Kingsleigh Inn Bed & Breakfast

Box 1426, Southwest Harbor, Maine 04679
Innkeeper(s): Pamela & Bryan
  • Introduction

    Featured in Condé Nast Magazine,

    Condé Nast Traveler,

    Editors' Choice by Yankee Magazine,

    and highly recommended by Frommer's & Fodor's Maine Coast.

    Rated #1 by our Guests on Trip Advisor  

    Welcome  to Kingsleigh Inn in Southwest Harbor, Maine, one of Mount Desert Island's premier water view bed and breakfast inns. The focus at our Coastal Maine inn is to provide a harmonious balance between delicious indulgence, understated luxury, warm hospitality and true comfort that epitomizes today's bed and breakfast experience.

    Kingsleigh Inn has been mentioned as the place to stay on MDI by Travel and Leisure's yearly "World's Best Islands", a "Great Value Vacation" in Condé Nast Traveler Magazine's monthly "Word of Mouth" feature for the "Quietside" of Mount Desert Island and honored with an Editors' Choice award by Yankee Magazine as "tops among places no traveler will want to miss" as well as being highly recommended by Fodor's and Frommer's.

    Mount Desert Island is the location of Acadia National Park (New England's only national park) and is home to many of coastal Maine's most romantic and historic bed and breakfasts inns. With its small fishing villages, local artists, pristine lakes, miles of oceanfront coast, abundant wildlife and unspoiled nature, our island is a gem for exploration. Convenient to all excursions and activities, Southwest Harbor is a small yet vibrant town providing the perfect home base for daily exploration around the island. Whether your interests lie in the quiet of a less traveled hike in Acadia National Park, listening to the loons as they soar over the lakes or the thrill of a whale watch adventure, we will see to it that your Maine Bed and Breakfast experience is one of generosity, elegance and comfort.

    From your own private deck you may choose to do nothing but watch the boats in the harbor while taking in the sun and cool breeze off the water. Or, you may opt for a hike through a lush pine scented forest in Acadia National Park to reach a summit offering rewarding views of Somes Sound - the only natural fjord on the east coast. Or, perhaps biking Acadia's famous Carriage Roads (over 57 miles) is the activity of the day. With our proximity to the busy town of Bar Harbor, guests can enjoy a day of shopping and popular tourist attractions then come back to end their day on the less commercial and less trampled "Quietside" of Mount Desert Island.

    The architecture of this 1904 turn-of-the-century Queen Anne Victorian displays steeply pitched roofs, cedar shingle and Pebbledash exterior with sea stones hand embedded in stucco.  Inside is a seamless blend of contemporary and traditional furnishings and fine art and dramatic local photography. Fabrics of coordinating colors and patterns give this inn a designer touch. Our guests enjoy many of the amenities of an upscale resort on a casual and comfortable, smaller scale, as well as the right mix of privacy and interaction with others that a finely tuned bed and breakfast inn can provide.

    Breakfast at Kingsleigh Inn is a gourmet event perhaps offering one of Mount Desert Island's most unique menus always ending with a memorable dessert! Before our guests savor a fruit course of Port and Cinnamon Poached Pears with Vanilla Crème Fraiche or our popular "Cairns (inspired by the trail markers of Acadia) offering three tiers of Fresh Pineapple and Banana lightly drizzled with Hot Butter Rum Maple Sauce, they can enjoy a light starter course of Just Baked Fruit Muffins, Croissants, Cinnamon Rolls or Chocolate Dipped Biscotti. At Kingsleigh Inn guests enjoy a choice of a Sweet or Savory Hot Breakfast Entree accompanied by a Breakfast Meat, Breakfast Salad or Breakfast Potatoes with Fresh Herbs, just picked from our garden.

    In the afternoon, guests might enjoy Almond Lace Florentines filled with Cinnamon Buttercream (photo below), The Ultimate Chocolate Caramel Fudge Brownies or White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Cookies to accompany their freshly brewed espresso or tea.

    Early evening is a special time with our guest enjoying wine and light hors d'oeurves, sharing their adventures of the day and perusing our extensive menu selection to choose just the right dining experience for another perfect day on Mount Desert Island!

    Life is to be enjoyed and where better than the expansive, pristine coast of Maine? If you are looking for uncompromised hospitality, casual elegance and panoramic harbor views, Kingsleigh Inn Bed and Breakfast on Mount Desert Island is a wonderful place to experience what Maine has to offer.

    Your Welcoming Hosts, Pamela & Bryan

    The Kingsleigh Inn has eight guest rooms (seven guest rooms and one guest suite), all with en-suite private baths, individually controlled A/C and heat (to ensure your personal "perfect" temperature), ceiling fans, and several have panoramic harbor views and private balconies. Each room is tastefully decorated with its own distinct personality, charm and comfort. Colorful and coordinating wall coverings and luxurious bedding all blend seamlessly with traditional and period furnishings and many thoughtful touches that provide a warm welcome for our guests.

    The Penthouse Turret Suite also features a fireplace, mini fridge, flat screen TV and DVD Player along with the best view of the harbor. Our guests enjoy the amenities of a small hotel, the atmosphere of an elegant inn and the charm and hospitality of a well kept home.

    Guest Room Amenities

    All eight individually appointed guest rooms have fresh flowers, comfortable seating, an alarm clock, a sound machine, Port wine & home made chocolates, wine glasses, water glasses, Hunter ceiling fans and individual climate control A/C and heat. Each private bath boasts luxurious bathrobes, slippers, soaps, bath and body amenities, radiant heat under ceramic tile flooring, modern fixtures, hair dryer and other "spa" touches. Some rooms have private decks with harbor views and our three room Penthouse Turret Suite also has a fireplace.

    Inn Amenities

    Private Off-Street Parking, Covered Bicycle Enclosure, Guest Refrigerator with Complimentary Soda and Bottled Water, Hot & Cold Spring Water Dispenser, Guest Telephone (offering free calls anywhere in the US), Wireless Internet, Guest Computer, Books, DVDs, Magazines, Games and a Flower Filled, South Facing, Wrap-Around Porch with a view where guests can enjoy breakfast and our afternoon wine and hors d'oeurves as an alternative to our indoor spaces. Also, a great spot to enjoy lunch from one of our local fresh markets or take-out restaurants.

    Common Rooms

    The Inn has a Formal Living Room with a welcoming fireplace and is decorated with an eclectic mix of contemporary and traditional furnishings, plants, fine art and collectibles.

    The Lounge, adjacent to the dining room, offers additional comfortable seating, another cozy fireplace, a beverage buffet with imported Lavazza Espresso, flavored syrups and assorted teas and hot cocoas available all day.

    Guests may use our newly renovated Dining Room, featuring our own large-scale art photography and library, at any time of day for playing games, listening to music, reading or just talking with other guests.

    And of course, guests are free to relax outdoors on our wrap around porch and take in the fresh sea air.

    Early Morning Coffee

    Freshly brewed regular and decaf coffee and hot water are available on the beverage buffet in the Lounge by 7:00am along with a different light bite each day - fresh baked croissants, muffins, cinnamon buns and hand-dipped chocolate topped biscotti. There are small trays available should you wish to take your beverages to your room or out to the porch to enjoy before the breakfast service. Also, in the Lounge, our espresso machine is available 24 hours as is hot water for a selection of teas or cocoas.

    Afternoon Treats and Early Evening Wine & Hors d'Oeurves

    Each afternoon a freshly baked sweet offering is available on the beverage buffet in the Lounge as a tasty "pick-me-up" after a busy day of adventures on the Island. And, in the early evening, guests are invited to enjoy a light snack and a glass of wine, served in the dining room, before heading out to dinner at one of our wonderful local restaurants.

  • Area Activities & Helpful Links

    Acadia National Park

    Hiking, Biking & Driving

    Exploring the Carriage Roads

    Map of Acadia National Park

    Exploring Mount Desert Island by Water

    Nature Cruises

    Sailing Trips



    Island Ferries

    Seal & Puffin tours (Puffin photo at right)

    Swimming & Beaches

    Sand Beach

    Echo Lake

    Long Pond

    Points of Interest & Popular Area Attractions

    Park Loop Road

    Jordan Pond

    Bass Harbor Lighthouse

    Seawall Coast

    Carriage Rides

    Local Events

    Whale Watching

    and Deep Sea Fishing

    Area Yacht/Boat Builders

    Golf Courses on MDI

    Spa Treatments

    Bella Skin & Body

    Made in Maine

    Maple Syrup




    The Arts




    Restaurants & Lobster Pounds

    The Shops of Southwest Harbor

    Sawyers Specialties (wine & cheese)

    Sawyers Market (grocery/specialty)

    Under The Dogwood Tree gift shop

    Sand Castle gift shop

    The Moody Mermaid

    Just Hatched Children's Wear & Gifts

    Liquor Locker

    The Lilac Lily Yarns & Gifts

    West Side Florist

    Old World Soaps

    Salty Dog Gallery

    Carroll Drug

    Rue Cottage Books

    Saltwater Farm Antiques/Collectibles

    General Southwest Harbor  and Local Information

    Maine Weather; what to pack

    Fall Foliage

    Getting Here by Air and some General Local Information & answers to FAQ

  • Location

    Distance From

    • Boston: 5 1/2 hours
    • Portland: 3 1/2 hours
    • Manchester: 5 1/2 hours
    • Bangor: about 1 hour
    • Camden: 1 1/2 hours
    • Kennebunkport: 4 hours

    Whether you are coming from  Boston, Bangor, Portland, New Hampshire, or anywhere else, any road you travel will lead you through Ellsworth before proceeding onto the island. If you'd like directions from your exact location, follow the Mapquest link at the bottom of the page. Note: if you  take Route 95 from Boston or Portland, follow 95N to 295N which merges back with 95N. If you miss taking Route 295N, you'll just end up adding a bit of time to your drive via Lewiston/Auburn. Alternatively, you can take the scenic Route 1 up the coast which will take a good 4+ hours from Portland.

    From Bangor, Maine

    From Route 95N toward or in Bangor, take Route 395E. Follow for a few miles and take US Route 1A E toward Bar Harbor/Ellsworth. Follow 1A for about 26 miles until it becomes Route 3S and follow for about 10 miles. Stay straight onto the island and follow Route 102S/198S for about 5 miles. Continue straight on 102S for another 5 miles. Route 102 becomes Main Street in town. We are on the left just past the flashing yellow light in the center of town.

    Total Estimated Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
    Total Distance: 50 miles

    The Kingsleigh Inn is surrounded by various areas and entrances to Acadia National Park. You are never more than 20 minutes from any place on the island!


    • Southwest Harbor to Somesville is about 6 miles or 10 minutes.
    • Southwest Harbor to Bar Harbor is about 14 miles or 15-20 minutes.
    • Southwest Harbor to Bass Harbor is just 4 miles, or 5-10 minutes.
    • Southwest Harbor to Northeast Harbor is about 12 miles, or 15 minutes.
    • Southwest Harbor to the main entrance of Acadia, the Park Loop Road or the drive to the summit of Cadillac Mountain is about 18-20 minutes.

    Regardless of your location on the island, you are only a few minutes from various parts of Acadia National Park.