Balance Rock Inn

21 Albert Meadow, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
Innkeeper(s): Sherry and Michael Gallant
  • Summary

    Distinguished Downeast Maine Getaway

    A premier oceanfront bed and breakfast inn in Bar Harbor, Maine, USA offers expansive views of Frenchman’s Bay and an unending supply of luxury.

    Balance Rock Inn on Mount Desert Island in Maine, USA is a shingle style mansion that was built in 1903 as a grand summer cottage and remains, to this day, a distinguished getaway spot. Almost half of the island belongs to Acadia National Park full of breathtaking natural wonders. Just steps off the inn’s property you will discover the historic Shore Path that runs along the water’s edge and passes the bed and breakfast’s namesake, the “balance rock,” a remnant of an ice age.

    The front desk staff and bellman welcome you and are available to make your stay wonderful. Start your day early with a selection of tea and freshly brewed coffee in the Piano Room at seven in the morning. Afterwards, a traditional buffet breakfast is served from eight to ten in the Dining Room.

  • Introduction

    Balance Rock Inn - Bar Harbor, MEAn oceanfront bed and breakfast inn, an easy walk from downtown Bar Harbor, Maine, with impeccably decorated rooms and elegant suites, expansive ocean views, balconies, fireplaces, saunas, whirlpools, luxurious amenities.

    Balance Rock Inn is one of the premier oceanfront lodging properties in Bar Harbor, Maine. Set on a secluded tree-covered property with expansive views of Frenchman's Bay, this luxurious bed and breakfast Inn's name celebrates the "balance rock," a precariously positioned boulder on the nearby ocean shore, a huge remnant from an ice age.

    Your stay includes a full breakfast every day served 8-10am in our breakfast room, or perhaps you would like to enjoy this repast on the veranda bar deck overlooking that beautiful ocean view! This traditional "summer cottage" breakfast includes our homemade Acadia granola, fresh seasonal fruit, varying hot entrees daily, fresh home-baked breakfast goodies, bagels, breads and juice, complemented by fresh-brewed Starbucks coffee.

    Guests also enjoy complimentary on-site parking, Afternoon Tea in the Piano Room with our bakery chef's daily creation, Veranda Bar open at 4pm, heated inground Pool, small Fitness Room with exercise machinery, and airport and ferry livery services (with advance arrangements). We are a Non-Smoking facility. Smoking is permitted outdoors, on the private and semi-private decks and at the Veranda Bar deck.

    Photo of Swimming Pool at Balance Rock InnThe Inn offers a tremendous sense of privacy and serenity, yet steps away lies downtown Bar Harbor with its village green and many fine shops and restaurants. Built as a family "cottage" in 1903, when wealthy tycoons selected the most desirable locations along the rocky, island-studded Maine coast for their summer season mansions, Balance Rock Inn today presents romantic ambiance and luxury amenities to make your vacation relaxing and unforgettable.

    Gaze from the veranda past the glistening swimming pool, beautiful flower gardens and sweeping lawns framed with stately trees, to where the property connects with the historic Shore Path walk along the water's edge. Delight your senses in the comfortably appointed guest rooms and suites, each unique with features such as ocean views, fireplaces, whirlpool baths, saunas and private porches. Indulge in the incomparable breakfast, elegant afternoon tea, music of the grand piano, cocktails at Veranda Bar, and the lazy comfort of a lounge chair by the pool.

    The Inn has private, free on-site parking for its guests. Many guests never return to their cars until departure day, taking full advantage of the close proximity of downtown Bar Harbor and the many water activities. There's even a shuttle bus (equipped to carry bicycles) which picks up visitors in town headed to nearby Acadia National Park, dropping off at various points inside the park.


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  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Michael Gallant for sharing his own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Guests keep coming back due to our all our amazing amenities and secluded waterfront location.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    The Balance Rock is best known for its quality of service and expansive property and location. The Inn itself is so rich in history and sits right on the waters edge showing off the Balance Rock, a remnant of the ice age. We love the old world charm and character the 110 year old Inn has to offer.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Hands down.. Acadia National Park

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    Balance Rock Inn is like a distinguished and inspiring older lady and the staff is friendly and accommodating without being intrusive.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Well, that would have to be us!

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Definitely get a car or hop on the Island Explorer and go explore…Sargeant Drive is one of the most scenic as well as Cadilac Mountain Summit. The Margaret Todd or Whale Watching Co.'s boat tours are also a must see.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    We're located in the heart of downtown Bar Harbor so you're in walking distance to all the shops, restaurants, the free shuttle service, the wharf with all the boat tours, and so many other wonderful activities.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Fathom is an amazing restaurant with a great menu, definitely unique to any other dining in the area. Of course our favorite food here in Maine is lobster!

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference? and the local chamber of commerce are always very informative.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 27 Rooms & Suites.

    Do you accept pets?

    We do accept pets in certain pet friendly accommodations; we try to cater to all our guests…even those with pet allergies.

  • Area Activities

    Just steps off Balance Rock's lawn is the historic Shore Path, beckoning exploration. The Path begins near the Bar Harbor Town Pier and gently winds along the ocean front. It's rarely crowded and the perfect quiet escape. As the pier disappears from view you'll have a spectacular view of the four Porcupine Islands which surround Mount Desert Island. Continue walking (or jogging) past the jeweled mansions with landscaped yards and flower gardens. Most of these are private residences, but the actual shoreline is public so feel free to take a detour onto the rocks and explore the tidal pools. This is a lovely walk in the morning or after dinner as the sun is setting. There are a few park benches scattered along the coastline so you can simply contemplate the crashing waves.