The Maples Inn

16 Roberts Avenue, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
Innkeeper(s): Mark Dresser
 
  • Introduction

    Welcome to The Maples Inn!

    The Maples Inn will offer you the feeling of being a resident of Bar Harbor, Maine, at the turn of the century. Come and enjoy the simpler life of another time and leave the stress and care of today's world behind.

    Built in early 1900, the Inn originally housed the wealthy summer visitors to Mount Desert Island. It is located on a quiet, residential, tree-lined street. Perfectly located away from the traffic of busy Bar Harbor, yet within walking distance of attractive boutiques, intimate restaurants, and the surrounding sea.

    Acadia National Park, just five minutes away, offers a year round wilderness playground. There are nearly 150 miles of hiking trails and carriage roads to enjoy. Come and watch the breathtaking sunset from atop Cadillac Mountain or the crashing waves at Schooner Head. In town, biking, kayaking, whale watching, nature cruises, and many other activities are a short walk from our front door. We'll be happy to assist in planning your days on our island.

    Offering a warm and welcoming atmosphere, the Maples Inn has six distinctly decorated rooms, all with queen size beds and private attached baths with showers. Select a two room guest suite with fireplace and canopy antique bed or one of the guest rooms that features an antique wood, four poster bed. Other guest rooms feature cast-iron or brass beds with wicker filled sitting areas. Our Red Oak room boasts it’s own private treehouse deck, tucked away quietly in the surrounding tall maple trees.


     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Start each day at the Maples Inn with a hearty New England breakfast, served in our sun filled dining room. Your palate will be treated to scrumptious delights and you’ll have the opportunity to engage in good conversation with other Inn guests. Tasty home baked cookies and cakes are sure to please your afternoon appetite after an invigorating walk in the mountains or along the island’s rugged sea coast.

    We prefer to make reservations on the phone to avoid impersonal contacts with automated phone reservation systems. We would enjoy talking with you and answering all the questions you might have about the Inn and the surrounding area.

     

  • 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 Mark Dresser for sharing his own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Bar Harbor is a destination and the Maples Inn is located directly in the middle of town. They also love my delicious breakfasts and the personal attention that I give to every guest. This is such a wonderful business and I truly enjoy every guest.

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

    My Inn is special because of the homey feel of its interiors. I have wonderful antique pieces and artwork that many guests relate to from their own family upbringings. I don't want the Maples to feel like a movie set but a true farm Victorian home loaded with meaningful period ambiance. Many of my repeat guests love to come through the front door and loudly announce "I'm Home" knowing that I will come out of the kitchen to greet them with some freshly baked goodies. A truly personable Innkeeper will always create return guests. I love pampering my guests and providing all the available information that is needed.

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

    The main purpose for a visit to Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island is because of it's representation of what "true New England" is all about. Our destination provides fascinating seascapes, overwhelming mountain views, interesting local residents, unbeatable outdoor and indoor activities, incredible restaurants, spiritual hideaways and just simply "the best part of God's Country to relax and renew the soul". I'm so grateful to have the Maples Inn as a focal point to that landscape.

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

    Two compliments that I will always appreciate about the Maples Inn is, as mentioned earlier, the guests that came through the front door and announced, "I'm Home" and the owners of the "Village Inn and Bakers Square restaurants" that came to my Inn with their chefs to learn to make my recipe for Blueberry Stuffed French Toast used in their menus for over 300 restaurants. I am very grateful!

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The best kept secret about Mount Desert Island is how easy it is to slip away from the crowds and spend a wonderful afternoon in the mountains on some of our side trails in Acadia National Park.

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

    If I have a traveler stay with the Maples Inn for four or five nights I usually have enough activities to keep the guests busy for a few weeks. Beside the usual activities of bicycling, guided tours, airplane rides over the island, multiple boat rides out into the ocean and bay area, mountain climbing, swimming in some of the warmer off beat lake areas, there are so many activities to participate during the rainy day season that I think most of the guests are thrilled at all the possibilities.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Everything that is possible to enjoy in beautiful downtown Bar Harbor is within walking distance of the Maples Inn. We are conveniently located in the heart of downtown Bar Harbor. Most of our guests arrive for check-in, have a quick snack, leave their cars in the parking areas, and head out to explore our magical area by foot.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Our restaurants in Bar Harbor are fantastic. Each one has its own ambiance, style of food and price category. What more could you want? Most of our first timers to the island are just salivating for their first good lobster dinner. Without question, "Poor Boys Gourmet" meets all the requirements. The lobster is outstanding, the service is unbeatable and Kathleen (the owner) is the most gracious hostess on the island. Many of my guests return to "Poor Boys" numerous times to try other selections on the menu during their first visit. "Galyns" is another choice for an outstanding lunch or dinner. Late guests will usually ask for a recommendation for a light dinner. Galyn's is always a great bet. Everyone comes back to the Inn feeling relaxed and making high recommendations for returning for additional selections that they saw on the menu. Last year we were fortunate to have a new restaurant open on the waterfront at the new West Street Hotel. The restaurant is called "Patty's Irish Pub". I don't know where they came up with their recipe for "Lobster Bisque" but I must say it is the best I have experienced in Bar Harbor. Everyone needs to give it a try. In addition, the menu is beautiful and the food selection is marvelous.

    I could go on for hours about other restaurants that are spectacular but time will only allow me to mention their names - "Havana" "Mache Bistro" "Cafe this Way" "Fathom" "McKays". Let me make one more excellent recommendation to everyone. "The Thirsty Whale" has the best bar food on the island. Their fish sandwich, BBQ chicken sandwich and burgers are really hard to beat. Besides, it is the best place to meet some of the locals and learn a lot about the history of the island.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    The best area guide around town is the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce barharborinfo.com. Go to the area marked "Things to do" and click on. From there you may want to call the different listings for additional information. I am the second best guide and love to help my guests (or possible guests) plan their stay in "God's Country". Give us a call at the Maples Inn (207.288.3443).

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    The Maples Inn may accommodate guests in six rooms. All of our rooms have queen size beds with private attached baths. A full New England Breakfast comes with every reservation.

    Do you accept pets?

    Guests at the Maples Inn prefer we do not accommodate children (under 10 yrs.) or pets. We make recommendations for places that accept pets. Most younger children are happier at a place that has swimming pools and other planned activities.

     

  • Recognition

    The Maples Inn - Bar Harbor, MaineThe Maples Inn has been fortunate in receiving recognition in many publications:

    • 3-Diamond AAA Rated 2002
    • Frommer's New England 2002
    • Yankee Magazine's All-Time Favorite Recipes 2001
    • Maine An Explorer's Guide
    • New England The Rough Guide
    • Gourmet Magazine, May 1993
    • Bon Appetit, January 1994
    • Gourmet Magazine, May 1994
    • The New York Times Travel Section, 1992
    • The Los Angeles Times Travel Column, 1994
    • Bernice Chessler's, "Bed and Breakfast New England"
    • David and Linda Glickstein's, "The Discerning Traveler" newsletter
  • Breakfast

    “Breakfasts are an event” - Maine, An Explorer’s Guide 10th Edition

    We take great pride in our breakfasts – a full, served, gourmet meal that is freshly prepared and beautifully presented.

    Each morning we greet our guests with a choice of freshly brewed regular or decaffeinated coffee, a wide assortment of regular and herbal tea, followed by a chilled glass of juice. A warm or chilled fruit dish is presented in our next course, and we finish with a hot entree that is either a sweet or savory dish. Each day brings a different culinary delight. We pride ourselves in not repeating dishes during your stay, so you can sample a variety of dishes from our repertoire.

    To tempt your palate we would like to share our Signature Dish and the most requested recipe: Panna Cottas with Raspberry Sauce as seen in Gourmet Magazine.

  • Area Information

    How long should you stay on our island?

    When guests are planning their first visit to Mt. Desert Island, they often ask how long they should plan to stay in Bar Harbor. If you enjoy outdoor activities, especially hiking and biking, we suggest that you plan on spending at least three days.

    Acadia National Park offers over 120 miles of hiking trails, from easy walks to challenging climbs, and an additional 40 miles of carriage roads, that are perfect for easy hiking and are wonderful for biking. In the late spring, summer and early autumn, you can enjoy whale watching, sailing, kayaking, canoeing and many other activities. If you are the type that likes to "do it all", we suggest you spend at least a week. The diversity of the island can fill a week of activities, but there are also lovely day trips to places like Castine, Blue Hill, Deer Isle and Schoodic Peninsula.

    Of course, you can always enjoy relaxing with a good book on our front porch, in our library area, or in our comfortable living room. No matter when you visit Mt. Desert Island, you will be captivated by its unique beauty, and like many of our guests, you will be planning your next visit before you leave.

  • Testimonials

    Our guests have been so kind to comment on their stays with us:

    As veteran B&B’ers, we found Maples Inn a unique and luxurious experience – obviously a labour of love, down to the very last detail. We leave, regretfully – replenished, relaxed, refreshed.”-- Cardiff, Wales

    We arrived just in time for cookies by a warm fire. The Maples is a wonderful place to Honeymoon. The Inn was a good base for our full days of biking, hiking, and running in the park.”-- Vernon, CT

     

    We have had an absolutely picture perfect bed and breakfast experience here at The Maples Inn. I can’t think of a cozier place to spend a couple of cool fall days in Maine. The breakfasts were delicious and the atmosphere of the entire Inn was so peaceful. We loved the guest living room with its warming fire and the hot tea and hot chocolate that were always available for your guest’s enjoyment. Thanks for being such wonderful hosts.”-- Austin, TX

    We’ve stayed in many a B&B over the past 20 years, both in the US and abroad. The Maples is unsurpassed for comfort, tasteful decorations, peaceful surroundings, a congenial host, and truly imaginative, inventive breakfasts. Bravo!.”-- Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

    Thanks for making our tastebuds dance!”-- Stoughton, MA

    This is our third visit to The Maples. If the path is the journey, then this is a great stopping point. It is the attention to details that makes the experience especially memorable”-- Bangor, ME




    Hospitality and friendliness, comfort and style, service and quality has a common name for us now: Maples Inn!!! In terms of accommodation this is the definite highlight of our trip – and a good reason to come back to New England and Acadia!”-- Vienna, Austria

    The Maples is an oasis tucked away on a tiny side street in Bar Harbor. The international guests ,Victorian yet modern home, imaginative breakfasts, and cozy evenings in front of the fireplace made this a perfect Easter get-away.” -- Sweden

  • Directions

    1. Follow Route 3 from Ellsworth to Bar Harbor, approximately 15 miles
    2. In Bar Harbor turn left on Cottage Street
    3. Go four blocks to Roberts Avenue and make a right Watch for Citgo sign)
    4. Maples Inn is on the left side of the street at 16 Roberts Avenue

    Traveling times to Bar Harbor

    • From Bangor 1 hour
    • From Camden 2 hours
    • From Portland 3.5 hours
    • From Kennebunkport 4 hours
    • From Boston 5.5 hours