Top Quality--Made our vacation memorable A review of The Bayview
My family stayed at this beautiful inn during the summer. We knew we were in for a treat when we were warmly welcomed at the door. To our surprise, we were greeted by our name before even registering. An inn employee saw our license plate, knew what state we were arriving from and welcomed us. The inn is set off the main road and is immaculately maintained. We were escorted to our room and were pleasantly surprised by its size, cleanliness, and the little touches it had. The view was beautiful--very close to the water. Morning breakfast is so enjoyable sitting out on the open deck or you can choose to eat inside. Have a craving for scrambled eggs, just ask and you may be pleasantly surprised to see your craving satisfied. Each morning the CAT ferry leaves for Nova Scotia. We loved seeing the ferry departing and arriving each day. If you have time for an excursion to Nova Scotia for the day, this is an excellent location.You can easily walk or drive if you prefer, to the terminal. Our children loved the often warm homemade cookies and the friendliness of the staff. You will find service here top quality with friendly, courteous staff who genuinely want you to have a wonderful vacation. You will not forget your stay here. One evening, after a long day at Acadia, my husband went down to the bar for a glass of wine for each of us. When he returned, he also had a plate of cheeses complimentary from the bar tender. These little extras really do make a difference. I would also reccommend using the shuttle. On our first day,Alan, the driver gave us a little tour of Bar Harbor since we had not been here before. He also gave us his card and said when we were ready to return to the Inn to show the card to any restaurant and they would call the inn for us. Each time they did and each time the driver arrived within fifteen to twenty minutes. You may also want to walk back to the Inn to see more of the homes and harbor--very safe.
As for Bar Harbor, I would recommend Rupunnunis and Quarterdeck for dinner. If you plan on taking a whalewatch excursion which we did, keep in mind it's very cold out in the open ocean. Inland the temperature was in the 80's however out on the open water the temperature drops to the 40's. We were forewarned and took extra sweatshirts, jackets, and gloves. Yes, i did say gloves and we used them. Although, we saw no whales the day we were out it was still a memorable day. One thing we weren't told, although it may be beautiful inland, it can be extremely foggy out to sea which it was for us. If you're deciding that day, take notice of how clear the skies our out in the distant harbor. In Acadia, don't miss the Jordan Pond Restaurant and popovers in the afternoon. You can enjoy these out on the lawn overlooking the pond and afterwards take in a hike around the pond or hop on your bike for a carriage ride. Don't ignore the Southwest Harbor area, near Seawell and Bernard, our children loved tidepooling here and enjoyed sitting out on the rocks. These harbors are quaint and have lobster shacks where lobsters are picked, cooked and eaten immediately.
If you're driving, don't miss Camden and Rockport. Rockland also plays host to the annual lobster festival usually the beginning of August. Check their website as one day of that week they offer free admission. Also, I would recommend stopping in Kennebunkport. There are many quaint beaches--want to go home with a sand dollar, head to Goose Rocks Beach early for a special remembrance of the area or for kayaking. Also home to the Bush family, our children thought it was neat to see the Bush compound. We would reccomend Allison's restaurant in downtown Kennebunkport for dinner. Downstairs can be noisy so ask for a table upstairs if you prefer a more quiet dinner.
Enjoy your stay in Maine --it's a beautiful state with much to see and do!!!!!!