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.
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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 is a total escape. Enjoy a home made breakfast, cute little pool area and honor bar. Like many Maine establishments, the season runs April through October.
Pretty basic in looks, the squeaky clean rooms seem as if they teleported from the 80s, but guests love the practicality. Much larger than a hotel room, units feature kitchens and plenty of sleeping space. Some are lucky enough to get their own hot tub room. The indoor pool area is quite cozy with wood walls and a planked ceiling, wonderful for lounging with the family.
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.
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.
While the 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.
The old school aesthetic 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.
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.
Just like home, this newly opened inn 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.
Like many other lodging choices in the area, the Quimby House possesses that old, antique feel, while strangely managing to feel up to date. New England most certainly has that authentic age-old feel which amps up the charm. Everything is pretty straight-forward with a great deal of attentiveness, but you’ll have to find breakfast in town. Quimby House is ideal for travelers who like to keep engagement to a minimum.
When pulling up to check in, there’s a definite allure here. 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.