Penury Hall Bed & Breakfast
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ON THE QUIET SIDE of Mt. Desert Island in Southwest Harbor, just 14 miles from more populous Bar Harbor, we established, in 1982, Penury Hall in the classic Bed & Breakfast inn tradition. Originally built in 1830, the house was added to in 1865 and 1900 (and remodeled by us in 1977-82) and now provides comfortable accommodations and lodging for us and our guests in a rambling Maine home. The decor reflects our interests in fine art, antiques, books, music, gardening and sailing.
Because there is such an abundance of activity in and near Acadia National Park even on a rainy day (14 museums, antique shops, shopping, etc.), we do have a minimum of two nights stay from June to October. Even then you can only briefly sample the area's attractions. Also remember that Mt. Desert island is only 10 miles by 12 miles and you are never more than twenty minutes away from anywhere... BE OUR GUESTS while you swim, sail, explore, fish, kayak, whale watch, hike, cross-country ski, or just enjoy Mt. Desert Island.
FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT
Winter or summer, our sauna is the answer to a strenuous day of activity.
Come and enjoy our green living room!
Our fridge will store your lunchables; laundry facilities will keep you neat and tidy; our library, music, puzzles and games (we play backgammon for blood), and (ugh) TV will entertain you.
We would like to extend a warm welcome to those who enjoy the company of cats, who have a sense of humor and who would like to benefit from our intimate knowledge of the Island and Downeast Maine.
On Main Street, Southwest Harbor, (8 miles south on Route 102 from the head of the island), 99 yards past blinker on right toward Manset. Grey house, red door, white porch trim.
OUR PHILOSOPHY of Bed & Breakfast is that you become an honorary member of our family while you are with us, but you don't have to do the dishes!
DO COME AND VISIT for awhile and let us introduce you to the many pleasures this little corner of the world has waiting for you.
Breakfast is served at your pleasure from 7:30 to 9:00 am (early or late by arrangement). Our menu is served in rotation. Special needs may be accommodated.
On the sideboard:
- Juices Orange, Apple, Cranberry
- Beverages Coffee (high-test and low-test), Stash teas
- Fruit Fresh fruit, berries, and melon in season
- Cereals Granola, Cheerios, Wheat Chex
The Maine Thing:
- Monday Blueberry pancakes and sausage links, maple syrup
- Tuesday Penurious omelet and popovers
- Wednesday Cinnamon waffles and sausage links, apple syrup
- Thursday Herbed scrambled eggs, bacon and blueberry muffins
- Friday French toast casserole and bacon, maple syrup
- Saturday Eggs your way, ham and Maine biscuits
- Sunday Eggs benedict, Canadian bacon on English muffins, Hollandaise sauce
A vote of the house can change the order of service
We are often asked where the name PENURY HALL came from. Bed and Breakfasts being an English tradition, Dickens could well have coined the name.
Further, since bed and breakfasts were generally less expensive accommodations, one can freely translate "Penury Hall" to the "Poor House." Q.E.D. the small sketch that is now our logo. There is more to the story which we will be happy to tell you when you arrive...