Thursday May 28, 2015 8:32 AM
In Praise of MDI Area Lobster Rolls
One of Maine's heavenly treats is the much-vaunted lobster roll. There's nothing better on a sunny down east afternoon than ordering a freshly picked lobster roll.
This blog writer provided a helpful overview of the best lobster roll here in Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island....as well as some places you might try on the way to Acadia. Everyone's taste is different, but I'd say this blogger got it pretty much right.
For us, the best lobster roll requires:
1. the freshly-picked of a whole Maine lobster
2. a freshly baked New England style hot dog bun....
3. ...which has been grilled with butter
4. a LITTLE mayo, salt and pepper.
Enjoy the tips for your lobster roll safari.
Wednesday May 27, 2015 10:20 AM
Art Blooms in The Field
Last Sunday morning we were surprised by a red pick up bearing a sculpture as it pulled into our driveway here at the Bass Cottage Inn. Our friends, Stewart Brecher (noted Bar Harbor architect) and Melita Westerlund (prolific and talented sculptor), hopped out and told us "we're bringing you a sculpture!"
Melita Westerlund is an internationally known artist who has lived and created art on three continents. Currently residing here in Bar Harbor, she regularly exhibits across New England and in her native Finland.
What a pleasant and totally unexpected surprise! The piece is called "How Oceans Evolve" and is made chiefly out of aluminum. Stewart and Melita unloaded the piece and set about siting it. Gee, an architect and artist deciding where to put the artwork?? What more could we add to that discussion!
The piece now is sited perfectly in front of the Bass Cottage Inn, adding some visual pizzazz to our seaside "cottage."
Many thanks to Melita for sharing this work with us and our guests.
Friday May 8, 2015 11:04 AM
Exploring Acadia? There's an app for that: Chimani
Chimani, Inc was founded by Kerry Gallivan and Shaun Meredith, in January 2010. The concept was born on top of Gorham Mountain in Acadia National Park one rainy day in April 2008. Kerry was hiking 7+ miles and wanted some data on where he was going, what route he should take, the amount of rain he could expect, and the steepness on the western side of Cadillac Mountain. Kerry had his iPhone, but there was neither cell phone coverage nor an app to guide him. Frustrated and alone in the rain in Maine, Chimani was conceived.
What makes Chimani different?
Chimani's founders love the outdoors and technology Combine the two and what you have are top-notch apps for exploring and touring the National Parks. They like to think of these apps within the tradition of the telescope or astrolabe of our adventuring ancestors — instruments to help us navigate the natural world (terrain and trails) and provide insight into its workings (the weather, moon phases, tides). All of this information is presented on an intuitive user interface that is visually well designed, includes professionally designed maps, up-to-date and well-researched content, high quality photographs and rock-solid programming.
And you can download the Chimani Acadia National Park app for your smartphone. For free. Leave the books behind. Available for iPhone, Android and Google Play.
Friday April 3, 2015 9:21 AM
What you see is what we have! Right now!
Winter is ending and lots of folks appear to be planning their warmer weather fun. Amen to that! We're seeing lots and lots of online bookings. If you haven't jumped into the online travel planning world, why not?
Online availability access and booking is a real convenience for both travelers and innkeepers alike. It lets our potential guest see exactly the rooms we have available in an up-to-the-minute fashion. In fact, our reservation office database and availability presented on www.basscottage.com are one and the same.
So, anytime of the day or night, should the urge strike you, you can visit www.basscottage.com to review all that we offer and see the room(s) you want for your holiday. Our website works 24 hours a day. Unlike the innkeepers.
Before you book, be sure to check our policies and other information so you can make an informed choice. When you enter your credit card information you are using a secure industry standard booking engine that is fully "PCI-compliant" (protection of personal and financial information). Our booking back-end is used by hundreds if not thousands of hospitality properties and is protected by McAfee Secure.
Of course, you can always call us at +1.207.288.1234 8AM -9PM ET.
To coin a phrase: "Have it your way." Up-to-the-minute information, 24 hour convenience, security - all in a day's job at www.basscottage.com.
Monday March 23, 2015 10:26 AM
Back In The Day
Back in the day, during the late 1800s, Bar Harbor enjoyed what historians often term its "Golden Age." The town was popular with the rich and famous from Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington and other clusters of American wealth and capital.
Curiously, there appear to have been many more hotels in the heart of the village, as large, rambling wood hotels lined Main Street and the harbor. Many of these hotels were torn down for safety reasons and for other village businesses to be built. In those days, it was not uncommon to reuse lumber from salvaged buildings. In fact, during the extensive renovation of the Bass Cottage Inn in 2003 we found many repurposed timbers.
While it might be artistic license, this historical drawing shows a pastoral downtown and waterfront. No big modern hotels. No banks. No whale watch boat. The Bass Cottage Inn was a part of this bucolic downeast setting (see blue arrow) then, as now.
Come visit us in Bar Harbor/Acadia National Park this season. There's a reason we were voted "America's Favorite Place."
Monday March 2, 2015 10:28 AM
Spring and Summer WILL come...we promise!
Winter has been tough on many you. But it's clear, from our reservation activity, that many of you are thinking beyond the snow and ice to a beautiful spring, summer or autumn day in Acadia National Park.
To give you an idea of Bar Harbor's current winter wonderland, see the photo at left. That's Assistant Innkeeper Susan threading her way through towering snow drifts toward Bar Harbor's Main Street. The Inn is managing to hold up well during the winter onslaught. We look forward to getting it all ready to welcome YOU starting May 15th.
Check availability and make reservations online via our website: www.basscottage.com. But don't wait too long...soon it will be spring in Downeast Maine. We promise!
Tuesday February 10, 2015 3:51 PM
"Gee, why don't you stay open in the winter?"
Greetings from the Bass Cottage Inn winter reservation office...
...Where we have nary a snow shovel nor sweater nor pair of boots. Bar Harbor, like most of the Northeast, is enduring a particularly harsh and prolifically snowy winter. Details from Snowmageddon have filtered down to us here in St. Croix, along with planeloads of snow birds getting some justifiable relief.
Over our 12 years of innkeeping we have sometimes been asked: "Gee, why don't you stay open in the winter?"
To answer that question for yourselves, please see the accompanying photo. Even hardy Mainers are saying "Enough, ayuh!"
But assuming the snow melts by mid May (and I think it will. probably ;-)) we are gearing up for an outstanding season in Bar Harbor and Acadia. Advance bookings are strong and we have every reason to believe that Acadia National Park will equal or beat last year's visitation record.
So, while you're inside staying warm, think of Spring, Summer and Autumn travel plans. And, hopefully you'll think of a visit to the Bass Cottage Inn.
Thursday January 22, 2015 3:00 PM
Bar Harbor Aspiring Innkeepers' Weekend - May 29-30
The Bass Cottage Inn is pleased to be the site of the Maine Innkeeping Academy -- Bar Harbor Aspiring Innkeepers Weekend on May 29-30, 2015
If you're thinking of being an innkeeper someday...or are actively searching for your next career in innkeeping, you'll learn a lot from the experts at this event.
The Seminar Program includes:
* Two night accommodations at the Bass Cottage Inn
* Wine and cheese reception for seminar participants on Friday night
* Full day of instruction by industry professionals and veteran innkeepers on Saturday
* Course materials including information on hospitality trends, industry data and statistics, and financing requirements
* Attend a breakfast cooking demonstration in the Inn’s state-of-the-art commercial kitchen
* Enjoy breakfast at the Bass Cottage Inn on Saturday and Sunday. Working lunch on Saturday
* Gourmet dinner as a group off-site Saturday night
* Exclusive tours of select inns in the local area
* Maine Innkeeping Academy "Certificate of Achievement" upon completion
Pricing & Enrollment:
Cost is $550.00 for single occupancy; $650 for double occupancy
To register please contact Teri Anderholm at the Bass Cottage Inn – firstname.lastname@example.org or 207.288.1234
Terms & Conditions:
Availability is limited to 12 seminar participants. A deposit equal to full payment for the seminar and accommodations is due at the time of reservation.
A 30-day cancellation period applies. Cancellations after April 29, 2015 will forfeit the entire deposit amounts.
Monday January 12, 2015 12:24 PM
Taste of Bar Harbor Festival - opening weekend of the Bass Cottage Inn
Concurrent with our opening 2015 weekend for the Bass Cottage Inn (May 15) is the spectacular "Taste of Bar Harbor" event. Stay with us and enjoy the Pub Tour, the Chef's Table event, Sidewalk Cafe, Eden Farmer's Market and Waiter Race. If you love great food and want to sample Downeast dining at its finest, come to Bar Harbor in mid-May.
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Monday October 20, 2014 9:49 AM
Craft Cocktail Oasis in Bar Harbor
Bar Harbor has many good to great dining experiences. One establishment on our "recommended" list actually doesn't even serve food (unless you count the spiced popcorn). Welcome to the Cottage St. Pub, an oasis of inventive and heady cocktails on Cottage Street near the Bass Cottage Inn.
Dale, shown here, is the Chief Cocktail Wizard and master of dry Maine humor. He. along with his team of lovely lady bartenders serve up some delicious concoctions with unique ingredients. While you can get any number of local microbrews, a glass of wine or a perfectly made Hendricks martini (very dry, slice of cucumber) why not try something like "La Turista Burracha" made with Mezcal, blood orange liqueur and hell-fire bitters.
Pull up a stool or sit by the sidewalk and watch life's rich pageant on vacation. Just don't take my seat! Cheers.