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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!
A Victorian Gem
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.
The atmosphere is warm and relaxed with no pretenses. The common areas are inviting and homey and each guest room is themed and beautifully decorated. As photographers traveling with a lot of camera gear, we were very happy to get a room on the first floor and were "taken back in time" in the Winston Churchill room with a fireplace and adjoining porch.
We took early morning walks to the harbor and photographed lobstermen readying their boats and heading out to sea, then headed back to the Inn and enjoyed very hearty and delicious breakfasts and great conversations with the other guests.
Susan and Barry are not just owners of a B&B in Bar Harbor, but are year-round residents who love the area and the many activities each season provides. Their love of skiing, hiking and canoeing enables them to share first-hand experiences and advice.
In the short time we were there, we felt so comfortable and at home with Susan and Barry that we invited them to visit us in Wisconsin. We were sorry when our stay ended and look forward to returning soon.
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 People Treasured Friends
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!
Loved it for the 10th visit
We have stayed with Susan and Barry for the
10th time and we will be staying at the Hearthside
for the 11th time in late October. The Hearthside
is an excellent B & B. They always treat us like it
is our home. Susan and Barry prepare a very
appetizing and tasty breakfast every morning,
then have tea and pastries in the afternoon. They
are always going the extra mile with regard to
being professional, courteous and helpful. They
provide books and maps for Acadia National Park
and are always eager to give one tips and directions
for the roads and trails. Their rooms are always
beautiful and are very cleanly.
This is why we keep coming back to stay at the
Hearthside. We do not fix something that is not
broken. We usually stay for a week and can't wait
until our next trip. Can't say enough about Susan
and Barry. I would recommend the Hearthside to
anyone and once you stay, you will come back.
We have stayed at other B & B's until we found
the Hearthside, and we found a home. Truly a
beautiful home and the service provided is unfounded at other B & B's and hotels. Barry and
Susan, keep up the good work.
A place where you are always made to feel special
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.
In 1998 I got my wish to return. It was a surprise that my husband had cooked up as a gift for our honeymoon. He had never been to Maine and had always heard me speak fondly of my stay at the Hearthside.
When we arrived at the inn, it was as if I had just been there yesterday and that Barry and Susan were old friends. That is how they make everyone feel. As though you are special. We have been returning almost every year ever since our honey moon because of that.
The inn itself has it's own charm. We have stayed in three of the rooms in the inn (Wuthering Heights, Emily Dickinson, and Winston Churchill). Each has it's own distinct style and Victorian grace. No two rooms are alike and some have special amentities such as jacuzzi tubs and working fireplaces. Believe me after a day of hiking in the woods, there is nothing nicer and more romantic than coming back to the inn and taking a jacuzzi and lying on your bed in front of a crackling fire. Each room is provided with an alarm clock radio/CD player for convenience, but as a special bonus each room is given a small assortment of relaxing CDs to help you unwind, relax and lull you to a restful sleep on ivitingly comfortable beds.
Great pains are taken to make sure that no one goes hungry at breakfast. Barry and Susan serve up some terrific things for breakfast (omelettes with your choice of fillings, baked apple french toast, blueberry pancakes, quiche) and there is always juice, fresh fruit, assorted cereals, fresh baked goods, and bagels for those that have a different take on what's for breakfast. The coffee is always hot fresh and just the way you like it, regular of decaf.
Afternoon tea is always served at 4pm and there are always fresh homebaked goodies to have with it. Often during tea time Barry or Susan will stick around to find out what you did during the day and chat with you about the various things that might be fun to do during the remainder of you stay, or make suggestions about good restaurants that are always within walking distance from the inn.
For my husband and I we could not imagine staying anywhere else when we vacation in Mt Desert Island. The Hearthside Inn is where we began our life's journey together and we return each time knowing that we will be welcomed as though we had never left.
Hearthside - fantastic room, fantastic food, fantastic 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.
Our room, called "Emily Dickenson" (every room has a name and a distinct personality) is wonderfully inviting and spacious, with a four poster queen size bed, 2 comfy chairs and a gas fireplace, and the bathroom includes a tub with jacuzzi jets for those afternoons after a strenuous hike when the muscles need some time to relax.
Located on a side street in town you can walk to any restaurant or shop in 5-10 minutes, and one of the things I love is taking a pre-breakfast early morning walk thru town and along the ocean - the perfect way to wake up as far as I'm concerned. In the evening we generally leave our car behind and go on foot to one of our favorite restaurants.
We already have our reservations made for this coming October, and we can't wait to be back at this favorite spot of ours!
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... Harbor for yet another shared lobster BLT and then returned to the park to drive the 27-mile scenic loop. We stopped at San Beach and waded in the Atlantic Ocean and then drove to the summit of Cadillac Mountain. Standing at a proud 1,530-foot elevation, Cadillac Mountain offers expansive views over Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island.
The cold wind chased us off of the mountain and back to the conclusion of our scenic tour.
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