We spent four nights on Mount Desert Island (MDI) in mid September, three in Bar Harbor and one in Southwest Harbor at the Cranberry Hill Inn. Compared to Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor (on the "quiet side" of MDI) is more relaxed and less touristy--though still with plenty of great things to see and do. Our room in the Cranberry Hill Inn was plenty large enough, was very clean, had a good shower, and provided a nice view of the harbor through the trees. Our shared balcony/walkway looked out on a pretty, well-maintained garden. Our host, Patti, prepared a delicious and healthful breakfast that included quiche, fresh fruit, muffins, orange juice, and coffee.
Patti was very knowledgeable about the area and gave us great tips on how we might spend our time on the quiet side. The evening when we checked in, Patti sent us on a 10-min walk to a cafe in the business district for a piece of the best homemade blueberry pie that I think I've ever had. Early the next the morning, before breakfast, we walked the 3/4 mile or so through a pretty residential neighborhood to a pier that Patti had mentioned where local lobster fishermen were heading to their boats and tending to chores. It was a beautiful scene and very interesting. After breakfast, we left the Inn and spent the rest of the day exploring some of the lovely trails on the quiet side that Patti had recommended (e.g., Wonderland trail, Bass Harbor Light House). From this experience, we've become fans of this section of MDI, and we highly recommend the Cranberry Hill Inn.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Cranberry Hill Inn offers unique luxury suites on the harbor in the quiet village of Southwest Harbor, Maine. Minutes from Acadia National Park and two blocks from the center of town; our inn offers the peaceful atmosphere of rooms that open to our garden and look out at the harbor with the convenience of a short walk to dinner and shopping. All of our suites have private entrances,air conditioning,cable television, free WiFi and private baths, some with jacuzzi. Our kitchenettes offer a refrigerator and microwave. Each suite has private decks on the garden and guests can use our outdoor grills and bike storage areas. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Cranberry Hill Inn Maine/Southwest Harbor