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.
- 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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