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The Birches Bed & Breakfast & Cottages

46 Fernald Point Rd PO Box 178, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04679-4611
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#4 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Southwest Harbor
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The Homer family proudly wants to invite interested visitors to stay at their family homestead, which consists of 6 acres of panoramic ocean frontage in beautiful Southwest Harbor, Maine. Enjoy large airy rooms, private baths, ocean views, gardens, and the croquet court. We have 6 acres of grounds, no traffic noise, and it is just 350 yards to the first tee at the golf course. Along with The Birches Bed and Breakfast is The Cottage at The Birches, located a few hundred feet away which is available for weekly rentals. Acadia National Park is beside us and it is a short walk to the start of the trails to Valley Cove and the mountains. We are open year-round, accepting reservations for a two night minimum. When you come to our beautiful bed and breakfast you will not want to leave after seeing what we have to offer. Located in Southwest Harbor, Maine we are right next to mountains, as well as on the waterfront. We have a private beach for our guests to enjoy on the waterfront and you can come by water or land to get to us. If you are coming from farther away and you have a boat, you can bring that along also as we have a dock available. At our bed and breakfast, some specialties of ours are accommodating family reunions and intimate weddings. We also want you to come to relax, enjoy, and unwind, no matter what the occasion is. You will not be disappointed with your choice, as we have a lovely property with extraordinary gardens that have been featured on garden tours.
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HaskellTami R wrote a review Oct 2019
Tustin, California18 contributions2 helpful votes
We found the Birches B&B as a result of positive reviews on trip advisor, and the place exceeded our lofty expectations. It is located on the quiet side of the Island and is truly isolated from all the tourist traffic. This is what makes it so charming. When we arrived, we were greeted by Susie, who informed us that she had a cancelation and if we wanted we could switch rooms to one that had a better view, which we did. Our room was on the second floor, and as we were on the road for 12 days, we were loaded down with our allotted 50 lb. suitcases. Susie carried my wife’s bag up the stairs like it was nothing, while I brought the other bag up. Our room was lovely, with a view of the sound out the back window. Susie was the perfect hostess, getting to know us, and asking what we wanted to see while we were in Acadia. She Actually mapped out an itinerary for us, which we quickly found had too much to see in the day plus that we had on the Island. One of the most fascinating stops on her route was the Seal Cove Auto Museum which features turn of the century Automobiles, motorcycles and bikes from the Richard C. Paine collection. This is a must stop location for anyone with an interest in vintage Automobiles. Our stay was all too short, and next time – and there will be a next time - we will stay longer to better explore the wonders of Acadia.
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Date of stay: October 2019
Samuel K wrote a review Oct 2019
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Lengthy review but words arent enough, I cannot begin to explain how immensely positive our experience was at this location. This was a surprise for my wife for our anniversary, as we've never been to Acadia. Also we've never stayed in a bed and breakfast. Communication from the time I called to book through my departure was hugely joyful, polite, and clear. On our arrival Susi had put out 6 roses displayed beautifully with other flowers in a vase for my wife (already having known this was our 6th anniversary). The room was the king turret and had spectacular ocean views. We were welcomed warmly and made to feel at home immediately. Susi makes an exquisite breakfast, truly one of the best I've had (fresh fruit with whipped cream and homemade pear syrup to start followed by an omelette made to perfection with fresh spinach onions and tomatoes). Susi sat to eat with us and asked what our interests were, connecting with us like an old friend. After learning about us she continued to map out an entire itinerary of all of Acadia, explaining over a dozen stops on the way. She single handedly made our stay at Acadia and ultimately our anniversary something we will NEVER forget. We plan to return as much as we can. I would recommend anyone and everyone to come meet Susi and learn of her family estate and it's history and enjoy a truly unique, warm, and rewarding trip in an already amazing location.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Ian Brisson wrote a review Oct 2019
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It's the best Bed and Breakfast experience I've had; how it's meant to be. A great location, great property, beautiful room, and exquisite staff: I couldn't ask for more except I wish I stayed longer. If you're looking for a New England Bed and Breakfast, this is the one. Susi and her staff were so helpful with the itinerary for our stay and it wouldn't have been the same without them.
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Date of stay: September 2019
Gene D wrote a review Jul 2019
Indianapolis, Indiana1 contribution1 helpful vote
Great B&B with a wonderful view. Loads of travel info we needed and a hug at the end. Within a short distance of everything available in Acadia, including Bar Harbor, the National Park, and the quiet side of the island. Susi helped us with getting tickets for Oli's Trolley and Eli's Nature Tour on the boat - both were nice surprises. We then came back to this wonderful, restful place we had been looking for. Options included playing a game of Croquet or having a glass of wine on the deck under the stars. My wife and I found this to be the best stop of our two-week trip. Surrounded by trees and the water is a rock throw away. Susi helped us to learn more about what makes this part of the world so special. The breakfast was great too! So if you’re looking for a great experience and quiet place away from the crowds, do yourself a favor and call Susi at The Birches. This is the type of place you might want to call your home and, in the end, know why you came there. Thanks Susi, Gene and Diana
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Date of stay: July 2019
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Denise wrote a review Jun 2019
1 contribution2 helpful votes
I can't say enough good things about The Birches! My husband and I and some friends of ours had an absolute wonderful time on our trip, mostly because of our amazing host, Susi. She told us the best places to go, things to do, where to eat. We got to experience the entire island as though we were local and not tourists. Susi made the most delicious breakfasts to start our day. She would map out our plans and send us on our way. We thoroughly enjoyed every single one of her recommendations. Her passion for the area and its history is evident, and her joy in sharing it with her guests made the trip so much more enjoyable. The rooms were spacious and clean and had their own unique touch. We had a fantastic view of the harbor and enjoyed seeing deer every morning. The hike up Flying Mountain, within walking distance of The Birches, had breathtaking views. The donuts at Colonel's in Northeast Harbor are to die for, as well as the popovers at The Asticou Inn. Our absolute favorite day was the Puffin boat tour and the sights on Schoodic Island. The granite museum and the fantastic Steven Haynes were also a delight. Again, all recommended by Susi! You won't be disappointed to stay at The Birches Bed & Breakfast! We can't wait to return!
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Date of stay: June 2019
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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$162 - $326 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United StatesMaineDownEast and Acadia MaineMount Desert IslandSouthwest Harbor
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Birches Bed & Breakfast & Cottages
Which popular attractions are close to The Birches Bed & Breakfast & Cottages?
Nearby attractions include The Seal Cove Auto Museum (4.2 miles), Asticou Azalea Garden (2.1 miles), and Bubble Rock (4.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Birches Bed & Breakfast & Cottages?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at The Birches Bed & Breakfast & Cottages?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at The Birches Bed & Breakfast & Cottages?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Birches Bed & Breakfast & Cottages?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Birches Bed & Breakfast & Cottages?
Conveniently located restaurants include Common Good Kitchen Cafe, Thurston's Lobster Pound, and Beal's Lobster Pier.
Are there any historical sites close to The Birches Bed & Breakfast & Cottages?
Many travelers enjoy visiting St. Saviour's Church : (8.6 miles) and Sieur de Monts Spring (7.3 miles).
Does The Birches Bed & Breakfast & Cottages have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbor view available here.