“1st time here, not our last!”
March 1, 2016
I booked the stay online which was very easy to do. I received the confirmation email immediately. I sent Jim & Anna an email introducing us and telling them we were coming up for the Acadia Winter Festival. I asked a bunch of questions and they responded to all of them in depth (where to have dinner in town in the winter, etc.).
We stayed in the Heritage Room which was lovely and has it's own entrance, which I love. The room is rustic & cozy with all of the comforts of modern day convenience. There is a Nest Thermostat to control the temp. There are USB outlets on each night table to charge your devices. There is a little fridge tucked into a cabinet. There is WiFi and Netflix already on the TV. Things I noticed that I appreciated: the chocolate candy and the mini-bottle of water on each side table; the black face towel for removing makeup (a sure sign of a thoughtful hostess if there ever was one); a sign to pass on daily housekeeping (we're not fussy and we don't need new towels and the bed made every day); the instructions on how to use the remotes were charming. Lastly, there is an option for overhead heat in the bathroom in addition to an exhaust fan, which I love and don't think I've ever seen in a B & B, much less one built in 1804.
Anna greeted us Thursday night when we arrived and gave us a tour of the common area in the main house and then showed us to our room. The common area is cozy and has a fireplace to sit in front of. The dining area has soft music at all hours. There is hot water to make tea or (my personal choice) hot chocolate from a home-made mix in a jar (it was delicious), and a Keurig to make coffee. There's a fridge with cold sodas & waters in it. There is also, in the afternoon, a jar of treats. When we arrived it was some kind of pecan bar, which boyfriend enjoyed. One afternoon there was some kind of super chocolate devils-food cookie which was delicious. Sunday there was an apricot cookie with a dollop of cream cheese frosting on the top. At that point we were the only people left and I kid you not we only left two in the jar.
The breakfasts here are excellent. Jim and Anna are phenomenal chefs. Anna brings out water immediately and then your choice of juice in a champagne flute that is fresh from the freezer (hostess points!). Friday morning we started with a citrus salad & toasted pistachios with shaved coconut. The main course was ricotta pancakes swimming in a pool of Maine blueberry compote and a breakfast sausage meatball which I had never seen and thought was an amazing concept in addition to being very good. Not only was the whole thing delicious but for the 1st time ever, anywhere, we were offered additional food! They made a second, smaller plate of pancakes & compote for boyfriend. Saturday was a vegetable frittata. I would mention the 1st course but I was so distracted by the candied bacon I forgot what it was. Again, we were offered a few more pieces of the bacon. Sunday was a smoothie followed by the praline french toast and roast pork tenderloin. That pork loin will go down in history as one of the best, most intensely flavorful things I have ever eaten. Again, it never occurred to me that a pork loin could be served as a breakfast meat. It was served with a little cup of au jus and I wanted to drown in it. Our last meal on Monday was a grapefruit halved and broiled with brown sugar and butter which was very good (I've never eaten grapefruit before) followed by poached eggs benedict on sliced ham and toasted english muffin halves. I have never had poached eggs or eggs benedict. I really enjoyed both!
Jim & Anna chatted with us every morning, helped us navigate around Acadia and even emailed us some maps. They were wonderful hosts and we will definitely be back. I would recommend this place to any couple looking for a nice place to stay in Bar Harbor. It's proximity to Acadia is a bonus.
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