Cozy studio apartment in antique Swiss Chalet has direct entry from woods. Perched atop a cliff over the Atlantic, stairs wend down through woods to a private ocean beach. Private mile-long road through woods for strolling, jogging. Woods home to thrushes, loons, bald eagles, deer. Quiet by day and silent as a cave at night. One mile from Acadia National Park, 3 miles to center of downtown Bar Harbor. WiFi supplied.
Dining, Shopping, Boating: : Approx 70 restaurants, mostly casual. Most have lobster and serve liquor. Good value by city standards. Friendly shops and outstanding craft and art galleries. Many forms of ocean boating, including: slow sunset sails, whale watches, guided sea kayaking, novel trips on lobster boat or video-dive boat, private charters.
Recreation & Nature: : Hike, bike, kayak, swim, climb. Photograph on guided nature tours in Acadia National Park. Oceanarium, zoo, golf, mini golf, day trips to quaint villages in Maine. With passports, you can visit the FDR estate at Campobello in a longish day trip. Century-old reputation as 'America's Most Beautiful Island' and 'Queen of Resorts.' International reservations welcomed.
Certified for Occupancy: Starting in 2007, vacation rentals must be certified for occupancy by town officials. Our property is duly certified. As you shop among rental properties, ask about their certification--to avoid being cancelled at the last minute. If you have to cancel, we immediately put your week back on the market and refund your outlay after someone else rents. There is no automatic penalty, but with a late cancellation there is a chance that no one will be found to replace you. Thankfully, cancellations are rare.
On a one-week vacation to Bar Harbor in 1976, We fell in love with the Town and National Park. We signed a lease on a small shop--and never returned to Boston. A frequent fantasy of visitors;We were lucky enuf to make it work. For 25 years We owned Boston Baked Beads, The Dancing Deer &The Blue Heron Shop. We grew up living sweetly in small towns, but none was as beautiful as this one.
While operating 2 shops in Bar Harbor, we began searching for a retreat that would feel like it was a million miles from the happy noise and congestion of the downtown. It also needed to be of interesting construction & history. After 5 years, we found the Chalet of the Bears, deep in the woods and perched on a cliff above the Atlantic--with a private ocean beach at the foot of the cliff.
The Chalet of the Bears was built by a wealthy family during the 'roaring 20s'--a social peak in Bar Harbor. Experience what it is like to live for awhile in 'the house on the hill' from High Society days.