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... this short space and don't want to lose you as loyal blog readers if I were to go on and on so in brief summary…The Bolgers, Jim is the retired Prime Minister and previous Ambassador to the US, had gone above and beyond and had invited me to be their guest at the the New Zealander of the Year Gala event. This is a wonderful, annual event where the best of the best of NZ are honored and finalist are selected. To ...
... Definitely summer place. A huge lobster fishing port and yes, Jim had his lobster today. Fresh and very good. We went into Acadia National Park and to the top of Cadillac Mountain. Great views but very, very windy. Really enjoyed today. Portland and Kennabunkport ...
... vivid color display but what I saw was nothing to sneeze at. It took a bit to warm up after and then I joined all the others on the descent down the mountain. Cadillac is also the place to be in the morning when the sunrises, but I am not going to do that tomorrow. Temps overnight are supposed to get down into the mid-30s and sunrise will be a lot colder than sunset!
As I get ready to leave Acadia, I ...
... miles. The summit was packed with people. From space it probably resembled an ant hill with hundreds of people milling around everywhere. I had never seen this many people at the top of Cadillac in all my years going to the park, a fact dad would repeat numerous times throughout the day as the rest of the park was equally packed with hundreds of improvised parking spots along the entire park loop road including the Jordan Pond, ...
... its proximity to Acadia National Park, one of the most visited parks in America, and that wasn't hard to see why! Frank drove us through villages that were in grander times the haunt of the rich and richer, with houses that seemed more like mini mansions to our eyes. Bar Harbour and its surrounding areas became a huge draw for tourists and the social elite in the mid 1800's, popularized by artists and journalists. They would flock to the area each summer, even ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hearthside B&B Bar Harbor
What a wonderful place!
Barry and Susan are the best innkeepers ever. We enjoyed our trip so much that we are already planning a trip next summer. The breakfasts are wonderful, and the rooms are superb. The bed is the best that we have slept in. You won't regret coming to this B&B!
Plan to Visit Hearthside Again
Hearthside is one of the best B&Bs we've ever had the opportunity to stay at. Due to scheduling conflicts we ended up staying in three different B&Bs or inns in Bar Harbor on this one trip, and Hearthside was by far the best. The room we stayed in (Emily Dickinson) was well-decorated and well-kept. The B&B itself is only a block or so away from the 'action' of Bar Harbor, yet the street was quiet so we could sleep or rest when we wanted. Owners Barry and Susan and assistant Bonnie were always available and helpful with suggestions with places to visit or things to do. Barry even gave us a coupon he had for a discount at a local company. This was our first time visiting Hearthside, but we encountered many couples who have returned repeatedly. Now we can see why.
The Most Enjoyable B&B in the Country!
Of all the B&Bs we have stayed in, this is by far the best! Susan and Barry charm their guests in every way. The inn, originally a Doctor's house, is solid, luxurious, and spacious. Susan's wonderful breakfasts always start the day right for the endless activities Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park have to offer. The Hearthside is in town. All the restaurants and shops are just a step away. Ginger and I cannot imagine a more relaxing way to spend a vacation. Make a reservation and I am sure you will agree!
It was a real stroke of luck that brought us to the Hearthside Inn in Bar Harbor. The B&B where we originally planned to stay was full, so they directed us to Susan and Barry Schwartz, hosts of the wonderful Hearthside Inn Bed and Breakfast. We were delighted to find out that this beautiful Victorian-style Inn was located in a very quiet neighborhood, but within easy walking distance to the waterfront and its activities, great restaurants and just a short drive from Acadia National Park.
Wonderful B&B, comfortable, quiet, and delicious breakfast. We met some wonderful people and had a great time. It was a great experience and we will stay again. We recommend this B&B to everyone.
Wonderful Times Treasured Memories. This is the Hearthside logo and it's an understatement. Wonderful People and Treasured Friends should be added. My wife and I have just returned home from our 8th visit (the last six in annual succession) with Susan and Barry at the Hearthside. While we truly love Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, the Hearthside is the reason we keep coming back. The Inn, with its Victorian decor, is charming and comfortable. It's very evident that Susan and Barry love the house and care for its every detail. Every room is unique with its own theme. The Hearthside's location is ideal - right in the heart of Bar Harbor. Everything the town has to offer - quality restaurants, fun shops, water cruises, bus access to the Park, and other attractions are all within a five minute walk of the Inn's High Street location. The breakfasts are excellent, delicious and creative! We were there for eight days in a row and there was not a repeat! In fact, the breakfasts can last one through the day to dinner! Every afternoon at 4:00 there's tea (lemonade on hot days) and home made cookies, a terrific treat when returning from a vigorous hike in the Park. Susan and Barry are more than innkeepers. They are friendly, gracious hosts who truly care for their guests. They can offer experienced advice and recommendations on restaurants, attractions, even which trails in the Park are difficult and easy. If you need a pair of binoculars to take on a whale watch, they'll provide them. They'll call in your reservations for dinner. In short, they make you feel at home, be you there for only one night or a many-year return guest. The Hearthside is a very special place well worth the visit. You'll want to come back.
We love the Hearthside!
My boyfriend and I have been returning to the Hearthside for going on 7 years. In our minds, this Inn is topnotch and we have stayed at many over the years.
The rooms and general common areas are impeccably clean and tastefully decorated. The breakfasts are hearty and delicious and the location is terrific- we can walk to restaurants and shopping from the Inn.
The Inn's owners and hosts, Susan and Barry, are extremely gracious, gregarious and always make the stay feel homey, without being overbearing!
We will continue to visit the Hearthside whenever we're in Bar Harbor!
We have stayed with Susan and Barry for the
I was actually a guest back in 1987 the first year that Barry and Susan owned the inn. I had such a wonderful vacation experience that I always talked about wanting to return to Bar Harbor and specifically to stay at the Hearthside because I remembered the warmth and graciousness of both the inn and the innkeepers.
We have stayed at the Hearthside Inn for the last 2 years when we visit Bar Harbor (which is 2 weeks every fall) and we love it! Susan and Barry Schwartz, the owners and innkeepers are charming, funny, and warm. Susan (who does most but not all of the cooking) is a fantastic cook - breakfasts in the cozy dining room vary from delicious egg dishes to mouth watering pancakes or waffles to french toast to die for, with all sorts of fresh fruit and sides of bagels, muffins, toast, etc. - and even cereal for those who'd like a lighter start. And since breakfast is served at one large table you get a chance to meet other guests and have a leisurely talk over eggs and bacon, while Barry and Susan juggle serving and joining in the general breakfast banter.