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... Atlantic. Then we went inland and hiked all the way around Jordan's Pond. With sore feet and aching bodies we retreated to our motel to relax a little before going into town for dinner. The crowds have left town. Our motel is almost deserted. I'm just sitting outside, in front of our room enjoying the quiet and warm evening air. The Bar Harbor Motel is spread out in ...
... amp; Moosehead Lake RR. After our walk around town we drove out to visit this small tourist railroad. Of course we also road the train for an hour long exclusion into the Maine countryside. This evening we went for a drive in Acadia National Park. I decided that it would be fun to drive to the top of Cadillac Mountain. Wow, what great views. I'm loosing my connection so that all for tonight. ...
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Acadia National Park is located a little over halfway up the Maine coast. You can get to the Park by driving up the coast on 1A or come up Highway 95 to Bangor and East through Ellsworth and then onto Mount Desert Island. If you would like to view detailed driving instructions, click the following link: Driving Instructions to Acadia! Just before you enter the Island, you will drive through the town ...
... br> Bellies full, and lack of sleep catching up, we went back to the tent for a nap. Following asleep to the waves lapping against the shore five paces from your tent is pretty fantastic. I felt incredibly lucky for the 10 seconds I was awake.
We awoke refreshed and doubled back to visit Penobscot Narrows bridge and observatory. The bridge is a modern technical and architectural marvel. I'm not technical or architectural so I won't even attempt to explain why. I'm sure ...
We got up extremely early this morning because we wanted to watch the sunrise at a place called the Cadillac Mountains. The mountain ranges are 5-6 miles from Bar Harbor and we were close enough to either walk or drive. When the sunrise was over, we got back in the car and went out for breakfast. When we finished eating, we went back to the car and headed home. We freshened up, then some of us went to the harbor to find out information about ...
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Home Away from Home
We were guests at the Maples Inn a couple weeks ago. What a delightful place! The accomodations were perfect. The location was great. And the attention to detail, remarkable! The Innkeeper, Tom, goes out of his way to meet your needs. The breakfast was gourmet-scrumptious. The price for this room was so reasonable for the level of accomodations! Don't miss this place if you are in the area!
Raises the Bar
Recently spent a glorious week in Bar Harbor at the Maples Inn. Immaculate and comfortable were the accomodations, but the most outstanding attribute was the hospitality provided by the innkeeper, Tom and his attentive assistants, Dana and Mike. The breakfasts were made from scratch and delicious. Special dietary concerns were handled with ease. The location is on a quiet residential street, within easy walk of shops, waterfront and restaurants. Entrance to Acadia National Park is just a few minutes drive. As a seasoned B & B traveler, I highly recommend the Maples Inn. They "raise the bar" in Bar Harbor!
The Maples is the best place I have ever stayed anywhere, no contest. Tom has thought of every detail, from providing coffee starting an hour before breakfast, to providing guidebooks to Acadia that you are allowed to take with you hiking. I have never stayed at such a nice place that was so comfortable--it seems if an inn is "nice" it is also "stuck up"--and if it's relaxed then the accomodations are shabby. Well, at the Maples the accomodations are perfect and the atmosphere is completely soothing. Tom makes you feel like his personal guest. I cannot recommend The Maples highly enough and am looking forward to my next visit!
The Maples is a lovely inn, the kind of place where you tell the innkeeper you like half and half in your coffee and the next morning, it's brought to you when you come down to breakfast. The rooms were beautifully maintained, fresh towels every day, great cookies at 4. As lovely as the 2 course breakfasts were, it would be nice to have a lighter option if you just wanted a piece of toast. Tom was eager to accomodate any request. Everyone in Bar Harbor was incredibly nice and helpful. After being treated like crap in Ogunguit, this was most appreciated. Tom gave us hints on restaurants as well, Havana, Cafe This Way and Thurstons(sp?) Lobster Pound were all first rate! The location was great too, no water view, but able to walk downtown, a quick trip to Acadia National Park and not noisy. A winner!
None better for sheer hospitality
We loved this place! Never in all our years of B&Bing have we felt more welcomed or at ease. Tom has the knack of making people feel valued, and he is so at ease with having people in his home (not always the case with innkeepers). He was accomodating and friendly. The attention to detail is evident throughout the house, and it is so comfortable! We can't wait to get back and will definitely stay longer.
My wife and I just returned from our third stay at the Maples Inn. This relatively unassuming B&B has an uncanny ability to create a sense of calm and relaxation that I have not previously experienced. The innkeeper, Tom, pays exceptional attention to detail making one feel quite welcome, if not pampered. All that he does has a cumulative effect, turning the inside of the Inn into an existential amnion, likely not at all apparent to the uninitiated. There is little doubt in my mind that if that famous writer residing in Bangor, Maine (Stephen King) were to visit this Inn, he would be provoked to write at least a short story of its strange ability to lower blood pressure and induce a near bardo-state in all but the most insensitive of travelers. We have already told Tom that we will be back next year, and for one additional night - maybe adding a night each of the years that follow.
Book it and eat out for breakfast
My husband and I spend three very relaxing evenings at the inn. The attention to small details is clear and you really do feel like you are home.The room was lovely and very clean. The service was also very very good. The only thing i did not like much was the breakfast. To get to the point it is not that good. In the three days there we were served two identical breakfasts. Sure they called it something else but it was the same foods in different shapes or plates. I would have killed for a glass of milk and some cereal by day three. The word "gourmet" is used in the wrong text at the maples inn yet, you cannot help but be gracious at their attempt. Book it and eat out.
Perfect downtown location, perfect breakfast, perfect service.
Just like home, except the food's better!
We enjoyed two nights at the Maples in May 2002. Upon arrival we felt very welcome and comfortable. The place has little touches that make the inn seem lived in, not just slept in. The cookies that appeared every afternoon in the parlor were scrumptious and the breakfasts were fancy -- everyone could tell that the food was painstakingly prepared for taste, color and adventure. Everything in Bar Harbor village is within walking distance, too. We highly recommend it.
A real gem
What a delight! The Maples Inn is such a clean and friendly inn. All of the rooms are beautifully decorated--no details seem to have gone unnoticed. The innkeeper, Tom, went out of his way to make us feel comfortable, welcome and relaxed. The breakfast was simply delicious and the freshly-baked cookies that magically appear in the cookie jar every day at 4:00 are not to be missed. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay there and look forward to returning.