Since it was our first time staying at a B&B, we were not sure how it worked. And I imagine each innkeeper has their own way of doing things. We chose a B&B this time because we so much enjoyed our stay at Crowne Pointe in Provincetown. They are NOT a B&B, but it is smallish in a converted old home. They serve a lovely breakfast and it has a very personal and homey feel. When we decided to spend our 25th anniversary in Bar Harbor and visit Maine for the first time, we didn't want a large and impersonal hotel. We also wanted a place where we knew without asking that we would feel welcomed and accepted as a lesbian couple. We found the Maples Inn on Purple Roof, and we knew this had to be the place. The pictures on the web site show all the rooms accurately, and we chose the White Birch Suite. We like to spend our evenings reading and planning the next day's adventures, so we like to have a couch or at least two chairs in the room. We couldn't have been more comfortable. Mark, the innkeeper, unblinkingly accommodated our vegetarian diet. We really didn't expect it, and honestly only let him know in advance so he would know how much to purchase and prepare. We are completely happy with oatmeal every morning (actually prefer it), but he spoiled us with his "vacation food." He always has an assortment of baked goods, cold cereals, and oatmeal too. Tea and coffee (and even cocoa) are available all the time and cookies every evening. It's actually more than we expected from a B&B, so we were delighted. Again, our idea of a B&B is that a person opens their home to you and makes you breakfast. It's not a hotel, and it's not a restaurant.
We stayed 10 days, and Mark was extremely helpful with suggestions for area activities and restaurants. He was a very gracious host, and even though he has to be very busy (while we were here we saw him gardening, cooking, cleaning, shopping, and attending to guest rooms) he always made time to sit with guests in the parlor or on the front porch and chat about your day. Mark also did a lovely job of getting the ball rolling between guests, making introductions and pointing out things we have in common. As it turned out, we had roots in common with Mark in Cincinnati, Ohio. The husband of a couple we met spent his summers as a child less than 10 miles from where I grew up just east of Cincinnati. We spent a few long breakfasts getting to know another couple from Florida. We joked that we stayed so long at the breakfast table that Mark would have to start serving lunch!
The rooms are very quiet. There was a room beside us and above us, but we never heard people talking....just an occasional squeaky floor board, which is part of the charm of an old house. It also helps that there are no TVs.
We truly enjoyed our time here, and if our travels bring us back to Bar Harbor, we would certainly stay at the Maples Inn again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A 1903 Bed & Breakfast that invites you to experience Classic Tranquility... Welcome to Maples Inn Bed and Breakfast, a historic "farm Victorian" located in the Village of Bar Harbor, nestled on a quiet, tree-shaded street. At the Maples, you are just a short stroll from the center of town, world-class restaurants, galleries, shops, tours, and museums. Acadia National Park, the "Jewel of the East," lies just a few miles from our doorstep. Built circa 1903, Maples Inn once hosted wealthy Gilded Age visitors to Mount Desert Island. Today, the Maples is your destination for warm and skillful hospitality, a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere, well-appointed guest rooms and suites, and delicious breakfasts with local Maine fare as their focus. At the Maples Inn, we go the extra mile. It's who we are. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Maples Inn Bar Harbor, Maine