Just beginning my research on the Bar Harbor/Acadia area. Husband and I will likely travel summer of 2013 for at least 5 nights. I'm watching a few threads on here already, but wanted to ask a couple questions on tips for places to stay etc. Our goal is to find a reasonably priced location, clean, with staff to answer questions, and convenient for our activity. We don't want to break the bank though - we won't be in the room much during the day.
Biggest question - what is a reasonable amount per night to budget for our trip on lodging? We will want to be on the island.
A bit about us: we are in upper 30's/low 40's and are active. We like nature so hiking is going to be the big thing for us. Maybe kayak and a whale watch tour perhaps. I won't mind strolling through the stores for a few hours one day (or in the evening after dinner if they remain open).
We like reliably clean accomodations. I anticipate we'll want a room with a fridge/microwave as we'll eat most dinners out, but will likely pack a lunch many days. Breakfast out at least 3 times, but if included is fine.
I need darkness and quiet to sleep. So right off a busy road with noise won't work for me, or a place with thin walls. We do like the thought of being able to walk to dinner in the evenings (but now as I think of it, if I hike all day, may end up driving anyway)...so it is a toss up.
Any thoughts on what hotel or inn may suit us best? My aunt stayed in Bass Harbor at Ann's Point and loved it. It looks fantastic, but is probably more than we were hoping to pay.
any ideas or thoughts for us newbies welcome!