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The Ullikana is a secluded, romantic haven by the sea in the heart of Bar Harbor, Maine. Old-fashioned gardens surround this historic English Tudor style house built in 1885. All of our rooms have private baths, many have fireplaces or private terraces with beautiful water views.
Alpheus Hardy, Bar Harbor's first summer cottager, built and named the Ullikana in 1885. This historic building is one of the few early cottages still remaining. While no one knows the story behind the name Ullikana, this elegant bed and breakfast maintains a long tradition of hospitality and welcomes guests and travellers from the world over. Although only a minute from the center of Bar Harbor, our quiet location offers a haven of hospitality.
Both Ullikana and A Yellow House retain the intimate scale of the gracious Bar Harbor summer estates they once were. Public rooms are inviting, filled with comfortable corners for relaxing and a variety of art and antiques. We strive to meet your needs, from hair dryers, corkscrews and personal toiletries, to arranging for taxis or extra towels. If it isn't already right there when you need it, simply ask.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Helene and Roy for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
People choose to come to Bar Harbor to experience a vacation filled with outdoor activities. The ones who choose our property like smaller establishments with history, casual elegance, attention to detail, and where each room has a different flair.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
Our guests enjoy the eclectic décor of our Inn filled with art pieces. They also love the location being in town yet tucked away near the waterfront. They love being served breakfasts and refreshments in the afternoon on the terrace overlooking Frenchman Bay. The Inn has also established a reputation for serving gourmet breakfasts and for the excellent service we offer our guests by providing advice on planning their day in Acadia National Park, choices of restaurants, etc.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
Acadia National Park is the number one reason people come to Bar Harbor. It offers so many activities – something for everyone: hiking, biking, kayaking, nature cruises, or simple strolls on the Carriage Paths.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
There is a comfort level at the Inn that makes some people feel and say ‘we are their home away from home’!
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
The best secret is how accessible Acadia National Park is and the number of activities available. There are also a lot of cultural events, concerts, and plays that do not get a lot of publicity.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
People stay more than four nights. Some return year after year and and never run out of activities.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
We are located in downtown Bar Harbor. We are walking distance to restaurants and shops yet tucked away on a private street near the water. We are close to the harbor where people can go on a whale watch boat or nature cruise. The free bus service for the Park, is located at the Village Green, just a short walk from the Inn.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
There are many excellent restaurants in the area. Seafood and particularly lobster is very popular.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
The Moon Handbooks for Acadia National Park and Coastal Maine. Maine, an Explorer’s Guide.
How many rooms does your inn have?
There are 10 Rooms in our Inn.
Do you accept pets?
We do not accept pets. We have a wonderful Black Lab who loves the company of our guests.
Start your day with a delightful homemade gourmet breakfast on our terrace, while overlooking beautiful Frenchman Bay. Some of our specialties include Lemon Souffle Pancakes with Warm Berry Sauce, Crepes aux Pommes, Italian omelets, fruit dishes and more. And our freshly baked muffins are as tasty as our entrees. Our room rates include gourmet breakfast and afternoon refreshments, which are also available on the terrace.
"One of the more stylish places to stay in Bar Harbor is Ullikana bed & breakfast." DownEast Magazine
"Ullikana B&B is a playful mix of art and antiques that can't help but make you feel welcome." American Style
"Everything blends perfectly here, even their modern art collection. An amazing breakfast is served on the waterview patio." Moon Handbooks, Acadia National Park
"Tucked into a peaceful nook, this ten-room Victorian inn built in 1885 has a reputation for its chic decorations, great breakfast and knowledgeable owners." DownEast Magazine, October 2008
"Few innkeepers have mastered the art of hospitality as well as Roy and Helene." Moon Handbooks, Coastal Maine
"Breakfast is a real treat, one of the best in New England." An Explorer's Guide to Maine
"This is our top pick in downtown Bar Harbor, steps from both Main Street and the Shore Path, yet with an away-from-it-all feel." An Explorer's Guide to Maine
"Fodor's Top Choice" Fodor's Eighth Edition
"Best artsy bed & breakfast" Editor's Choice Award, Yankee Magazine 2009
How To Find Us
- From Ellsworth, follow Route 3 into Bar Harbor and turn left on Cottage Street
- At the end of Cottage Street, turn right at the stop sign and immediately look for two banks on your left
- Turn left onto The Field, located between the banks, and you will find Ullikana and a yellow house near the water at the end of the road
- Ullikana is on the left and A Yellow House is on the right