Our family recently returned from a lovely six-night stay in a king-sized suite at Acadia Cabins, and I'm a little torn giving this place such a great review because in some ways I'd like to keep this our little secret. But that wouldn't be fair to the keepers, Gordon and Lisa, who really maintain a wonderful property.
The cabins, neither too far nor too close apart, are nestled in a wooded area and are well-appointed with warm pine accents everywhere. The bed is super-cozy, the location isolated enough that it provides a great disconnect from the hectic world elsewhere, but close enough that you can walk into town every morning for your coffee and breakfast. And the quiet side of Mount Desert is our new favorite home base after our last favorite Maine cabin property on Deer Isle was sold ... but a word of warning: Some of the locals are a little, um, abrasive and less than welcoming (and we try very hard not to be ugly tourists when we travel). We got an ugly vibe in some places, especially in Northeast Harbor (NOT on the quiet side and like a trip into the Twilight Zone...stay away at all costs). Just don't be put off by it, and roll with it.
The cabin included excellent amenities: a radiant-top stove, microwave, toaster, full-size refrigerator/freezer, all the dishware and flatware you'll need, table and chairs...so you can eat as many meals as you want here, but make sure you cross the street at least once to eat at the Fiddlers' Green right across the road. Excellent food, excellent waitstaff, just top-notch all the way around.
The cabin includes a sitting area and a sofa, which is one of the only minor criticisms: the sofa folds out into a bed, which the two little ones shared. It wasn't the most comfortable pull-out bed, but the kids hardly noticed. And it was a bit of a challenge bathing a young child in the shower-only bathroom, but cabins are just that: cabins. They're not five-star hotels, and we expect a bit of roughing it -- if it can even be termed that. The point is to temper your expectations and remember where you are relative to your needs.
The pool was a bit chilly, but refreshing nonetheless, and there's a computer, board and card games, and videos in the office, all available to guests -- a really nice touch, as were the delish cookies Lisa left for us upon our arrival.
The cabin is a solid value compared to similar Maine properties nearby where we've stayed in past years. Gordon and Lisa really deserve to do well here, just not so well that we won't be able to rebook for a week next year!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Acadia Cottages is located on Mount Desert Island surrounded by Acadia National Park. Tucked away beneath a tranquil forest canopy, Acadia Cottages offers privacy yet it is within walking distance of the village of Southwest Harbor including its many charming restaurants and shops. Tom and Vickie Zacharias look forward to welcoming you and helping to provide an ideal base from which to explore Acadia National Park, nearby Bar Harbor and other island attractions and activities. Stay for two nights or two weeks. Your choice! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Acadia Cottages Hotel Southwest Harbor
- Acadia Cottages Southwest Harbor, Maine