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Black Friar Inn and Pub
Ranked #24 of 30 Bar Harbor B&B and Inns
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New Bedford, MA
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Reviewed June 12, 2006

My husband and I just returned from a truly wonderful wekend in Bar Harbor, ME.
We have been going to Bar Harbor for about 15 years- at least once a year. We have usually camped or stayed at B & B's. We have tried various B & B's through the years- the Mira Monte, the Ledgelawn Inn, Two Cats, etc. Each was truly nice in their own ways.
I have to say though ,that the stay we had at the Black Friar Inn , surpassed them all.
All of the inns we have stayed in had clean and lovely rooms, as does the Black Friar.
The architecture and wood work at the inn are really just lovely.

However, what I think sets it apart from the others is the truly caring part the owner played in our time there. When we first entered, we were cheerfully greeted and shown our rooms. (We were there for the weekend with another couple - friends of ours - that had never been to Acadia.) Sharon, the owner, took a great deal of her time showing us the many things we could do on the island, suggesting places to eat, and answering our
many questions. Apparently she is taking care of the inn while her husband is away for a few weeks. She did not appear ruffled or rushed but was so genial and thoughtful.
She had a time each afternoon when she treated us with her homemade cookies and homemade chocolate chip bread- delicious!! Coffee and teas were available all the time.

One outstanding thing was her really original breakfasts- we had two while there and each was a treat and had something from "grandma's recipes". We especially loved the gingerbread waffles. (We bought one of her cookbooks!)

The Black Friar Inn was a really wonderful and peacful experience- just what we are looking for when we go to Acadia. You can tell that that is a priority with Sharon. I am sure you would have the same kind of care as was shown to us during our stay.

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New Bedford, MA
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Reviewed June 11, 2006

June 12, 2006

My wife and I had an enjoyable stay with another couple this past weekend at the Black Friar Inn in Bar Harbor, ME. We have frequented Bar Harbor over the past 25 years staying at many B & Bs. As I was surfing online, I discovered the inn and choose to stay there first of all because the room was reasonably priced and included a gourmet breakfast each morning. Also the inn is located in the heart of downtown Bar Harbor. We choose Room #2 which included a private bathroom, queen sized bed , gas heater stove and stained glass windows. The room had a great atmosphere and most of all was neat and clean. For breakfast we had a tasty baked grapefruit with brown sugar, poached eggs wrapped in bacon, puff pastry along with a choice of juices, coffee or tea. The next morning we had some wonderful gingerbread waffles along with a delightful bananas in orange sauce and cream. No complaints on the breakfast and our every need at the table was met. Also I have to mention that each afternoon we had a choice of teas,coffee or wine along with homemade oatmeal cookies the first day and some wonderful tasting chocolate - chocolate chip bread, warm and fresh out of the inn's bread machine the second day. As for our hostess, she was very sociable and attentive to our needs, anticipating our questions concerning places to go, especially the restaurants!! We definitely recommend the Black Friar Inn and will be telling our friends.

Lou and Brenda from Massachusetts

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New Smyrna Beach Fl
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Reviewed June 11, 2006

We just got back from a vacation in Bar Harbor and once again had the pleasure of staying at the Black Friar Inn. We stayed there several years ago and had such a wonderful experience we decided to stay there again.

The Inn is located close to the waterfront and within walking distance to great shopping and restaurants.

As before the food was fabulous, with a different gourmet breakfast every morning. Sharon, the owner, is very knowledgealbe about the area. Even though we had visited the area before, her advice about great places to go and restaurants to visit were very helpful. Sharon and her husband Perry are both avid hikers and so we were able to get lots of great advice on hiking trails that we had not had a chance to use before.

Unfortunately Perry was away on some kind of business but Sharon did a fantastic job in his absence.

The Inn is beautifully decorated and they have a cozy little fireplace and also a great video collection that guests are welcome to use for that rare day the weather does not cooperate.

I would not hesitate to recommend the Black Friar if you are planning to visit the Bar Harbor area. We hope to visit again soon.

  • Stayed: June 2006
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North Dartmouth, MA
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Reviewed June 11, 2006

The Black Friar Inn demonstrated a very comfortable environment for my wife, myself, and another couple who are all young in age. We experienced a knowledgeable owner/operator who baked chocolate chip bread for an afternoon snack, and served us an outstanding breakfast of moist and fluffy gingerbread waffles. You haven't had a vacation starter until you have these gingerbread wafles which disolved like cotton candy in our mouth. Before your coffee cup was at midpoint the owner was refilling it to the top. You couldn't get better service and cooking unless your own mother was in the kitchen!

Conserving your hard earned money was made possible by the owner educating all four of us on where to shop and eat in town this weekend. The rooms were great and very clean every single day of our stay. There was a new LCD tv in the common area for those of us who like to watch the PBR on the weekends, and private parking so you don't have to circle the block in a strange town looking for a space to park your vehicle. You know what that is about when any driveway or space seems to be fair game when on vacation. The Black Friar Inn keeps you from getting your first traffic ticket, or vehicle towaway while on vacation.

This inn is on the main street and within 2 minutes walking from restaurants, and stores in town. Away from the main street you will sleep comfortably, as most of the other Bar Harbor B&B's are on directly on the main street or near the crowds. I didn't want to hear groups of people leaving the bars while I am trying to sleep after a long day of walking around town.

While it rained for two of the days on our vacation the Inn had extra raincoats and umbrellas in the event you forgot yours.

The architectural details and service will bring my wife and myself back next year to bicycle Acadia Park! Get up early for the waffles if you like breakfast.

Mathew and Jackie
North Dartmouth, Massachusetts

  • Stayed: June 2006
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Reviewed March 5, 2006

  • Stayed: June 2004
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Bangor, ME
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Reviewed September 5, 2005

  • Stayed: August 2005
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glenwood nj
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Reviewed August 23, 2005

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Additional Information about Black Friar Inn and Pub

Address: 10 Summer St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1424
Location: United States > Maine > DownEast and Acadia Maine > Mount Desert Island > Bar Harbor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 30 B&Bs / Inns in Bar Harbor
Price Range: $90 - $140 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Black Friar Inn and Pub is a hidden gem; once you find it we guarantee you will be back! Our three story building is mostly constructed from materials salvaged from the mansions that burned in the great fire of 1947. All of the finishing work in the Blackfriar was once part of the time when the steamboats greeted our shores and Bar Harbor was called Eden. Although there doesn't seem to be any new ghost here, you will occasionally feel residual energy coming from all around you. Especially if it's nighttime. And you're here. By yourself. Don't be frightened off, when you walk in our friendly and super accommodating staff is there to greet you, get you settled in and feeling at home. Chef Don does a superb job in our cozy kitchen whether you feel like a burger or a fine bottle of wine with a perfectly cooked steak. Jenny, Michelle, Taylor and Brittany are very capable barmaids with dynamite personalities and lots of specialty drinks to try. Fryer Tom is the heart of the Friar, the owner and innkeeper, he is laid back and has a wonderful hands-on approach to ownership. We are happy family here at the Blackfriar so come by, take a tour, grab a beer and let us make you feel like part of it! ... more   less 
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