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The Foliage Is Coming! The Foliage Is Coming!

The Foliage Is Coming! The Foliage Is Coming!

Cadillac Mountain, Mount Desert IslandVisitors from all over the world come to Maine to experience the spectacular colors of autumn foliage. While many areas of the US experience changes of leaves from green to various shades of yellow, the fiery oranges and reds of New England Maple trees are a treasure mostly limited to the northeast — perhaps payback for our long and chilly winters!

Passionate leaf peepers track the advent of peak foliage to time their visit for the ultimate display of color. But any time from Labor Day through Halloween, Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island will offer glimpses of fiery orange, scarlet red and vivid yellow upon a background of green. As peak season nears, there’s more red and orange and less green.

Bar Harbor foliageHere in Bar Harbor, Yankee Magazine’s live foliage map claims we’re seeing “moderate” color, but see for yourself — it’s pretty spectacular.

Foliage map bar Harbor area


Whether the foliage is at peak color or not, October is lovely in Bar Harbor: the days are bright and clear and the crisp evenings are an invitation to enjoy a leisurely meal and a hearty Irish coffee in front of a fireplace, then snuggle in under a heavy quilt for a restful sleep.

There’s plenty to do indoors and out — once you’ve satisfied your leaf peeping quest, see our post from last fall with suggestions for autumn activities, or try one of these local events which offer a treat for your other senses:

Jazz concert October 10: The Color of Sound

Heirloom apple day October 11: A rite of autumn: all about apples

Wine tasting October 17: The flavors of Tuscany

We close for the season on October 25, so call now to reserve your room (207.288.3443). And shhh … our quiet season rates go in effect starting October 14. We hope we’ll see you before the season ends, but if you can’t make it, consider purchasing a gift certificate to use next season.


Enjoy Special Early Season Values

Enjoy Special Early Season Values

We’ve extended our 4th night half promotion off through July 31! 

Mark with flowersIs it possible that the endless winter has finally ended, and that May has arrived? We’re happy to report that here in Bar Harbor, there is a hustle and bustle that says indeed the season has begun! A great variety of bird songs can be heard, especially in the morning and evening. Acadia’s Carriage Roads are open to foot traffic during the spring thaw. And each day more shops and restaurants are opening. We welcomed our first guests just yesterday.

We’ve been quite busy these past few weeks around the Inn, sprucing up and repairing the effects of winter. The Inn is well provisioned and ready for a great season.

We’re offering great values for guests who visit us in May and June. Please join us for Mother’s Day weekend (May 9-11), Taste of Bar Harbor (May 15-18) or a June getaway and save. We’ve added a new online reservation system (but we are always happy to speak with you if you prefer! 207 288 3443)

  • Spring Special rates: Only $95/night apply through May 17, 2014 for all rooms.
  • Quiet Season rates are in effect from May 18 through June 21, 2014.
  • 4th Night 50% Off: From May 18, 2014 through July 31, 2014, if you stay 3 nights, you’ll get a 4th night at 50% off (Memorial Day and July 4 weekends excluded).

Not sure the early season is for you? There’s plenty going on! Check out the Chamber’s events listings and then select your room. We look forward to seeing you!

Savor Bar Harbor’s Autumn Riches: 10 Ideas To Keep You Happily Occupied

Savor Bar Harbor’s Autumn Riches: 10 Ideas To Keep You Happily Occupied

Acadia in AutumnOnce the initial bustle of Labor Day wanes, we’re often left with a sense of loss; summer is past, the days are getting shorter, and we’re focused on commitments and task lists rather than carefree summer jaunts.

But autumn in Bar Harbor is a treasure, with sunny days, smaller crowds, and plenty of activities to keep you happily occupied.

Find a few of our suggestions below. Continue reading

Relax and Stay A While: 4th Night Half Off

Relax and Stay A While: 4th Night Half Off

Downeast Maine is a special place, and Bar Harbor is a treasure not to be rushed.

The town of Bar Harbor is located on Mount Desert Island, surrounded by miles of rocky shoreline and the mountains of Acadia National Park. Offering an innumerable variety of outdoor activities as well as fine food, history, shopping and arts, the opportunities for recreation are nearly limitless, yet many visitors plan for only a couple of days. Hoping to entice you to stay a while, we’re offering a special value this season, a 4th night at half off, with the purchase of a three night stay.

How’s this sound for a potential itinerary? (Of course, you can also just curl up with a good book, indulge yourself in a week’s worth of the freshest seafood around, or take a nap in the ocean breeze …)

  • Day 1: Guided sea kayaking tour, carriage ride on Acadia’s trails, lobster dinner
  • Day 2: Sunrise hike up Cadillac Mountain, afternoon wine tasting or brewery tour
  • Day 3: Early morning birdwatching, hike on Acadia’s Ocean Path, sunset schooner cruise
  • Day 4: Shopping by foot or trolley, afternoon lighthouse boat cruise, evening improv
  • Day 5: Rock climbing adventure, spa treatment, evening picnic and band concert

Don’t forget that you’ll be starting each day with a Maple’s Inn hearty New England breakfast – and if you’re not too busy, afternoon tea featuring delicious homemade sweets!

To take advantage of our special 4th night half off deal, you simply must reserve in July for your choice of days this season (Labor Day weekend excluded). We’re happy to help you plan your itinerary once you’re here, or you can learn more about Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park before you come. We look forward to seeing you at Maples Inn!

Coastline, Lobster and Art in the Park – Bar Harbor’s Many Riches

Coastline, Lobster and Art in the Park – Bar Harbor’s Many Riches

Art in the parkBar Harbor, Maine offers an outstanding mix of recreational activities to satisfy a variety of individual passions.

Acadia National Park & Mount Desert Island
For the outdoor enthusiast, Acadia National Park offers boundless opportunities for exploration by both land and sea. Comprised of nearly 50,000 acres of rocky coastline on Mount Desert Island and offshore islands, Acadia is the most visited national park in the country, offering spectacular scenery, wildlife, and options for recreation. The athletically inclined can hike or bike the rugged trails or join a guide for rock and mountain climbing. Water activities abound, including kayaking, sailing, and stand-up paddle boarding. Outdoor enthusiasts who prefer to experience the coast in a less physical ways can enjoy boat cruises of various types (including deep sea fishing, schooner sails, lobster boat rides) to view the variety of whales, puffins, and lighthouses that dot the rocky coastline.

Culture & History
For the culture or history buff, Bar Harbor offers a variety of museums where visitors can learn about the history of the area through exhibits, collections and programs. Those interested in a closer look at the marine life and the geology of the area may participate in guided tours of a salt marsh or learn about the area’s flora and fauna through exhibits at the nature center in Acadia National Park. A variety of nature boat cruises and bus tours are also available.

Lobster Fans & Foodies Welcome
While of course local lobster and seafood are popular menu items in this coastal area, Bar Harbor features eateries offering a wide variety of cuisines, including Latin, Asian, Cuban ad Italian food. Whether you want a high end dining experience, a Downeast lobster bake at a picnic table in the salt air, or a café offering vegan and organic choices, you’ll find it here.

A Bustling Arts Scene
Whether you have an artistic passion or simply appreciate good music, theatre and visual arts, Bar Harbor offers a variety of choices. The Bar Harbor Music Festival takes place June 30 through July 28; enjoy weekly band concerts on the village green on several evenings each week, or take in the Bar Harbor Jazz Festival. Theatre, movies and improv are also available.

Art In The Park: June 22-23, 2013
Drawing inspiration from the natural beauty of the area, more than 35 fine painters and photographers will display their works on the Bar Harbor Village Green on the weekend of June 22 and 23, 2013. This juried art show and sale in its 63rd year runs from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday and 10 am – 5 pm on Sunday, allowing you ample time to enjoy other area attractions as well. For more information, call the Chamber at 207 288 5103.

If you haven’t reserved yet, be sure to contact us soon to reserve your room; some weeks are nearly booked. We look forward to seeing you and welcoming you to Bar Harbor.

3rd Annual Taste of Bar Harbor: May 16-19, 2013

3rd Annual Taste of Bar Harbor: May 16-19, 2013

Yes, Bar Harbor is a go-to destination for hiking, bicycling, birding and boating, but this weekend, it’s all about the food! The Taste of Bar Harbor is a four-day foodie festival, with delightful and delicious offerings from local restaurants and culinary artisans. Bring your appetite and celebrate Bar Harbor’s authentic and creative local cuisine.

Taste of Bar Harbor 2013For those ready to begin the weekend early (or who follow the mantra “eat dessert first!), the festivities begin on Thursday evening May 16, at 6pm. Participating restaurants will be offering their signature desserts. Vote for your top choice and make a note to return to the restaurants featuring your other favorites again later in the season! (If you’re not able to get here for Thursday night’s event, rest assured that Maples Inn offers our guests our own version of dessert for breakfast — our infamous blueberry stuffed french toast.)

Friday evening May 17 brings the Bar Harbor pub tour. Armed with a beer glass and wrist band, stroll the streets of downtown and sample featured brews (and wines) from participating restaurants. A great way to celebrate the start of summer.

Following a good night’s rest at Maples Inn, we suspect you’ll be geared up for Saturday’s events for food lovers. The Bar Harbor Merchants Association sponsors the sidewalk stroll, where you can explore the local merchants’ offerings of sweets, treats, culinary gifts and made-in-Maine products. Many stores offer early season promotions. Saturday evening May 18 is the exclusive Chef’s Table event. The space-limited event includes a reception, a five-course dinner with wine pairings, chef cooking demonstrations and tours. You will be assigned to one of four exclusive restaurants to enjoy this culinary adventure. Advanced registration is required.

If you aren’t already stuffed, participating restaurants are featuring a royal brunch on Sunday May 19 in celebration of Victoria’s Day, the Canadian celebration of the start of summer honoring Queen Victoria.

Additional details and registration for the Taste of Bar Harbor event are available on the Chamber website.