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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Black Friar Inn And Pub Bar Harbor, Maine