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“Our first time staying at a B&B”
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Maples Inn
Ranked #1 of 30 Bar Harbor B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Hatfield, Massachusetts
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Our first time staying at a B&B”
Reviewed 12 June 2013

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.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Medford, Massachusetts
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31 reviews
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Reviewed 28 January 2013

Give yourself a wonderful treat by staying at the MaplesInn . Mark, the owner makes you feel like family. His charm , friendliness and happy attitude makes you relax for your vacation . He is always eager to assist in planning out your days in Bar Harbor with helpful tips. The house is adorable ! The rooms are all different and lovely , with very comfy beds. Please don,t miss any of his breakfasts. YUMMY ! Of course the blueberry french toast is a winner .Also he has a special touch with rasberries . Its easy to walk to the center of town to explore. There,s plenty of things to choose from to fill you day . I n the evening , It was nice to unwind while sitting on the porch in the rocking chairs , sipping a chilled glass of wine or two. We can,t wait to return again.

Room Tip: The Silver Maple suite is quiet at the end of the hall. The white birch suite is in the fro...
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 October 2012

We stayed at the Maples Inn for 5 nights and enjoyed every minute of our stay. The inn is nicely decorated and very quiet. The breakfasts were all incredible and just what we needed before venturing off to the park. Mark was an amazing host and we hope to return soon.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reading, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 September 2012

We stayed at the Maples Inn 2 nights...one night at the beginning of our trip and one at the end and had two different rooms. Both rooms were lovely and comfortable. Mark makes a point to speak to all the guests and be helpful. The Inn is situated on a quiet street and within easy walking distance into town. Clearly a lot of effort goes into making the breakfasts special. My only suggestion would be to allow the guests an opportunity to list any dietary restrictions. My husband has an allergy and I am a vegetarian and that made the first morning's breakfast unedible for us (it was a turkey frittata and it looked fantastic). There was enough other food that we had plenty to eat, but since we did not know until the moment we were served what we were having, we did not have an opportunity to opt out of that part of the meal. So much time and energy was spent making that breakfast for us and we felt awful wasting it.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Waynesville, Ohio
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37 reviews
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Reviewed 20 August 2012

Our two night stay could not have been better. The Inn was everything that you would expect and close to the main downtown businesses. Mark is also the perfect host. He directed us to the best places to eat and the hikes that you would not want to miss. I plan to come back soon.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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27 reviews
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Reviewed 15 June 2012 via mobile

Mark, the owner, is a delightful man that obviously cares about the well-being and happiness of his guests. He takes time showing you the property, always has tea, coffee, and water available for you - and his breakfasts, especially the egg soufle, are first-rate. The Inn is in a historic Victorian house. It is decorated in Victorian antiques etc. The rooms, while not large, are certainly in keeping with the architecture of the house and are immaculately kept. The location is on a quiet side street. This and the incredibly comfortable bed led to some seriously comfortable sleeping. Very highly recommended.

Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Newtown, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 5 November 2011

My husband and I stayed at the Maples Inn for three nights at the tail end of the season. It was perfect! Upon arrival, Mark had coffee and tea waiting, showed us where he kept the water, where to park, and had numerous recommendations for dinner ready for us. The morning breakfast was lovely- his cuisine certainly lives up to his reviews (though my husband was disappointed we missed the blueberry french toast). Oh, and the location was perfect! You are within walking distance of the town so within five minutes you can be away from the occasional cruise ship hubub. We loved being able to walk to dinner.

I think the nicest part of our stay was how thoughtful Mark was. Every night in our little suite he put a new fire log so that we could enjoy our evenings in the glow of firelight. Mid-afternoon he baked fresh cookies that were quite tasty. He truly gets to know his guests, their interests and has an intimate knowledge of the area which he can offer excellent recommendations. We most definitely would like to stay there on our next trip to Bar Harbor.

Room Tip: The birch suite has the fireplace. The bathroom is small (stall shower) but the quaint quarters mak...
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Maples Inn
Address: 16 Roberts Ave, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1820
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Region: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Mount Desert Island > Bar Harbor
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 30 B&Bs / Inns in Bar Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 7
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 
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Maples Inn Bar Harbor, Maine

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