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Warm and inviting!
My partner and I visited Acadia National Park in October 2005 for fall color but instead found torrential rains. However, our stay at the Kingsleigh Inn made up for any bad weather. We found the inn cozy and comfortable. It is on the quieter side of the island and is close to many of the park's beautiful areas. It's also within walking distance of a great wine and cheese shop and a few quaint restaurants.
From the moment we walked in and met our gracious hosts, Dana and Greg, we felt at home. At any point in the day, you will find Dana at work in the open, inviting kitchen preparing works of art for our next morning's breakfast. Greg is always around ready to help with anything you need.
After coming in at the end of the day's activities, you are welcomed by a warm fire in the living room and Dana's special homemade snacks sitting on the dining room table. In the sitting room, there is an espresso machine with all kinds of syrups or many teas for your use at any time, day or night.
We stayed in the Chelsea on the second floor. The room was small, clean, and very cozy. Best of all was the private deck overlooking the harbor. We loved the room and will request it again the next time we visit. It's the personal touches that made our stay: the homemade truffles awaiting us every evening back in our room, a glass of port, the comfy robes. However, it was the smiles and warmth of our hosts that will keep us coming back.
The best deal near Acadia!
We traveled to Acadia National Park to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. We spent 4 nights with Dana and Greg, the innkeepers, at the Kingsleigh Inn. We arrived later in the evening than we anticipated. We were tired and hungry. As soon as we checked in, Dana was on the phone making reservations for us at Cafe 2 and we were eating within 30 minutes. The restaurant was within walking distance and the food was awesome! Upon arriving in our room, we discovered chocolate covered strawberries with conversation hearts in honor of our anniversary (homemade by Dana). We stayed in the first floor Lyndhurst room for the first 3 nights. It is in the back of the house and a very quiet, comfortable room. The decor and fabrics in all the rooms are lovely and well coordinated. Our last night we stayed in second floor Chelsea room. It was a small room but very bright and the best part was the deck with a view of the harbor. The highlight was the delicious breakfasts; they are truly gourmet and very unique and beautifully presented. From praline pecan french toast to vegetable asparagus frittata with goat cheese, along with various first course offerings and accompaniments, these breakfast by far are the best we've ever had. Expresso, tea, fruit and homemade cookies are available throughout the day. It is wonderful to end the day in fluffy bathrobes, slippers, a glass of port and chocolate truffles. We have stayed in bed and breakfasts and inns for the past 20 years and this is one of our favorites. The Southwest Harbor area is quaint, quiet and away from the crowds. There are shops and restaurants within a block or two of the inn. We prefer this area to Bar Harbor. Bar Harbor and Acadia are only 10 minutes away. We researched this area extensively before traveling there. We give the Kingsleigh Inn our highest recommendation. Thanks for an anniversary trip we will always remember.
Mike and Peggy
It Felt Like Home
My husband and I just stayed a week at the Kingsleigh Inn in Southwest Harbor. This was our first trip to Maine, and we are so glad we stayed in Southwest Harbor opposed to Bar Harbor. Now that the Queen Mary II docks in Bar Harbor, it is a much busier town than we would have liked. Southwest Harbor is the perfect blend of peace and quiet, charming shops, and good food.
The Kingsleigh Inn was everything we could have hoped for in a quality B&B. The Kingsleigh Turrett Suite is huge and boasts a gorgeous view of the harbor. Hosts Dana and Greg are now officially part of our extended family. They were gracious and extremely attentive to detail, providing everything from maps to menus, walking sticks to umbrellas.
Dana's breakfasts are a work of art. Most guests would instinctively turn their plate to behold the dish before devouring it.
Homemade granola and warm scones merely tempt you before you are served the fruit course followed by that glorious main course. Need I say more?
The B&B Benchmark!!
Wonderful experience. Greg and Dana have reached the pinnacle of B&B's. The attention to detail is awesome. I can't think of one thing that would improve our stay. If you are wondering about where to stay in the Bar Harbor area, don't miss this jewel by the sea..!
Kingsleigh Inn sets the benchmark!!
This B&B sets the benchmark, indeed. Since we stayed at the Kingsleigh Inn about a year ago, no B&B we have gone to could match the Kingsleigh Inn's high standards. My wife and I are planning a stay at another B&B this labor day (and reading TripAdvisor religiously for information!), and we just couldn't stop comparing our potential choices to this wonderful place. So we thought we should share our experience for other readers' benefit.
We were late in arriving, but we made separate arrangements with Dana. Everything went without a hitch. Because it was pretty late after we showered and settled in, we had the inn all to ourselves. And what a place it was! My wife and I spent the night in the well-decorated living room just soaking in the calming atmosphere. The common areas were spotless, elegant, and thoughtfully designed. We relaxed by browsing through the well-selected collection of books and magazines that Dana made available to guests and savoring the many varieties of tea that were on display 24 hours a day.
And when it was time to head back to our room (the Abbott room), we found the complementary port wine and chocolates (both of the highest quality) -- the latter placed in a very cute glass dish with cover. The small touches were everywhere when we looked around. The bed was cozy and very comfortable. The loveseat in the room was terrific.
Breakfast was tasty and very well done. The one suggestion we have is that the inn should provide a choice of meat dish for hungry meat-eaters like us! When we finally got to meet Dana and Greg at the breakfast table, we found them gracious and very helpful with suggestions and tips.
Don't miss out on this B&B. We having been trying to find another like it at such great value, and we're still looking!
Can't Imagine a Better Experience!
We happened to be fortunate enough to stumble upon this B&B two years ago when we were passing through on a trip along the Maine coast, and we marked our notes for a return trip in the future. This year we decided to spend three nights, and we weren't disappointed!
Away from the bustle of Bar Harbor, the Kingsleigh provided us with a cozy, clean, beautifully decorated room with a spectacular view of the harbor. Dana and Greg work hard to provide service that is clearly a cut above the rest. The gourmet breakfasts, which one would think to find in some of the best restaurants, were simply beyond our expectations! Dana and Greg also had lots of helpful information to assist in organizing the daily activities. There are many things to do on the island, and our room was a great place to come back to after a long day of hiking and sightseeing. We can't wait to return!
Amazing Attention to Detail
We visited the Kingsleigh Inn as part of our 4-person Mother/Daughter trip - I contacted Dana and she quickly and easily booked us into 2 rooms - the Waverly and the Wellington.
The decor in the inn and the rooms was wonderful. The rooms were spotless, and the attention to detail was just amazing. The welcoming chocolates and port wine were divine!
Dana and Greg have thought of everything... walking sticks by the door, menus of local restaurants and a wealth of up-to-date local activity information. Also, fresh-baked cookies, bottled water, coffee, tea and hot cider were available all day!
Both nights, for our entertainment, the four of us decided to stay in the living room by the fire, sipping wine, and having a girl-gab party. We felt so at home!
During our stay there was an earthquake (a VERY rare occurance in Maine). Dana and Greg flew up the stairs and checked that we were allright. They were truely concerned with our wellfare - staying with us until they were sure that we and the other guests were OK. The guests all had some port and laughed and swapped silly stories until everyone's nerves had returned to normal.
They truely care for their guests - it is evident in everything they do.
A lot has been said about the breakfasts at their inn - it really is just that wonderful! A true work of art is created every morning!!! Have a look at my pictures for proof...
Turned 50 with Fabulous Hosts and Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Three girlfriends and I traveled to Maine to celebrate my 50th birthday and run in the half marathon race through Acadia National Park. We had never been to Maine and picked the Kingsleigh Inn after seeing their website. The picture perfect cruisine dishes prepared by Dana were, shall I say, "icing on the cake." It was the concensus throughout the house that the food was every bit as delectable as the pictures. The house is most charming, warm and cozy. Every evening we enjoyed our complimentary Port throughout the various sitting areas in the house, including the wraparound porch. We felt as if we were at home! Dana and Greg surprised me with chocolate covered strawberries in my room the day of my birthday, which was so incredibly sweet (both them and the strawberries!) Without a doubt, we were lucky to have picked the absolute best place to stay on our first trip to Maine, and we will definitely stay with Greg and Dana on our next visit. Everything was superb!!!
Won't find anywhere better in Southwest Harbour
Location - superb - in Main street right on the doorstep of all the local restaurants
Rooms - clean, tidy with the best "little" touches I have ever experienced - robes, slippers, sound machines, chocolates, port, etc.
Hosts - Dana and Greg were friendly, warm and welcoming and very informative and most of all helpful
Public areas - warm and welcoming
Breakfasts - very nice, however, at times a little over the top when something more plain would suffice and a little sweet for our savoury preferences
Local attractions - Bar Harbour, Wonderland walk, Jordans pond - the list goes on!
Restaurants - Red Sky is one of the best restaurants I have been luck enough to eat in, Cafe Dry dock offer a awesome clam clowder
See other places we stayed - Afton Inn, Wolfeboro, New Hampshire - The Timberholm Inn, Stowe, Vermont - The Kingsleigh Inn, Southwest Harbour, Maine - The Martin Hill Inn, Portsmouth, New Hampshire - By the Sea B&B, Plymouth, Massachusetts - The Boston Yacht Haven, Boston, Massachusetts