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We took the Ocean Path Trail from Otter Point to Sand Beach. It was a beautiful hike of just over 2 miles along the rocky coast of the Atlantic Ocean. There were several coves and one place called Thunder Hole where the water comes into the rocks and bounces off the rocks making a sound just like thunder.
We had taken our lunch and as we were eating we watched some rock/cliff climbers. It was cool to watch but isn't ...
... side-street-ca fe-bar-harbor) that was offering live music and probably the best lobster mac and cheese I've ever had (so far). The lobster mac is "create your own" so we made ours with bacon, jalapenos and shredded parmesan on top and Man! it was so freaking good, I can't wait to go back.
After dinner we walked across the street to the Dog and Pony Tavern (http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-dog-and-po ny-tavern-bar-harbor) for another drink. The inside had ...
... Bar Harbor and there was a work party going on getting it ready to open ... they would let us stay the night for a $25 donation to a charity (Kid's Camp I think they said). They said there would be no amenities but turned out we had power and water and even ended up with wifi -- and better wifi than last night. We walked the campground and along the beach. It is a lovely campground with ...
... and can’t discuss with Mr Fletche until we watch Series 3!). The room is freezing, until we discover the heating controls on the wall. Within 5 minutes, the room is toasty warm. Within 10 minutes the room is like a sauna and we are shedding clothes (stop it with those smutty remarks!) and opening windows.
We cannot laze around here all day, and at least the rain has finally stopped. We drive back into the park to catch sunset ...
... Now, they tell you there is a 98% chance of spotting a whale on these trips. If I was considering buying a lottery ticket and was told I only had a 2% chance of winning, I would not think of wasting my money. I would never be the 2%. So I was not at all worried about being the 2% today. We saw Egg Rock Lighthouse, harbor porpoise, seals, and the atlantic white sided dolphin, a species that only swims way out in the ocean as opposed to hugging the coast like the ...
Historical Traveler Reviews Ledgelawn Inn Bar Harbor
Convenience, comfort, and character
I stayed in the ledgelawn over the 4th of July long weekend and had a wonderful stay. The building is clearly the most impressive looking B&B downtown and I was surprised to find that the rates were in line with the other less impressive or historic places nearby. You really get a sense staying there of connecting to old Bar Harbor when people actually lived in these magnificent mansions.
The lobby and eating area are great with a grand fireplace, a surprisingly well stocked wine bar, and a nice porch to eat on. It's an interesting, historic building with a lot of character, so some parts are a bit rundown, but on the whole it was well maintained and our room was very clean. The beds were very comfortable, well above the average hotel or inn, and the room was spacious and sunny. The pool leaves something to be desired, but the new owners (who were extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the area) directed us to some great lake swimming.
Another plus is its great downtown location. For convenience, comfort, and character I will definitely be back.
My girlfriend and I spent the 4th in Bar Harbor at the Ledgelawn, and it was really wonderful. The Ledgelawn is just beautiful. I don't know much about Bar Harbor history, but as a person who loves unique local experience, I felt like I was getting the real thing. We had a a great time chatting with the owners about the inn and the town - very friendly folks. The room was beautiful, the housekeeping was attentive and the location was great. Will definitely visit again.
Very upset guess
When I stayed at the Ledgelawn Inn they were very under staffed and never had my room cleaned the whole four days I stayed and I complained but the housekeeper was the front desk person and was very rude because it was her rooms that I was staying in, I wanted to talk to a manager,she had said "that the Inn did not have one, but you can talk to the owners" so I had said yes I would really like that and the owners never come to talk to me and I never saw them around so I left that place very very unhappy and will never stay there again and I hope that other people really reconsider staying there because it is a DUMP and way over price to stay in a --- hole. NEVER AGAIN WILL I STAY THERE AND OTHER SHOULDN'T EITHER.
Only sleep there if you have a hazmat suit
This place is the pits! It is filthy, the staff is clueless, the owner looks like she needs meds deperately, and the rooms are dated and dirty. We complained about the condition of our room and the front desk person said they didn't have a manager. I pushed and asked to see the owner who drove over to the property. When I pointed out the dna-filled (hair)shower, lipstick on the water glasses (not mine) and the unmade bed she seemed utterly at a loss as to why I had demanded she come and see the room. Avoid at all costs! Even free.
Disappointing and Overpriced
We stayed in the "cheapest room" (their words)which was $165.00. The room was fairly nice and the bed was comfortable, but the bathroom needs some work...the wallpaper is in desparate need of replacement and the sink was falling off the wall. We reported this to the staff, but they did not seem concerned. The young man at the check in was polite, but not well informed (not necessarily his fault). Check in time was 3:00 ... when we returned from our Acadia trip at 4:30, we found housekeeping staff still making up our room. There were no afternoon refreshments available which is the norm for most nicer inns and would have been welcomed while we waited for our room.
The breakfast was disappointing as this is one of the reasons we like to stay in B&B's. Bread, English muffins, some fruit and plain scrambled eggs and bacon.
While I did feel fortunate to find a room in Bar Harbor at the last moment, I would not chose this inn again
Rude staff, horrible breakfast
We reserved 2 rooms at the Ledgelawn because it was one of the few centrally located hotels that allowed pets. From the start, the front desk checked us in without so much as a greeting. There was no explanation of the amenities, etc. and then we were chastised later for crossing the lobby with our small dog on the way to our room. The rooms were in desparate need of updating (think circa 1980), and the "elaborate continental breakfast" consisted of a few boxes of cereal set out with bananas and stale english muffins. The kitchen staff simply stated the rest of the food (e.g., scrambled eggs) was "gone," and it was only an hour into breakfast. After about 10 more people came down for breakfast, she finally brought out more coffee and bread, but only after repeated prompts. The hotel looked nothing like the beautiful pictures on the website. Given the inflated price, you could do alot better with your money. I would not stay here again, nor recommend it.
I Didn't Stay There, But...
Right off the top, I'll let you know.. I did not actually stay here. However, my story gives you some indication of how it's run.
I actually made a reservation in early January for three nights in June. I was told I'd get a confirmation letter in the mail within a few weeks, but that they couldn't immediately charge my credit card for the two nights deposit because they were having problems with their machine.
Well, when I never got the letter.. I e-mailed them and asked about it.. and got a relatively unpleasant e-mail back saying to be patient and that I'd get a confirmation.
Then... in April, I think, my card was charged, but still no confirmation letter.
Well, then, I needed to change my plans (found out I was moving in June) and decided to cancel the reservation just a few days after I was charged. So, I called and left a message (it seems the phone is rarely answered) informing them of this and I decided I'd be brave and ask for them NOT to charge the $50 cancellation fee (they *did* inform me about this when I made the reservation, I freely admit). My thinking is that it doesn't seem right for them to charge me this fee... months after I make the reservation and they've never sent me any kind of confirmation. It's $50 profit pure and simple.. when they couldn't even send me a letter (as promised) to confirm my reservation! And there's NO doubt they've already re-booked my room, because all the B&Bs in Bar Harbor are totally packed in June.
Anyway, I got a return message saying they wouldn't do that, but would credit my card minus the $50 if I didn't call them the next day. I didn't call.. and lo and behold.. my card didn't get credited (imagine). So... I e-mailed a few weeks later.... didn't get a response.. and then called. They then e-mailed me and said my card would be credited within 10 business days. Whatever! Why do you need 10 days to give me back my money and steal $50 of it?
Let me make it clear... I haven't stayed it at this place. But I'm quite put-off by their lack of organization and unpleasant demeanor with me, and there's no way when I DO re-schedule my vacation in Bar Harbor (which I will) that I'll stay there.
Why are some B&Bs so horribly run?
Brings back good memories
I had good times at the Ledgelawn in contrast to the reviews of the other people here. The rooms were old and fun to stay in, and I always enjoyed coming back to the room after a day in Bar Harbor. It is located right near the sand bar and the "downtown" area and the house is neat and antiquated in a charming way. It brings back good memories from my childhood visiting there. I loved it.
We, too, stayed at the Ledgelawn a few years ago. The room was small, very warm and the mattress lumpy to say the least. Pool green and not used. The breakfast staff was not friendly, place settings returned for cleanliness, food was fair and the experience not good. However, Acadia National park is wonderful and we have returned year after year staying at the Acadia Inn with great staff wonderful accomodations.
A bad memory
We stayed at the Ledgelawn a couple of years ago. They put us up in the
attic. It was picturesque and had a pretty view. But it was a tiny
room. They said there would be enough room for our family of four.
There were two double beds and they added two roll-aways. The double
beds seemed extra small plus the attic was hot and airless. So my
husband and I each needed a bed. The ceilings were very low in places,
so you had to stoop in order to get to the closet. We were really
crowded. I got up during the night to use the restroom and tore my leg
open on a little metal knob on one of the roll-away beds because there
was no room to walk. The staff gave me some butterfly bandaids to hold
my skin together and then they billed our credit card for the bandages
without our knowledge! The property was advertised as having a pool,
but the pool was green. This experience gave me a bad feeling about
Maine and I hesitate to go back there.