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The Birches Bed and Breakfast
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Reviewed 27 July 2014 via mobile

My wife and I recently stayed at the Birches for four nights. Suzie and Mike went out of their way to make us feel right at home. Everything was perfect from the gourmet breakfasts, to the amazing views of the garden and waterfront from the property, and like so many other reviews stated, all the helpful suggestions and tips of the Acadia area. Suzie and Mike were so kind and helpful. They answered any question we had and were always around to offer helpful advice. One night, we mentioned to Suzie how we never ate a lobster before and she so kindly asked if we would like to join her and Mike for dinner and she would show us how to eat a lobster properly. We had a wonderful dinner that night. We stayed up and drank wine, played games, and shared stories. It was one of the best nights there for us. The house is amazing and there isn't one bad room there. Everything is clean and well kept, and the beds are so comfy! My wife and I didn't want to leave. We are still talking about the gourmet breakfast and the lovely views from inside the house as it overlooks the gardens and oceanfront. My wife was obsessed with the interior of the house as items within the home were handmade by Suzie's father. Other items have been in her family for decades and have much history to them. My wife and I could go on, The Birches is rated #1 on Trip Advisor for a reason. We highly recommend you picking The Birches for your stay in Maine!

Stayed: July 2014
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

The Birches is a magical place tucked in the quite side of the island. The home is lovely, the views spectacular and the breakfast down right unbeatable. I venture to say you can't buy a better meal on the island. Susi and Mike make you feel like family. We did not want to leave! We hope to make it back very soon.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 April 2014

My husband and I got married at the Birches last fall. Susi went above and beyond coordinating and accommodating our large wedding ceremony. The location breath taking with an ocean and island view in front of you and her beautiful estate behind you. She provided wonderful rooms for my bridesmaids and I to get ready in and as it was a rainy day celebration,she had our guests well accommodated for inside as there was a rain delay. She also had tents that provided shelter for our guests during the ceremony less it start up again with the rain. We rented out most of the rooms for our guests so they got to enjoy the experience too! She had a delicious breakfast that she made for us when we finally emerged from our rooms! She also scooped up my wedding
dress and dropped it off at the dry cleaners for me! I strongly recommend the Birches Bed and Breakfast for your wedding destination!!

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Reviewed 6 January 2014

One of the great B&B's we have stayed at. Nice quiet place to stay. Great food and very knowledgeable of the area. Suzi is like your own Tour Coordinator. We really liked the Southwest Harbor area to stay at ....away from all the people. Great restaurants in the area--
and Suzi even made reservations for us! Would definitely stay there again.

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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 December 2013

The Birches is one of the best B&B's we have stayed in. The place is well maintained, clean and has beautiful surroundings. We felt welcomed and at home as soon as we entered the place. Our room had beautiful views of the Somes sound. Susie and Mike are wonderful people, very helpful and knowledgeable, their inputs made our trip even better. They have amazing stories to share. The breakfast was awesome, Susie is an amazing cook! They were very accommodating - they were fine with us coming late and were kind enough to make us some veggie breakfast :) We felt like we were visiting some old friends of ours. This is the best B&B ever, we will definitely visit them again

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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 November 2013

The Birches is the B&B that you imagine every time you think of a B&B. It's tucked down a quite road yet easy to get to; it's surrounded by woods but has a lovely unobstructed view of the water; it's architecturally a beautiful building inside and out; and upon arrival you are greeted with such warmth that it is like going home again. All the bedrooms are colorful, well lit, comfortable beds and lovely views; they have character, books, space for your things and best of all the bathrooms have hooks for your towels and tabletops for your toiletries.

We have visited Acadia and stayed at Northeast Harbor many times but that B&B is no longer there, so finding a new place was important. The Birches was a wonderful find. Susi is a wealth of knowledge about the park, the island and the history; Mike makes the best breakfasts you can imagine and all with fresh ingredients; then together they will send you on your way or sit and have intelligent conversation.

The Birches B&B is an ideal place to stay again and again.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

I took a long awaited trip to BH with my son's best friend Peach late last month; we stayed 5 nights here and man what a bonus it was for our trip. The place is beautiful, well maintained and Suzi and Mike are extremely knowledgeable and most accommodating. Why would any one consider staying anywhere else is a wonder to me! Agreed, totally, that Suzi is a wealth of knowledge and she knows everybody to get you the best experience in any list of activities that you might consider. We were witness to her managing a wedding on our weekend and she masterfully executed a wonderful and dry wedding experience for all thanks to her savvy weather insights and computer know-how in being able to watch some quickly moving squalls that could have caused major wedding mayhem. Her caretaker Mike is also a unique character and makes enjoying the to-die-for breakfasts all the better with his insights, stories and general know how. We became good friends with both Suzi and Mike and I find myself thinking often about our fabulous trip to The Birches B&B and my thoughts always return to a mental image of the two of them sitting with us in the breakfast room or greeting us in the kitchen at night after returning from a long day in the park. One just doesn't have such a wonderful experience without folks like this taking you in. By the way, the lobster omelette was totally gourmet and yummy, but the bacon was the talk of a good part of our first day's hike....bacon cooked with such evenness and crispiness just doesn't happen like this. The location in this part of BH is quiet and more upscale but still has great access to the airport, Acadia NP and other important spots and activities. I am headed back asap with the rest of the family and a few others for sure. In addition to the main house, Suzi has a separate house on the property that sleeps up to 12 with kitchen, multiple bedrooms and living areas and fireplace...I have my eye on this place for round two!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Address: 46 Fernald Point Rd, PO Box 178, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04679-4611
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Region: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Mount Desert Island > Southwest Harbor
Amenities:
Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Southwest Harbor
Price Range: £153 - £227 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Homer family proudly wants to invite interested visitors to stay at their family homestead, which consists of 6 acres of panoramic ocean frontage in beautiful Southwest Harbor, Maine. Enjoy large airy rooms, private baths, ocean views, gardens, and the croquet court. We have 6 acres of grounds, no traffic noise, and it is just 350 yards to the first tee at the golf course. Along with The Birches Bed and Breakfast is The Cottage at The Birches, located a few hundred feet away which is available for weekly rentals. Acadia National Park is beside us and it is a short walk to the start of the trails to Valley Cove and the mountains. We are open year-round, accepting reservations for a two night minimum. When you come to our beautiful bed and breakfast you will not want to leave after seeing what we have to offer. Located in Southwest Harbor, Maine we are right next to mountains, as well as on the waterfront. We have a private beach for our guests to enjoy on the waterfront and you can come by water or land to get to us. If you are coming from farther away and you have a boat, you can bring that along also as we have a dock available. At our bed and breakfast, some specialties of ours are accommodating family reunions and intimate weddings. We also want you to come to relax, enjoy, and unwind, no matter what the occasion is. You will not be disappointed with your choice, as we have a lovely property with extraordinary gardens that have been featured on garden tours. ... more   less 
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