Sunday August 26, 2012
The early light of autumn
At the end of every typically busy August here in Bar Harbor we start to hear the first notes of the beautiful Downeast Maine autumn that is just around the corner. The early morning light is lower in the sky (illuminating, among other things, the Somesville Selectman's House located in the center of Mount Desert Island). The tone and tenor of vacationers is a little more laid back. Sunset comes as little earlier as visitors stroll around the village enjoying the shops, galleries and restaurants. Nights are a little cooler, days are delightfully warm but never sweltering.
Here at The Bass Cottage Inn the innkeepers and staff get a second wind as Labor Day approaches. In many ways, September and October are the best time to visit Bar Harbor and Acadia. Great weather plus all your favorite restaurants remain open to welcome you. Of course, everything that Acadia has to offer is yours to enjoy...maybe a bit more quietly now that kids are back in school.
Soon our breakfast menu here at the Inn will add more robust options as the weather cools: Cranberry Walnut Pancakes, Pumpkin Waffles, Red Pepper-Chorizo Hash and Breakfast Rosti...just to name a few.
Don't wait too late to make your Fall plans to visit The Bass Cottage Inn -- Autumn days are booking quickly.
Wednesday June 27, 2012
July 4th in Bar Harbor: Lots to enjoy!
July 4th Celebration
6 am - 10 pm
6am Blueberry Pancake Breakfast
MDI Rotary Club, Bar Harbor Athletic Field, Park Street. Blueberry or plain pancakes, sausage, juice, milk and coffee. A fun morning feast for the whole family! For more information and to purchase tickets go to mdiseafoodfestival.com
9:00am-3:00pm Craft Fair/Marketplace
The Island Arts Association will be hold a Craft Fair/Marketplace at the YMCA, 21 Park Street, Bar Harbor, Maine. We will have a wonderful selection of Maine crafts, including jewelry, quilts, photographs, pottery, and porcelain dolls. Please join us for a joint fund raiser for the YMCA and the YWCA. Please call Kathy Norwood 207-288-5246 for additional information.
10am Independence Day Parade
The community shows off its patriotism and good humor. Parade route winds through downtown Bar Harbor from Main St to Cottage Street to Eden Street to Mt Desert St to Ledgelawn Ave. This year's theme is "Red, White, Blue and GREEN". Grand Marshall is the Bar Harbor Fire Chief Dave Rand. Sponsored by the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce and Bar Harbor Bank & Trust.
11am Seafood Festival
MDI Rotary Club, Bar Harbor Athletic Field, Park Street. Enjoy lobster, mussels, corn, strawberry shortcake and more! For more information go to mdiseafoodfestival.com
After the Parade, MDI YMCA Annual Lobster Races!
Bar Harbor Athletic Field, Park Street. Watch local businesses put their lobsters to the test in a high-speed crustacean contest where guts and determination will reign supreme. Proceeds benefit the MDI YMCA Scholarship Program. For more information contact Kim Harty, 207-288-3511 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
6:00-9:00pm Concerts in Agamont Park
Maine Academy of Modern Music's Rock Camp, The Larks and Downeast Brass! Downeast Brass is entertaining for audiences of all ages playing classical to Dixieland. http://www.downeastbrass.com
7:30-8:30pm Bar Harbor Town Band
Free concert on the Bar Harbor Village Green, Main & Mt. Desert Streets. For over 100 years the Town Band, comprised of amateur musicians from around the region, has entertained thousands of locals and visitors.
9:15pm (approx.) Fireworks Over Frenchman Bay
Enjoy the spectacular display on the waterfront, downtown Bar Harbor. Sponsored by the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce. Brass Venture will perform Handel's Fireworks during the display.
Sunday June 24, 2012
Hospitality: We must be doing something right.
When we bought and rescued The Bass Cottage Inn over 9 years ago there are some fundamental lessons we learned early on. We compared ourselves to the best and challenged ourselves to exceed those goals. Details matter. The little things matter. Guests relish that extra personal touch.
In that spirit, we share an email we received from a lovely couple from Berlin, Germany after their stay with us.
"Dear Jeffrey and Teri !
After having finished our 3-weeks-trip through New-England and after having come home to Germany, we want to thank you both again for your great hospitality. It started with your hearty welcome under heavy rain and it went on with our beautiful room, the unique breakfast room and the lounge. Furthermore the great breakfast (your two young ladies have given us the most charming service of the whole trip !) was a tremendous start for the day. From all places. where we stayed, (among others the really great hotels: Mandarin Oriental in Boston, White Barn Inn in Kennebunkport, Woodstock Inn in Woodstock) you gave us the most personal feeling, to be at home. Thank you for this and all the best for your future ! May you succeed in keeping this level !"
Friday June 15, 2012
Coming back to port
No trip to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park is complete without getting out on a boat in Frenchman Bay and the Gulf of Maine beyond. We were reminded of this late yesterday on a cruise about the whale watching boat Friendship V which set sail from the pier right near The Bass Cottage Inn.
What beautiful weather! Crystal clear views of the islands and lighthouses, warm rays of the setting sun and the spectacular vistas of MDI from the water. When you live here year-round, you forget how outrageously beautiful it is.
Oh, there was an open bar and great lobster rolls, too. So the passengers were happy sailors!
On our trip we met some old friends, some great local businesspeople and naturalists who work with the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company. We also 'met' 5 bald eagles by the Egg Rock lighthouse and numerous harbor seals who were playing and fishing for dinner off the rocks.
As we cruised back to harbor from Sand Beach, past Schooner Head, Sol's Cliff, Compass Harbor and the like a piper heralded our return to port. And, as we were about to reach the dock The Bass Cottage Inn came into view across Agamont Park.
Do yourself a favor when you visit Bar Harbor: save a day to get out on the water!
Tuesday June 12, 2012
Horse-drawn carriage rides in Bar Harbor
When it comes to activities in Bar Harbor there is always a lot to do. This year there is another option for fun.
Wild Iris Farm in Bar Harbor is providing a Downtown Carriage Service offering carriage rides through the historic village of Bar Harbor. Enjoy our beautiful Maine down at a slow pace, accompanied by the clop-clop of the horses' hooves.
You have several options including a downtown tour leaving from near the Harborside Inn on West Street on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. ($35 per person)
For a special dinner out, you can make arrangements to be picked up at the Inn and driven to the restaurant of your choice in Bar Harbor. (Pricing varies)
Finally, if 4 guests book together they will pick the carriage and beautiful horse team right to the front door of The Bass Cottage Inn. ($140 for up to 4 people).
It's a great and welcome addition to the scene here in Bar Harbor. And another reason to come visit.
Information on carriage tours or taxi services can be obtained by calling 207-288-5234.
Tuesday May 15, 2012
Location! Location! Redux
Periodically I repeat a post I made several years ago. Why, you say? Laziness? No...it's a point that bears repeating. The Bass Cottage Inn enjoys one of the most convenient and calm locations in all of Bar Harbor. The Field, as our location is known, is both historically relevant and confusing to the UPS delivery guys. You'll just love it. Read on....
Mount Desert Island is a magical place -- the only place on the US Eastern seaboard where you have mountains, forests and the ocean all cheek by jowl in the same place. But there are lots of accommodation options if you are planning your trip to visit us. What's the best place to pick? Like lots of things in life - LOCATION IS EVERYTHING.
Bar Harbor is the center of activity on the island. It's important to be close to things you want to do. That way you'll avoid unnecessary car trips.
Bar Harbor itself has literally dozens of lodging options to choose from. There are 'big box' motels that are at or along the shore. They are lots of things, but 'quaint' ain't one of them.
We believe the best location blends proximity to the things you want to do with the peace and quiet you deserve. That way you can avoid unnecessary car trips when you sample Bar Harbor's fine dining, shopping, ocean excursions or visits to Acadia.
There are 2 inns in "The Field" that meet these criteria. The Field is a quiet enclave nestled between Bar Harbor's Main St. and the scenic oceanfront Shore Path. The Bass Cottage Inn is located on a quiet private road, but you're close to everything Bar Harbor has to offer.
So, when choosing a place for your romantic getaway to Downeast Maine, LOCATION IS EVERYTHING.
Monday April 16, 2012
Planning for the Season
Spring has arrived quite early to Downeast Maine. We haven't seen snow in the woods or ice on the ponds for weeks. Flora and fauna have gotten a tremendous jump on the season...time for these Innkeepers to follow suit.
It's already beautiful here on Mount Desert Island as you can see from the photo of Little Long Pond looking south toward Sutton Island and Little Cranberry Island. Yesterday, the Park Loop Road opened for the season and the carriage roads are nice and dry. We try to get some hikes in before the pre-opening routine starts...and it's started this week. Our annual maintenance program has kicked off to get the Inn looking ship-shape for our opening day on May 18th. Fortunately, with a mild winter behind us, the building came through in great shape and there's nothing major to repair. Whew!
Judging by the pace of reservations, it will be a busy season in Bar Harbor and Acadia. Here are some tips for planning your trip successfully.
1. Book early - The pace of reservations is ahead of last year so if you wait until the last minute you might miss out.
2. Stay long enough - A two-day stay is the minimum we'd recommend...and even then you'll barely scratch the surface of things to see and do. Many folks who travel from far away think 1 day in Bar Harbor is sufficient, as they're on a packed itinerary. That's not enough. We recommend a 3 day stay to enjoy Acadia National Park, the charming village of Bar Harbor and water activities.
3. Bring the right stuff - You won't necessarily need any dressy clothes and be sure to bring good, supportive shoes if you plan to hike. A waterproof light jacket is also recommended. But omit things like hair dryers and irons..we have those for you to use. Remember that you'll enjoy your trip more if you pack light.
4. Book key activities 1 week in advance of your arrival - horse-drawn carriage rides, water excursions and the top restaurants book up in advance during the high season. We can help you with restaurant bookings - including our own 10 Tables restaurant, so give us a call. Non-restaurant activities can be researched via the Concierge section of our website so you can make those arrangements yourself. (Bike rentals do not normally need to be made in advance of your arrival).
5. Get the best of the Maine coast - If you're traveling up the coast there's lots to see before you get to Bar Harbor. When you're making your reservation at The Bass Cottage Inn be sure to get our expert advice on where to stay and what to do on the way Downeast.
Thursday April 5, 2012
SPECIAL STAY & DINE PACKAGE - May 18 and 19 (2 nights)
Greetings from Bar Harbor Maine….
…Where Spring is arriving early. Soon The Bass Cottage Inn will be open for its ninth season. We’re kicking things off with a bang by offering a special Stay & Dine package in combination with our restaurant here at the Inn, 10 Tables.
Stay Friday and Saturday nights May 18 and 19 and dine with us either night at 10 Tables where we’re offering a special 7-course Spring Chef’s Table menu:
* Creamy chicken liver mousse, rhubarb chutney, toasted baguette
* Sweet pea, leek bisque, mint creme fraiche
* Maine shrimp, crab, avocado salad, frisee, spring gazpacho vinaigrette
* Butter poached Maine lobster, truffled potato risotto, chive oil
* Grilled beef tenderloin, thyme-braised mushrooms, cabernet reduction
* New England cheese medley, candied walnuts, acacia honey drizzle
* Chocolate torte, MDI 'Very Vanilla' ice cream, spring berries
This package includes:
* Two nights’ accommodation in a king or queen bed room, double occupancy
* A delicious 3-course breakfast each morning
* Dinner for two at 10 Tables on May 18 OR May 19 (wine, beer , tax and gratuity not included)
Enjoy a splendid getaway weekend at Bar Harbor’s premier small luxury inn and have a special gourmet dining experience right here at the inn.
Queen room - $250 per person, double occupancy, plus 7% tax
King room - $350 per person, double occupancy, plus 7% tax
This package can only be reserved by phone and is subject to availability. Call 866-782-9224 to make your booking today.
Wednesday January 25, 2012
Looking ahead to our 2012 season
REMEMBER YOUR LAST VISIT TO BAR HARBOR?
Take a moment right now and recall the forests and trails of Acadia, the warm sunshine and the balmy air. Perhaps you enjoyed a bike excursion on the scenic carriage trails. Did you get out on the water? See the whales? Relax, unwind and just do nothing? Maybe you enjoyed a special meal or lobster on the dock. Do you remember the crisp air, pristine woods and the peace of Mount Desert Island, Maine?
It’s still here. Waiting for you this season. And, if you've never been here -- why not?
Make The Bass Cottage Inn, Bar Harbor your home base for a wonderful Down East Maine holiday. Enjoy the comfortable, stylish guest accommodations. Revel in the delicious gourmet breakfasts, dinners and all the little touches to make you feel right at home.
We’re right here. Waiting to welcome you this season at The Bass Cottage Inn.
It’s the depth of winter now, but it’s not too early to look ahead and make plans. Advance bookings are ahead of last year at this same time, so don’t wait. Give us a call at 866-782-9224 or visit our website to book today.
“ALL HAPPINESS DEPENDS UPON A LEISURELY BREAKFAST”
All of the good things you love about The Bass Cottage Inn will be waiting for you. But some new offerings are in store for you.
Every year we study our breakfast menus and see how to make them even more special. This season we’ll be introducing Bass Cottage Hash – a variety of hearty egg dishes with potato hash and special ingredients. Like Chorizo and Red Pepper Hash. Lobster and Leek Hash. Or, Crab and Asparagus Hash. All topped with two poached eggs and served with country toast.
We will now also offer a*Light & Fresh Breakfast* entrée each day as a third breakfast option. Enjoy homemade granola , Greek yogurt and fresh fruit. Or, during the cooler weeks, homemade oatmeal topped with fresh fruit. So you can take pleasure in your holiday without ‘breaking training.’
NEW STAY AND DINE PACKAGES!
10 Tables, our on-premise fine dining restaurant, enjoyed a very successful first year in 2011, attracting a loyal following of local summer residents and inn guests. 10 Table returns once again starting May 23 with the same focus on creative New England cuisine inspired by the culinary traditions of France and Italy.
We have two new packages you can book to get the best accommodations AND dinner experience on Mount Desert Island.
** Acadian Luxury Honeymoon – for honeymoons, special anniversaries or anyone in a honeymoon mood. Three nights in a king room, dinner at 10 Tables, champagne and more.
** 10 Tables Gourmet Stay – Three nights in a king or queen room, dinner at 10 Tables, champagne and more.
Details and pricing on these great new packages can be found here. New Packages
Call at 866-782-9224 or visit www.basscottage.com to book today.
Since 2004, we have always accepted Visa, MasterCard and American Express (as well as cash, of course). Many guests have commented that other businesses along the coast won’t accept American Express. Well, Amex does cost us a little more, but we accept American Express and will continue to do so. Plus, we now accept Discover cards as well. Have it your way, as they say.
Enjoy your winter and hopefully, by the time spring starts to warm things up, you will have confirmed your plans to sleep, eat and relax at The Bass Cottage Inn, Bar Harbor. We look forward to sharing our splendid little corner of New England with you once again....or for the first time.
Tuesday December 27, 2011
Tis The (Off) Season
Happy Holidays to all our blog followers. We hope you are having a pleasant holiday with time to enjoy family and friends. We know that we are. It's been about 7 weeks since The Bass Cottage Inn closed after a very successful 8th season. During the off-season, we catch up on sleep, sketch out plans for the season ahead and do a little investigative work. We recently returned from a pre-Christmas trip to Quebec City where we 'benchmarked' a Relais & Chateau property in the old city, did a little homework at a number of Quebec's fine dining restaurants and just enjoyed what seems like 'driving to Europe.'
Over this past season, we noticed a number of our guests who stayed with us were also including Quebec City on their itineraries. And, why not? Quebec City is actually 10 miles closer by car than Boston, with a beautiful drive through the woods and mountains of western Maine (just keep an eye open for moose).
While Quebec is famous for the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac, we selected Auberge Saint-Antoine in the
basse ville as our hotel. Being a Relais & Chateau property, we know they had high standards and it would be useful to compare/contrast what we do at The Bass Cottage Inn with this much bigger urban boutique hotel.
We thoroughly enjoyed the Auberge Saint-Antoine and, while we picked up a few good ideas, I'd say that The Bass Cottage Inn compared quite favorably - especially when it came to the clean and compete accommodations and the gourmet breakfasts. If you go, be sure to enjoy a leisurely breakfast or two at Panache, the on-premise restaurant. And, don't miss a dinner there either! Great service, expert preparation and a focus on locally sourced ingredients.
In fact, we really enjoyed a number of Quebec specialties during our visit such as duck confit, sauteed sweetbreads, glace du cidre (a strong and sweet 'ice wine' treatment of Quebec cider), elk burgers, bison ravioli and duck poutine.
Jeff has been dying to try poutine for a couple of years. What is it? Flavorful duck gravy with shredded duck leg confit, green peppercorns, squeaky farmer cheese curds....served over frites. Not spa cuisine, but worth an indulgence once a year.
Best of all during our trip to Quebec, we got to enjoy holiday shopping in the Quartier Champlain in the old city. Not at all like a trip to the mall! Plus, we had dinner with a Bass Cottage Inn guest and friend. Great conversation!
Check back here at Innkeeper's Corner for an upcoming blog describing upcoming new offerings for The Bass Cottage Inn in 2012.