Well, I'm still reading and still looking for just the right place for our Bar Harbor vacation in July. I've posted earlier about the Inn at Bay Ledge and the Maples Inn .. and have just come across the Holland Inn and was wondering if that might suit us. Could someone who has stayed there help me, perhaps?
As a recap, we're a late-40s couple looking for a romantic getaway -- our first vacation together, and away from our combined 5 children. Both of us have always wanted to see Maine, love to hike, and are looking for a great time exploring the park, finding neat restaurants, and mostly just spending time alone together.
We both like the easy accessiblitiy of being in Bar Harbor ... I love the idea of getting up and going for an early morning walk on the Shore Path, for instance. And the idea of finding parking in late July seems daunting -- and a minus for the beautiful Inn at Bay Ledge.
The new owner at the Maples was wonderful on the phone, but his available rooms don't quite mesh with our needs. He only has three of our 4 nights available, and then only the White Birch Suite, which with its canopied bed and rather prim furnishings, doesn't look at all like us.
I'm much more lodge/cabiny type person -- the Bear Cottage at Inn at Bay Ledge is much more appealing in style. And though it doesn't have a water view, at least the decks at the inn look wonderful and seem to have glorious water views for breakfast.
Sooooo ... would the Holland Inn seem at all romantic to us? Does the advantage of being actually in Bar Harbor outweigh the views at breakfast? The Holland Inn has some appealing suites with private decks, etc. ... The Precipice looked nice, as well as the Pretty Marsh (not in the main house).
Or is there someplace else? Not too Victorian, not too cute (no stuffed animals, please), not tacky and with a degree of privacy and air of romance (kids would not be a good thing) ...
price is important. We're looking at something $175 or less ... which seems to be hard in peak season....