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'The Birches at Acadia Retreat'-Adorable Cottage-Close to the Beach!

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights


About the property

Truly Impeccable Renovation Makes the Most of Natural Light and Fun Colors!

Maine is called 'Vacationland' - it's even printed on the license plates! Mt. Desert Island, home of Bar Harbor & Acadia National Park, is an incredibly beautiful place where people come to relax, to play & to appreciate all that nature has to offer. 'The Birches at Acadia Retreat' has been created so that you & your family can stay in a wonderful & comfortable environment while you explore & experience all the beauty that surrounds you! Our charming, newly renovated cottage has tons of new windows, beautiful flooring & carpets!The fixtures & appliances are shiny & modern! This adorable place is beautifully maintained & lovingly appointed with great attention to detail. We have a bright, open floor plan where the living room, dining area & kitchen share one big space with a huge vaulted wood ceiling . The bedrooms are comfy, cozy & oh, so cute!! The 4+ acres provide a beautiful, secluded setting where you can enjoy the solitude & the fresh Maine air & lots of beautiful birch trees.

Major Renovation for this Vacation Rental!: This is only the third season that this home is being offered as a weekly vacation rental! The last time I opened a new rental it was so appealing that a very happy couple from Syracuse return every summer for a two week stay for what is now 10 consecutive years! Call today and make arrangements to enjoy this wonderful little home and it's picturesque location! I must say that the birch trees are beautiful!!

More Details

Lorie Wiebrecht
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2018

About Lorie Wiebrecht

I was born in Bar Harbor and my entire family lives or works only 5 minutes from our rental homes. My husband was born in Wisconsin and he fell in love with MDI the first time I took him there in 1996. He knew even before I did that we MUST have our own property there so that we would always have an excuse to go north whenever we could!

Mt. Desert Island is such a beautiful place - we both are so thankful that we can experience it many times a year and I must say that we are struck by the beauty and the solitude every time we go 'home.'

We hope that you truly have a wonderful time whether it is your first experience or you have been visiting for 20 years.

My Dad's motto is...'If you come to Maine once it won't be your last time.' Of course he is pretty bias on the subject - having lived in Bar Harbor all his life! I wish everyone could get one of his Island tours-they are awesome to say the least!

He started working as a chauffeur at age 15 and he can tell some stories. He and my Mom owned several restaurants and motels and even developed the largest campground on the Island, Bar Harbor Campground which my youngest brother now manages.

Seems like our family has been in the hospitality trade forever and...with all that experience we have certainly learned how to take good care of our guests!

Lorie Wiebrecht purchased this house in 2007


Bar Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Re: Cancellation-If you need to cancel and I can replace your reservation I will refund your rental fees if given enough notice. Policy noted in lease
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • We have a Pack 'N Play available for the little ones.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Beach Towels
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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'The Birches at Acadia Retreat'-Adorable Cottage-Close to the Beach!
average rating of 5.0 based on 41 reviews
Buffalo, New York

Layout is perfect for parents of young children!

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at the birches. It was comfortable, clean, and charming.

The layout of the house is great for parents with young children. Our kids (8 and 5) stayed in the back bedroom which is far enough away from the living room where the adults can chat after the kids go to bed.

Lorie, the host is super accommodating and made things easy. The house had everything we needed and everything was stored so it was easy to find! This was our first time renting a home and we think we were spoiled with such a great experience- it will be hard to top!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! These guests just left this morning and I already have a very sweet review! I love to hear that our vacation rental enhanced the family's experience! And it is especially satisfying when this is the first time that they have tried the vacation rental alternative and THEY LOVED IT!! I try to stock our rentals (we have 3 now!) so that a family of any makeup has what they might need and enjoy. Great books, good TVs and strong Wi-Fi plus a well-stocked kitchen and plenty of nice linens for the adults AND games, puzzles, books and toys for the kids! It is fun to anticipate the needs of my guests and to add those things to the home even before they know that they might need them! If you would like to discuss a reservation in one of our rentals please call/email or text Lorie. Happy Vacationing!
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Will return for another stay at The Birches!

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely apartment! Clean and very well-maintained, well-equipped, cozy and comfortable, conveniently located in MDI and looked exactly as pictured. We enjoyed our stay so much and wish we had stayed longer...would love to return and would definitely recommend that you stay there! Lorie was a pleasure to work with...always answered our inquiries promptly, sent a lot of descriptive information about the property and the area and was very flexible with our personal needs. We enjoyed Acadia NP, Bar Harbor, the Lighthouse and harbors...hiking, biking, shopping, sunsets, eating! Just a wonderful destination and a great lodging choice.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! What a lovely comprehensive review~ We try very hard to make everyone's experience seamless and satisfying and this reviews sounds like a win to me! We have many guests that return year after year because they know what they will get when they stay with us and the only surprises that they will have are the improvements that occur after their last visit. I have one couple that has stayed with us for 13 years in a row and we have a great relationship. When she calls to reserve for the upcoming season I ask her what she would like me to "add to the house" to enhance her experience. One year she wanted a clock in a certain room so that she didn't have to leave that room when she was reading a good book. Another year she wanted a new toaster. And... the next year she wanted a firmer mattress-oh, yes...a new mattress!!! Last summer she requested a new toaster oven and guess what...she got the item on her "wish list" every time! I value my guests tremendously and if I can provide something that would make their experience even more is my pleasure to do it! :-) Please give me a call and let me make sure that YOU have a great vacation rental experience! Take care and thank you~
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Amazingly clean, well-appointed cottage

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was perfect -- very *clean*, comfortable, and with many amenities! I literally took pictures of the inside of one of the kitchen drawers for my mom, who is the most tidy, prepared person in the world. It was like my mom stocked this place. This was our first trip away without the kids and the cottage was a great, comfortable home base for us. It was easy to get to the park and town, and very close (about a mile) to Mainly Meat bbq co-located with the Atlantic Brewery. Lorie was very responsive and helpful when securing the rental. We had a wonderful stay! Hope to be back with the kids another time!

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for a great review! It makes me laugh that this guest took pictures of a drawer! :-) I bet that it was the "junk" drawer! I have a VERY NICE multi-sectioned 2-level tray with most of the office supplies that you would have at home plus small tools, note pads, glue, double-sided tape, matches and flashlights. I once had someone call me and ask jokingly if I really thought that they would need Wite-Out while on vacation?? Well...I said...maybe you will make a mistake on a postcard! They laughed and said...maybe so! You never know what you might need so I try to think of all those things for you. It is a fun challenge for me and when someone says that I forgot something...that is the next thing that I add!! I have had guests ask for new toasters, new mattresses, new clocks, new games, more beach toys and this summer I bought a new toaster oven for one of my repeat guests. Whatever you want I try to make to happen~ Please feel free to contact me so that I can help YOU plan a magical Maine vacation. Thank you! Lorie
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Ideal Mount Desert Island Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

Everything you need to enjoy a wonderful time on Mount Desert Island and at Acadia National Park! Comfy beds, peaceful surrounding, laundry, wifi, even a few toys! Very clean and tidy, excellent communication with owners, definitely recommended for small families coming to Maine to enjoy the National Park.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! It was a great experience for the guests and interacting with them was a great experience for me, too!! We do try to stock as much as possible in each house. AND...we also have 2 other rentals where we can get other items if guests need more of something! This week we had several children at one house and they definitely wanted to spend a lot of time playing at the beach. There is one house that has a wonderful collection of beach toys and I had those moved to their house! We have a wonderful collection of children's books and games in each house. We have bath toys and stuffed animals for the little ones and tons of games/puzzles for all ages. This summer someone asked for a chess set which I did not have so I purchased one and had it ready for them when they arrived. I am the VACATION CONCIERGE! It is really fun to give my guests what they want! Please give me a call anytime so that we can talk about the vacation experience that you would like to have. THANK YOU!
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Great location!

  • 5 of 5

Great location to set up base camp and explore Acadia. The owner Lorie was a pleasure to work with. Great communication. We would rent this location again.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you!!! I enjoyed talking with these guests as well! I was born in Bar Harbor so I could help them find what they were looking for and give them tips on places that I had visited myself. Also...the guest books are full of great recommendations. Guests can tell you how many whales they saw that week on the whale watching trip or how the kayak rental company made their day so special. There are so many things to do in the area. If you are a lover of nature...this is your dream come true. You can explore all day, take in the sunset on Cadillac in the evening and come home and eat your lobsters on the picnic table after you pick them up from the corner lobster shack. We have many brochures available for you and guests leave new ones from their recent adventures all the time. Please give me a call and we can discuss a great vacation spot for you and your family! Thank you.
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West Chester, PA

Comfortable & Clean on Beautiful MDI

  • 5 of 5

This wonderful cottage was the perfect place for my family of four to stay on our vacation to Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park. It was exactly as described in the listing and was immaculately clean and very well maintained. The house is on the northern and quiet part of MDI but still very close to everything; it takes 15 minutes to get into the heart of Acadia NP or to downtown Bar Harbor. The house, especially the kitchen, is very well stocked with everything that you could need. Lorie has really thought of everything! Lorie also made sure to check in before and during our stay to make sure that we were ok, which is a very nice touch. The beds are comfortable and the nights were cool and quiet when were there in mid July. My family of four (two parents and two teenage daughters) loved this cottage and enjoyed the rest it provided to us at the end of a busy day of hiking in the park. It allowed us all plenty of room to spread out and be comfortable. There are a number of good lobster shacks within 5 minutes (go to C-Ray's!) and Atlantic Brewing/Mainley Meats is about 3 minutes away. We can't wait to go back and would not hesitate to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Another Happy Vacationer! That is our goal! Every season we try to improve all of our rentals with new items, more attention to detail and the best service that we can provide. Now that communication is so easy with our cell phones I have noticed especially this summer that many of our guests are reaching out right when they arrive. They mostly say..."we're here and we love it!" First impressions are so important and if you are delighted when you first arrive then you are likely to be "completely in love" by the end of your stay! What could be better than time spent with nature, eating great seafood and local produce, enjoying your friends and family and then returning to base camp where you can enjoy the solitude and regenerate in preparation for the next big day of exploring? Just remember what my Dad always said..."If you've never been to Maine you should go...if you have been there'll be back!" We would love to have you stay with us whether it is your first time or you have been coming for 20 years! Thank you~
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Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Bar Harbor Airways-Trenton
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Mainely Meats and Brewery
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Kebo Valley Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Route 3
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Mainely Meats and Town Hill Market
Nearest Beach
2.5 Miles
Hadley Point Beach
Car: necessary

'The Birches at Acadia Retreat' is conveniently located just 2 miles from the bridge onto Mt. Desert Island and 9 miles from downtown Bar Harbor. The Visitor's Center at the entrance of Acadia National Park is less than 10 minutes away. The Island Explorer which provides Free bus service to Bar Harbor & other Island towns stops just up the road. Ellsworth which is 10 miles away has more movie theaters, restaurants & shopping. Don't forget to go to the L. L. Bean Outlet store, Marden's and Reny's which are all located on High Street (Route 3) In Ellsworth. They have 'Wicked Good' stuff and fantastic prices!

Other Activities: Whale Watching Cruises


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $125
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 9.0%

When you are ready to proceed with your reservation the leasing documents are prepared for your review. If documents are acceptable, arrangements are made for payment. A travel package is emailed after all funds are rec'd. After your departure the cleaning crew inspects the property & your deposit is returned promptly. We make it easy & efficient for you!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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