Saltair Inn Waterfront Bed and Breakfast
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Enjoy the magic of Bar Harbor, Maine and Acadia National Park at a romantic, in-town, waterfront bed and breakfast on the shores of Frenchman Bay. Open Year Round.Voted "Best Oceanfront B&B in Maine" by the editors of Yankee Magazine, May/June 2011
Come experience the magic of Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park at an elegant in-town 1887 waterfront Victorian Inn on the shores of Frenchman Bay. Three blocks from the center of town, Saltair Inn Waterfront Bed and Breakfast is set on over one acre of waterfront property. An expansive back lawn slopes gently from the rear of the house to the water's edge. Low tide reveals a sand bar connecting Saltair Inn Waterfront Bed and Breakfast property to Bar Island, from which Bar Harbor takes its name.
Constructed in 1887 by Boston architect Arthur Rotch, The Saltair has been carefully renovated to accommodate guests while preserving the original architecture and period elements of its Victorian heritage.
Enjoy panoramic ocean views from the privacy of your own intimate suite. Each accommodation offers thoughtful appointments and amenities appreciated by modern travelers without compromising the historic legacy of the home.
Whether your Bar Harbor escape includes a little romance, peaceful relaxation, or an outdoor adventure in Acadia National Park, the Saltair Inn B&B offers the perfect setting. Fabulous views, delicious breakfasts, and luxury waterfront suites await your arrival.
All guest rooms feature elegant private baths en suite and standard amenities including luxury bed linens, gas fireplaces, cable TV, CD players, and wireless internet access.
Common areas at the inn include the living room, dining room, guest parlor, sunroom with snacks and beverages available all day, and plenty of outdoor seating overlooking Frenchman Bay. A selection of hiking & biking guides, books, movies, music and games are located in the guest parlor.
Fresh-brewed gourmet coffee will be ready by 7:00 AM for early risers. Grab a cup before breakfast and stroll down the back lawn to the water's edge. Adirondack chairs set at the shoreline offer the perfect place to relax and contemplate which of Acadia's natural treasures you will enjoy that day.
Breakfast will be served between 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM, and will include an offering of fresh fruit, freshly baked muffins and pastries, juice, tea and coffee, and one of Matt and Kristi's favorite hot dishes such as Maine blueberry pancakes, eggs benedict or a breakfast strata. Hot and cold cereals and yogurt are available upon request. We are happy to accommodate your specific dietary needs.
Depending on current weather conditions, breakfast may be served on the rear deck overlooking Frenchman Bay, or in the formal dining room accompanied by a cheery fire.
Weddings at the Inn
Here at the Saltair Inn, we are very pleased to be able to host intimate wedding ceremonies on the shore of Frenchman Bay. It's a special place to enjoy your special day, and we are honored to be a small part of it. Check out our friend Beaver at Big Day Foto if you're looking for a great photographer.
Due to the modest size of the inn and our location in the predominantly residential area of the Bar Harbor Historic District, we are not able to host wedding receptions. Therefore, receptions are usually coordinated at a nearby venue more suitable for large gatherings.
Please call or email for the inn's wedding fees and policies. Matt and Kristi will also be happy to recommend several possible venues to host your wedding reception.
"We felt more like family than guests, thanks to your hospitality."
Matt and Jess, Springfield, MA
"We came for a night and stayed for a week-what does that tell you? The Island is beautiful, but your hospitality and warmth have made this one of our most memorable experiences."
Kris & Al, Wakefield, MA
"What a heavenly place your home is! And how pampered we have felt here – hours gazing at the sea from those huge chairs, warmed by the glow of an evening fire – after a soak in that huge tub!"
David and Leonie, Aimesbury, MA
"Being here has reminded me of the pleasures forgotten in our everyday busy lives – a long walk, good conversation and of course, wonderful food!"
Kathy and Marten, Westford, MA
"We entered as strangers and leave as husband and wife and your friends."
Maureen & Dan, Sandown, NH
"We came for a respite from the Texas heat and our hectic work pace and got both! Your gracious welcome was a pleasant surprise – it is obvious you love this business and people."
John & Gayle, Bedford, TX
"The inn is wonderful and your hospitality is unsurpassed. Your down-to-earth natures make anyone comfortable and your recommendations are spot on whether it be for a restaurant or a hike to enjoy the beauty of Bar Harbor."
Dana & Lois, Gross Pointe, MI
"The atmosphere of your home is not only beautiful, but also comforting and inviting."
Kevin and Mary, Rochester, MN
"We fear that your caring hospitalilty and great attention to detail will set a standard for us that other places will be hard pressed to surpass."
Jim and Lori, Pekin, IL
The AreaBAR HARBOR, MAINE
Bar Harbor’s long and renowned history as one of New England’s premier resort destinations began in the mid 1800’s. In the beginning, it was primarily artists, scholars and writers who journeyed to Mount Desert Island for inspiration. Most famous among them were Thomas Cole, founder of the Hudson River School, and the school’s most accomplished artist, Frederic Church. As their paintings of seascapes and landscapes reached the big cities, people wanted to see the source of this inspiration for themselves.
As the number of visitors began to increase, so too did the need for seasonal lodging. It was local businessman Tobias Roberts, who built Bar Harbor’s first hotel known as Agamont House in 1855. By 1888, eighteen hotels had been constructed to accommodate some 2,500 visitors, and the development of Bar Harbor had begun.
By the late 1800’s, many of Bar Harbor’s seasonal visitors, or “Rusticators” as they were once known, desired more private accommodations. Thus began the age of the Bar Harbor “cottages.” Ultimately there were more than 220 lavish summer retreats built in and around the village of Bar Harbor for the wealthiest socialites of New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington and Chicago. Tragically, one third of these estates burned in the Great Fire of 1947. Many others suffered insurmountable neglect during the Great Depression and World War II. But almost all that survived are now well cared for, and several have been renovated as welcoming inns.
The Saltair (1887) carries on the traditions of hospitality that founded the village of Bar Harbor so many years ago. Built as a guest house for Mr. and Mrs. William Rice, Saltair has been welcoming visitors to Bar Harbor for more than 120 years.
Bar Harbor's Village Green, town pier, and a variety of unique shops, galleries and restaurants are a ten minute walk from the inn. The Saltair is convenient to everything in town, yet far enough removed to preserve the peaceful tranquility of its distinguished location in the Bar Harbor Historic District.
Indoors or out, Bar Harbor now offers something for everyone. Shopping, dining, music festivals, museums, free concerts on the Village Green, and special community events are only a few of the activities to keep you busy within the village.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK
A trip to Bar Harbor would not be complete without exploring some of the 47,000 acres that is Acadia National Park. Bordered by Acadia on three sides and the Atlantic Ocean on the fourth, and less than three miles from the main entrance and Visitor's Center, Bar Harbor makes an ideal base camp for the outdoor enthusiast in each of us. Explore the park at your own pace, or solicit one of Bar Harbor's professional guides, outfitters, mariners or instructors to help you make the most of the opportunities available in this unique environment. The 27 mile scenic Park Loop Road, 45 miles of carriage roads for walking, biking, and cross-county skiing through the heart of the park, and 125 miles of hiking trails ensure that you will never run out of new destinations.
Aditional Resources: Maine Festivals | Bar Harbor Events Calendar
Below are some links to information about Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor activities such as golfing, whale watching, nature tours, kayaking, brewing companies, sea cruises, and more. We also have guide books to use during your stay at the inn.
How To Find Us
- Bar Harbor is 160 miles from Portland, 270 miles from Boston, 470 miles from New York and 700 miles from Washington, DC.
- Take I-95 to Bangor, Maine.
- Take Exit 182A onto I-395 East to Route US-1A. Travel 4-1/2 miles.
- Take Exit 6A onto US-1A East toward Ellsworth and Bar Harbor. Travel 23 miles.
- US-1A East becomes ME-3 in Ellsworth. Travel 9-1/2 miles.
- Go over the bridge at the head of Mt. Desert Island and veer left following ME-3 toward Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. Travel 10 miles.
- Turn left on West Street. The Saltair is the fourth house on the left.
- During the summer months, Bar Harbor is serviced by Vermont Transit Lines from Boston. Please visit their website for fares and schedules.
- Hancock County Airport (BHB) is located just 12 miles from the village, and Bangor International Airport (BGR) is only 50 miles away.
- For your convenience, the Island Explorer shuttle bus offers free transportation from the Bar Harbor Airport to the Village Green in Bar Harbor. Service is seasonal. See the Explorer’s website for details and schedules.
- Daily shuttle bus trips are now available between Bar Harbor and Bangor, Maine by the Bar Harbor-Bangor Shuttle.
Located on Mount Desert Island, Bar Harbor is a popular place for all kinds of boating, and many suitable moorings are available. Contact the Harbormaster's Office at 207-288-5571 for more information.