Friday March 28, 2014 11:19 AM
Tiny Luxury Hotels are the Trend
Hospitality Trends We're Tracking
When we worked in the investment and technology sectors in our past corporate lives, we would challenge our strategic business assumptions by asking "How would this play on the front page of the Wall Street Journal."
This Wall St. Journal article shows that the Bass Cottage Inn is at the forefront of a growing hospitality trend. It seems more hospitality businesses -- and the money behind them - are learning smaller is better. This finding is echoed by our Maine colleague, Lark Hotel guru and inn-keeping pro Rob Blood: "There's a certain soul you find in smaller properties that's harder for large properties to achieve."
But forget offering a frumpy, down-market, fraying at the edges experience for today's traveler. They expect comfort, cleanliness, personality and style. It's all in the details...as we well know here at the Bass Cottage Inn.
Tuesday March 25, 2014 12:46 PM
Seasoned with history, flavored with style
Back when we launched the upscale and updated version of the Bass Cottage Inn back in 2004, the innkeepers couldn't decide on what to name the guest rooms. Should the rooms be named after classic jazz musicians? Maine based authors? Maine towns named after famous foreign locales? We couldn't agree. Each room is beautiful, complete and decorated in our unique style. But, using just a number to capture the essence of a room seemed like taking the easy way out.
Last season, we contemplated giving our rooms actual names. We asked several veteran Bass Cottage Inn visitors what they thought. "Well," said one great guest, "we love your rooms but it's kind of blah to think about coming back to stay in 'good ol' Room 4'."
We love to cook, as you'd expect, and we make use of a range of spices. The inn special orders spices from Penzey's and Whole Spice Co. in California to make breakfasts and wine snacks memorable.
Why not name our rooms after spices? Duh. Hence, Room 1 becomes "Cinnamon." "Good ol' Room 4" becomes "Paprika." This concept was the creative platform behind our new website, as well.
Choose your spice when you come to relax and renew yourselves at our stylish, historic inn by the bay in Bar Harbor.
Saturday March 8, 2014 12:19 PM
What's Cookin' This Season at the Bass Cottage Inn?
"Seasoned with history, flavored with Style."
Every year, during our off-season hiatus, we think of ways to "polish the apple" in an effort to delight both new and repeat Inn guests.
By now, some of you have seen our new website and video. Others may have noted that we've named our guest rooms after herbs and spices, an acknowledgement of our passion for the culinary arts. All of this activity has been a precursor to our upcoming season when we will be more focused on making our wonderful breakfast and wine hour snacks better than ever.
Local, fresh ingredients are important to us at the Bass Cottage Inn. We are pleased to announce our continued participation with local Maine growers and providers, notably J&P Farms, Ducktrap(R) Smoke House, Smith Family Farm and Seal Cove dairy and cheese.
Naturally, our new menus will feature guest favorites like Creme Brulee French Toast, freshly baked muffins and scones. But there will be new options as well as twists on old favorites. This season our new menus will feature more fresh fruit and vegetables than ever before, all prepared with flavor and flair.
Executive Chef and Innkeeper Teri revamped her menus, tweaked a few of her signature recipes and will be bringing her culinary skills to the Inn each morning beginning May 16, 2014.
Our 11th inn-keeping season starts May 16, 2014. Bring your appetite for life!
Tuesday February 25, 2014 10:03 AM
Kick off our 11th season: Taste of Bar Harbor May 2014
The Bass Cottage Inn opens for our 11th season on Friday May 16. What better way to celebrate our re-opening and the wonderful Acadian spring than to come and enjoy the 4th Annual Taste of Bar Harbor which runs through Sunday May 18th.
Last year's festival was a tremendous success. Here's what you can expect:
Ongoing all Festival, Thursday - Sunday: $20.14 Menu
Participating restaurants will offer a prix-fixe menu or special for $20.14 for the duration of the festival. To enjoy, you'll need to make reservations directly with the restaurant.
Friday, May 16: Pub Tour -- 5:00 - 9:00 pm
Purchase a souvenir glass and ten tickets at the Chamber of Commerce Visitor's Center located at the corner of Cottage and Main Streets then tour participating restaurants and bars to enjoy 4oz. samples of beer and wines.
Saturday, May 17: Chef's Table - restaurants TBD
Diners will enjoy a behind the scenes evening at one of five participating restaurants with an opportunity to meet the Chef and enjoy a 5 course menu with wine pairings. $75 per person, limited to 10 seats per restaurant.
Sunday, May 18: Local Food Producer Showcase -- 1:00 - 4:00 pm
A gathering of some of the finest food growers, producers and artisans from Mount Desert Island and its surrounding communities. Come to learn more about the abundance of food sources available to us in our region, or do a little shopping for a treat to bring home.
Sunday, May 18: Waiter Race -- 2:00 pm
Local servers will come together to test their skills at the first annual Taste of Bar Harbor Waiter Race. Local restaurants will pit their finest staff against one another, competing for the bragging rights of 'Best Server in Bar Harbor' and an 'Ultimate Tip' cash prize.
The Taste of Bar Harbor brings a fun, culinary spotlight to a formerly sleepy weekend in mid-May. It would make a great getaway.
For more information on the Taste of Bar Harbor festival click visit:
Sunday February 16, 2014 1:54 PM
In Vino Veritas
There's nothing like enjoying some convivial time in an Inn you'd like to call home. Now, Bass Cottage Inn guests are invited to enjoy a glass of wine and snack each evening at 6:00PM all season long. Each evening guests enjoy a wine hour with a glass of cabernet sauvignon or pinot grigio. Stay to chat with other guests or find a quiet corner in our spacious common rooms.
Here is a sampling of our guests' favorites. See you in May.
* Gorgonzola Dolce, honey with za'atar, country pate, shallot marmalade
* Seal Cove goat cheese, peperonata, tapenade
* Muhammara, hummus, crispy pita chips
* Mushroom pate, sweet onion chutney, toasted baguette
* Cucumber, whipped smoked salmon mousse canape, fresh chives
* Smith Farm Camembert, cranberry chutney, maple-spiced pecans
* Spanakopita, tzatziki, olives
* Cherry tomato, fresh mozzarella, arugula brochette, basil aioli
Monday February 3, 2014 10:53 AM
Bar Harbor named a Top 10 Romantic Destination
Cuddle up, pucker up...c'mon up.
USA Today has named Bar Harbor to its list of Top 10 Romantic Travel destinations.
"Tiny Bar Harbor invites exploration on foot. Cozy B&Bs and classic waterfront hotels set the stage for romance, while whale watching and sailing cruises beckons lovers to a fun day on the water. Bar Harbor has lots of cozy dining options, and Acadia National Park is just moments away, with all its stunning vistas, trails and landmarks."
Saturday February 1, 2014 12:00 PM
BASSCOTTAGE.COM -- Eleven years, four major website redesigns.
Even more than Facebook, our Inn's website is the most important marketing and customer care tool. We hardly do ANY print advertising but, we do a ton of online marketing including social media. We're happy to help you over the phone, but our new websites can help you with availability information, online reservations, information about all the inn's amenities and services, and more. With our planning info, guests can plan their trip to Bar Harbor and Acadia right from www.basscottage.com
The resulting new www.basscottage.com has surpassed our goals for this key project. It was a team effort. We'd like to thank spectacular local web designers Z Studio in Bar Harbor, Islandweb in Bar Harbor for technical services, Trent Bell Photography and Eager Eye Photography of Maine, InnFilms for our great video and our guests. Enjoy the new site.
Friday January 24, 2014 9:47 AM
Brand new WWW.BASSCOTTAGE.COM is coming!
A brand new, completely revamped Bass Cottage Inn website is days away.
Lots of work went into this new, state-of-the art site. We began with new "aerial" photography last July and are just now testing the final details before launch early the week of January 27.
New features include:
* Revised logo and design template (in fact, this page is a preview of the new look & feel)
* New photos. Much more visual, less text
* Spicing it up: we now have room names!
* A beautiful video that really captures what it's like to visit the Bass Cottage Inn and Bar Harbor/Acadia
* More helpful holiday planning tools
* ...and it's mobile-device friendly. Will display great on your laptop, iPhone, iPad, Android device, and PC/Mac.
Check back next week for the debut!
Friday November 22, 2013 12:13 PM
The winter reservation office is now open, mon.
On October 27th we served our last guest breakfasts and wished our wonderful guests a pleasant journey home mindful, as we were, that we had a journey ahead of us as well. After cleaning and buttoning up the entire inn we embarked southward visiting friends and family along the way to Miami. There, we checked Riley as very special cargo on Flight 1292 to St. Croix, USVI.
St. Croix is a a wonderful winter respite from Maine's harsher winters. This is our second year in our winter home on a hillside overlooking the blue Caribbean. We love the people here - friendly, but reserved. The island has beautiful beaches and fantastic snorkeling. There is a growing agricultural movement and it's easy to get fresh fruits and veggies every day. Cooking remains one of our favorite pastimes.
Still, there is work to be done. Our reservation office (see photo) is open 7 days a week for reservation information and bookings. However, our website (www.basscottage.com) is the best source for inn information and reservations. It is open 24/7 for your convenience.
Enjoy the upcoming holiday season!
Wednesday August 21, 2013 12:41 PM
Lulu's Back in town
Every season we recommend that guests try a trip on Lulu Lobster Boat with Captain John Nicolai. Everyone comes back talking about how much fun it is each time.
But, sad to say, until last week the Innkeepers themselves had never set out on Lulu. Each year Captain John would come by the inn as we were getting ready to open to urge us to come out with him. So, on a beautiful August afternoon we finally did.
"Well, look what the cat dragged in," said Capt John as we boarded. He's got a great sarcastic wit that spices up the trip. Having lived in France at one point for 20 years he can also speak fluent French. And, as a Chinese family on our trip found out, he's got some Mandarin language skills as well.
His vessel, Lulu, is solid, well-kept large modified lobster boat capable of holding approximately 30 passengers. We set out from the pier in Bar Harbor (within walking distance of The Bass Cottage Inn) and made for Egg Rock, where there were several dozen harbor seals lounging, swimmiing, feeding and "bottling" (or "bottle-nosing"). This is the term for sleeping in the water with their noses poking up skyward. In addition to the dog-like harbor seals there were some large, 800 lb gray seals about. And bald eagles were perched on the rocks near the Egg Rock Lighthouse.
Next, we cruised into Cromwell Harbor to pull a lobster trap (about 10 inside, 2-3 of which were keepers). Captain John provided an informational and spirited lesson on all things lobsta. The only thing that we didn't get were lobster rolls.
We highly recommend a sail on Lulu when you're back in town.