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Inns Along The Coast: BAR HARBOR

Cruise ships, hikers, tourists…everyone wants to visit Bar Harbor

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This Summer Acadia National Park Celebrates it’s 100th Anniversary

 Bar Harbor is home to the largest parts of Acadia National Park and Cadillac Mountain. Cadillac Mountain is the highest point within twenty-five miles of the coastline of the Eastern United States. Acadia National Park is the oldest American national park east of the Mississippi River.  Early industries of Bar Harbor included fishing, lumbering and shipbuilding. 

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Landscape architect Charles Eliot is credited with the idea of the park. George B. Dorr, called the “father of Acadia National Park”, along with Elliot’s father Charles Eliot (the president of Harvard) supported the idea with donations of land and through advocacy at the state and federal levels.  Today, there are over 50 miles of gravel carriage trails, 17 granite bridges, two gate lodges and almost all are still in use today. 

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Cadillac Mountain is one of the first places in the United States to see the sunrise. Miles of carriage roads were originally built by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. The mountains of Acadia National Park offer hikers and bicycle riders views of the ocean, island lakes and pine forests. 

View & Photo Courtesy Saltair Inn Waterfront Bed & Breakfast

View & Photo Courtesy Saltair Inn Waterfront Bed & Breakfast

In the 1840’s, the rugged maritime scenery attracted the Hudson River School and Luminism artists Thomas Cole, Frederick Edwin Church, William Hart and Fitz Henry Lane. Inspired by their paintings, journalists, sportsmen and “rusticators” followed.

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 Park Loop Road is a 27 mile scenic drive and the crown jewel of ANP and the primary avenue for navigating through the eastern portion of the park by vehicle. There are 125 miles of hiking trails to explore.

In town, the rich and famous tried to outdo each other with entertaining and their estates, often hiring landscape gardener and landscape architect Beatrix Farrand, a resident at local Reef Point Estate to design their gardens. A glimpse of their lifestyles can be seen by walking the Shore Path in town. 

Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B 

Saltair Inn Waterfront Bed & Breakfast   is a romantic, in-town, four-season waterfront B&B on the shores of Frenchman Bay.  This waterfront Bed & Breakfast has 5 suites, 3 rooms and back deck and lawn to enjoy breakfast and a fabulous view. Innkeepers Kristi and Matt Losquadro  are the current owners.

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Photo Courtesy Salitar Inn Waterfront B&B

Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B exterior

Photo Courtesy Salitar Inn Waterfront B&B

“Saltair” was built in 1887 as a guest house for William and Elizabeth Rice of Massachusetts and New York. Mr Rice was an investor and businessman. Mrs. Rice was one of the founding benefactors of what is now MDI Hospital. Saltair was one of six summer cottages the Rice’s built in the West Street Historical District, which includes 17 properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

IMG_1628 An expansive back lawn slopes gently from the rear of the inn to the water’s edge. Low tide reveals a sand bar connecting the Saltair Inn to Bar Island, from which Bar Harbor adopted its name in 1918. Saltair was designed by Boston architect Arthur Rotch, who designed over 15 other buildings in Bar Harbor, including St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church located on Mt. Desert Street.  St. Saviour’s is graced by a collection of 42 stained glass windows, 10 of which are original works of art by Louis Comfort Tiffany himself.

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 Mr. Rice sold the home in 1896 to Anthony Bleecker Banks of Albany, NY.  Mr. Banks was the President of Banks & Company, the publisher of the oldest law books published in the United States.  He also served as mayor of Albany, NY in 1876.  Mrs. Banks was Phoebe Wells.

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Breakfast on the deck of the great lawn. Photo Courtesy Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B

 In 1926, the house was purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Langhorne of Virginia and Washington D.C.  Mr. Langhorne was a politician and Mrs. Langhorne was Mabel Johnson.  Mr. Langhorne was a cousin of Lady Astor, society hostess and social critic who was the first woman seated on the British House of Commons in 1919.

Chart Room at Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B

The Chart Room. Photo Courtesy Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B

Sedgwick Room. Courtesy of Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B

Sedgwick Room. Courtesy of Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B

 Breakfast is served from 8:00 to 9:30 and includes fresh fruit, freshly baked muffins and pastries, juice, tea and coffee, and one of Matt and Kristi’s favorite hot dishes such as wild Maine blueberry pancakes, eggs benedict or a breakfast strata. Hot and cold cereals and yogurt are available upon request.  They are happy to accommodate your specific dietary needs. Depending on current weather conditions, breakfast may be served on the rear deck overlooking Frenchman Bay, or in the formal dining room accompanied by a cheery fire.

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Bar Harbor is also a romantic wedding destination and the Saltair Inn makes memorable accommodations for the bride and groom and  members of the wedding party. 

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 For the tourist, Bar Harbor offers  several restaurants in town including Geddy’s, Paddy’s Irish Pub, and Stewman’s Lobster Pound to name a few. There’s also shopping in town from several boutiques and novelty shops.

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Crabcakes at Stewman’s Lobster Pound

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Acadia National Park this year and plan a trip to Bar Harbor Click Here

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Thanks again to The Saltair Inn and Inns Along The Coast

Feature Photos by Melissa Tyler

Except Where noted Courtesy of The Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B

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