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)
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
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!
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/
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."