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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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Thursday September 10, 2015 3:50 PM

How's the cullah up theyah?

The advent of autumn brings the riotous colors of fall foliage to Acadia. There is nothing like standing atop Cadillac Mountain under balmy blue skies, looking at a carpet of reds, golds and (ever)greens. All framed by the crisp blue Atlantic.

Many people call to ask us what time the peak foliage is on display. It's not quite that simple... The timing and vibrancy of fall colors depends on what kind of rainfall we've had (a little dry this summer here in Bar Harbor) and seasonal temperatures. Usually, the first cold night really spurs the full display of reds and golds.

So, it's not an exact date. However, in our 12 inn-keeping seasons here in Bar Harbor, we usually start seeing a pretty good display of color in late September with the peak fall in the first 10 days of October. One year, peak foliage occurred around the October 20th.

One thing is for sure: when peak foliage is long passed in the mountains of Vermont, New Hampshire and western Maine, it's just getting started here along the coast.

Here's a link to the Yankee Magazine Interactive Foliage Map:

http://www.yankeefoliage.com/live-fall-foliage-map/

It's based on actual reports of leaf-peepers. Maybe, like you.

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Monday September 7, 2015 11:38 AM

Fine dining a bit far afield

Your trusty innkeepers ventured off Mount Desert Island with some of our best guests ever to the Blue Hill Peninsula and the fishing village of Stonington ME. While Bar Harbor was bopping' in the middle of the Labor Day weekend, Stonington was already getting the off-season sleepiness that defines much of coastal Maine.

Stonington is a bucolic fishing village that sits at the very southern tip of Deer Isle. Across Blue Hill Bay, you can see the mountains of Acadia National Park, a 1.5 hour drive away. Our destination was Aragota on Main St. in Stonington, right on the harbor.

We settled into the gracious, rustic and peaceful dining room with view of the harbor. Chef Devin served an absolutely splendid farm-to-table Chef's Tasting Menu that impressed everyone with it's authenticity, creativity and quality ingredients. The service was first-rate as well. Highly recommend a little side trip when you visit Bass Cottage Inn next time!

(Shown: STONINGTON LOBSTER RAVIOLO - butter poached, with sunflower shoots,
Carding Brook Farm greens, and citrus beurre blanc)

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Friday September 4, 2015 10:21 AM

Planning Ahead to 2016

Happy Birthday Acadia!

2016 marks the centennial celebration of Acadia National Park. We will be sharing information her in our blog about special activities that will be on tap.

One very cool event is the Parade of Ships on the afternoon of August 2, 2016 (2:00 - 4:00 pm)

In honor of Acadia National Park's 100th anniversary, the Maine Windjammer Association fleet will sail in company through Somes Sound, the body of water running deep into Mount Desert Island where dramatic 600-foot cliffs form the backdrop for this afternoon parade of sail.

Now, that would be something to see! So if interested, don't wait too long to book your stay at the Bass Cottage Inn.

News and event details for Acadia's Centennial can be found here: http://www.acadiacentennial2016.org

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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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