Friday July 4, 2014 10:49 AM
The Legend of "Snappy Joe"
Happy 4th of July from a full, festive Bar Harbor!
Lots going on here in town during what one national morning news show called one of the 'best small town 4th of July celebrations" in the country. One thing that's going on is the annual Lobster Races. As usual, the Bass Cottage Inn sponsors a lobster in these races held to benefit the Mount Desert Island YMCA.
We could have named our lobster California Chrome, Secretariat or even Seabiscuit. Instead, he's "Snappy Joe". There's a story behind that....
Back during the Depression, Teri's family started a small chain of diners back in Michigan. Her great uncle Joe started the first one and dubbed it "Snappy Joe's." Great food and snappy service. If you were down on your luck - "pay me when you can." A great American story.
Teri's grand dad Henry (shown) and her grandmother Doris opened the Snappy Joe's on Main St. in Ann Arbor. (Check out those prices!) Each of Teri's great uncles also had a location with the same menu. They specialized in simple, tasty American fare for folks working in the auto plants and the like. Swiss steak, burgers, meat loaf, mashed potatoes.
But, no lobster. Which would make our racing lobster "Snappy Joe" happy as he races today in the Annual Lobster Races here in Bar Harbor. Here's to memories of good times past and those to come.
Friday May 23, 2014 9:31 AM
What's New in Bar Harbor and Acadia
Timeless, pristine beauty. That's what folks come to experience here in Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. It's clean, safe, authentically American. But, even still, there are new things to experience this year.
* Acadia National Park is making $2M in improvements to ease parking and traffic.
* Mache Bistro, one of our premier fiine dining venues, has moved to a location just across the street from Havana. More room, better parking. Yum.
* Havana Restaurant has done a build-out to expand seating and increase guest comfort.
* If you have a sweet tooth, satisfy it at the new Pink Pastry Shop located next to the Downeast Deli just up from the inn on Main St.
* Fathom has a new chef and reports from guests are quite positive.
* Sadly, Town Hill Bistro and Eden Vegetarian Cafe have closed their doors.
* If you enjoy people-watching with your drinks and food, check out the new upper deck at Rupununi's on Main St.
* You may also notice that breakfasts and wine hour food at the Bass Cottage Inn is even better than ever. Chef/innkeeper Teri has taken over the kitchen and the results on the plate are obvious.
Summer is blooming in Bar Harbor. Time to make plans for your special visit.
Saturday April 26, 2014 1:17 PM
Next time you're here: Take a Photo Safari
Every so often, when we attend our local B&B meetings, we learn something neat and useful. To wit: Acadia Photo Safari. If you would love to learn how to take great digital photographs of beautiful Acadia National Park and our down east coast, this is a new and fun option for your visit.
Howie Motenko is a software engineer at The Jackson Laboratory by day. He's spent the past six years photographing Acadia National Park and Mount Desert Island. As a local resident and professional photographer, he will share his intimate knowledge of Mount Desert Island (think photo opps that your average tourist just can't find) and accomplished photographic skills on every safari.
All you need is a digital camera.
Howie does daytime and sunset photo safaris both on land...and on the water aboard his locally built Ellis 28-foot Downeast "lobster yacht."
This is a great new option for both new and veteran visitors to MDI. You'll learn how to get better results with your digital camera and come back with some wicked good holiday photos of one of America's most beautiful places.
Visit acadiaphotosafari.com or phone 207-318-3402 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday March 28, 2014 11:19 AM
Tiny Luxury Hotels are the Trend
Hospitality Trends We're Tracking
When we worked in the investment and technology sectors in our past corporate lives, we would challenge our strategic business assumptions by asking "How would this play on the front page of the Wall Street Journal."
This Wall St. Journal article shows that the Bass Cottage Inn is at the forefront of a growing hospitality trend. It seems more hospitality businesses -- and the money behind them - are learning smaller is better. This finding is echoed by our Maine colleague, Lark Hotel guru and inn-keeping pro Rob Blood: "There's a certain soul you find in smaller properties that's harder for large properties to achieve."
But forget offering a frumpy, down-market, fraying at the edges experience for today's traveler. They expect comfort, cleanliness, personality and style. It's all in the details...as we well know here at the Bass Cottage Inn.
Tuesday March 25, 2014 12:46 PM
Seasoned with history, flavored with style
Back when we launched the upscale and updated version of the Bass Cottage Inn back in 2004, the innkeepers couldn't decide on what to name the guest rooms. Should the rooms be named after classic jazz musicians? Maine based authors? Maine towns named after famous foreign locales? We couldn't agree. Each room is beautiful, complete and decorated in our unique style. But, using just a number to capture the essence of a room seemed like taking the easy way out.
Last season, we contemplated giving our rooms actual names. We asked several veteran Bass Cottage Inn visitors what they thought. "Well," said one great guest, "we love your rooms but it's kind of blah to think about coming back to stay in 'good ol' Room 4'."
We love to cook, as you'd expect, and we make use of a range of spices. The inn special orders spices from Penzey's and Whole Spice Co. in California to make breakfasts and wine snacks memorable.
Why not name our rooms after spices? Duh. Hence, Room 1 becomes "Cinnamon." "Good ol' Room 4" becomes "Paprika." This concept was the creative platform behind our new website, as well.
Choose your spice when you come to relax and renew yourselves at our stylish, historic inn by the bay in Bar Harbor.
Saturday March 8, 2014 12:19 PM
What's Cookin' This Season at the Bass Cottage Inn?
"Seasoned with history, flavored with Style."
Every year, during our off-season hiatus, we think of ways to "polish the apple" in an effort to delight both new and repeat Inn guests.
By now, some of you have seen our new website and video. Others may have noted that we've named our guest rooms after herbs and spices, an acknowledgement of our passion for the culinary arts. All of this activity has been a precursor to our upcoming season when we will be more focused on making our wonderful breakfast and wine hour snacks better than ever.
Local, fresh ingredients are important to us at the Bass Cottage Inn. We are pleased to announce our continued participation with local Maine growers and providers, notably J&P Farms, Ducktrap(R) Smoke House, Smith Family Farm and Seal Cove dairy and cheese.
Naturally, our new menus will feature guest favorites like Creme Brulee French Toast, freshly baked muffins and scones. But there will be new options as well as twists on old favorites. This season our new menus will feature more fresh fruit and vegetables than ever before, all prepared with flavor and flair.
Executive Chef and Innkeeper Teri revamped her menus, tweaked a few of her signature recipes and will be bringing her culinary skills to the Inn each morning beginning May 16, 2014.
Our 11th inn-keeping season starts May 16, 2014. Bring your appetite for life!
Tuesday February 25, 2014 10:03 AM
Kick off our 11th season: Taste of Bar Harbor May 2014
The Bass Cottage Inn opens for our 11th season on Friday May 16. What better way to celebrate our re-opening and the wonderful Acadian spring than to come and enjoy the 4th Annual Taste of Bar Harbor which runs through Sunday May 18th.
Last year's festival was a tremendous success. Here's what you can expect:
Ongoing all Festival, Thursday - Sunday: $20.14 Menu
Participating restaurants will offer a prix-fixe menu or special for $20.14 for the duration of the festival. To enjoy, you'll need to make reservations directly with the restaurant.
Friday, May 16: Pub Tour -- 5:00 - 9:00 pm
Purchase a souvenir glass and ten tickets at the Chamber of Commerce Visitor's Center located at the corner of Cottage and Main Streets then tour participating restaurants and bars to enjoy 4oz. samples of beer and wines.
Saturday, May 17: Chef's Table - restaurants TBD
Diners will enjoy a behind the scenes evening at one of five participating restaurants with an opportunity to meet the Chef and enjoy a 5 course menu with wine pairings. $75 per person, limited to 10 seats per restaurant.
Sunday, May 18: Local Food Producer Showcase -- 1:00 - 4:00 pm
A gathering of some of the finest food growers, producers and artisans from Mount Desert Island and its surrounding communities. Come to learn more about the abundance of food sources available to us in our region, or do a little shopping for a treat to bring home.
Sunday, May 18: Waiter Race -- 2:00 pm
Local servers will come together to test their skills at the first annual Taste of Bar Harbor Waiter Race. Local restaurants will pit their finest staff against one another, competing for the bragging rights of 'Best Server in Bar Harbor' and an 'Ultimate Tip' cash prize.
The Taste of Bar Harbor brings a fun, culinary spotlight to a formerly sleepy weekend in mid-May. It would make a great getaway.
For more information on the Taste of Bar Harbor festival click visit:
Sunday February 16, 2014 1:54 PM
In Vino Veritas
There's nothing like enjoying some convivial time in an Inn you'd like to call home. Now, Bass Cottage Inn guests are invited to enjoy a glass of wine and snack each evening at 6:00PM all season long. Each evening guests enjoy a wine hour with a glass of cabernet sauvignon or pinot grigio. Stay to chat with other guests or find a quiet corner in our spacious common rooms.
Here is a sampling of our guests' favorites. See you in May.
* Gorgonzola Dolce, honey with za'atar, country pate, shallot marmalade
* Seal Cove goat cheese, peperonata, tapenade
* Muhammara, hummus, crispy pita chips
* Mushroom pate, sweet onion chutney, toasted baguette
* Cucumber, whipped smoked salmon mousse canape, fresh chives
* Smith Farm Camembert, cranberry chutney, maple-spiced pecans
* Spanakopita, tzatziki, olives
* Cherry tomato, fresh mozzarella, arugula brochette, basil aioli
Monday February 3, 2014 10:53 AM
Bar Harbor named a Top 10 Romantic Destination
Cuddle up, pucker up...c'mon up.
USA Today has named Bar Harbor to its list of Top 10 Romantic Travel destinations.
"Tiny Bar Harbor invites exploration on foot. Cozy B&Bs and classic waterfront hotels set the stage for romance, while whale watching and sailing cruises beckons lovers to a fun day on the water. Bar Harbor has lots of cozy dining options, and Acadia National Park is just moments away, with all its stunning vistas, trails and landmarks."
Saturday February 1, 2014 12:00 PM
BASSCOTTAGE.COM -- Eleven years, four major website redesigns.
Even more than Facebook, our Inn's website is the most important marketing and customer care tool. We hardly do ANY print advertising but, we do a ton of online marketing including social media. We're happy to help you over the phone, but our new websites can help you with availability information, online reservations, information about all the inn's amenities and services, and more. With our planning info, guests can plan their trip to Bar Harbor and Acadia right from www.basscottage.com
The resulting new www.basscottage.com has surpassed our goals for this key project. It was a team effort. We'd like to thank spectacular local web designers Z Studio in Bar Harbor, Islandweb in Bar Harbor for technical services, Trent Bell Photography and Eager Eye Photography of Maine, InnFilms for our great video and our guests. Enjoy the new site.