We just returned from spending a week at Edgewater Motel and Cottages. We were in a cottage and we had everything we needed. The cottage had a full bath, immaculate. The kitchenette had a 2 burner electric stove top and plant of pots and pans , dishes, which all seemed new. They supply dish detergent and dish towels and provide housekeeping services as well. They are very
eco-conscious and thus do not supply paper towels or napkins so bring those with you if you want them. The kitchen had silver ware, cork screw, toaster, full sized coffee maker. Coffee is not supplied but it is available in the office beginning at 8AM. Excellent coffee. There was a large, but not full sized refrigerator and Microwave.
We had a large bedroom area with a king sized bed that was very comfortable..and I am picky about mattresses! A large closet with plenty of shelving in the bedroom area for storage. The living was a comfortable size and had 1 recliner, a large easy chair and a full sized sofa. There was a flat screen tv which we never used because nothing could compare to the view outdoors!
The kitchen area had a table with 4 chairs. All in all the living space was more than adequate for 2 people. We also had a large deck with 4 chairs and a large wooden table. The deck has nice filtered shade until about 3:30 then it had full sun. The only thing missing was an umbrella for the table when eating dinner on the deck. It was very sunny. I think next time we will bring one.
There were picnic tables and charcoal grills. Supply your own charcoal or ask in the office if anyone left charcoal behind.
There are several cottages. most have a parking space next to the cottage. The only cottages that do not have a designated space right with the cottage are cottages 9,10 and 11. Although it was a short walk when unloading and loading the car, it was not a factor because these 3 cottages are a bit isolated from the others and thus there was more privacy. The other cottages are adorable and each have a view of the water.
And the water...ohhh the water. The bay was calm and peaceful all the time. Perfect for kayaking. You can launch your kayaks right from the beach and explore the bay for miles in either direction. This is not ocean kayaking with big waves or swells. this is a calm, protected salt water bay that leads out to Frenchman Bay. Great for beginners as well. You can arrange with the owner to have kayaks rented and delivered. Our neighbors did this and they had the kayaks for a 24 hour period of time. There are caves to explore when kayaking..very cool. There are lobster pots scattered about the bay and the lobstermen would come by to collect or check their pots.
The grounds were gorgeous, meticulous landscaping, lush green grass and lots of perennials . A hummingbird visited me on the deck while having breakfast. While we were there we saw bald eagles , an eagle's nest with a fledgling (you have to be on the water to see it), a seal and a school of porpoises.
The feeling of relaxation is just amazing while here. The silence was deafening in a good way. There is no playground or swimming pool. I read reviews about the MDI biological labs causing a noisy environment but we hear nothing.
Meals: we did cook several meals. After all, why pay the big bucks at a restaurant when you can have your own private water view with your meals? We did try the Traveling Lobsterman once. We had 2 lobsters, 2 ears of corn and a large order of mussels. this meal was delivered fully cooked and it cost $31.50. We also tried Mainely BBQ which had good pulled pork and in a very rustic environment . Utter Heaven swerved up great ice cream for a treat. We ate one morning at Jeannies Maine Breakfast in Bar Harbor after watching the sunrise atop Cadillac Mountain. The breakfast was just ok and I would not go back there. I will review the restaurants separately.There are a few more that we did eat at. Mainely Delights in Bass Harbor is a cute off the beaten path seafood stop. BYOB. Worth the trip. Excellent food and service.
Be sure to bring bikes and ride or hike along the carriage roads in Acadia. See Eagle lake, Jordan Pond, Sand beach, Otter Cliffs and of course, popovers at Jordan Pond house! If you are 62, get yourself a National parks pass for $10. Good for life and totally worth it!
I highly, highly recommend Edgewater for its charm, peacefulness and helpful advice from Jayne and David, great hosts. Next time we will stay for 2 weeks!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Bar Harbor, Edgewater Motel and Cottages is an all waterfront property with many treasures. Only 2.5 miles from the entrance to Acadia National Park and just enough outside downtown Bar Harbor, allows easy accessibility to all points on Mount Desert Island. Our waterfront cottages, motel, and suites are all beautifully positioned on our private pebble beach nestled on a cove, offering much quiet and serenity after a long day of activity. Each of the selected accommodations are upscale-casual, warm, and inviting. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Edgewater Motel And Cottages Hotel Bar Harbor
- Edgewater Hotel Bar Harbor
- Edgewater Motel Bar Harbor
- Edgewater Motel & Cottages Bar Harbor, Maine