- Reviews: 47
Maine Island Properties: Best Way for a Group to Stay
After looking at all types of places to stay on the Chamber of Commerce website I found a house to rent that linked me to a vacation rental website that carried the offerings of Maine Island Properties, where I found the ideal house for our family reunion group of 6 adults. The home we ended up renting for a week was ideal for our group and better in every way than a hotel or motel would have been. For a cost per person less than two nights in a good hotel, we had a full week in a lovely house with three bedrooms, a loft sleeping area, two bathrooms, kitchen & dining area, living room, and laundry on a quiet back street with close access to the park loop road and a few minute drive from downtown Bar harbor.
We were delighted with the comforts and amenities provided, including tons of towels, extra quilts and pillows, free wi-fi, cable TV and DVD /VHS players in the living room and several bedrooms. A bookshelf was stocked with games and there were lots of DVDs and VHS tapes to choose from.
In a rental home you forgo maid service and end the week by leaving dishes clean and put away, floor swept, and beds stripped plus getting a start on washing the linens. For all the conveniences of a vacation home, we were glad to do a little of our own housekeeping.
Consider home rental if you are planning to be there for at least a week, Saturday to Saturday. The home normally rent by the week with check in after three pm and check out firmly before 9:30 a
A home give you the flexibility of having the option to eat 'at home', fix a late night snack, or eat an early breakfast while others sleep. A home has comfortable places to gather and talk, play games, watch TV or DVDs, read, cook, eat, BBQ (most have a BBQ grill). Individuals can also nap, go to bed early or sleep in in the peace of a bedroom while others do any or all of the previous activities. My brother and I easily got up early and went out to catch the early morning light for photos without disturbing anyone and returned to find family enjoying the morning air in wicker rockers on the porch while others still slept or were showering. Some of us fixed ourselves breakfast while waiting for others to get their day going. It's also great to be able to do laundry if needed. Additionally there may be a yard, with lounge chairs-our home had some lawn games available also.
Splitting the cost made this very affordable. On the days we were all there we were paying less than $30 each (the last week of June) Prices are highest during the peak season, starting July first. Particular houses may not be open off season.
Jennifer Mitchell at Maine Island Properties is lovely to work with, very pleasant and responds quickly to inquiries and questions. She takes care of arrangements promptly with good attention to detail. We came in to a vase of fresh flowers from the yard on the kitchen table and a personal note from Jennifer welcoming us with a packet of local information and a couple of magazines.
- Reviews: 4212
Seacroft Inn: Bed & Breakfast in town
I found the recommendation for Seacroft Inn in my Fodor's guidebook, it listed that there was a 2 bedroom, shared bathroom space (room 5B) and luckily the room was still available when I booked the day before we left. A lot of B&B's are geared towards married couples and only have king or queen beds but this is a perfect set up for a small family or friends traveling together as it was cheaper than booking two separate rooms. You can also combine rooms 5A and 5B to sleep 6.
We spent the same amount here, $129+tax, as we did at the Gazebo Inn in Ogunguit, the Gazebo was far superior with all of it's little touches, homey decor and awesome breakfast but our stay here was comfortable and I really liked that we had separate rooms for the price we paid.
The best part about this B&B is it's location on a small quiet side street, 5 minute walk and you are in town where everything is walkable and 5 minutes in the other direction and you are at the ocean. Parking is free and you won't need to use your car until it's time to leave.
I took the larger of the two rooms, both had queen sized beds and TVs, mine had a couple of rocking chairs and a lounging chair. Both rooms had window unit air conditioners but we did not need them at this time of year.
We did not have an ocean view, there are some accomodations like the Bar Harbor Inn right along the waterfront that do if that's important to you. But I did have a window that faced east, I woke up to see a glorious sunrise over the ocean, grabbed my camera and ran down to the beach to capture it.
Breakfast is a basket with muffins, apples, granola bars and orange juice, if you prefer not to get it they will take $5 off your room charge. Coffee is available in the common area and we had a refrigerator and microwave at our disposal. We had a small table inside our suite to eat breakfast at.
- Reviews: 2821
Narrows Too Campground, Ellsworth, ME: ..... Right on the ocean
(This campground is not right in Bar Harbor but is just north of the bridge to Desert Island in a small village called Ellsworth. I put the tip in Bar Harbor because that is where you visit if you camp in Ellsworth.)
Right on the ocean ( actually 12 feet above the ocean at high tide).
We set the tent up facing southeast and got the sunrise over the inlet each morning.
Kids had plenty of space to go play in the small woods nearby, or down the slope to the "beach" at low tide or in the campgrounds playground.
We adults could sit by the fire at night and listen to the waves under the stars.
During the day, the tide went out, way out, and the clammers got down in the muck of the inlet and walked around a hundred feet from shore in their knee-waders.
At night, the temperature dropped to below 50 degrees in June
Oceanside, well kept up, great for the kids
- Reviews: 7
The Snell house: Best Kept Secret in Bar Harbor
The Snell House is one block off of Main Street in a quiet neighborhood setting. The house originally belonged to Dr. Snell (hence, the name). Anyways, it has been made into 5 apartments. Each with thier own kitchen, bath and all the amenities of home without work, laundry, cleaning, and every day stress! Paul and Mary, live in a house behind The Snell House, they maintain the house and have done such a wonderful job of restoring the house and maintaining the beautiful landscaping around. They are very helpful and will answer any questions you have. It is very clean, quiet, private, and relaxing! There is off street parking, which is hard to come by around there. There is also a private path down to a beach. The one point that I couldn't get over is how safe you felt there. I have never been on any vacation and just felt safe! I'm not a paranoid person, by any means! But it was very comforting.
We checked out a lot of bed and breakfast facilities up there (and trust me, there is a lot to chose from). But, I just didn't feel like getting up and facing strangers before I got my first cup of coffee. I don't know how my husband does it.........I'm just not a pretty person in the morning! Anyways, this way we could fix a meal at the room, go out for breakfast or do whatever. If you felt like a midnight munchie, the frig was right there too. They had each room wonderfully decorated. In fact we stayed in two rooms, we had only reserved our room for 4 days and they had someone had reservations for that room when we were leaving. So they had another room upstairs that was available. The Snell House offers a handicap accessible apartment, 2 bedroom apartments, apartment with private decks, whirlpool tubs. Our Favorite room to stay in was Rhoda's Room. It is also the handicap accessible room. It is on the ground floor, has a private patio, whirlpool tub, huge shower area, good size kitchen with a breakfast nook. One whole wall of any kind of books you can imagine to read! All I can say is AWESOME!
- Reviews: 3
Folkestone Cottage: Bar Harbor Vacation Home
I own this property, but here are some comments from our guest book:
"Out of the many times we've visited this island staying in many different homes, we enjoyed your home the most." The Spiller/Walla Party, Bucks County, PA
"We really enjoyed the back yard and deck. Easy access to both Bar Harbor and Acadia." The Tyo Family, Jensen Beach, FL
"Very comfortable and a convenient location. Thank you for all the extras that make renting a lot easier." The Zocco Family, Richmond, VA
This lovely light-filled Cape surrounded by a large lawn is situated away from the road on a pretty 2-acre wooded lot. With its bright and cheerful interiors and its quiet, but spacious setting, it?s sure to please any family or group of up to six. Centrally located on Mount Desert Island near the little village of Town Hill, Folkestone Cottage is just a short drive from all of the Island?s most popular spots including Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor, Somes Sound, and Long Pond. A fantastic central location for seeing all that Mount Desert Island has to offer!
FIRST FLOOR: Kitchen with island seating for two and Dining Area with table that seats six comfortably. Glass doors off the dining area lead to a back deck with gas grill, which looks out to a large back lawn area. Living Room opens to the kitchen. Half Bath with laundry in hall. Master Bedroom with queen bed and large private Full Bath with jacuzzi tub and separate shower.
SECOND FLOOR: Large Bedroom with queen bed. Bedroom with twin beds. Shared Full Bath with tub and shower. Airbed and porta-crib also available for baby or 7th person.
PORCH/DECK: Back deck with furnishings and grill and large lawn area with picnic table enhance outdoor enjoyment. Great for an afternoon or evening of relaxing after your day in the Park!
APPLIANCES: Standard kitchen appliances including dishwasher and microwave. Cable TV, DVD/CD player. Washer/Dryer. Gas Grill. Movies, games, and puzzles. Baby furnishings upon request.
2007 WEEKLY RATES:
Early June: $925
- Reviews: 32
The Camp: Best Place to stay, hands down!
You wake up in the morning, wander down the stairs, and look out onto a beautiful bay. The tide could be in, it could be out. It doesn't matter, it's all good. There is no better place to stay then "Upta Camp" .
The views are extraordinary, the sunsets beautiful.
- Reviews: 224
Claremont Hotel: Hotel in Southwest Harbor
Had a great time. The hotel overlooks the mouth of the Somes Sound.
Nice view of the bay from the hotel. The room was very clean.
The room doesn't have a TV or even a radio, but there is a telephone to request a wake-up call for the morning. We found a TV room the next day when we went for breakfast.
Excellent selection for breakfast, which was included in the price of our room. A refill on the strawberry pancakes wasn't a problem either.
There is an elevator, if you need it.
- Reviews: 610
Blackwoods Campground...: Blackwoods Campground...
Managed by the National Park Service, this campground has 306 sites and is part of Acadia National Park. $20 per night for a tent site.
My tent site was less than a five minute walk to the Atlantic Ocean and set in a heavily wooded area of Pine and Birch trees... Beware, there are several large Raccoons that frequent the area (probably because people are feeding them).
- Reviews: 483
Mount Desert Campground: Clean and quiet family camping
Mount Desert Campground is on the water on Sommes Sound. They have a boat ramp, dock and kayak and canoe rentals. The campground is convenient to Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor, and a bus stops at the front office.
The bathrooms and showers are very clean. Hot showers cost 50 cents for 5 minutes. There are many camp sites on the water, but there is generally a waiting list for them and a minimum one week stay is required. For stays less than one week, you can have a wooded site. I'm rating this campground more expensive than average, because at $35 per night, that's the most I've ever spent to camp.
- Reviews: 54
Harp-Hawkins chalet: Harp-Hawkins chalet
$2800 for a summer weekly rental
This is a 3 bedroom 3 bathroom home situated on a hill overlooking Frenchman's Bay. It is very private and comfortable for a family vacation
- Reviews: 714
I stayed at Penury Hall B&B,...
I stayed at Penury Hall B&B, in Southwest Harbor. This is a small B&B in a private home, hosted by a couple who have lived on the island for many years. A very nice breakfast is served, plenty to keep you going through a heavy morning of hiking.
I paid $225 for three nights, a rate that is available through the end of June. High season is July-August.
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