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'Thankful Cottage' is a charming, romantic hideaway near the Harbor.

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

1 king bedroom suite, second bedroom, 2 full bathrooms, sleeps total of 3

'Thankful Cottage' is located in the Village of Bar Harbor near the Town Pier, Town Beach, historic Shore Path walk, and the Museum in the Streets self guided walking tour. Built before the Civil War, the cottage has been lovingly rehabilitated and features the perfect blend of nostalgia with modern amenities. The cottage has off street parking and is walkable to boating, shopping, dining and cultural activities. Bar Harbor is named for the 'bar' to Bar Island which forms the harbor. Bar Island, portrayed by David Maitland Armstrong in his late 1800's painting, 'The Bar, Bar Harbor', is visible from the cottage.

The top floor of the cottage is master suite with king bed, sitting room with water view, walk-in closet, full bath and deck with water view.

The first floor includes a modern kitchen, living area with gas fireplace, den with pull out twin bed and a second full bath.

Wonder why the cottage is named, 'Thankful'? We traced the deeds back to a woman named Thankful Rodick who in the mid-1800's lived in the cottage. While Bar Harbor is thankful that this little cottage has survived for 165+- years, we actually named her after the person Thankful. The cottage is on the Bar Harbor historic

properties list.

We hope you will be 'thankful' that you picked 'her' for your stay in downtown Bar Harbor. What could be better after a day of boating and hiking, followed by a gourmet dinner, than a walk home to your own historic cottage in the heart of Bar Harbor?

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Sherry Rasmussen
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 30, 2017

About Sherry Rasmussen

We, Sherry and Ivan Rasmussen, have been involved the ARTs in Bar Harbor since the early 1970's. We own galleries and artist studios on the Bar Harbor Waterfront near the cottage. Ivan, who was once Bar Harbor Harbormaster, has spent most of his life near the ocean in his native Oregon and now on Mount Desert Island which is home to Acadia National Park.

Growing up, Sherry's beach was Virginia Beach in her native state. She traveled extensively as an international flight attendant.

Though her travels took her to many beautiful destinations, she

says that Mt. Desert Island, home to Bar Harbor, is truly one of the world's great treasures...and Acadia's Sand Beach surrounded by mountains is now her beach.

Ivan captures the beauty of the island in his watercolors that he

sells in his own 'ART on West' and other galleries.

We live right in the Village of Bar Harbor which is one of Maine's most walkable communities. And just like many of our Thankful Cottage visitors, we walk or bike into Acadia National Park from our home. A free bus runs from mid-June to mid-October from the Village of Bar Harbor into Acadia National Park and to neighboring Villages. The Village of Bar Harbor is surrounded by Acadia National Park and the nearby Bar Island is just a short walk from the cottage. Did you know that the 'bar' across the 'harbor' to Bar Island is the reason for the town's name of Bar Harbor? You can see the 'bar' and Bar Island from the cottage.

We love to share our community and island with visitors from around the world. You check in for your week at our 'ART on West: Gallery. We are there to get you started on a perfect vacation.

Sherry Rasmussen purchased this cottage in 2003

Why Sherry Rasmussen chose Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island

Rare is the opportunity to rent an 1850's cottage in a perfect resort location. For your convenience there is private, off street parking and the amenities of the world renowned Village of Bar Harbor are all walkable.

Because the cottage rents Sunday to Sunday, it is a perfect honeymoon hideaway after a Saturday wedding. It has also become

a favorite for anniversary celebrations.

You will delight in the historic maps and collectibles that take you back to another era, yet you will enjoy the modern conveniences that make your stay enjoyable. Following the history of Bar Harbor, you can jump on the 'Museum in the Streets' free, self-guided walking tour at the near by Bar Harbor Club or other locations around town.

What makes this cottage unique

Location, location, location. The cottage is near the water and close to Bar Harbor's most upscale hotels with their fine restaurants. There are also many wonderful restaurants and galleries just a short walk away. Right near the cottage are a group of artist owned and run galleries and studios.

Come home after a busy day of shopping, hiking, and exploring to your own cozy cottage with gas fireplace.


Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Paddy's on West Street
Nearest Ferry
0.1 Miles
Bar Harbor to Winter Harbor ferry
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Kebo Valley Club
Nearest Train
175 Miles
Amtrak Downeaster, Portland, ME
Nearest Restaurant
0.05 Miles
West Street Cafe
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Bar Harbor Town Beach
Car: not necessary

'Thankful Cottage' is a charming, romantic hideaway near the Bar Harbor Waterfront. Renting Sunday to Sunday is it a perfect honeymoon location for Saturday weddings. Built circa 1850, the cottage features a blend of historic and modern. It is on Bar Harbor's historic properties list and has been designated as the oldest small cottage in the downtown village. It has off street parking and is walkable to boating, dining, shopping and cultural activities.

The second floor master suite includes a king bed, large full bath, sitting room with waterview, walk-in closet and private deck with waterview.

The first floor features a modern kitchen, living area with gas fireplace, den with twin pull out bed and a second full bath.

Other Activities: whale watching, boating, hiking, bird watching, cultural activities, art galleries.

Be sure to visit the Official Acadia National Park website:


Bar Harbor Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The master bath has antique details including a clawfoot tub with shower and a corner sink. The cabinetry is handcrafted. The pull-chain toilet is a modern reproduction. The first floor bath has a modern tub/shower. Towels included.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , The 2nd bedroom doubles as the den: attached full bath & tv
  • The entire top floor is master suite: king bed, walk-in closet, sitting room with waterview, full bath, deck with waterview. Cable tv and wifi are included, of course. The second bedroom is a den on the first floor with twin size pull out sofa. There is a full bath off the den. Since the bedrooms have full baths and are on separate floors, there is privacy for each guest.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Tennis ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 3 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
There are several spas nearby as well as private and public tennis courts.


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'Thankful Cottage' is a charming, romantic hideaway near the Harbor.
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

Beautiful cottage in the perfect location to enjoy Bar Harbor and Acadia

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I stayed here for a weeklong vacation in Bar Harbor and HIGHLY recommend it. Sherry was very fast in responding to emails from the very beginning, and she went out of her way to make the whole rental process extremely smooth and easy. We were greeted in Maine with a warm welcome and a plethora of information of things to do in the area. The cottage itself is beautiful--full of historical charm but with all of the modern conveniences one would need. We absolutely loved coming home to this cozy place at the end of every day. It is also perfectly located, within walking distance to everything in Bar Harbor, and very close to Acadia. Staying here made for a truly wonderful week for us, and we couldn't recommend it highly enough

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a lovely couple! We are so happy that they liked the 1850's cottage and even enjoyed ART Walk Bar Harbor on First Friday…another one of the walkable village events.
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The best rental in town!

  • 5 of 5

I would give the Thankful Cottage 10 stars if I could. We had an amazing week made even better by the location of this cottage (steps to town), view of the water, the darling 1800's charm, (with plenty of modern admenities) and tons of space. Your average Bed And Breakfasts will cost more and offer so much less. Sherrie and Ivan are the perfect rental hosts and will help you wit ANYTHING! We were only sorry we did't include money in our budget for a piece if Ivan's art at the gallery next door. A must! Thanks Sherrie and Ivan for helping to make our stay so comfortable. The McDevitts

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy when people take the time to let us know that they love the little 1850's cottage. We enjoy greeting people from all over our beautiful country & from around the world and sharing with them our island community. We hope this lovely PA couple will put Bar Harbor and Thankful on their list for another Acadia visit. We thank you for choosing us and are glad we met your expectations for a restful and fun-filled holiday!
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Ft Lauderdale FL

Wonderful Home Away From Home

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is exactly as described and the location is perfect. Tucked one block off the main streets it was quiet and restful and yet only steps to the heart of downtown Bar Harbor. Sherry and Ivan were wonderful hosts and provided information throughout our stay on events taking place. We could not have chosen a better place for our two week stay!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Washington DC

Thankful Cottage - a wonderful retreat

  • 5 of 5

Sherry and Ivan Rasmussen have restored this historic home into a delightful refuge. My sister and I agreed we had stepped into our own little home. Set back from West Street along the bustling harbor, Thankful Cottage is in a great location, giving guests access to everything Bar Harbor has to offer: You are in the midst of Acadia National Park -- able to enjoy the beauty of the water and the land.

We strongly recommend this as the perfect get away. We enjoyed walking around town, listening to the town band, eating fresh lobster, whale watching and sea kayaking. Sherry and Ivan provided plenty of information for us to experience Bar Harbor to the fullest, and they go out of the way to address every question or concern you may have. Though my sister and I traveled to Bar Harbor to visit family and spend time outside hiking and exploring the harbor, we are also avid fans of the Olympics. One of my former students was competing in Rio and Sherry made sure that the cable TV in the cottage was in tip top working order. We are most thankful for a wonderful week and have already signed-up to return next summer.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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New York

Thankful Cottage .....The Best

  • 5 of 5

This is our second stay at Thankful Cottage. We wouldn't even venture to look anywhere else!!! This for us, is the ultimate stay. Right in the middle of beautiful Bar Harbor. Sherri and Ivan are most helpful and so down to earth friendly. Every morning, I, personally look forward to sunrise. I can just walk out the front door, across the street, and have numerous places to just watch the beauty. The backdrop of the harbor is breathtaking as well as my daily walk to Bar Island when the tide was out. We spent each day hiking in a different location. The Island Explorer bus depot is right up the street so we can ride for free to our hiking destinations. There is absolutely nothing negative about this little cottage. We will be coming back for as long as we are able, which we hope is a long long time. Thank you Sherri and Ivan for providing this perfect spot in our favorite vacation location. The cottage is clean, comfortable and beautifully decorated. We LOVE Thankful.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So nice to have our NY visitors back for another year and this year to celebrate a retirement! We'll be seeing them again Thankful Cottage in 2017.
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Thankful Cottage - Bar Harbor, Main

  • 5 of 5

5 stars for sure. All we expected and more. Location allowed us to walk to every meal we wanted to eat, and we had our own private parking spot. Can't wait to go back. Love this cottage. Highly recommend it. Owners are great people and we enjoyed their company. My brother came up for a few days and he was able to use the downstairs room with a pull out couch bed as his bedroom, he even had his own bath. 10 minute walks to the most far away restaurant. We never drove our car to a single meal in a week. Everything in the cottage was as described and we loved coming home to it every night. We didn't cook there, but all the appliance were at our disposal, as was utensils, washer, dryer, tv, internet, etc. We have no complaints. The cottage is only about 5 miles from the entrance to Acadia, which is why we went to Maine to begin with. The park was so enjoyable, but also downtown Bar Harbor was a delight. Plenty to do and eat and everything only a couples of minutes away by foot. Please consider stay here or in their other 2 bedroom property which is right next store. We will consider renting that one next time as well so that we can bring a few more people.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow...what a nice review of the 1850's cottage that is so loved by many from Bar Harbor and from away. This was a great family that was our pleasure to host. They came to hike Acadia so it gave us great joy to see the group walking with the three walking sticks that we provide for hikers!! We look forward to seeing them again.
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $15 per person per night

The cottage is a housekeeping cottage. You will find it in perfect condition when you arrive. We are at our nearby home or gallery if you should need anything at all. There is not a cleaning fee or any hidden fees. Please e-mail us at or call 207-288-9428 with your questions or special needs. We hope to see you in Bar Harbor this summer.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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