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Manor House Inn sits on historic tree lined West Street, just two blocks from the Village of Bar Harbor, Maine. Built in 1887 as a 22 room summer cottage, Boscobel, the Victorian charm is still evident. You will enjoy casual comfort, quiet convenience and privacy in our gardens and grounds. After waking to the delicious smells of a home baked breakfast and a day spent exploring all that Mount Desert Island has to offer you can return to the quiet wicker filled porches of Manor House Inn to relax or take tea in our gardens. We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful home.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Ken and Stacey Smith for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
I think people choose us for several reasons. Our location is just ideal. We are a short walk to the village, waterfront and restaurants but just far enough away to not be in the hustle and bustle of the village. Secondly our house is beautiful! We have a beautiful Victorian feel with all of the modern conveniences. We have plenty of green space around us, tall mature trees, green grass and gardens, that just invite you to take a deep breath and relax. And finally, I think I have great staff who make people feel welcome and comfortable as soon as they arrive.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
We are known for our relaxed atmosphere and great home-style breakfasts. I love our Victorian home for all of its original beauty and it’s wide front porch. It is absolutely the best spot in town to sit and pass an afternoon!
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
We have Acadia National Park as our backyard, the Atlantic Ocean as our front yard and we sit right in the middle with lots of knowledgeable staff to help you navigate the two!
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
We offer classic downeast Maine hospitality and comfort.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
I can’t tell, it wouldn’t be secret. But if you come see me I might share. P.S. It’s breathtakingly beautiful!
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Go whale watching or on a naturalist tour because you really must see this Island from the water. Drive through the National Park along the Park Loop Drive and summit Cadillac Mountain. Visit one of our local brewers or a winery for a taste of local Blueberry beer or wine. Play golf on the eighth oldest golf course in the country. Hike or bike along a carriage trail. Sit on our front porch in a deep wicker chair surrounded by tall ferns and fresh sea air with a tall glass of lemonade. Hunt for sea glass on one of our rocky beaches. Eat lobster, wearing a bib. Take a trolley tour or a scenic flight around the Island. Shop. Go on a kayak tour and see seals. Eat some more lobster and then take a sunset sail. Climb a mountain. Visit a museum. Eat a popover with jam or try lobster ice cream. Walk to Bar Island when the tide is low.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Everything! Shops, restaurants, museums, waterfront activities, a movie theater, complimentary shuttle busses, parks, walking trails.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
There are too many favorite restaurants to choose just one or two!
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference? How many rooms does your inn have?
Do you accept pets?
No, as much as we love them we do not. There is a very nice kennel in the area that allows day visits and there are Inns and hotels nearby that accept them.