The Birches Bed and Breakfast

46 Fernald Point Road P.o. Box 178, Southwest Harbor, Maine 04679
Innkeeper(s): Susi Homer
  • Introduction

    When you want to get away from it all, we have the solution for you, and when we say get away we really mean it. Here at Birches Bed and Breakfast, we are located 1 mile out from the nearest town as well as on a dead end road, so you will have nothing but peace and quiet here. With seven and a half acres of waterfront property, you will always have something to do during the day and be able to star gaze at night.

    We have 7 acres of grounds, zero traffic noise and are within walking distance to the Causeway Club golf course.

    When you come to our beautiful B&B you will not want to leave after seeing what we have to offer. Located in Southwest Harbor, Maine we are right next to mountains, as well as, on the waterfront. We have a private beach for our guests to enjoy on the waterfront and you can come by water or land to get to us. If you are coming from farther away and you have a boat, you can bring that along also as we have a dock available.

    At our bed & breakfast, some specialties of ours, are accommodating family reunions and intimate weddings. We also want you to come to relax, enjoy, and unwind, no matter what the occasion is. You will not be disappointed with your choice, as we have a lovely property with extraordinary gardens that have been featured on garden tours.

    Take a look around our website, to see if our house is right for you. Call us today for any additional questions you might have.

    Here at Birches Bed & Breakfast, we want to welcome you to come experience our lovely cottage rentals in Southwest Harbor, ME. This has been a family owned property for 120 years and gets renovation every 

    Overlooking the great harbor of Mt. Dessert Island, you will never see a view quite like this anywhere else. We like to think what makes us special is what we have to offer here. Our private waterfront property will give you the peace and quiet you are looking for. During the day if you want to hit the links we are located near the Causeway Club Golf Course. Also conveniently located near us is Acadia National Park.

    We have 3 large rooms here at our cottage, all ready for you to come stay in them. Feel free to take advantage of everything around us including the water. If you want to go boating for the day, we have a close relationship with the nearby boat companies. You are also welcome to bring your own and put it in at our dock.

    No matter what you do while you are here, the point is to keep it relaxing, and it is not hard to do that here. Whether it is for an intimate getaway or bringing the family for a relaxing weekend, we are here to rent our unique home to you. Call us today with any questions you might have. Call us today at 207-244-5182!

    The Cottage was built in 1893 and the architect was Prof. Eleazer B. Homer (head of the Rhode Island School of Design) whose Spartan visage watches you from the walls of the great room. He and the yellow cat have kept the Cottage safe and tidy for over one hundred years. Please introduce yourselves, you will find him a charming listener.

    Looking toward the water you will see Steve and Nancy Homer’s house. It is called the “Shore Cottage” and way to the right is their rental (by the week) guest cottage, called the “Studio”. Steve is the waterfront director and if you wish to use the pier, please check-in with him first – 244 3794. If you and your family want to charter a boat during your stay, you can make arrangements with Steve for moorings, dinghies and accommodations along side the float. Manset Yacht Services, 244 4040 has 18’, 20’ and 22’ foot powerboats for ½ day, full day and weeklong charters. Mansell Boat Rental Company, 244 5625 has Bullseyes and Rhodes 19 and powerboats for charter as well. The brochures are included in this brief, however please call for current rates and availability.

    To the west, and across your parking area is Dick and Rocky Homer’s House. It is called the The Birches Bed & Breakfast, however we call it “The Big House”. Dick and Rocky and their daughter, Susi are your hosts. We encourage you to come up anytime for a visit or if you have questions. The door is always open.

    To the north, and up the hill at 48 Fernald Point Road is the house Dick designed for his sister, Connie called “Seawatch” and her son, Christopher is now the owner. The house is on the market and if you are interested, please contact Carol Fernald, at the Swan Agency for a walk through – 276 5080.

    The seven and one half acres we occupy is called “The Birches”. You are free to wander down to the water via the path in front. There are stairs to the beach to the far left of Steve and Nancy’s.

  • 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 Richard Homer for sharing his own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Peace & quiet; spectacular view of the Great Harbor.

    What are you best known for? 

    Our sincere welcome and attention to detail. 

    What makes your inn unique?

    Location overlooking the water abutting Acadia National Park. 

    What do you love most about your inn?

    Family house and the stories and memories. 

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

    We've got something for everyone without being overrun.

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

    Guests don't feel like guests, they feet special and like loved family or friends.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Seal Cove Auto Museum 

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

    Day 1: Coffee at Milagro Coffee and a copy of The Islander's Out & About for area info, back to The Birches for breakfast; Hire bikes from "Bicycle Bob" at Southwest Cycle and bike the HiO road through Seawall Campground. Have a lobster roll and an Atlantic Brewing Bar Harbor Real Ale for lunch on the patio of the Seafood Ketch nearby Bass Harbor. See the Seal Cove Auto Museum for the world best collection of brass ear cars. Dinner at the Top of the Hill, Debbie and Dan DeMuro hosts.

    Day 2: Walk/hike up Flying Mountain at the end of the road with a Thermos of coffee and take pictures of the Great Harbor and Out Islands from the top. Lobster/avocado omelets at the B&B; grab some sandwiches to go from Tanya's "Off the Grid" and hop the Cranberry Cove ferry to Great Cranberry, picnic on the shore by "the Pool", hop the ferry and go to Isleford and bike to the lighthouse. Back to Southwest Harbor for dinner at Sips restaurant and a little live music.

    Day 3: Walk Wonderland or Ship's Harbor; go to the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse. Engage National Park Kayak for a guided tour of the west side of the Island from Pretty Marsh to Seal Cove, seeing, seals, osprey and eagle. Sit on the lawn and watch the clouds and marine traffic; sail boats, kayaks, lobster boats and Camden schooners, or watch eagle and osprey hunt in the cove, and see the deer browse through the blueberry barren below. Dinner at award winning Red Sky restaurant in Southwest Harbor.

    Day 4: Drive to Acadia National Park entrance and cruise the Loop Road, walk around Jordan Pong and have tea and popovers at Jordan Pond house. Return to Southwest Harbor to shop at Aylen's Jewelry, hand crafted organic designed gold and gem pieces, Under the Dogwood Tree for handmade papers, unique local gifts, Pizazz for local author books, Hatched on MDI for the very best in baby apparel and toys and the Moody Mermaid, a hip women's clothing shop. Dinner at Fiddler's Green.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Town, shore, mountains.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    "Red Sky" for dinner; "Seafood Ketch" and the Claremont "Boathouse" for lunch, Sea Biscuit Cafe for breakfast.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    4 large, spacious rooms with king beds, seating areas and private baths in the B&B. 5 rooms with shared baths in the Cottage at The Birches.

  • Area Information

    Southwest Harbor, Maine, is located at the southwestern entrance to Somes Sound on Mount Desert Island. It is often referred to as the “quiet side” of the island because of its more mellow pace and easy distance from the more tourist oriented and busy Bar Harbor, located on the Northeast side of the island. Southwest Harbor has some great shops, galleries and eateries worth checking out. Many people choose to stay here during their visit to Acadia National Park. Access to the offshore islands by boat can be found here as well. The approximate population is 1,966 (per year 2000 census) and it encompasses 8,884 acres.

    The first known visitors to Mount Desert Island were the Abnaki Indians who would cross over to the island from the mainland (there was no bridge then as there is today) to fish and collect berries and shellfish. The first settlement on the island was created by Abraham Somes, a sailor/fisherman from Massachusetts, at the northern shore of Somes Sound in 1761. The first steamboat wharves and hotels on Mount Desert Island were built in Southwest Harbor to be near the entrance to Somes Sound. When you look out into the harbor you will see the Bear Island Lighthouse. This marks the southern entrance to Somes Sound.

    Southwest Harbor, Maine, is also home to some great yacht builders. The Hinckley Company, located just south of the town center on the Manset Shore Road, is world renown for its quality of workmanship. Another, Morris Yachts, Inc., is located on the Clark Point Road. No doubt, many of the beautiful yachts you will enjoy in the harbor and other areas offshore from Mount Desert Island were made by them. While in the area, consider going on a guided boat tour utilizing Captain Services that are available or, if you are experienced, rent a boat from one of the boat rental services.

    Another place of note is the Wendell Gilley Museum of Bird Carving. Featured are the exceptional works of the world famous Wendell Gilley - widely recognized as one of the early pioneers of this American art form. The museum (207) 244-7555 is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Another unique nearby place is the Seal Cove Auto Museum with an extraordinary collection of "Brass Era" (1886 - 1917) automobiles. If you like fresh baked goods, there is a very nice bakery right on Main Street in the center of town on the right side.

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  • Directions to The Birches Bed and Breakfast

    46 Fernald Point Road, PO Box 178,
    Southwest Harbor, Maine, 04679
    Phone: 207-244-5182

    From Ellsworth follow Route 3 south into Trenton where you will find the Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center on the right. Once over the Mt. Desert Island bridge you will see the Acadia National Park Information Center on the right. Beyond that, Route 3 bears off to the left and you proceed straight ahead following Routes 198 and 102 south to the historic village of Somesville.

    At the traffic light Route 198 turns left and you proceed straight ahead on Route 102. It is 5.5 miles from Somesville traffic light to your left turn onto Fernald Point Road. You will pass Echo Lake (swimming) on the right, pass between St. Sauveur and Beech Mountains and then start down the long grade of Carroll's Hill.

    The shopping plaza will appear on your left and, just beyond, it is time to put on the brakes and your direction signal, because the left turn onto Fernald Point Road is at the bottom of the grade. Please hug the yellow line as you approach the turn so that traffic behind you may pass to your right.

    After the turn, the Causeway Club is on your right. The golf course is nine holes and you are more than welcome to try your hand at the game. The pro shop is in the white cottage. It is just 4/10 of a mile along Fernald Point Road to the entrance of The Birches. Make a right turn into the entrance and continue to the right into the parking circle above the croquet court and gardens.

    Your entrance to the house is trimmed in yellow and if we should happen to be out when you arrive you will find your assignment slip in the foyer. Your are our house guests so please make yourselves comfortable.

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