Five wonderful days were spent in Southwest Harbor and Bar Harbor with our home base at Harbour Cottage Inn. We chose to rent the Southwester unit, which is separate from the main Inn, and has three bedrooms and a full kithchen. Also it has a lovely deck that made for great relaxation and conversation. We vacationed with two other couples and found the combination of bed and breakfast amenities along with cottage type accomodations made our stay enjoyable, flexible and fun.
The first impression of the Harbour Cottage Inn is one of welcome, elegance, helpfulness, and cleanliness. The Southwester was done in a cottage atmosphere with yellows, whites, and blues. Although it has only one bathroom, the location of the bathroom, above the living area and below the sleeping area, provided a very good option for privacy. We enjoyed the luxury of being able to return to the Southwester after activities and had the option of having a quick snack available or being able to kick back and just eat in and enjoy the evening together.
The Inn is located in Southwest Harbor, which is known as the Quiet Side.
We enjoyed the peace and found that we were very close to the Island Explorer stop. The Island Explorer is a free bus service that can be used to get around all of Mount Desert Island. Southwest Harbor is a working harbor and the town has a selection of restaurants, stores, and museums. We took an afternoon sail with Karl on Downeast Friendship Sloop Charters that leaves from Southwest Harbor. We would highly recommend this sailing experience as the Captain is very knowledgeable and we had a cooling sail on a very warm afternoon. And because you can leave from Southwest Harbor, you have the advantage of both easy parking and a quick trip to the harbor if you are staying in town.
We took the suggestion of going to The Fiddler's Green in Southwest Harbor for dinner. And although the restaurant seems to have gotten very good reviews, our experience there was not positive. None of our meals were really delicious, as the price might have indicated. Two of our party ordered oysters on the half shell and chose the Canadian large. This was perhaps fortunate as if they had ordered the small, they might not have been able to see them at all. The oysters were very small and not served nicely over ice as they should be. They were definitely not worth the hefty price. The salads were overpriced and if our meals had been exceptional, perhaps paying the bill would not have been so painful. Our vegetables were overcooked and the meals were not hot, nor were they well prepared.
The service was also very slow and we waited a very long time for a meal that did not meet the expectations we had when making our choice to dine there. Perhaps the chef was on vacation?
We would have been better served perhaps by going to another of the restaurants. The Innkeeper recommended the Dry Dock Cafe to another guest as a good casual option. The ice cream in town was very refreshing, though.
While in Bar Harbor, we walked along the Shore Path and enjoyed watching the sail boats in the harbor and the beautiful houses along the path. We shopped along the busy streets in Bar Harbor and ended the day by driving the loop. We stopped at the Abbe Museum, Thunder Hole, and Jordan's Pond. We had asked for suggestions at Harbour Cottage and the Innkeeper recommended the walk around Jordan's Pond as not to be missed. He was right as the view of Bubbles is unique and majestic.
We also took a sea kayaking trip from Bar Harbor with Crystal Seas. Once again we had a young guide who had many experiences to share. He was a very capable guardian in some very windy seas. The trip was challenging as the wind provided lots of chop getting out of and back to the dock. But it was an experience we all shared and once again we were able to see Bar Harbor and the surrounding islands from a unique view. We did try one of the Bar Harbor restaurants after our trip as it did work up an appetite. We ate at The Chowder House and would recommend this restaurant for a delicious lunch, as we all seemed to agree on this review.
Southwest Harbor is a lovely quiet area and Mount Desert Island is a breathtaking experience that is the essence of Maine. We enjoyed the Inn and the Island and would highly recommend both.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Harbour Cottage Inn, a premier bed and breakfast providing very private and elegant lodging in the quiet and historic village of Southwest Harbor, Maine. Our beautiful location is steps away from a picturesque working harbor, near Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor, which makes many great adventures possible. The inn is furnished with museum quality art and antiques, and all of our 11 incredible guest rooms and suites offer cozy, comfortable and well-appointed spaces to relax, refresh and renew. Choose from a 1, 2 or 3 bedroom suite offering relaxing accommodations for 1 couple 2 couples or even a family of 6. Unlike most bed and breakfasts, some of these suites have private living areas, decks and kitchens. Imagine starting your day over a lovingly prepared breakfast on the porch, or in the living room by the fireplace. Explore restaurants, shopping, marinas and lobster wharves near our Mount Desert Island lodging. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Harbour Cottage Hotel Southwest Harbor
- The Harbour Cottage Inn Southwest Harbor, Maine