My 2 sisters and I chose Cleftstone for a recent 4 day stay; we chose the Waldron Bates room since it was a mini-suite, with 2 separate sleeping areas for the 3 of us. What a perfect choice it was for our Acadia Park trip. The inn's website photos are accurate--what you see is what you get.
The inn is located on the main road and is a little bit of a walk from the center of town, but you can drive or take the Island Express bus into town if you choose. The inn itself lovely and spacious, 16 rooms, so you never feel like you are tripping over other guests. Our room was on the 3rd (top) floor (no elevator, a bit of narrow stairs from 2nd to 3rd floor but easy to navigate even with our suitcases), and it was completely private as it encompassed half of the 3rd floor, an unexpected treat. You arrive on the 3rd floor landing, a large open area-the room is on the right, and the large bathroom with a clawfoot tub and a small shower is a separate room on the left. (great fluffy towels in the bathroom). We entered our room, which had a 'living room' with a sofa that converted into a double bed, and a separate bedroom with a large sitting room attached. VERY spacious! Best of all was the view of the ocean in the distance through our small bedroom door window (there is a separate back door entrance). Great light filtered in through the windows. A large flat screen tv (which we never turned on) graced the 'living room'. The furnishings are not upscale but are comfortable and well-kept.
I got to peek at a couple other rooms, and they were very large, with plenty of space to sit, relax and sleep, and very nicely appointed, with grand queen and king beds. The inn is very quiet even though it was full every day of our stay.
Breakfasts are marvelous, with the innkeeper Ann manning the kitchen and her 2 assistants (who serve breakfast and also manage the inn's housekeeping). Juice and a pre-breakfast appetizer (like a yogurt smoothie)precedes your entree (a choice of 2 meals, like blueberry pancakes or waffles or ham and egg baskets or quiche), or choose oatmeal or lox and bagel or (for us non-breakfast eaters) a wonderful yogurt parfait. They'll also pack a bag breakfast if you have an early activity to attend. Bread basket offered 2 freshly-baked choices (think flaky, hot croissants, blueberry coffee cake to die for) served with Ann's fresh jams. There is a frig in the
Coffee, hot water and an excellent selection of teas are available at all times of the day/night, and daily local newspapers are there for the reading. You have full run of the house, with a large living room (with fireplace), lovely dining room (with an interesting selection of cups and saucers) and spacious sitting room with wicker chairs for you to enjoy.
Cocktail hour from 5-6:30 in the sunny sitting room was not to be missed. While the inn now asks you to BYOB, they serve punch (which mixed well with our wine for a light refreshing drink) and 2 kinds of delicious h'or doevres that are made by a chef who comes in every day to prepare them so Ann or her staff can serve them. One day we had brie (cheese) cups and fresh veggies with yummy salsa, another day we had quesadillas and warm artichoke dip with a selection of crackers...it was a greatly anticipated little pause in our busy days. Ann typically joined the social hour, dispensing tips on the best lobster pound or ice cream parlor, activities not to be missed, & answering any questions you might have.
We also greatly enjoyed use of the neighboring hotel's pools (the view from the outdoor pool is just gorgeous) and indoor hot tub/sauna (great way to end our night), and this same hotel has a lounge/lobby that featured a pianist tickling the keys if you want a nightcap before retiring to your room. It's a very short walk out the front door of the inn and up the driveway.
Ann, the innkeeper, made this a perfect stay for us. I know that running an inn is a true labor of love, but Ann and her team make it look easy, with their gracious hospitality and responsiveness to our few needs.
Can't wait for my next trip to Bar Harbor.
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