Perfectly appointed cottage on quaint harbor
Submitted: August 7, 2012
Stayed: July 2012
We thoroughly enjoyed our week in this lovely cottage during our first visit to Mount Desert Island. We thought the pictures and description were too good to be true, and it was even better than that. The property was spotless, and every detail was attended to. We loved the screened-in front porch, especially, and walking down to the seafood distributor to pick out our own lobsters.
We ate more meals at the cottage than we expected, mainly because the kitchen was so well-appointed, and it was fun to hunt and gather at the local markets and specialty stores on the island. There are a couple of good seafood restaurants within walking distance as well.
This property is definitely on the Quiet Side of the island, which was fine with us. But if you're looking for the action of Bar Harbor on a regular basis, this is probably too far out of the way for you.
If you're looking to get a real sense of how the locals live and be steeped in the natural beauty of the area, this is the place for you. The ferry to the islands is also right across the street.
A couple of considerations: There is a fair amount of traffic on the road in front of the cottage, because of its proximity to the ferry. Also, this is not an area that lends itself to walking, biking, or boating right out the door (especially if you have little ones). So you do need to be prepared to pile in the car to get to a carriage trail or a good hike. That was fine with us and more than worth the trade off for all that this spot has to offer.
Families with Teenagers,
Owner's Response: We're very pleased that you enjoyed staying in our cottage at Bass Harbor. It can be busy at the Swan's Island Ferry during the day, but after 530PM it becomes very quiet. Thanks for staying.
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