Karyn Wofford is a freelance writer in the fields of travel, eco-tourism, and wellness. She’s an avid traveler and Georgia native. She grew up with a passion for travel, exploring everything from the mountains to the ocean, and continues to find new and unique things to do in the places she travels.
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Where the mountains meet the sea, Acadia National Park dwells on Maine’s picture-perfect Mount Desert Island. Hike to the top of Gorham Mountain to view the small islands that are sprinkled throughout the deep aqua waters, bike the old Carriage Roads, take a short hike to Bubble Rock, or stop by the 1800s farmhouse, Jordan’s Pondhouse to try a fluffy popover recipe that’s over a century old—Acadia is a mesmerizing place. While some things are open year-round, and the winter can be a serene time to visit, many hotels and restaurants operate between April and November. Out of all the cozy places to stay in the area, these are the best.
Right on the ocean, you’ll definitely want to go for a suite with a harbor-facing balcony, as it’s beautiful both day and night. Impressive two-level rooms in the historic inn emanate traditional New England style, while more modern accommodations are available in a separate onsite building. There is a basic, free breakfast with fruit, cereal, and pastries, but with all the great restaurants located within walking distance, you might opt to eat out. Jordan’s, not to be confused with Jordan’s Pondhouse, is located in downtown Bar Harbor and has the best blueberry muffins.
A classic Maine lodge with an upscale twist, the Bluenose Inn has an undeniably warm ambiance and a lovely indoor pool area. From the balcony, you can catch glimpses of Frenchman’s Bay, along with all the little lobster boats. After hiking some of the trails in Acadia, you’ll be wanting to hit the spa and steam room.
While Bar Harbor Manor’s classic inn is the most adorable place to stay, guests can choose to lodge in the hotel portion as well. The proximity to Acadia National Park’s entrance and downtown Bar Harbor adds ease to the stay, and the fireplaces and hot tubs in some of the suites are so dreamy.
Just like home, The Inn on Mount Desert is a charming inn that features the comfiest beds on earth, a delicious breakfast, and elegant decor. Surrounded by mature oaks and lush landscape, this place is welcoming and beautiful year-round. A short walk will take you to restaurants, as the inn sets right in the historic district.
When pulling up to check in, there’s a definite allure at Bar Harbor Grand Hotel. The mansion-like structure was built to replicate the original Rodick House, a stunning hotel devastatingly demolished in 1906. Breakfast is great, with the expected—sausage, eggs, fruit, blueberry pastries and so on. The smell of fresh baked cookies in the lobby is just another thoughtful touch.
Formerly serving as a sea captain’s home in 1904, the classic cottage architecture, wood floors, era-specific rooms, and baths now attract travelers for a down-to-earth coastal getaway. Southwest Harbor on Mount Desert Island is one of the quieter spots on the island, meaning the Lindenwood Inn is a total escape. Enjoy a homemade breakfast, a cute little pool area, and an honor bar. Like many Maine establishments, the season runs from April through October.
Harbor Ridge Resort boasts an elevated position overlooking Somes Sound, just 3 miles from top attractions like Echo Lake Beach. It features 1 bedroom apartments and two-bedroom houses with modern perks, including private balconies, TVs, living rooms, and kitchens. On-site amenities are plentiful, including a tennis court, game room, and indoor pool, as well as a kids play area and fitness center.
Just under two miles from Bar Harbor, Mount Desert’s most popular town area, you can see both ocean and mountains at this newer structure. The design is modern and fresh with a spacious feel. Breakfast is free, as are convenient to-go bags that can be taken on an early morning drive to the top of Cadillac Mountain to watch the sunrise. At some point, you must see a sunrise or sunset at this popular site.
The old-school aesthetic at Highbrook Motel is absolutely precious but well-polished and preserved—it’s like stepping back in time. Absolutely loved by all who stay here, this one-level, unexpectedly awesome little establishment has a serious wow factor, and the breakfast with warm bacon egg sandwiches, scones, and pastries is just the icing on the cake.