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“Lovely resort, with beautiful views”
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Harbor Ridge
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Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Lovely resort, with beautiful views”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

We lucked into Harbor Ridge on an Interval exchange. Located in an unassuming neighborhood, you turn into the resort driveway and are treated to an amazing vista of hills and water. As others have mentioned, the units are 3 level townhomes, with a patio off the bottom level, and decks on the 2nd and 3rd levels facing the Bay. Given it's location on the 'quiet side' of Mount Desert Island, away from the lights of Bar Harbor, stargazing at night is fantastic. We found the unit to be lovely, clean, and the kitchen sufficiently stocked with dishes, pots, etc. The staff was very nice, even calling us in advance to let us know what to do if we arrived late. Once we were there, they were very very helpful with suggestions.

We ended up spending quite a bit of our time in and around Bar Harbor, so we did a lot of driving. But it was only a 25 minute drive from Harbor Ridge, and the peacefulness of Southwest Harbor made it worth it. We hope to return and will no doubt explore the local area more next time.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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HarborRidgeSW, Manager at Harbor Ridge, responded to this review, August 29, 2013
Thank you for your positive review regarding our resort. The stars do shine brighter on our "quietside" of the island!! There are many boat cruise options that go out of Southwest Harbor and Bass Harbor for future planning. Place an exchange request 9 - 12 months in advance to return to Harbor Ridge in the summer. September is a beautiful time of year, if you are not connected to a school calendar. We enjoyed having you stay with us!
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Acton, Maine
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

Coastal Maine in August is warm, breezy and sometimes cool!!! The weather was picturesque and quintessential Maine the first week in August. Our stay at Harbor Ridge is definitely the most relaxing place to be after you have explored the beauty of Acadia, taken a ferry to Little Cranberry Island, driven the Park Loop Road and stopped at Otter Cliffs, and wound your way up Cadillac Mountain. No visit would be complete without popovers at the Jordan Pond House. Back at our three floor townhouse unit you can unwind and take in the breathtaking view from one of two decks. Somes Sound glitters tantalizingly from the master bedroom deck. We are long-time owners and so look forward to this week every single year!!!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Merritt Island, Florida
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

As usual, everything was wonderful: Acadia, Fishing, Hiking, Sightseeing, Staff, Breakfast, Wine and Cheese, Room, Bass Harbor boat Tour, Weather. I'm sure I left something out but the idea is that you understand we had another terrific time at Harbor Ridge. We will be back in Sept. of 2014 with out a doubt. This is our most looked forward trip each year.

Room Tip: Best view of the Sound would be from the Upper building of the lower buildings. All rooms have a gr...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Burlington, Vermont
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

We had another great stay at Harbor Ridge. We return every year and are never disappointed. The staff is always friendly and helpful. The units are clean and bright. The "Quiet Side of the Island" is very peaceful with many places to visit, walking paths and restaurants to eat at. Bar harbor is only 14 miles away for even more shopping and eating. The ocean drive is always a beautiful unique drive, and be sure to drive on Sargent Drive in Northeast Harbor.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rutherford, NJ
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed July 5, 2013 via mobile

Have nada wonderful stay in southwest harbor. Just what we needed- peace and quiet and relaxation.
The unit was clean, everything you needed. The property was about 80% full and what extremely quiet. We traded via interval and the actual owners here were really nice and helpful about local things to do.

The lobster offered once a week was fantastic.
We also purchased from the resorts recommended lobster pounds also great

The folks in the clubhouse were very nice, very helpful
From lending movies to games to BBQ utensils they did it all with a smile.

Glad we came.

The only thing I would recommend doing is adding a window air conditioner to upstairs bedroom.
It reached 90 yesterday and it was pretty hot. It was 80 by 8 am this morning.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Cornelius, North Carolina
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Reviewed June 22, 2013 via mobile

We were very pleased with our week long stay at Harbor Ridge. We were assigned unit 47, a 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath unit, a large unit on 3 levels. Entry was on level 2, with living room, kitchen, half bath & washer/dryer. Down to level one was the guest bedroom & full bath. Level three is the master bedroom and bath, all rooms are spacious. Each level had a balcony or patio. The amenities are top notch: indoor pool, jacuzzi, exercise room, extensive DVD rental library, puzzles, books, games. The staff were friendly and most helpful, thanks much to Susan. The only negative is that some updating is overdue, in our unit the TVs and electronics are dated and the kitchen/bathroom cabinets are due replacement. However, the unit was clean, well equipped, and everything worked. The location is unbeatable for Acadia and the Down East Maine experience.

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Crossville, Tennessee
Level 1 Contributor
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

Great place to stay. Very friendly staff(especiall Susan). We stayed in unit 23(2br 2&1/2 bath) and found it clean, well equpped, with a wonderful view. Nice quiet area. Easy drive to everything we wanted to see. Our unit was well equipped and very comfortable. Iwas so impressed with the whole development. Nice pool(indoors) and hot tub.
I would return here any time I wanted to be on the Maine coast.
Make sure to go to breakfast on Monday morning and wine and cheese on Thursday. There was no high pressure sales people trying to sell you.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Harbor Ridge
Address: 39 Freeman Ridge Rd, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04679-4234
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Location: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Mount Desert Island > Southwest Harbor
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Southwest Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Harbor Ridge is a 40-unit vacation ownership luxury condominium in Southwest Harbor, Maine. Most of our units are two-bedroom, sleep 6 townhouses that span three stories. There are also three one-bedroom, sleep four townhouses that span three stories. Each three-story, two-bedroom townhouse has a fully equipped kitchen, 2 1/2 baths, washer, dryer, and a cozy living room with TV and DVD/VCR. Each story has a private balcony with most of our buildings having an ocean view from the top floor. The resort also has a one-story handicap accessible unit (Unit 51) that has two bedrooms, one bath, a kitchen, and a living room with a balcony. Our clubhouse has an indoor heated pool, hot tub, fitness center, game room, and on-site DVD/VHS video rentals. We have a playground, an outdoor tennis court, horseshoe pits, and charcoal barbecue picnic areas. The resort is affiliated with the exchange company Interval International. ... more   less 
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