The Artist's Retreat is an ideal base for a couple to explore Acadia. The carriage house is small, but comfortable and well maintained. The owners provide great information and support as needed, but are very respectful of their guests privacy.
The photos and overall presentation of the carriage house on the website are quite accurate. The living area is small but comfortable, with a couple nice sofas. It opens into a well equipped kitchen with a small table for dining. The bedroom is a nice size, and there is enough closet space. The carriage house sits within an open space in pine woods, and there is an outdoor seating area good for reading or just enjoying the peace and quiet.
The property is situated a bit far from the town of Southwest Harbor. It is possible to walk into town without going on the main highway (Maine 102), but it's more a hike than a stroll, and takes about 30 minutes. So any shopping and restaurant visits are best done by car.
This is a beautiful place in perfect condition and I highly recommend it as a base for exploring Acadia.