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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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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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