Explore the Area
Instead of staying in Bar Harbor, consider Southwest Harbor as your command central for a great vacation in Maine. This traditional New England village has everything that encapsulates the heart of island life. Southwest Harbor is close to Bar Harbor, yet far enough away to avoid busy crowds and traffic, and Southwest Harbor is also a great place to enjoy lesser known areas of the island.
Here are some of the highlights, courtesy of Innkeepers Fred and Jim.
- Flying Mountain - Acadia National Park. Plan on starting your hiking experience at Flying Mountain.
- Asticou Azaela Gardens - Northeast Harbor. The gardens are in the height of color and bloom in May/June.
- Thuya Garden and Lodge -Northeast Harbor.
- Jordan Pond - Acadia National Park. Plan on hiking and then stopping in for popovers on the lawn.
- Manset - Southwest Harbor.
- Sea Wall - Acadia National Park.
- Echo Lake, Acadia National Park.
- Bass Harbor Lighthouse - Acadia National Park, Tremont.
Boats, Bikes, and Nature
- Bar Harbor Whale Watch
- Southwest Cycle bicycle rentals, 370 Main Street, Southwest Harbor.
- Quietside Cruises - cruise in a lobster boat or charter a sloop to discover the islands by water.
- Maine State Sea Kayak - (rentals) 254 Main Street, Southwest Harbor.
- Cranberry Cove Ferry - departs near the Inn from Southwest Harbor.
Restaurants and Cafes
- Beal’s Lobster Pier - 182 Clark Point Road (down the street from the Inn).
- Fiddler’s Green - 411 Main Street, Southwest Harbor
- Red Sky - 14 Clarke Point Road
- Sips - 4 Clark Point Road, (207) 244-4550. A wine and coffee bar serving small plates and dinner too.
- Thurston’s Lobster Pound - Steamboat Wharf, Bernard
- XYZ - end of Bennett Road, Manset, (207) 244-5221
- Café 2 and Eat-a-Pita - 326 Main Street, Southwest Harbor, (207) 244-4344