Wonderful Relaxation on the Quiet Side of MDI
We arrived the first week of October for our honeymoon. This was our first time booking a vacation home through Homeaway.com and we were somewhat nervous about what to expect... From the start we received great communication and service from R. (owner). He was quick to respond to questions during the booking process and was proactive in getting us information ahead of time so that we didn't have to worry about our honeymoon while still planning the wedding itself. Beyond the basic information on his home, he also went out of his way to answer questions about activities on MDI itself!
When we arrived, the home was immaculate and welcoming. R. had left a note and small honeymoon gift on the kitchen counter for us... what a pleasant surprise. Everything in the home was exactly as described. The outside was well kept and the inside spotless and clean. The master bed was a very comfy sleep number style. As others mentioned, the upstairs patio has amazing views. In addition, there is a larger deck on the backside of the upstairs with seating for 4. We didn't get to use the outside much due to the weather, however the small dining room has nearly equal attractive views as the patio above it.
As another reviewer mentioned, the studio is a separate building. This did not affect us at all as there were only 2 of us. We did check it out and it looked nice, but we can't comment on how comfortable it was.
The drive was a bit longer that we anticipated to Bar Harbor and much of Acadia National Park. However, as the week went on and we exhausted activities on the busy side, we started exploring the surrounding towns near Bass Harbor. We discovered that our favorite moments and meals ALL occurred on the quietside, especially in Southwest Harbor, a mere 5 minutes away.
For those who want to bike and/or hike much of Acadia, the location may not be ideal. But for those who don't mind a bit of driving we found it much nicer to have quiet evenings to ourselves, almost feeling like we were the only ones on the island, as opposed to the busyness of Bar Harbor.
Overall, we loved Harbor Cottage and were already talking about staying there again in a few years when we might want to visit Acadia for a second time. Between the great owner, immaculate home, and great experiences to be had on the island, we could not have asked for a better honeymoon!
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