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Historical Traveler Reviews Primrose Inn Bar Harbor
Our Favorite Place to Stay
Primrose Inn is our favorite Bed & Breakfast. We have stayed there every year since 1996 and it keeps getting better each year. The rooms are clean and comfortable, the atmosphere is cordial and the food is delicious. The unique breakfasts are a great way to start the day and the afternoon teas are so wonderful that we usually plan our days around them. Bryan and Pamela enjoy what they are doing and it shows in the friendly atmosphere around the Inn. Need suggestions? Bryan and Pamela are always ready to suggest places to visit or restaurants to eat at. Since they live on the island, their advice comes from first hand experience. Staying at the Inn with such hospitable hosts is a unique experience. We always recommend the Primrose Inn as the best Bed & Breakfast to stay at in the Bar harbor area.
A Wonderful Time at the Primrose Inn
My husband and I together with my brother and sister-in-law recently spent three glorious days at the Primrose Inn. Our rooms were beautiful, comfortable and immaculate. The atmosphere was warm, relaxing and welcoming. Pamela's meals were excellent and a highlight of our stay. Finally, we thoroughly enjoyed our conversations with Bryan and Pamela. By the end of our trip, we felt as if we were staying with friends. What a great place!!
Our favorite yearly getaway
We first stayed at the Primrose Inn for our second anniversary and knew
right away that we would be back. We loved the bright, spacious rooms
and Pamela's excellent cooking and baking. Pamela took our extended
stays of 10-12 days as a challenge to her culinary skills and prepared
different entrees every morning although we did not mind repeats given
the great taste of all dishes. We always made sure to return for
tea-time treats after a long day of hiking as well. The Primrose Inn
truly provided a home away from home and Bryan and Pamela create a warm
and welcoming atmosphere without being overbearing that adds just the
right touch to our vacations. We have stayed in many B&Bs in the past
but once we found the Primrose Inn we never looked back. Our Bar Harbor
experience just would not be the same without seeing Pamela and Bryan
at the Primrose. We are looking forward to our 6th trip this year and
will be returning for many years to come.
Great place to stay
My wife and I thought we'd try the B& B experience, New England style.
How pleased we were to choose the Primrose Inn. Our room was large and comfortable and we had our own parking space, so no worries about parking after a long day out. Pamela and Bryan were lovley hosts and we were free to come and go as we pleased, with all guests respecting that most of us had come for peace and quiet. The home cooked breakfasts were a treat, cooked by Pam and served by Bryan, who kept us fed and amused. Cereal buffet table a boon for those not up to a full dish. The breakfast room is very sociable and we enjoyed meeting people from all over - certainly a very pleasant bunch when we stayed. V different from what we are used to but we enjoyed the camaradie of who had done what and where to go. The afternoon teas were a delight and an absolute pleasure when taken on the porch. We hope to get back to Bar Harbor one day and certainly know where to stay.
Home Away From Home
My wife and I have celebrated our past two anniversaries in Bar Harbor and have particularly fallen in love with the Primrose Inn. Our 1st trip in 2002, was to include just two nights but when we saw how wonderful the Island and the accomodations were, we cancelled our trip down Route 1 and stayed longer. 2003 brought us back for a full week and this year we will be staying with Bryan & Pamela for 8-nights after a short stop at PEI. We have stayed at dozens of B&Bs, mainly in the MidWst, but the Primrose Inn hands down is our favorite. They have catered to our dietary requests and the afternoon teas are wonderful to come "home" to after a day of hiking in Acadia Nat'l Park. We recommend a stay at the Primrose Inn for a highly enjoyable experience while at Bar Harbor on Mt. Desert Island.
Can't wait till our next stay
What good fortune to find Trip Advisor.com! We'd Love to share our
experience at Primrose Inn.
We'll always come back.
The Primrose is the best place we have ever stayed anytime, anyplace period. We have been making an annual pilgrimage to MDI for nearly a decade. During that time we have stayed in a variety of places ranging from the "quiet side" of the Island to the heart of Bar Harbor and from small B&Bs to nameless hotels. All that ended 6 years ago when we stumbled upon the Primrose. As long as Bryan and Pamela continue to own the Primrose, we will never stay anywhere else. For us, it is the perect size--large enough with around 12 rooms not to have intimate contact with everyone else who is staying there yet small enough to receive individualized attention and feel at home It is also in a perfect location--close enough for a safe, 5 minute stroll to the shops and restaurants yet far enough away to avoid the nightly noise and crowds milling about on the village green. The assigned parking places are a godsend on those summer nights when parking is at a premium for blocks around the downtown area. After a long day of hiking, driving, shopping, etc, there is nothing better than coming "home" to a fire in the parlor and a beautifully decorated bedroom where you are surrounded by lacy pillows, quilts, floral wallpaper, and handstenciled flowers in the bathroom. We have stayed in 4 different rooms, and each has been unique. The breakfasts and teas have to be our favorite part of each day. Breakfast consists of a beautiful sideboard laden with choices for a cold breakfast. In addition, Pamela serves 2 choices of delicious, gourmet-style hot breakfast items. And at afternoon teatime, where the sideboard is again laden with delicious dessert choices, there is nothing better than relaxing on the porch with a glass of sweet tea or lemonade or in front of the fireplace with hot cider or hot chocolate. At the center of what makes the Primrose work are Bryan and Pamela who have poured their heart and soul into the Inn. Because they are year-round residents of the Island,they can truly recommend the best hikes, the best restaurants, etc. Bryan keeps us laughing with his quick, dry wit. We appreciate his "tell it like it is" honesty about any place on the island that we ask about. We have been so impressed with Bryan and Pamela during our many visits that we can safely say if they sold the Primrose and bought a new B&B in Death Valley that would become our new vacation spot.
Too much stress
The inn is nice and we liked our room. The breakfast was good and we enjoyed the afternoon tea. However the innkeepers were a challenge. As soon as we arrived we were informed of the "rules" like we were children. We unknowingly parked in the another room's spot and were scolded by the innkeeper and the guest -- what a welcome! The innkeepers purposefully had few too many tables for breakfast so the guests would have to talk to each other. Now I'm all for chatting and had some very nice conversations with other guests but I really disliked being forced to do like it was right out of the B&B handbook.
Finally, the husband, Brian, is just not a nice person. He yelled at a guest on his honeymoon for playing with the dog. He yelled at a very nice elderly woman for asking about breakfast -- it was her first morning and she didn't know the rules yet. And finally he told my wife that she was annoying because she didn't want Pamela's full breakfast -- again I guess we didn't follow the rules. We paid for the inn and the service .. we didnot pay for parents and friends.Bar Harbor is a wonderful place with the park and the ocean -- There are great B&Bs and hotels too -- however this one isn't one of them. Too many rules and an uptight inkeeper made for too much unwelcomed stress on our vacation.
Primrose a stereotypical B&B
what can I say, maybe I'm not a B&B person but I found our experience at the Primrose to be just like that episode of "Ed". Nuff said???
Pamela's Cooking--it's worth a long trip
There are other places with the understated elegance of Bar Harbor. There are even other meticulously restored and beautifully maintained Victorian B&Bs around. So why travel all the way to down East Maine? Very simple. The co-Innkeeper, Pamela Parker, makes the best eggs I've ever tasted--and you should know that I'm in the terminal stages of middle age. During our first morning there, my wife and I ordered Pamela's Eggs Florentine. The taste and texture were exquisitely delightful. And her husband Bryan Stevens, the other co-Inkeeper, serves it up with a twinkle in his eye and a friendly word for everyone.
And that's all there is to it. Go! You'll love it.
TripAdvisor Reviews Primrose Inn Bar Harbor
Travel Blogs from Bar Harbor
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