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“This is what Maine is all about!” 4 of 5 stars
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Acadia Oceanside Meadows Inn
202 Corea Road, Prospect Harbor, Gouldsboro, ME 04669   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Miami
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11 hotel reviews
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“This is what Maine is all about!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

I always read the negative reviews before staying at a B&B and measure the quantity of those against the quatity of positive reviews. I must admit I was a bit concerned at first but because of the location (right across from the ocean and a beach (how unusual for Maine -- this is a SAND beach!) I decided to go for it. I'll hopefully shed some light and correct some of the misstatements of some previous guests -- at least from my perspective and my recent stay. We stayed in the older house (Room #2) which faces the ocean and you definitely can hear the ocean waves with the windows open -- this was the whole reason we were staying here. The beach across the street (walk through a tall grass path to the sandy beach) was packed hard sand at low tide -- no rocks! Back to the B&B: there is Ben (the owner) and Ben (the assistant) -- both delightful folks and extremely knowledgeable about the area and things to do. Yes, we got the orientation talk but found it rather helpful in deciding what to do in the area. I suppose if you already had planned out your activities, then perhaps this would have been non productive time -- but I've always found that each inn keeper knows his/her area best and, once knowing your interests, can point you in the right direction and help you enhance your stay in the area. In fact, Ben was VERY helpful in giving us restaurant advice and touring advice to make our 3 day stay special. I only wish we had planned better to enjoy the musical concerts provided on property in a barn converted to a concert venue (with gorgeous baby grand piano) -- so unique! Should have studied his website since all this info was on the site -- our loss. Our room was adequate but the bathroom was rather small -- wouldn't recommend the particular room for any portly people -- the sink, toilet and shower are in a space about 3 X 7 and while it was short on comfort, everything worked. One previous reviewer commented on the creaky floors and that's just what old B&B's are all about--you don't have poured concrete floors in any of them. Also, another previous comment about traffic noise is totally bogus -- while yes, the place is on the road, this road is one of those Maine backroads and the people go to bed about 9 pm -- no traffic to speak of after 10 pm at night - only sound is the ocean waves. The breakfasts are as described in the previous positive comments -- artfully done and a bit different from other breakfasts -- don't expect bacon or sausage -- Ben (owner) is vegetarian. Didn't get blueberry pancakes or french toast but had enough of that at our other stays. Overall, found the place delightful and so glad we got away from the Bar Harbor scene to experience the countryside of Maine. Both Ben's were fascinating folks to talk with -- excellent hosts -- loaded with information - - and just plain kind and interesting people. If peace and quiet is your thing get to this area and do some exploring -- if you like the Freeport and Bar Harbor scene, forget going here.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Saint Johnsbury, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

All of the inn keepers were knowledgeable about the area and very gracious. The breakfasts were truly gourmet and delicious. They went out of their way to prepare gluten-free, vegan options. Our room was superb in that we could hear the ocean waves. There was tasteful classical music in the common area. The grounds were beautiful. The public beach was right across the street. It couldn't have been better.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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West Columbia, South Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

The owner and staff at Oceanside Meadows strive for perfection and provide excellent service. From the flowers in the glass bowl in the room, candies in the sea shell by the bed, and the unique art forms of sea stones, sea shells, and sea glass balanced atop each other, the atmosphere in the room was uniquely inviting. The bed was comfortable and the sound of the ocean lulled us right to sleep. Breakfast was very good with a three course meal of fruit soup, bread and a main course. Most interesting were the edible garnishes. It was fun to eat flowers and leaves, and the flavors complemented perfectly. The nature guides gave great information about the flora and fauna in the area as well as guides to attractions and other local businesses. My only regret is I didn't have more time there and the nature trails were too wet this early in the season. Good reason to come back!

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Guadalajara, Mexico
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

This inn is at the bottom of Schoodic Peninsula near Corea and Winter Harbor - both of the "if you blink you´ll miss it variety" - about an hour drive from Bar Harbor so it´s a great place to get away from it all. There are a few good places to eat nearby and lots of nature to savor. The B&B is, in my opinion, a bit overpriced as the amenities are fairly basic. The "gourmet" breakfast is ok, but too repetitive if your stay is more than a couple of nights. The first course of fruit soup, while nice enough, is basically a bit of smoothie in a bowl. Second course is always a freshly baked bread. Third course is luck of the draw - anything from broccoli quiche to pancakes.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Millington, New Jersey
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

We are home in New Jersey now but one of the highlights of our Maine summer was a trip to Winter Harbor and the surrounding area. This is not the first time that we have stayed at Oceanside Meadows in Prospect Harbor. (3rd time) This year we took our granddaughter Ava, (14) with us and I believe that this was a highlight for her too. She found herself with two of the owner's Sonja & Ben's young children, Kalyani and Kieran having such fun. In fact, when we had to leave Kalyani said I just want to keep you, Ava. For me, her grandmother, what a wonderful momento tor her to take back home.That Sunday, we were in Sonja's gardens and oh what gardens they are. She, evidently had planned them all and they are truly nutured. Many of the flowers are used in her deliciously prepared breakfasts for all of the guests.Sonja herself said that she is working on publishing a book about her very own edible flowers.

The Inn is unpretentious, inviting and if you are seeking peace and harmony amongst Maine's beauty; Oeanside Meadows is such a place. The room was full of light and comfortable. For a B&B it was certainly more than adequate. Since we are older guests I would prefer a room close to the main floor. Sonja and Ben have sought wonderful people to help them run their Inn and it truly shows. They couldn't be more solicitous. Not only do they help with the Inn but they encourage their guests to adventures in hiking in Schoodic as well as their own hiking trails on their property. Kieran, their son makes a youthful and fun guide. For the foodies they have many suggestions from basic to gastronome. Even the guest that we have met there are so diverse. Absolutely from everywhere and most compelling conversation we shared.
If you adore MUSIC, the inn offers something very unique right in their newly renovated barn on the property. The owners' Sonja and Ben have started an annual Arts and Science festival during July and August.featuring world renowed artists and lecturers. In fact, on our second visit to the Inn we had tickets to hear Deirdre McArdle-Manning and Gerald Wheeler on flute and harpsichord. The barn is simple with paintings everywhere done by local artists. I even thought to myself what a beautiful place for a wedding celebration! Perahps my granddaughter's!

You are surrounded by good karma at this retreat. Let's hope that when we visit again next summer we will come away with contined peace and harmony.

Jackie T.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

I fell in love with this B&B the moment I saw it. We spent two nights in a third-floor room in the Captain's House and had the most amazing visit. The room was incredibly comfortable, service was above and beyond what was expected (thank you, Margaret!), and breakfast was a 3-course gourmet delight! I would have stayed much longer if I could have. I'll definitely return!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Loisville
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5 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

A remote location that is great for people who want a very undisturbed stay in the Acadia area. It could almost be a retreat of sorts, providing an opportunity for quiet walks and contemplation.. The old buildings are appealing, but any movement is noisy and "creeky." Room and bathroom were adequate, but not "charming.". Margaret was wonderful in orienting us to the area. Breakfast was good--I especially liked the fruit soup and the opportunity to talk with other guests. We loved the Scoodic Peninsula for a one day adventure, but glad that we planned the remaining three nights in the Bar Harbor area. A person wouldn't have to stay in Prospect Harbor to enjoy a day trip to the peninsula.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 202 Corea Road, Prospect Harbor, Gouldsboro, ME 04669
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Location: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Gouldsboro > Prospect Harbor
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Prospect Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Greetings! I, Ben, and my wife, Sonja, would like to welcome you to Acadia's Oceanside Meadows Inn. We encourage you to discover the serenity and hospitality of Schoodic Peninsula, located in the heart of beautiful Downeast Maine. The buildings of our Inn stand on 200 acres at the head of Sand Cove in picturesque Prospect Harbor.At Oceanside Meadows we have two very specific goals: to ensure that you have an extraordinary experience staying at our historic inn and to introduce you to our ever-evolving 200 acre nature preserve. Explore our sandy beach, rocky shore, dunes, meadows, forest, ponds, streams, and pristine salt marsh environments, which offer a great diversity of habitats and wildlife. My wife and I, who have a background in science and conservation, are committed to the preservation of this extraordinary place. Oceanside Meadows marries all that you would expect from a historic inn that has been open since 1860 with an unparalleled opportunity to explore and to understand Maine's environment and natural splendor.We invite you to join us here for a relaxing respite on the ocean. Be lulled to sleep by the sound of the surf on our private sandy beach. Individually appointed bedrooms are lavishly furnished with your comfort in mind. Our rooms feature ocean and meadow views, private baths, flowers from the garden, and the refreshing sea breeze. Enjoy hearty gourmet breakfasts in our gracious dining room as you watch the lobster boats ply the Atlantic just yards away. Feast on wild blueberry pancakes, specialty omelets, homemade breads and other delights. We are glad to cater to vegetarian and other dietary needs. Our unique sandy beach is a great place to have a picnic, to lie in the sun or to take a dip in the brisk Atlantic. Explore the rugged coastline, tidal pools, and lighthouses; spot an eagle or osprey overhead; try sea kayaking, yachting, fresh water canoeing. Head out on a real Maine Lobster boat, see the seals basking in the sun, whales breaching, the puffins at Petit Manan Light, on your way back in to the dock pull lobster traps, truly immersing in the real wonders of the Downeast Maine coast. Try the trails of Acadia National Park at Schoodic 5 mins away or our own just behind the Inn. ... more   less 
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