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Wednesday August 26, 2015 12:30 PM

All in the family

At the very start of our inn-keeping career in 2004 we were hosts to a very nice couple from New Jersey, Scott and Brenda. They started coming to stay at the Bass Cottage Inn (as they call it, "our favorite inn") every year. We became good friends with them.

The first couple of years, their youngest daughter Erin visited with them. Erin was a delight. Only 12 years old or so at the time, Erin was sweet and poised. And, a Red Sox fan (somewhat rare in New Jersey we understand...).

Soon enough, high school, college and her musical pursuits prevented Erin from accompanying her parents and she couldn't come to Bar Harbor and the Bass Cottage Inn.

Well, now Erin is a sweet, poised and newly married twenty-something. Where did she bring her new husband Nick on their honeymoon? Bass Cottage Inn, of course. It was great to see her back where she belongs: summer in Acadia.

Congratulations to Nick and Erin!

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Thursday August 13, 2015 4:48 PM

More live music in Bar Harbor: August 29th and September 12

The 1932 Criterion Theatre in Bar Harbor, fresh off a renovation, has been revitalized. Recently, they hosted Steve Earle and the Dukes. Of course, we attended with our neighboring innkeepers Roy and Helene. The show sold out and, frankly, Mr. Earle kicked butt! Now, there's more music coming....

On Saturday August 29, the Bar Harbor Jazz Festival presents the Laszlo Gardony Trio. Gardony, on piano, just released his new album "Life in Real Time." Winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition, Gardony has been called “a pianist worthy of praise within the highest pantheon of performers” by Jazz Review and “a great pianist” by Dave Brubeck. John Lockwood is on bass and Yoron Israel is on drums. Tickets are $15-20. Visit www.criteriontheatre.org.

On Saturday September 12, the Mallett Brothers Band headline a Maine Music Showcase, along with Chris Ross and The North. Both bands hail from Maine, playing rocking and lush Americana music. Tickets are $10-20. Visit www.criteriontheatre.org.

If you'll be here at the Bass Cottage Inn for either of these events we highly recommend an evening of music at the beautiful Criterion Theatre.

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Friday June 19, 2015 7:56 AM

A great concert, just steps from the Bass Cottage Inn - July 31

The revitalized Criterion Theatre is back, baby!

And it's hosting a great concert on July 31. Hope to see you there! We'll be there for sure.

The Criterion is proud to present Steve Earle and the Dukes for a night of American country and rock 'n' roll. Earle began his career as a songwriter in Nashville and released his first EP in 1982. His breakthrough album was the 1986 album Guitar Town. Since then Earle has released 15 other studio albums and received three Grammy awards. His songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, Vince Gill, Shawn Colvin and Emmylou Harris. He has appeared in film and television, and has written a novel, a play, and a book of short stories. Tickets will also be available at The Lompoc and Cadillac Mountain Sports.

Doors open at 7:00 PM Show starts at 8:00 PM for more information visit http://steveearle.com/

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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.

http://www.fromaway.com/observations/10-lobster-rolls-you-must-try-in-acadia-nati onal-park

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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!

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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.

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