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Walk to Town, Shore Path, Acadia from Our Bar Harbor Cottage

Bedrooms 2
Space 984 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

One reason guests like to come back to our home is the neighborhood, and the neighbors. Need a break from noise and commotion? Our Snow Street Cottage is one long block away from Main Street and about five blocks from the heart of Bar Harbor. You wouldn't know it, though. The neighbors are local doctors, realtors, restaurant owners who are very friendly. The street is quiet and filled with nicely kept homes.

When we stay in Bar Harbor we enjoy waking up early and walking from our home to the shore path, around the corner, which winds around the perimeter of Bar Harbor, past the mansions and the fragrant primrose, to the wharf. The views of the Porcupine Islands are calming and peaceful. On the way back home a number of shops offer fresh pastries and a morning cup of coffee or juice to start our day.

Being so close to town, Acadia, the shore path means that you are in the heart of what makes Bar Harbor so much fun. We used to rent homes ourselves so we've taken care to make sure the beds are very comfortable, the kitchen and bath are modern, and the warm, soft glow of the original wood molding and fixtures are preserved to give you the feel of a comfortable home.

Outside, the grounds are green and colorful with summer flowers and lilies, iris and a different planting in our bathtub planter each season. We're only two blocks from the hospital and the local doctors so care is never far away if you need it. Dogs are welcome too, upon approval. Hope you'll be our guest this year!

More Details

Herb Hess
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 11, 2018

About Herb Hess

Toni and I and the kids enjoy hiking, kayaking, Family Fun Day at Seur Des Monts in Acadia (in July). We've been vacationing in Bar Harbor every summer since about 1998. We all enjoy the friendships we have formed here, which have lead to visits back to the Island every Thanksgiving as well. When we're not here we enjoy gardening, rollerskating and rollerblading, the beach, and hangin' with the kids.

Herb Hess purchased this house in 2003

Why Herb Hess chose Bar Harbor

Toni and I had been vacationing in Bar Harbor for about 7 years before we decided to be part of this wonderful community. Every few years we would extend our own vacation from one week to two to ... You get the idea.

Now that we have the opportunity to share Bar Harbor with our parents and kids for a good part of the summer, we reluctantly depart but are very happy in knowing that we can share the beauty of this town, island, and National treasure with many others.

What makes this house unique

McKays menu continually changes and is perfect for an American or European taste in a beautifully restored home setting, often with live entertainment and outdoor seating available, too. Say Hi to Brian when you get there.

Life would not be complete without the Farmers Market on Sunday at the YMCA parking lot from 9 to noon. We're particularly taken with the Camembert cheese rounds that we pair up with baguette bread from Hannaford's and Palacio chorizo we bring from our winter home.

We'll take these treats to Compass Harbor (see our map on this listing) for a secluded picnic, dog walk, and restful afternoon.


Bar Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 984 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Resort ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • There is an additional toilet in the basement.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2). The home comfortably accommodates 4 people. In the event there is a request for an additional one or two persons, these requests will be considered case-by-case.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Our home's kitchen is furnished with lobster pots for cooking fresh-caught lobsters you can buy at the lobster pound, fans are available for those few days in the summer when the temperature might feel a bit warm - otherwise bring your warmer clothes and escape the heat!


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Walk to Town, Shore Path, Acadia from Our Bar Harbor Cottage
average rating of 4.6896553 based on 29 reviews

What a great gem of a house!

  • 5 of 5

As a rental property - this one was very well stocked with towels, dishes, sheets, all the necessities to make your stay 'homey'. Within walking distance of downtown, with a plutheora of dining options steps away. Thoroughly enjoyed our 3 night stay - and appreciated the owners attention to providing MORE than the necessities!

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We want our home to be your home when you are in Bar Harbor. Thanks for the kind words. We are happy we can share a great in-town experience with so many folks from around the country and the world.
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Great location, real close to the lovely shore path

  • 4 of 5

This is a cute vintage place with everything I needed. There were two adult bikes and a bike lock, comfy beds, and linens.

It’s right down the street from Havana, my new favorite dining establishment. It’s an easy walk to tons of great places, I enjoyed my stay.

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect location! Access to full length of shore walk was a real plus. Quaint and comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

Perfect location! Access to full length of shore walk was a real plus. Quaint and comfortable.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location. Location, Location

  • 4 of 5

Nice clean bungalow. It's within walking distance, via shore path or main street, of everything Bar Harbor has to offer. Everything you need is supplied including gas grill and bikes (2 adult and 1 child). Bad weather day, you have cable TV and games available. Tired of eating out, well don't, run to the supermarket and cook at "home."

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for staying with us. The bikes are popular with our guests. The regular guests (5 years running) who stayed the week before count on the bikes for their travels through Acadia. Please visit again! Herb and Toni
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Great house great location

  • 5 of 5

The house was fantastic. It was close to everything. Great place!

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The cottage was cozy and comfortable. Clean and adequately equipped. Great location yet very quiet.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time. The cottage has a great location. Close to town with all the shops and even the farmers market on Sunday. Your only a short drive away from the base of Acadia National Park. The views and the hiking trails are outstanding with levels for all ages. Biking and kayaking rentals are a great way to see more of the beautiful area. The Whale restaurant was one of our favorites. Good food, fast service and average prices. The local grocery store and the fully equipped cottage made breakfast and lunch a snap at home. I would highly recommend this rental to anyone looking for a quite relaxing vacation. The cottage was clean and had everything you would need. Just like being at home.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Bar Harbor/Trenton - BHB (Bangor - BGR 45 miles)
Nearest Barpub
150 Metres
Havana, Poor Boys, Side Street Cafe, McKays, Blaze
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Bar Harbor to Schoodic Penninsula Ferry
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Kebo Valley
Nearest Train
160 Miles
Portland, Maine
Nearest Motorway
50 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
150 Metres
Havana, Poor Boys, McCays, Side Street Cafe, Blaze
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Hermon Mountain Ski Area
Nearest Beach
300 Metres
Shore Path (rocky/sandy beach)
Nearest Point of Interest
Village Green
Nearest Point of Interest
Sea-bound adventures
Nearest Point of Interest
For the kid (in all of us)
Nearest Point of Interest
Compass Harbor
Nearest Point of Interest
Diver Ed (not to be missed)
Nearest Point of Interest
College of the Atlantic (COA) Art Museum & More
Nearest Point of Interest
Shore Path
Nearest Point of Interest
Kebo Valley Golf Course
Car: not necessary

Whale watching is virtually guaranteed by the local tour companies, Bar Harbor is home to both modern architecture as well as shops and homes from the late 1800's and early 1900's. We're about 2 blocks from the YMCA (swimming, basketball) and fenced kid's playground. Across from the Y is the ballfield.

Here's a word picture of what you will find on your visit.

From our home walk a block to Main Street and over to Main Street Market to pick up the local Mount Desert Islander or the weekly National Park Guide for a list of daily and local events, many of them free and fun for all ages. On Sundays you are a block away from the local Farmer's Market in the YMCA parking lot. The Y offers kids camp, basketball, swimming. For the under 8 year old set, the public playground behind the Y is a gem. Two blocks beyond that is Glen Mary Pool open to all throughout the summer - at no charge.

Walking into town you will quickly pass fine restaurants, ice cream parlors, wine, clothes, and specialty stores, and outdoor hiking, rockclimbing, and water activity outfitters all within a few blocks.

By now you are in the heart of town and about 3 blocks from the Harbor. The Village Green is as enjoyable as you can imagine, surrounded by Reel Pizza (dine on gourmet pizza and local beer while watching first run films), the firehouse, the National Park Visitor's Center, the Library, Churches, museums, and of course, a collection of local shops featuring Maine art, gems, clothing, and local dining from Lobster Fra Diavlo to Lobster Ice Cream.

Before you get to the Harbor, be sure to find Rodick Street, right behind the Village Green to the right of Reel Pizza. Two favorites here are Side Street Cafe (owned by big sister Jenn - always a party and often live music) and Little Sister's Creative Studio (owned by lil' sister Emily). The kids will enjoy crafts and artwork for a few hours while you enjoy some time together in the village, taking in a movie, or enjoying a local dish at the many great restaurants. There is even a 'date night' package on Friday nights where kids enjoy the Studio and a meal from the Cafe next door.

Rodick Street is also home to Morning Glory Bakery, by far the best bakery/coffee shop to get your morning started. Even Diver Ed goes there (more on him later).

On the way to the Harbor walking down Main Street, the big red wooden carved lobster lets you know you are at Ben and Bills. Try to resist the homemade fudge, confections, and ice cream if you can. (If you are successful, CJ's or MDI Ice Cream off of the Village Green will ensnare you with their own unique flavors). The aroma of pizza and the lure of boutique shopping on Cottage Street may divert you momentarily from your goal of reaching the Harbor.

Once at the Harbor enjoy spectacular views of Frenchman's Bay from Agamont Park, luxury yachts and lobster boats side by side, the Porcupine Islands, and the Little Egg Lighthouse. At low tide you will walk the 'bar' over to Bar Island. You can even drive there, but don't dally. The phrase 'tide and time wait for no man' are born out by the rapid rise in tides in the Bay of Fundy, and cars are occasionally stranded or stuck on Bar Island when their owners wait too long to drive off. You will find sea life and sea glass on the bar including crabs, snails, and sea stars (starfish).

The Harbor is also home to the Margaret Todd, a recreated 4-masted schooner with voyages daily. I like the sunset cruise myself, enjoying some soft guitar tunes and helping to hoist the sails with a half-dozen other crewmate (passengers). The serenity of the voyage and the view from the water reminds me of what Champlain saw when he discovered the island in the 1600's.

If you enjoy fishing, take a fishing rod from our home and catch a few mackerel or pollock for dinner from the pier. For an unforgettably fun, funny, and zany encounter with sea life - be sure to take the Diver Ed excursion from College of the Atlantic just up the road (under a mile). Ed and his wife have turned a vessel into an ocean-going theater. Ed dives down with a high-def camera and Mini-Ed. Together they do battle with crabs, lobsters, and sea cucumbers. Later Ed bags the critters and brings them on board for a real show. You'll see seals, porpoises, and sea lions as well.

The Harbor will also offer you opportunities to whale-watch, ride on a lobster boat, and take an ocean tour of the island to see seals, puffins, porpoises, and the spectacular beauty of Mount Desert Island.

Finally, you can leave the Harbor and walk home on the Shore Path. Remind yourself of the majesty of the Island when it was the summer retreat of the Rockefellers, Astors, and the wealthy. The view from the Shore Path is one of estates with spreading lawns on one side and Frenchman's Bay to the other. At the end of the Shore Path, walk one block and you are back home.

I know I've left out just as much as I've written about here. So much to discover!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Damage Deposit $150

This home is strictly a non-smoking property. No pets allowed without prior signed permission. Only dogs are allowed as pets with prior approval.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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