My wife and I have been traveling to Bar Harbor almost every year since 1982. This year we planned to stay at Bar Harbor for my 50th birthday. We had stopped at the Saltair Inn last year and asked about rooms and rates. Then we read the great reviews online and decided to book the trip over Labor Day Weekend this year.
The sign on the front door reads: "Enter as Strangers, Leave as Friends." I was skeptical. My wife and I had never opted for a truly "bed and breakfast" type of experience. We had always stayed at an Inn and gone out to breakfast and typically either ate breakfast at Jordan's or Two Cats in Bar Harbor. We like our time together and weren't sure of the idea of sharing our time together at breakfast with people we didn't know. Here is what we found.
There is no place on the island and within Bar Harbor that can match the location and intimacy of the Saltair Inn. The hosts, Matt and Kristi, are younger Inn keepers that really know how to welcome you and make you feel at home. They keep true to the sign at their front door. Kristi brought us to our room, the Harbor Suite on the second floor of the Inn. There was a large, very comfortable King size bed in the room. The view from the bedroom is of a long grassy yard to the water. The bathroom had a beautiful claw foot tub with awesome shower. Then there was a second room with sitting area and gas fireplace for cool, romantic nights. This room has a door that opens to a second floor deck with comfortable, reclining outdoor lounge chairs. The deck has stairs down to the main deck behind the Inn.
Just off the main deck is a room that has everything you might need or crave during the day or night. A well stocked snack basket, coffee pot in the morning, a refrigerator that has water and soda for guests, or that you can store your own wine bottle in. There is a computer available should you have to search the internet. Also, there are books on hiking, biking the carriage paths, other activities. No problem borrowing these if you need them. Coffee cups and wine glasses are always available if you need them.
There are two scenarios that I can't forget. Kristi's breakfast choices were awesome. She is very considerate of everyone's dietary preferences. Blueberry scones, Belgium Waffles, Roasted Peaches and fruit, eggs in philodough were just some of the offerings. I had the pleasure of sitting at the head of the table a few mornings with a view directly out to the ocean. Awesome. As far as the experience of meeting people at breakfast, we met very nice people and couples that were all at the Inn to have a romantic time and adventure. Everyone was on the same plane in that we all wanted to hear about their experiences and share ours. It really helps to find places to go, things to do, and restaurants we might like.
Finally, picture this: come back to the Inn in the afternoon, get your bottle of wine out of the refrigerator, pick up the wine glasses that your hosts have left for you, walk down the long grassy hill to the shore, sit in the double adirondak chairs, open your wine, pour a glass for you and your partner, look at the blue sky reflecting off the ocean, ......... you get the picture.
In 28 years of traveling to Bar Harbor we have not found a more romantic, better hosted, more enjoyable place to stay. We feel we truly did leave as friends.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Three blocks from the center of town, the Saltair Inn offers luxurious waterfront suites appointed with king-size beds, elegant private baths, multiple gas fireplaces, TV, and private sitting rooms overlooking the Bay. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Saltair Inn Waterfront Bed And Breakfast
- Saltair Inn Waterfront Hotel Bar Harbor
- Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B Bar Harbor, Maine