside under an open air wooden structure. I chose to rent in Bar Harbor instead of using these freebies... It's possible that most guests don't use the bikes, but since they are on offer from a place like this which is not cheap, I feel they should be maintained. The kayaks were in good order however.
This place definately has some good points about it, but there were some things which I thought could be improved upon. It has a great location overlooking the cove and has a private beach. It's peaceful and a wonderful place to relax. The main lodge with it's large stone fireplace is very inviting. The food served here is first rate. Breakfast is included.
The lodge consists of 22 private cabins, rooms, and suites dotted across 22 acres of forest. Rates vary. The setting is very nice. We were 3 people sharing a cabin with one queen bed and a double bunk bed. Unfortunately, I was the last to arrive, so I had to make due with the bottom bunk which was made for a child. An adult cannot sit up in the bottom bunk! Ouch! For the price, I was expecting a bit more, but they do say rustic cabins... For the most part it was good, but the bathroom could definately be updated. I only saw one of the cabins so I can't say what the others look like. There are 2 new cabins, I believe.
The drive to Bar Harbor is an hour and a half each way. This could be a nice place to stay if you have some extra time to spend in Maine or if you're only planning one day to check out Acadia and want to relax at a place like this for a couple of days. For me, driving back and forth to Acadia 3 days in a row became tiresome... If I were going to come back here and spend most of my time in Acadia, I'd choose someplace closer to the park. Also if you're looking for a younger crowd, you won't find it here.
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