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... brightly however, with our hostess Jayne plying us with fruit cocktail, tomato and basil quiche and home-baked peach and bran muffins for breakfast. As you would expect from an ex-UK pat, there is also real Twinings English Breakfast teabags. Best cuppa I’ve had all holiday… Weather looks like it could be sunny, could be cold. I err on the positive side and wear shorts. I look horribly out of place in the ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsMira Monte Inn Bar Harbor
The owner gives a very detail introduction about the city, event, sightseeing. Home made breakfast was good. The rooms are clean and very decent.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Mira Monte Inn Bar Harbor
Marvelous Mira Monte
Last August marked our fifth stay at the Mira Monte, and as I write this, I am getting ready to call them for this years trip. We have stayed at numerous B&B's both here and at equivalent places in Europe, and have rarely found anywhere as lovely. The owner, Marion Burnes, and her assistants do everything possible to make your stay enjoyable, from loaning an auto tour guide to Acadia, to suggesting wonderful restaurants and boat trips in the area. The breakfasts are bounteous and we really appreciate the fact that they serve until 10, so many are only serving until 830. Their gardens are magnificent and have been on HGTV. In my opinion, you couldn't find a more restful place for a vacation in the Bar Harbor area
Great service, great location
My mom and I stayed at this B&B for a mini-vacation. We stayed in the Newport Room - spacious enough for two people; it has a gas fireplace and a balcony overlooking the gardens (which are gorgeous!). The only bad thing - we found the bed incredibly uncomfortable - I would suggest bringing your own pillow if possible. The Inn is in a great location - only minutes from Acadia and a short walk to Main Street which is filled with shops and restaurants. The Inn itself is very well kept - it has a great dining room (where breakfast is served), a large parlor (wine & cheese served each evening), a library filled with Bar Harbor information, and a cute sun porch. Breakfast is from 8am - 10am and consists of waffles, fruit, muffins, eggs (a couple varieties), and oatmeal with cranberries (very good!). It is served buffet style but a member of the staff is always around if needed. Coffee, tea, and cookies are available all day, beginning at 6:30am.
The staff is very helpful. We only saw the Inn owner once but she provided us with visitor information before our trip. Armen was always around to answer our questions - it is very helpful to have area experts at your fingertips! He was very knowledgable about the whole area (the park, restaurants, shopping, and other activities). He also provided us with an audio CD which guided us through Acadia Park. The staff is always ready and able to point you in the right direction and even make your reservations for you.
Overall, I would highly recommend this B&B - great location and great service!
Good 'full service' B&B. Mira Monte is in a nice location for walks to town -- far enough that noise and bustle is not a problem but close enough that you can easily get to the downtown area on foot. Our room, the Grand Central, was nicely appointed and spacious. Staff offers /excellent/ recommendations *tailored to you* for restaurants, activities, etc. Also they can loan you a good audio CD driving tour of Acadia and provide you with suitable maps and other local materials.
As a larger B&B, service was a little less intimate than expected. Staff seemed more hired help, not husband-and-wife or family hosts. Breakfast is a help-yourself continental/buffet style. Food is OK but not great. Lots of choices but don't get there towards the end or items can be gone or picked over. Also, guests in their upper 30's-40's and up might feel most comfortable here. We are 30 (and old for our age) and felt the crowd, while friendly, was a bit stuffy. Never quite felt welcome sitting down for the afternoon wine- and cheese tastings though if that's your sort of thing I'm sure it's nice. (We didn't feel like playing "the kids" to a group of 50-somethings.)
Overall the place was a good choice but on a future trip to Bar Harbor we might gamble on a different B&B just to try for a slightly different personality.
BTW, while on MDI don't miss Thurston's in Bernard and the Lobster Claw on West St.
Relaxing, comfortable, friendly, great breakfast!
The Mira Monte inn is a wonderful place to stay in Bar Harbor. It's about 3 minutes walk from the center of town and the harbor, set in beautiful gardens. We booked one of the whirlpool rooms (the Malvern) and it was quite large, with a real fireplace and balcony. The bed was exceptionally comfortable and the room had cable TV and an ethernet port for high-speed internet access. The hot tub was fantastic after a day's hiking. Marion, the innkeeper, is a native of Bar Harbor and exceptionally knowledgeable about the local area and the various hikes in Acadia National Park. Breakfast is amazing, with fresh waffles, a hot dish and all sorts of other goodies. There's no way you'll go hungry! We stayed for three nights and found the Mira Monte to have a wonderful feeling, we met many interesting people and just had a great time. Highly recommended.
The purpose of our trip was to relax in a stress-free environment and we accomplished that goal by staying at the Mira Monte. The innkeeper, Marian Burns and her staff (thank you, Katherine and Armand) were a great help with information about activities, restaurants, etc. Literature and brochure were readily available. Coffee, tea and cookies were always at our disposal. Even though we didn't need them, there were even umbrellas for the guests to use. Oh, and did I mention the wonderful breakfasts!!!
Fantastic Bed and Breakfast
Just returned from a 2 night stay at Mira Monte Inn. Mira Monte is owned by a wonderful innkeeper (Marian) who is friendly, caring and very passionate about her business. She assisted us with all of our needs including giving us a lot of great information about the area. Location is within a 5 minute walk to town. Rooms are spacious and inviting. We stayed in the Malvern room. The staff are all pleasant, helpful and courteous. We enjoyed Bar Harbor and this inn very much.
Loved Mira Monte
We stayed here in June just as the heat arrived. It was nice that we had an air conditioner in our room. We stayed in the Westend. This was a great room that was large enough for my husband and I, and our 3 year old son. I looked long and hard for a bed and breakfast the allowed children. This was the last destination of our long Maine trip, and after waking up at 4am several mornings with the sun rise (not willingly) this was a nice QUIET, dark room where we could all get some rest. The breakfast was great, we are still talking about the muffins and coffee cake. It was a nice walk into town, and the owner even helped to find a playgroud a few blocks over that we could take our son to play. Let me not forget the beautiful gardens in the back of the house.
Feels Like Home
We can't say enough good about the Mira Monte. We've stayed there twice, and both times have been great experiences. The room was clean and decorated charmingly, with a fireplace and a balcony. Breakfast is wonderful - delicious food and discussion with staff members and other guests. The victorian decor and welcoming atmosphere makes us feel at home in Bar Harbor. It's also within walking distance of downtown and just a short drive to Acadia National Park. Can't wait to go back ...
Great stay at Miramonte
Three couples spent a week in Bar Harbor at the Miramonte Inn. It is a restored Victorian home, built in the 1860's. The gardens were beautiful, the rooms comfortable, and the breakfasts were delicious! Marian Burns is a wonderful inkeeper - she was very accessible and knowledgeable about all aspects of Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor, giving us good advice on trails to hike, other kinds of sightseeing, and the best shopping and restaurants. The Miramonte is charming, and the location is very convenient to downtown. Front rooms were a little noisy when the windows were open, but the rear rooms were quiet. Each room has its own private balcony, overlooking some part of the gardens. Air conditioning is available for summer heat. I would heartily recommend staying at the Miramonte and hope that we can return soon.
Mira Monte Inn is wonderful
Stayed at the Mira Monte the first week of August. It's a charming victorian Inn. The room was wonderful, just what we expected after seeing the pictures on their website. We woke each morning to the smell of homecooked breakfast. Fresh blueberry cobbler one day and to order waffles, eggs, cut up fruit each day - how can you beat that? The wine, cheese and crackers each afternoon was a treat since it allowed people to meet and talk about where to go and what to do. Everyone that worked there was also available for questions and helped map out a plan for each day. There were also tea and coffee always available along with an eclectic collection of tea cups and mugs to use. Loved the place and would go back in a minute.