Monday August 1, 2016 7:53 AM
Live Events coming to Bar Harbor's Criterion Theatre
The Criterion Theatre in Bar Harbor has reopened and has been fully restored to its Art Deco glory. In addition to first run films and various film series, the Criterion offers some live events. Here's what's happening in August, just two blocks from the Bass Cottage Inn.
Aug 10 - Samba Meets Jazz - concert featuring bassist and composer Nilson Matta and his group
Aug 13 - Paula Poundstone - stand up comedy at the Criterion
Aug 17 & 18 - "The Music of Strangers" - a documentary on Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble
Aug 19 & 20 - Sarasota Ballet
Find out more: http://www.criteriontheatre.org/live/
Friday July 29, 2016 11:44 AM
Coming up in September: 40th annual Common Ground Country Fair
If you're headed up to Bar Harbor in late September consider a visit to the Common Ground Country Fair held in Unity, Maine on Friday September 23 through Sunday September 26. This long-running fair is sponsored by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners and is a really special "Maine-event."
It is held in Unity, ME on the state's most extensive agricultural fairgrounds - complete with a working organic farm, sustainably managed woodlot, organic orchards and demonstration gardens. You'll find hundreds of exhibitors, activities, craft show & sale, dances, music and delicious organic Maine foods.
Unity, ME is located between Belfast and Waterville ME about 80 miles/1.75 hours drive from Bar Harbor.
Wednesday July 27, 2016 2:29 PM
It's the time of year in Acadia: BLOOBS are here
It's that time of year here in Downeast Maine. Wild Maine blueberries have begun to arrive at the market!
What’s so special about wild? Blueberries grown there are not planted from seed or transplanted – they are wild, created by bees transferring pollen. You can easily see "blueberry barrens" along Route 1A and Route 3 coming into Bar Harbor. You'll often spot wild blueberries trailside in Acadia. They look wild! Our wild Maine ("low bush) blueberries deliver a superior sweetness in any number of recipes. Their skins provide disease-fighting antioxidant compounds and the taste is the essence of Maine in summer. They will taste fantastic for breakfast or an afternoon treat here at the Bass Cottage Inn.
Wild Maine blueberries are usually available into September, so come and get 'em!
Monday July 11, 2016 7:38 AM
Coming Sept 22-25 - Acadia Night Sky Festival
Acadia Night Sky Festival - Celebrating the Starlit Skies of Downeast Maine!
Make your travel plans to enjoy one of the premier night sky events on the eastern seaboard. The 8th Annual Acadia Night Sky Festival is set for September 22-25, 2016, and will once again be packed with a full schedule of events. With workshops, internationally recognized speakers and hands-on experiences, there truly is something for everyone from families to the serious amateur astronomer.
Celebrate the starlit skies of Downeast Maine through education, science and the arts.
Maine’s spectacular rocky coast is home to Acadia National Park, and some of the last pristine, star-filled night skies in the eastern United States. Here, the Milky Way shines bright in the largest expanse of naturally dark sky east of the Mississippi.
With the rapid loss of dark skies to light pollution receiving national attention, Maine is increasingly being referred to as one place “that still has stars.” We invite you to discover Downeast Maine’s unique commitment to protecting the quality of its starlit nights at this annual celebration
Sunday July 3, 2016 2:09 PM
Living The Dream...
This smiling guy's name is Warren Young. In our 13+ years here at the Bass Cottage Inn in Bar Harbor Warren was a fixture at the U.S. Post Office in Bar Harbor. If we needed to pick up packages or mail that wouldn't all fit our PO box, we'd get in line. Getting to the head of the line, Warren would always smile say "How ya doing, brother?" Always positive.
In addition to Warren's skills as a postal guru, he is also a noted Elvis impersonator...which I didn't know until he had jet black hair one day and I asked a neighbor if Warren was coloring his hair. Warren took good care of us. In the winters when the inn is closed, Warren would package up our mail (even the bills) and ship it weekly to us in St. Croix VI. He'd always provide a little weather report on the box.
"7F today. Been snowing for days." The Crucian post office employees would look at this weather forecast and exclaim "Who can stand dat kinda wetter, mon!" If Warren missed a weather update on our box they'd say "Wha hoppin? Dey loose de wetter up there?"
Warren was always calm, cool and collected. Many folks in Bar Harbor really connected with him. He made a visit to the post office just a little more pleasant than it might ordinarily be.
"How's it going Warren," folks would ask.
"Living the dream. Thanks for being part of it."
Warren retired last month after 34 years at the Bar Harbor PO Last night Warren was celebrated by friends, neighbors and coworkers with a dinner at the Kebo Valley golf club. Bon voyage, Warren...thanks for being part of our small community..
Thursday June 30, 2016 10:33 AM
Wine O'Clock at the Bass Cottage Inn
Every day at 6:00pm, Bass Cottage Inn guests enjoy a complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvre party. We call it "Wine O'Clock" (and we must give credit to long-time guests Steve and Ruthann Keller who gave us a sign which inspired the name).
Guests gather to socialize before dinner over a glass of red or white wine while enjoying snacks like a gourmet cheese board, savory tartlets, hummus with pita chips and more. It's a great way to meet new people from all over the world. Or, find a quiet corner by the fireplace or outdoor Adirondack chair and go off by yourselves for a quiet tête-à-tête.
Wine O'Clock -- part of what makes a stay at the Bass Cottage Inn extra-special....
Monday May 30, 2016 10:59 AM
Celtic Music Festival June 26-July 1
The Acadia School of Traditional Music and Arts will be concerts and workshops from June 26 - July 1 at Bar Harbor's College of the Atlantic and other venues across Mount Desert Island. The "Trad Festival" brings together world-renowned performers and students of all ages who wish to advance their skills through classes, workshops and schedule performances.
Each afternoon and evening during the period, school faculty and selected students will offer more than 11 world-class performances -- "Acadia Halls" -- at the College and many historic venues here on the island. You'll hear the Celtic musical traditions embodied in traditional Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton and Cajon music
For more information and a schedule of performances visit:
Wednesday May 25, 2016 1:25 PM
Bass Cottage Inn wins Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2016
We just got word that the Bass Cottage Inn has received Tripadvisor's Certificate of Excellence for 2016. This award is based on the consistent recognition of excellence in the many, many reviews of our inn that our guests submit to Tripadvisor. As of today, we have 504 reviews, with a 98+% rating of EXCELLENT.
Since Tripadvisor began this recognition program, Bass Cottage Inn has won each and every year. We're proud of the achievement and will work hard to win it again next year. #CertificateofExcellence.
Wednesday May 25, 2016 7:25 AM
Take a tour through Bar Harbor's architectural history - June 1
Historic Homes Walking Tour, 6/1/2016, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Take a leisurely stroll through Bar Harbor's historic past and learn about the buildings that make up this seaside town. Hear tales of how Bar Harbor grew into both a summer haven and year-round residence for many Euro-Americans while learning how previously established Wabanaki Indian encampments had to adapt as the town grew to accommodate vast numbers of new people. This architectural history tour is a delight for the senses as you visit sites of Indian camps, buildings that were erected during the heyday of the famed Cottage Era, and those that were built in the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1947.
Tour is 90 minutes long.
Adults, $15 per person (13 years and older)
12 and under, $10
5 and under, free
TOUR TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED:
ABBE MUSEUM GIFT SHOP (open 10am-5pm daily). Tickets must be purchased by closing time.
Or, online at the Abbe Museum website.
Tours are subject to cancellation in case of severe weather 30-60 minutes prior to tour start time.
Please check the Abbe Museum on Facebook and Twitter for tour updates.
Tour leaves from the Abbe Museum courtyard at 26 Mount Desert
Monday May 23, 2016 1:24 PM
Can you fly to Bar Harbor?
In short, the answer is 'yes.' For many, a Bar Harbor vacation involves a long drive. While it's nice to have your own personal car on hand, many folks may prefer to leave behind the family truckster and get here in much less time.
Our nearest major airports are located in Portland (3.25 hours away) and Bangor (1.25 hours away). They are served by major airlines, with connections to major hubs. If you want to fly, these options probably will get you the best fares.
But you still have a drive ahead of you when you land. Wouldn't it be great to fly to Bar Harbor? you can. Bar Harbor is served by Bar Harbor - Hancock Country Airport (BHB), only 8 miles from the front door of the Bass Cottage Inn. Rental cars are available from Hertz and Enterprise. You can also arrange for a taxi to meet you; we suggest At Your Service Taxi (207-288-9222)
CAPE AIR flies direct from Boston Logan Airport right to BHB. The flight is on Cessna commuter plans and takes about 50 minutes. Cape Air partners with Jet Blue to provide excellent service to Boston and beyond! The best thing is that they code share with JetBlue. So you can fly in from all over the country to Boston and connect to Cape Air for Bar Harbor. Check your bags at your point of origin and pick them up when you arrive in Bar Harbor.
On the web: www.capeair.com or call: 1-866-CAPE-AIR
Visit Jet Blue here: www.jetblue.com
ELITE AIRWAYS will start seasonal jet service to BHB on June 17th. Scheduled jet flights will be offered between BHB, Portland, ME and NYC/Newark. Flights are available from June 17th through Labor Day.
On the web: https://res.eliteairways.net or call 1.877.393.2510
PEN AIR has also been running flights between Boston and BHB in past seasons. At this time, their 2016 schedule has not been announced.