Wednesday August 21, 2013 12:41 PM
Lulu's Back in town
Every season we recommend that guests try a trip on Lulu Lobster Boat with Captain John Nicolai. Everyone comes back talking about how much fun it is each time.
But, sad to say, until last week the Innkeepers themselves had never set out on Lulu. Each year Captain John would come by the inn as we were getting ready to open to urge us to come out with him. So, on a beautiful August afternoon we finally did.
"Well, look what the cat dragged in," said Capt John as we boarded. He's got a great sarcastic wit that spices up the trip. Having lived in France at one point for 20 years he can also speak fluent French. And, as a Chinese family on our trip found out, he's got some Mandarin language skills as well.
His vessel, Lulu, is solid, well-kept large modified lobster boat capable of holding approximately 30 passengers. We set out from the pier in Bar Harbor (within walking distance of The Bass Cottage Inn) and made for Egg Rock, where there were several dozen harbor seals lounging, swimmiing, feeding and "bottling" (or "bottle-nosing"). This is the term for sleeping in the water with their noses poking up skyward. In addition to the dog-like harbor seals there were some large, 800 lb gray seals about. And bald eagles were perched on the rocks near the Egg Rock Lighthouse.
Next, we cruised into Cromwell Harbor to pull a lobster trap (about 10 inside, 2-3 of which were keepers). Captain John provided an informational and spirited lesson on all things lobsta. The only thing that we didn't get were lobster rolls.
We highly recommend a sail on Lulu when you're back in town.
Monday July 29, 2013 4:11 PM
Back to Blogging...
Hello from Bar Harbor...where we are in the thick of a busy innkeeping season. A thousand mea culpas for those missing blog entries from Innkeepers' Corner, but we've been spending more time on the Bass Cottage Inn page on Facebook. Social media helps spread the word fast.
The big news we wanted to share: The Bass Cottage Inn has been selected for Bedandbreakfast.com's Diamond Collection: Here's the info:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 28, 2013
THE BASS COTTAGE INN, BAR HARBOR SELECTED FOR THE
BEDANDBREAKFAST.COM DIAMOND COLLECTION
Diamond Collection members represent professionally inspected and guest-reviewed
luxury inns with extensive modern amenities
Bar Harbor, Maine – The Bass Cottage Inn has joined the BedandBreakfast.com Diamond Collection, a distinction reserved for premier inns offering extensive amenities and top-rated guest reviews. Launched in October, 2009, the Diamond Collection was introduced to help travelers streamline their search for the country’s best inns. The Bass Cottage Inn is the newest member of the BedandBreakfast.com Diamond Collection.
To qualify and maintain membership in the Diamond Collection, B&Bs and inns must pass a comprehensive professional inspection measuring the property’s quality, service, hospitality, accommodations, food, amenities, and more. To qualify for membership, Diamond Collection properties all maintain top guest ratings and reviews on BedandBreakfast.com and offer a professional reservation experience, including extensive property photos and online reservations. Additionally, Diamond Collection members provide the amenities that today’s travelers require, including private baths, free Internet service, luxury appointments and amenities, professional staffing, and flexible check-in/out times.
“Vacation time is a valuable commodity these days” explained Gregory Sion, General Manager of BedandBreakfast.com. “When planning a getaway, travelers want the assurance of knowing that they’ll be staying at a B&B or inn that meets the highest standards. The Bass Cottage Inn is a perfect addition to this group of premier inns,” stated Sion.
About The Bass Cottage Inn:
The Bass Cottage Inn is Bar Harbor’s premier boutique inn. Historic yet fresh; elegant yet casual -- the Inn is truly a modern Maine classic. The Bass Cottage Inn is located in a quiet enclave, just steps from Bar Harbor's activities and five minutes to Acadia National Park. Originally built in 1885, this great house was completely restored by owners Jeffrey and Teri Anderholm ten years ago. The style is creative and elegant – without Victorian clichés. Each of the ten luxury guest room features private bathrooms, antiques, fine linens and modern amenities to ensure guest comfort. Many guest rooms offer fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. Guests enjoy gourmet breakfasts featuring freshly baked pastries and entrees cooked to order. The Inn is open seasonally from mid-May through the end of October.
Founded in 1995, BedandBreakfast.com is highly recommended by The New York Times, Real Simple, Forbes, Travel & Leisure, USA TODAY and many others. To learn about over 10,000 other perfect choices for your next B&B getaway, visit BedandBreakfast.com, the leading online bed and breakfast directory and reservation network worldwide. A variety of search functions and extensive maps enable inn-goers to find the perfect B&B. Travelers can make reservations online, purchase The Getaway Gift Card from BedandBreakfast.com, welcomed at over 4,000 B&Bs in the U.S. and Canada, read up-to-date trip reports on The BedandBreakfast.com Blog, read and write independent reviews, and post questions on expert-hosted message boards.
For more information on The Bass Cottage Inn, visit www.basscottage.com or call 207-288-1234 / 866-782-9224 for reservations.
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Wednesday October 31, 2012 5:53 PM
Thunder Hole Sunrise
Here at The Bass Cottage Inn we get the most amazing guests. They bring their talents, skills and life experiences with them from their daily lives as they come to relax and chill-out in this beautiful, pristine corner of America.
We've had accomplished scientists, newspaper publishers, recording artists, Hollywood actresses, a US Senator. And we've just recently hosted the very talented Jim Whetsone and his lovely wife Barbara from Pennsylvania. Jim and Barb were great with the other guests - who were all dazzled by Jim's photography. And Jim was up and out the door early before breakfast. You can judge why for yourself - just check out this stunning shot of a Thunder Hole Sunrise (above).
Barb wrote us the following we wanted to share with our blog readers:
"The opportunity to see and photograph the rugged beauty of Acadia was certainly a highlight of our recent trip to the wonderfully scenic coast of Maine, which is indeed a very special place.
The experience of the week was definitely enhanced by our stay at the Bass Cottage Inn - from the delicious breakfasts and afternoon snacks, to the beautiful public areas in the inn along with the comfortable room we had, to the warmth and hospitality shown by Jeff and Teri. They both
had great tips on places to see and restaurants to visit. We enjoyed the music playing in the background and it was great to share a love of jazz with Jeff. In addition we met other guests at the inn who were delightful.
My husband was very successful capturing early morning light in Acadia NP and enjoyed meeting other photographers along the way."
In turn, we wanted to share Jim's website where you can buy copies of some truly amazing photographs of the Maine coast.
Captured Moments PHotography
Saturday October 13, 2012 12:32 PM
A German guests blogs about her stay at The Bass Cottage Inn
It's always a treat when a guest who's web-aware and social-media aware shares their Bass Cottage experiences with others. This year we've seen a strong uptick in international visitors with visitors from Australia, South Africa, Singapore, Luxembourg, Italy....and of course England and Germany.
Here's a blog posting from Stefanie who hails from Munich, one of our favorite German cities:
Or, here's Google's auto-translation of the entry:
"There are places that will give one a good feeling. The Bass Cottage Inn in Bar Harbor, Maine is one such place. On our tour through New England we reach the inn in the pouring rain. The less annoying, because Teri welcomed us warmly and bring me a cup of tea directly. In room two golden chocolate heart lying on a white top surface. They do not seem corny, probably because they fit into the ambience, like everything here. The inn exudes from the first moment of homeliness: The lobby is decorated with a old piano, a large sofa with fireplace invites you to relax. When scrolling a collated by Jeffrey and Teri restaurant list with menus sweeps my view of the antique furniture. In the combination, you enter the room but no weight, as it is usually at the wooden houses in the area is the case here.
These playful and elegant house in Victorian style characterize the hilly countryside of New England and make her what she is. The large porches with rocking chairs and gourds at the door, the turrets, gables and small pillars at the entrance to radiate a sense of beauty and laissez-faire from the same time, I like that. The architectural style is a relic of British architecture in the last half of the 19th Century. The economic boom of the increasing industrialization brought wealth and enabled new designs and materials. What is very appealing from the outside can, in the interior act quickly overloaded. Heavy picture frames, bulky curtains, dark furniture and flowers decorated carpets are available in bulk in my opinion too much fast. The Bass Cottage Inn, however, combines skillfully Victorian with modern style: loose antique showpieces are available in large, light-filled rooms, wicker furniture and light curtains the whole picture: Teri and Jeffrey have renovated the 1885 house built with love and flair and furnished his story subtly brought out on. If you still with a homemade muesli with fresh Blueberrys decorated with courgette flower on orange slices, sits and looks out into the garden, you will feel just comfortable. If you ever come to New England - I can highly recommend Bass Cottage Inn."
Tuesday October 2, 2012 8:22 AM
Flying direct to Bar Harbor...easier than you think!
While the drive up the Maine coast is lovely, it certainly takes time from your enjoyment of Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. You may know that Bar Harbor has a little airport in Trenton, just over the bridge on the mainland 8 miles from The Bass Cottage Inn.
And getting there is easier than ever.
Cape Air serves Bar Harbor Hancock County Airport (BHB) from Boston with several daily flights. You can easily book your tickets now between BHB and Boston and beyond! Cape Air partners with Jet Blue to provide excellent service to Boston and all the cities in the US, Caribbean and worldwide that Jet Blue services.
You can book your trip to Bar Harbor seamlessly on Jet Blue's website: www.jetblue.com
Saturday September 29, 2012 10:52 AM
Eleven Tastes Not to Miss on MDI
We're people who, like you perhaps, like to experience new places with all the senses - not just the eyes. You can hike, shop, cruise, whatever - but nothing helps us connect to a locale than to taste what the locals have to offer.
While many parts of coastal Maine double-down on seafood, there is a wide array of taste treats awaiting you here in Bar Harbor and on Mount Desert Island. What follows below are some of our personal favorites. Of course, this is a subjective list. In fact,we're not sure the restauranteurs and chefs themselves would make the same choices. But, when we head out to a bite around here, these are what's on our minds.
Side Street Cafe Lobster Roll - Of course, we start of with lobster! These at this local, fun bistro are loaded with freshly picked lobster meat and served with just a touch of dressing. Best lobster roll on MDI for sure.
Havana Mushroom Spring Roll - Roasted mushrooms and soba noodles in a crisp spring roll wrap with soy glaze and truffle aioli. Tastes like they condensed a 1000 mushrooms into one spring roll.
Eden Vegetarian Singapore Noodles - Not doused with Indian curry like in so many Chinese restaurants, this flavorful veggie offering features wok-charred cabbage veggies. local fresh tofu over
rice noodles, seasoned with fresh chili, kaffir lime, & lemongrass yellow curry
Rosalie's Pizza Rosie's Choice - a vegetarian NY style thin crust pie loaded with garlic, spinach and mushrooms. This is Bar Harbor's best pizza. We rejoice when they open in the Spring and get sad when they close in the Fall.
XYX Restaurant 7 Chile Chili - Over in Southwest Harbor, up in the woods is a hacienda style restaurant serving authentic provincial Mexican cuisine. Start your dinner with margaritas and this fiery nosh. Braised beef, 7 different types of chiles and homemade tortillas. Pleasantly hot!
The Burning Tree Swiss Chard Leaves - stuffed with a scallop Mousse, lobster & shrimp served with a sorrel cream sauce. There are lots of great, fresh, locally-sourced choices on The Burning Tree menu. Somehow each time I come I can't get past this delicious dish.
Jordan Pond House Lobster Stew - Hike around Jordan Pond and then order up a bowl - not a cup! - of this rich blend of fresh lobster meat, cream, butter & sherry. Remember - no calories on vacation!
Mache Bistro Pumpkin Seed Dusted Scallops - Many good choices at this acclaimed little restaurant, this dish features local scallops served over creamy polenta topped with fennel onion confit then drizzled with lemon~caper olive oil.
Thurston's Steamed Lobster - Our top recommendation for the real Maine Lobster Pound experience. Choose your lobster - up to almost 4 lbs if you want - take a seat, watch the Bass Harbor lobster fleet return from pulling traps and wait for your number to be called.
Cleonice Lamb Burger - OK, this restaurant is in nearby downtown Ellsworth but if you venture forth try this Mediterranean style burger served in a pita with a spicy whipped feta dressing and tsatsiki. Choose the oven potatoes (they go great with the spicy feta whip) and glass of rioja. Nice lunch!
The Bass Cottage Inn Creme Brulee French Toast - Biased? Yes, but guests agree. This breakfast dish takes 2 days to prepare. Rich and decadent, with the bread infused with creme brulee taste and grilled in butter.
Come on up for a bite in Downeast Maine!
Saturday September 15, 2012 8:10 AM
Moose, you say? Are there moose on Mount Desert Island
Well, when we first came to MDI to open the Inn in 2003 the general consensus was that there were really no moose on Mount Desert Island. Too bad, we thought, because Maine is known for lobsters, blueberries, rocky coasts and MOOSE.
But, the moose are once again on the loose near Acadia. Just last winter, someone with an iPhone captured a video of a moose walking around downtown Bar Harbor. And, just a couple of days ago a local merchant snapped this younger male moose having a stroll near the Hulls Cover Visitors' Center in Acadia National Park.
So we have some moose here around Bar Harbor. And squirrels, too. Hmmm, "moose and squirrel"...where have I heard that before.
Monday September 10, 2012 7:37 AM
Cooler, pleasant weather is the harbinger of September in Bar Harbor
After Labor Day the super-heated tourist season here in Acadia cools off a bit as we welcome the warm days and cool nights of early autumn.
This photo shows what a Canadian cool front looks like as it edges over Mount Desert Island just last night. A spectacular show of nature's beauty that, while not unique to Downeast Maine, sure looks best from Downeast Maine.
While it's still hot and humid in other parts of the US, we expect our typical September weather pattern over the next 5 days: highs around 70F, overnight lows in the upper 40s. So, pull the covers up to your nose and get a good night's sleep before a great breakfast and a hike in Acadia National Park.
Monday August 27, 2012 1:12 PM
Acadia Night Sky Festival (Sept 13-17)
Acadia Night Sky Festival
Celebrating the starlit skies of Downeast Maine
September 13-17, 2012
Enjoy some of the last pristine night skies in the eastern United States. The festival’s many events feature art, science, and stargazing in Acadia National Park and surrounding communities.
Discover Downeast Maine’s unique commitment to measuring the quality of its starlit nights. We invite you to help us enjoy and protect this inspiring resource for generations to come.
Enjoy a night hikes up Precipice Trail or Otter Cliffs (experts onl), star gazing on Sand Beach, Cadillac Mountain and Seawall, a Night Sky "Under the Stars" cruise on the whale watch boat, photography, documentary films, informative lectures and an art show.
Maine’s spectacular rocky coast is home to Acadia National Park and some of the last star filled skies in the country. Here the Milky Way shines bright in the largest expanse of naturally dark sky, east of the Mississippi. As the rapid loss of dark skies to light pollution receives national recognition, Maine is increasingly referred to as someplace “that still has stars.”
For more information visit acadianightskyfestival.org