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Walk to Town! Beautiful Waterfront Cottage w/ Panoramic Views from Deck, Dock

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,365 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8+)

Starboard II Cottage is an exceptional rental experience.

This waterfront cottage has two stories with an interior connecting staircase to the upper level. It offers a total of 4 bedrooms. The first floor includes: Master Queen bedroom with a connecting door to a full bath, a Bedroom with two twin beds, Kitchen, and Living room with sliding glass doors to a private patio with harbor views. The upper level has a King Bedroom with a connecting door to a full bathroom with tile shower, queen bedroom, full kitchen, dining/livingroom with fantastic views of the harbor and a 14' x 11' deck.

Included are complimentary kayaks for use in the harbor, beach and dock access.

The recreational, cultural, and dining offerings in this area are incredible with the fantastic Acadia National Park at your fingertips and Bar Harbor just minutes away by car or the FREE bus transportation system available just steps from the cottage door!

Starboard II is nestled with three other cottages in a quaint residential neighborhood on the shore of Southwest Harbor and in the midst of an interesting variety of boating activities. From the second floor deck check out the ferry which goes to some of the outer islands passes several times a day to the Upper Town Dock (within view); lobster fishermen moor their boats right off our dock who 'work off' the lobster wholesaler's docks (within view) just to the left of our property on the shore. Across the harbor is Great Bay Marina hosting commercial fishing boats and several world class pleasure yachts during the summer.

Acadia National Park, with its nearly 32,000 acres of land offers unequaled beauty and ocean front access. Over 55 miles of carriage trails were created and gifted to the people by John D. Rockefeller provide easy hiking and biking to the summits of nearby mountains with vista of unrivaled beauty.

In spite of all the physical beauty and charm of the 'Island' we hear most from our newer guests that they were most impressed with the friendliness of the community and the people of Southwest Harbor. Most are anxious to make a visit to Southwest Harbor an annual affair!

Keywords: Shorefront Cottage, Great View, Deck, Kayaks, beachfront, beach, Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor, Acadia National Park, dock, canoe, patio, boating, ocean, waterfront, Mount Desert Island

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Ryan Blotnick
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish, danish
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Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2018

About Ryan Blotnick

The Dawson Family, owners since 1980, loves to share the beauty of Mount Desert Island with their guests. Ask owners Nancy and Jon for recommendations on restaurants, shopping, hiking trails, and secret swimming spots. We 'winter' in nearby Bangor Maine, about 45 miles Northwest of Mount Desert Island. Nancy is a Bangor native and we have an extended family there. But the beauty of the 'Island' draws us year 'round.

We spend weekends in Southwest Harbor through out the four season!

Things get ver quiet in January and February but there are still great restaurants and winter activities that keep us busy.

Ryan Blotnick purchased this house in 1980

Why Ryan Blotnick chose Southwest Harbor

Clark Point neighborhood is unique, rich in a variety of offerings and activities within minutes by foot, boat, bike or auto!

Being on the Harbor provides and ever changing visual experience. Heavily populated in the summer with an incredible array and variety of watercraft, from the fleet of vintage Friendship Sloops to luxury Hinckley sale and power boats, to the commercial fishing fleet of lobster boats and scallop draggers.

This property is 'south facing' which makes it a warm and welcoming place for us during the 'off season'... Our 'winter' home is Bangor where we work in real estate and insurance, 46 miles away, but spend nearly every weekend during the fall, winter and spring seasons!

Our property and location is great because there is a mix of summer residents and year 'round residents... there is an active community here in the 'off season'

During the summer the bus stops at our doorstep providing free transportation around Mt Desert Island. But when its not we are within a short distance to the Causway Club, which has nine hole golf course, clay tennis courts and a salt water heated pool.

On the other side of the Club is the Park with superb hiking. One fantastic hike is Flying Mountain which is only about 250' in elevation and takes only 20 minutes to climb. The reward is a fabulous view East overlooking Somes Sound, Northeast Harbor and the ocean and islands off shore. The trail continues down to Valley Cove on the Sound and there's a fire road returning you to the point of beginning.

The proximity to the vibrant village 'down town' adds to the location. The village offers a great library, Harbor House a community neighborhood organization offering 'YMCA' type of programs for folks of all ages, a great bakery, specialty wine store, a gourmet food market, bike shop, pharmacy, and an array of fine restaurants.

Personally, the property provides access to the harbors and islands around Mt Desert Island.

What makes this house unique

Mount Desert Island offers the most spectacular vistas on the East Coast of the US.

A visit to 'the island' and this part of the Maine Coast would not be complete without a visit to one of the 'outer islands'... Islesford, the village on Little Cranberry Isle is minutes away from Southwest Harbor by ferry where the pace of life is of another generation. It's where a small year 'round population of hardy folk who look to the sea for their sustenance, swells with the 'summer folk who come from 'away' to occupy their waterfront homes and cottages. So check the Ferry schedule at the Upper Town Dock and treat your self to a visit to Islesford.

And if you want a great 'shore luncheon' visit the Dock Restaurant ( Dining at the 'dock' is even better in the evening especially if you're lucky enough to see the sun set... its a site to behold!


Southwest Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1365 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Downstairs - 1 queen
    Downstairs 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Upstairs - 1 queen
    Upstairs Master - 1 king
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
'On the Bus Line' - Acadia National Park has (in season) eco friendly propane buses with an Island wide system; the Island Explorer Bus stops at our property - bike rack included on the BUS! The bus is FREE ! Kayaks for the use of the tenants on a complementary basis. Our great neighbor next door is Jim King who owns the Lindenwood Inn. On an informal basis Jim offers limited use of his pool facilities on a space available basis and for a modest fee. (... he may invite you for cocktails!)


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average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

Great location in SW Harbor; gorgeous view!

  • 5 of 5

There are three(possibly four) condo units available in this small, neat complex that is close to "downtown" SW Harbor. We stayed in Starboard II, with four bedrooms and two kitchens. Our living room was on the upper floor and the entire south wall was windows and sliding doors overlooking SW Harbor.

Location: Our condo was a six minute walk into SW Harbor, with its shops and restaurants. There are some very nice restaurants there, a bakery, small grocery/liquor store, hardware store and a seriously decadent ice cream parlor. You can easily get everything from a quick sandwich to a full course dinner. Going the other way, you are a five minute walk to Beal's Lobster Pound, which is right on the docks and snuggled up against the Coast Guard Station. If anyone in your group likes lobster and seafood, be sure to to go there at least once during your stay.

Accomodations: Our unit had a King sized bed, two queens and one bedroom with two twins. Our King sized bed (upstairs) was very comfortable and firm. The living room was comfortable and the view splendid. I am an amateur photographer and as the light changed over the course of the day, I was constantly stepping out onto the deck and taking more pictures. (The harbor is full of sailboats and lobster boats, plus small ferries to the outer islands chugging back and forth.) The late afternoon sun on the water and boats was perfect. We were also lucky enough to have a nearly full moon, and the moonlight on the water and boats was spectacular. The upstairs kitchen was fine and we prepared there or four dinners there without any problem. Plus, there is a washer/dryer unit on the bottom floor, which was very handy.

I must mention the dock. The dock is immediately off the back of the property. There are kayaks and canoes you can take out if you like. My wife and I went out on the dock most afternoons with a drink and snacks and just sat and watched the world go by. Also, each morning my wife would take a cup of coffee and sat on the dock and just look. Very soothing.

Location within the Acadia area. SW Harbor is a short ride from the entrance to Acadia National Park, from Northeast Harbor and from Bar Harbor. Bar Harbor tends to be touristy and crowded, but it is fun and there is a ton of shops and stores of all varieties.

We highly recommend this condo unit. Nancy and Jon Dawson were great to work with and very pleasant.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage in great location

  • 5 of 5

We have been visiting SWH for 15 years and this cottage is our favorite yet. Wonderful views of the harbor, well stocked kitchen and great location for walking to town restaurants and shops.

Southwest Harbor is the perfect location for people who want to explore all that Mt. Desert and Acadia have to offer. It is much less crowded on the "quiet side" of Mt Desert and provides close access to Acadia's hiking trails, carriage roads and the island's good restaurants.

We will be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mendham, NJ

Unforgettable Stay in this Gem of a Rental in Enchanting Southwest Harbor

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of staying in Starboard II on our first visit to Mount Desert Island. Having rented with VRBO over 10 times, we count on these reviews in our decision-making. This is a candid and unbiased review. My family (two adults and three children ages 10 - 16) and our friends with children the same age (10 in total) rented in July on our first trip to Maine. We chose the Southwest Harbor to have a more authentic "Maine" experience, away from the crowds in Bar Harbor. It was a great decision. This lovely home is right on the water. In addition to being bright, spotless and surprising roomy (I feared from the photos that it would be too tight for our clans), the outdoor space (patio, deck, yard and dock) were delightful. Everything exceed our expectations. We had coffee on the deck every morning before a stunning view, including the boats in the quiet harbor. When the teens woke, we would use the owners kayaks around the harbor and then walk to one of several excellent breakfast spots. Starboard II is a short 20 min drive to Acadia, Bar Harbor and Northeast harbor. The house is FULLY stocked with everything we needed. It was so convenient to have a large washer/dryer and two kitchenettes. Within walking distance of this lovely home are fantastic restaurants (including one of the best lobster spots on the island), bakeries, an ice cream parlor, bike rental shops, fantastic bars and boat/ferry docks and rental shops. Instead of renting bikes in busy Bar Harbor, we rented them in town and drove all around Southwest Harbor, including a scenic trip along the water to a charming lighthouse. Perhaps the highlight of our trip was a private, sunset lobster boat charter from a dock that we WALKED TO from Starboard II. We found the brochure amount a large basket in the sunny Starboard living room. Our kids delighted in the captain's stories and we even pulled up his lobster traps to find several good catches inside. The owners (who live in an attached, but separate part of the residence) were in no way intrusive, but only helpful -- especially when helping us locate a packages of belongings left behind on our trip that were shipped to their residence. When you rent a home, there is almost always something you discover that disappoints. That was not the case at Starboard II. Everything from the water pressure in the showers to the comfort of the mattresses/sheets, surplus of towels, etc. exceeded expectations. We will always remember our stay here.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Monrovia, Calif.

50th birthday and long awaited visit to Acadia NP

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I have been talking about going to Acadia NP and Maine for about 20-years. We couldn't have chosen a better place owned by better people! Jon and Nancy are wonderful people and very welcoming. We shared some California wines together. We planned our trip to try and miss the season rush and it was perfect. Our daily hikes were virtually by ourselves and the Lobster Pounds opened a few days before we left our, so no shortage of the good stuff! This property and it's location is absolutely fabulous! It's close to everything you would want and the view from the deck is amazing. This trip was everything (and more) than we could have hoped for. Thanks Jon and Nancy for being such great hosts!!

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chicago, IL

A Great Second Honeymoon!

  • 5 of 5

The house is even lovelier than the pictures. It's clean, beautifully decorated with lots of windows for the beautiful views in every direction. The garden is also tastefully designed and well tended. Grocery and specialty shops are within 5 minutes. We stayed an extra day and still never ran out of things to do. Bar Harbor and main Acadia is just 30 minutes away and a pleasant drive. There are Acadia attractions right in Southwest Harbor about 10 minutes away. The Island Explorer bus service has a stop a block away. Great restaurants (Beals) are within walking distance. It was interesting to watch the fishing boats come in and out of the harbor. The sunsets are viewable from the patio or the dock. Would rate this rental 6 stars if possible.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Great Time At The Great Harbor Compound

  • 5 of 5

If you are considering a trip to Maine and Acadia National Park put this property on your list of places to stay! Located on the "quiet side" of the Island, this property is a short distance away from downtown Southwest Harbor. You can walk into town for shopping, pie, or ice cream, or take a stroll to the end of the street to go deep sea fishing or sit down to a Lobster feast. You can ride your bike around town, play tennis nearby, walk to hiking trails, or kayak from the dock. It's all here! Additionally, if you want to check out Acadia National Park you are only a short drive (or bus ride) away from fantastic hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, and swimming options. The property itself is an interesting collection of buildings that are well furnished and contain everything you will need for a great vacation. Our family rented out the entire Compound for the week and found it to be the perfect place from which to stage our adventures or to just hang out at the house(s) and enjoy the beautiful view of Southwest Harbor. The owners, Jon and Nancy, were exceptionally helpful in suggesting fun activities for our entire family to enjoy. We were particularly grateful to have access to multiple kayaks and a canoe to enable everyone in our group to enjoy time exploring on the water. Additionally, Jon and Nancy were very helpful in answering questions about the property and in attending to an issue that came up with one of the TVs in the house. If you are looking for a great place to stay near Acadia National Park we would highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Bar Harbor Airport

Nestled in a quaint residential neighborhood on the shores of Southwest Harbor, Starboard II will provide you with an incomparable rental experience.

This waterfront cottage is a 3 bedroom, two-story rental with an interior staircase to the upper level. The first floor includes a Master Queen bed with a door connecting to a full bathroom. Further down the hallway, across from the full kitchen is a twin bedroom with two twin beds, continuing along is the living room with sliding glass doors that open up to a beautiful private patio with harbor views.

As you walk up the stairwell to the second floor, you will find yourself in a large, bright, and opened living-room/ dining room area that provides outstanding views of the harbor. Off from the living room is an exceptional 14’ x 11’ roof top deck with open, unobstructed views. There is a full kitchen with a dishwasher for your convenience. Continuing on, you will find yourself in a Queen bedroom with a connected full bathroom that has a beautifully tiled shower.

From the roof top deck, you will be able to watch the ferry heading to the outer islands from the Upper Town Dock just two doors away. Since Southwest Harbor is an active working harbor, you will also be able to see lobster fishermen moor there boats right off our dock!

You will never be bored with the amount of recreational, cultural, and dining offerings this area has to offer. Right across the harbor, you can watch Great Bay Marina hosting commercial fishing boats, and several world-class pleasure yachts. Acadia National Park is right at your fingertips with nearly 32,000 acres of wonderful hiking, biking, eating, swimming, and lots more. In season the Island Explorer, a free island wide bus service stops at our front door! Some guests enjoy a near by fresh water beach at nearby Echo Lake, located within the National Park, while others search for remote beaches along the 17 miles of Park ocean frontage on the Island.

Bar Harbor is another popular destination for visitor. If you are in the mood for shopping, eating, or just a change of scenery for a day, jump on the free shuttle and enjoy. Traveling around town is easily assessable as downtown is walking distance from the cottage and Mount Desert Island is just a quick shuttle bus away; catch the shuttle just steps from your front door!

Even with all of the physical beauty and charm of the ‘Island’, we hear most from our guests that they were impressed with the friendliness of the community and the people of Southwest Harbor.

We are happy to provide you with access to our kayaks for the inner harbor only. We are also happy to share access to our dock and beach! Please ask us for any dining recommendations as the restaurants are top notch and not to be missed!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 9.0%

We rent by the week. Our turnover day is on Sunday. Maine lodging tax is 9%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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