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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:

www.acadiatradschool.com/festival/concerts

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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.

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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.
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

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

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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.

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Wednesday May 18, 2016 10:38 AM

Coming in June: An exciting art event at the Bass Cottage Inn

Coming in June - An art exhibit by Karen Rand Anderson at the Bass Cottage Inn.

Staring on June 18th, we are pleased to display a collection of original artwork created by long-time summer resident Karen Rand Anderson.

A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design (BFA, 1977) and Johnson State/Vermont Studio Center (MFA, 2010), Ms. Anderson's recent work focuses on a exploration of landscape, informed by intuitive mark-making, layering of color, gestural brushwork and spontaneity. This collection focuses on her images inspired by her time on Mount Desert Island and in Acadia National Park.

Artworks displayed will be available for purchase.
(At left: Angular Rocks, Somes Sound)

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Sunday May 15, 2016 2:09 PM

New Bass Cottage Gift Items

We've got some new ways to remember your stay once you head home from the Bass Cottage Inn, Bar Harbor. These items are available in our Gift Shop (well, it's a cabinet, really....) and can be added to your bill.

From left (prices INCLUDE the sales tax):

Bass Cottage Inn Cafe Mug - A serious mug for some great coffee or tea. Holds a good 12 oz. of your favorite brew. $12.00

Bass Cottage Inn Sport Bottle - Made of durable aluminum, filled with ice cold water for your hike in Acadia. $15.00

Bass Cottage Blend Coffee - Roasted by our long-time supplier Carrabassett Coffee of Kingfield Maine, this is the same rich dark roast we serve here at the Inn. Brew some up at home...and serve it in one of those Cafe Mugs. $12.00

Bass Cottage Inn "It's Wine O'Clock!" Wine Tote - Custom made for us by Sea Bags of recycled sail material, it's the perfect way to take a bottle of wine when visiting friends. It even has a log sheet on the reverse side for logging to whom you 'refitted.' $35.00

These items only available at the Bass Cottage Inn right here in Bar Harbor.

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Thursday May 12, 2016 2:16 PM

Eating Your Way North to Bar Harbor

So, you’re coming up the coast to Maine’s premier holiday destination: Bar Harbor/Acadia National Park. We hope you’ve made your booking arrangements at Bass Cottage Inn.

Maybe you flew into Boston, rented a car and are “enjoying” the Boston traffic we abandoned over 13 years ago. (Don’t worry….it thins out wicked nice as you move northward.) Maybe you flew into Portland or Manchester, NH to get yourself closer to Vacationland. Or maybe you’re one of the nearly 80 million people who are a tankful of gas away from Maine.

No matter – you will get hungry.

Here are our tips on where to eat on the way to Bar Harbor. This is not a Zagats-type listing or even a Tripadvisor approach. Not all our recommendations are all gussied up nor are they all ‘eating in the rough.’ Not an exhaustive list, but they are our personal favorites to seek out on the way here (or the way back home).

Ogunquit: MC Perkins Cove – fresh seafood and great cocktails; one of them “top 10 places with the world with a view” according to USA Today. Perkins Cove is an absolutely darling little cove, with shops and art galleries. Our fave: the Grand Shellfish Tower.

Wells: Maine Diner – right on Rt. 1 before you get to Kennebunkport. A seacoast diner worthy of a detour. Excellent chowders and more.

Kennebunk Beach: White Barn Inn – the restaurant at this Relais & Chateau resort is a worthy destination dining experience. A beautiful setting, pampering service and haute cuisine.

Kennebunkport: The Clam Shack – at the other end of the spectrum this down ‘n’ dirty take out serves up outstanding Fried Clams (you won’t find them much up here in Downeast Maine) and Lobster Rolls. Innkeeper Jeff and his family started going here in 1965.

Portland: Eventide Oyster Co. – a wide selection of fresh local and imported oysters and other fresh seafood small plates. Great for a refreshing lunch in the scenic Old Port.

Emilitsa – high-end Hellenic cuisine on Congress St. Yes, they offer Moussaka…but so much more!

Fore Street – one of the best restaurants on the East Coast – only if you like fresh, organic, local and delicious food. We’ve been there time and again…never disappointed!

North Waldoboro: Morse’s Sauerkraut – off Rt. 1 on Rt. 202. You’ll think you’re lost..but you’ll find yourself at a European deli and restaurant famous for its own fresh sauerkraut. Many kinds of sausages and sauerbraten await you

Rockport: Shepherd’s Pie – a gastropub offering delicious bar snacks, larger plates of local organic goodies and delicious grilled offerings to complement a find selection of Maine’s microbrews. Oh, they’ve been nominated for a James Beard Award too.

Stonington: Aragosta -- Italian for lobster, you’ll enjoy that and many other farm to table delicacies in a bucolic setting overlooking Stonington harbor at the tip of the Blue Hill Peninsula. The fine-dining service is assured and almost Zen-like.

Enjoy eating your way to Bar Harbor and don’t forget we have some great restaurants here on Mount Desert Island as well. See our top picks at http://www.basscottage.com/restaurants.html

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Wednesday February 17, 2016 9:46 AM

Coming to Acadia? Buy your pass online!

Acadia National Park launches online sale of park entrance passes

BAR HARBOR, Maine – The National Park Service (NPS) has launched a pilot program to sell entrance passes for Acadia National Park online through the “Your Pass Now” website (www.yourpassnow.com). Visitors to Acadia now have the convenience of purchasing—at no additional cost—annual and seven-day entrance passes in advance of their trip. The NPS partnered with NIC, Inc. to develop and administer Your Pass Now to better serve visitors to Acadia.

“Today, many of Acadia’s visitors conduct business on their smartphones, tablets, and laptops,” said Superintendent Kevin Schneider. “Your Pass Now modernizes the sale of entrance passes and provides a convenient alternative to purchasing the entrance pass in person.”

The NPS uses entrance fees at Acadia to invest in critical improvements that directly benefit visitors, including maintaining and enhancing visitor facilities. The entrance fees are also essential for funding the operation of the Island Explorer bus system, which serves Acadia and the surrounding communities.

Maine Senators Susan Collins and Angus King urged the NPS to offer park entrance pass sales online and to start with Acadia National Park.

“With the launch of this pilot program at Acadia, the National Park System is entering a new era of accessibility,” Senator King said. “Electronic park passes will not only make it easier for the American people to visit and enjoy our most treasured places, but they'll also help the park service maximize sales and generate new revenues. I applaud the park service for embracing the power of this technology and am delighted that Acadia is leading the nation in piloting it.”

Once purchased, the electronic entrance pass can be printed or reside on a mobile device for use at the park on the date of purchase or at a specified future date. Park staff will validate the entrance pass using a QR (Quick Response) code. Specific instructions on how to use the electronic entrance pass are provided at the time of purchase. The pass is non-transferrable, non-refundable, non-replaceable if lost or stolen, and void if altered or reproduced.

Over the next few months, Colorado National Monument (Colorado), Theodore Roosevelt National Park (North Dakota), Everglades National Park (Florida), and San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (California) will join Acadia with online entrance pass sales. To test a variety of online services, Everglades and San Francisco Maritime will be using different websites rather than Your Pass Now.

The annual entrance pass fee for Acadia National Park is $50. Seven-day entrance passes are $25 for a private vehicle, $20 for a motorcycle, and $12 for an individual. Persons under age 16 are admitted free. All national parks honor the America the Beautiful – the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual, Senior, Access, Military, and Every Kid in a Park 4th Grade passes.

For more information, please contact John Kelly, Management Assistant, at 207-288-8703 or john_t_kelly@nps.gov. For more information about Acadia National Park, please visit www.nps.gov/acad. Join Acadia’s online conversations at www.facebook.com/AcadiaNPS and https://twitter.com/AcadiaNPS.

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Tuesday December 29, 2015 7:16 PM

Acadia Centennial - Classic Schooners in Somes Sound on MDI August 2

2016 is the centennial celebration of the founding of Acadia National Park. Folks are already making their plans to celebrate a special year in "America's Favorite Place" (thank you, Good Morning America).

No event among the many will be more special than the Acadia Centennial Windjammer Parade August 2. Many historic sailing vessels, like the Lewis French which worked Mount Desert Island from 1900-1920, will sail into beautiful Somes Sound and tie up at the Williams Boatyard in the village of Hall Quarry.

Check out coverage in the Mount Desert Islander: http://www.mdislander.com/waterfront/schooners-to-grace-the-sound-acadia-centenni al.

And watch this blog and, especially the Bass Cottage Inn website, for more details on Centennial events in 2016.

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Tuesday December 15, 2015 3:02 PM

Artists in Residence

While counting our blessings this holiday season we want to thank the talented artists who visited the Bass Cottage Inn during 2015. And there were a lot of you - such inspiration and talent in the house!

Thank you Andy and Jody Manca for the serene image of Sargent Mountain we found tucked into the library's book stack. We were touched by your talents and thoughtfulness.

Stay tuned for more information about BCI's 2016 "Artist in Residence" program. Feast your eyes!

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