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."
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!
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.
Thursday January 22, 2015 3:00 PM
Bar Harbor Aspiring Innkeepers' Weekend - May 29-30
The Bass Cottage Inn is pleased to be the site of the Maine Innkeeping Academy -- Bar Harbor Aspiring Innkeepers Weekend on May 29-30, 2015
If you're thinking of being an innkeeper someday...or are actively searching for your next career in innkeeping, you'll learn a lot from the experts at this event.
The Seminar Program includes:
* Two night accommodations at the Bass Cottage Inn
* Wine and cheese reception for seminar participants on Friday night
* Full day of instruction by industry professionals and veteran innkeepers on Saturday
* Course materials including information on hospitality trends, industry data and statistics, and financing requirements
* Attend a breakfast cooking demonstration in the Innís state-of-the-art commercial kitchen
* Enjoy breakfast at the Bass Cottage Inn on Saturday and Sunday. Working lunch on Saturday
* Gourmet dinner as a group off-site Saturday night
* Exclusive tours of select inns in the local area
* Maine Innkeeping Academy "Certificate of Achievement" upon completion
Pricing & Enrollment:
Cost is $550.00 for single occupancy; $650 for double occupancy
To register please contact Teri Anderholm at the Bass Cottage Inn Ė email@example.com or 207.288.1234
Terms & Conditions:
Availability is limited to 12 seminar participants. A deposit equal to full payment for the seminar and accommodations is due at the time of reservation.
A 30-day cancellation period applies. Cancellations after April 29, 2015 will forfeit the entire deposit amounts.
Monday January 12, 2015 12:24 PM
Taste of Bar Harbor Festival - opening weekend of the Bass Cottage Inn
Concurrent with our opening 2015 weekend for the Bass Cottage Inn (May 15) is the spectacular "Taste of Bar Harbor" event. Stay with us and enjoy the Pub Tour, the Chef's Table event, Sidewalk Cafe, Eden Farmer's Market and Waiter Race. If you love great food and want to sample Downeast dining at its finest, come to Bar Harbor in mid-May.
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Monday October 20, 2014 9:49 AM
Craft Cocktail Oasis in Bar Harbor
Bar Harbor has many good to great dining experiences. One establishment on our "recommended" list actually doesn't even serve food (unless you count the spiced popcorn). Welcome to the Cottage St. Pub, an oasis of inventive and heady cocktails on Cottage Street near the Bass Cottage Inn.
Dale, shown here, is the Chief Cocktail Wizard and master of dry Maine humor. He. along with his team of lovely lady bartenders serve up some delicious concoctions with unique ingredients. While you can get any number of local microbrews, a glass of wine or a perfectly made Hendricks martini (very dry, slice of cucumber) why not try something like "La Turista Burracha" made with Mezcal, blood orange liqueur and hell-fire bitters.
Pull up a stool or sit by the sidewalk and watch life's rich pageant on vacation. Just don't take my seat! Cheers.
Saturday September 20, 2014 9:47 AM
An Autumn Afternoon in Maine
Yesterday the innkeepers packed inn-dog Riley into the car and headed off island up to Ellsworth to pick ripe, crisp apples for the guests to enjoy here at the Bass Cottage Inn.
What a day here in Maine: Warm sun, an autumnal chill in the air, blue sky, red apples, colorful blueberry barrens, children playing among the apple trees. It was a Robert Frost moment.
This season is setting us up for a great apple crop here in downeast Maine. Balanced rainfall, moderate temperatures all summer have the trees loaded with McIntosh, Cortlands, Macouns and other varieties. We filled three large bags in no time.
Wild blueberry season is over, but the blueberry barrens are turning a gorgeous mix of burgundy and russet.
There may be some problems in the world, but none in the orchard yesterday. Another example of why Maine's tourism tagline is... "The Way Life Should Be."
Friday August 15, 2014 12:20 PM
Elopements, Anniversaries, Book tours, Old Friends
This is a wonderful, but complicated story so bear with us. It just illustrates the fact that we get wonderful, creative guests who bring their own connections when they check in to the Bass Cottage Inn.
First, over the years we've been honored to host Laurel and Brian Lies. Brian is a best-selling author and illustrator of wonderful children's books. The latest is called "Bats in the Band."
Years ago, one of the first bookstores to carry Brian's books when he was just starting out was the Where the Sidewalk Ends Bookstore in Chatham, Massachusetts.
Forty years ago, Jim and Joann (see photo) eloped and stayed at the Bass Cottage Inn on their wedding night. Later on, they would open the bookstore in Chatham. They came back this year to celebrate their fortieth anniversary. Brian and Laurel were here just a few days before and left Jim and Joann a surprise anniversary gift which we placed in their room for their arrival.
We're just happy to host them all and enjoy the marvelous, coincidental "fabulous realities" that our guests bring with them to the Bass Cottage Inn.
Sunday August 3, 2014 1:27 PM
Time to appreciate "bloobs" in Maine
It's not a misspellling -) It's time to savor the 'bloobs" in Downeast Maine.
Up here on Mount Desert Island we're just getting the first harvested wild Maine blueberries of the season. While not as famous at Maine lobster, the wild Maine blueberry is a unique treat.
Wild Maine Blueberries are unique in the U.S. to a small area in eastern Maine and thrive in the cool, moist sea air of this beautiful region. These naturally smaller wild blueberries are sweet and irresistibly delicious. While cultivated blueberries from other parts of the US (we call 'em "cannonballs" because of their larger size) are good and nutritious, the Maine blueberry is something akin to the best wine grapes: small, concentrated, delicious.
While you'll find wild blueberries while hiking in Acadia National Park, they are cultivated around these parts in rocky fields known as "blueberry barrens."
In spring, the blueberry barrens come to life with a soft green color and white blossoms. In late July and early August the barrens gradually turn blue as the berries ripen and the harvest begins, as it is right now here in Maine.
After the harvest, and with the onset of fall, the barrens turn a bright crimson red that rivals any fall foliage -- another reason to plan a trip this fall to the Bass Cottage Inn.
Wednesday July 30, 2014 1:21 PM
Green Initiatives at The Bass Cottage Inn
We just signed on to an initiative to ban those ubiquitous plastic water bottles from Acadia National Park. About 4 years ago, we abolished bottled water from our Guest Pantry at the inn and we think it's good for the environment --- and not much of an inconvenience for guests. Instead guests fill up their own reusable (and often more handy) water bottles for a fun day in Acadia.
In the rooms, guests have a stylish carafe of chilled water each day.
Over our years as innkeepers we've learned how to be smarter and more eco-conscious. Of course, we recycle paper products as much as possible. Returnable bottles and cans are donated to a charity. Most light bulbs are CFLs. Our inn's sign is illuminated with cost-effective and long-lived LED lights.
Recycling, using products that themselves use recycled materials, and using energy-saving technologies is just smart business. And, educated guests notice these things. However, your comfort is never compromised.