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One reason guests like to come back to our home is the neighborhood, and the neighbors. Need a break from noise and commotion? Our Snow Street Cottage is one long block away from Main Street and about five blocks from the heart of Bar Harbor. You wouldn't know it, though. The neighbors are local doctors, realtors, restaurant owners who are very friendly. The street is quiet and filled with nicely kept homes.
When we stay in Bar Harbor we enjoy waking up early and walking from our home to the shore path, around the corner, which winds around the perimeter of Bar Harbor, past the mansions and the fragrant primrose, to the wharf. The views of the Porcupine Islands are calming and peaceful. On the way back home a number of shops offer fresh pastries and a morning cup of coffee or juice to start our day.
Being so close to town, Acadia, the shore path means that you are in the heart of what makes Bar Harbor so much fun. We used to rent homes ourselves so we've taken care to make sure the beds are very comfortable, the kitchen and bath are modern, and the warm, soft glow of the original wood molding and fixtures are preserved to give you the feel of a comfortable home.
Outside, the grounds are green and colorful with summer flowers and lilies, iris and a different planting in our bathtub planter each season. We're only two blocks from the hospital and the local doctors so care is never far away if you need it. Dogs are welcome too, upon approval. Hope you'll be our guest this year!
2 blocks from a full playground on Park Street (behind the YMCA). About 5 blocks from Glen Mary Pool (just off of Glen Mary Road and Park Street). The Village Green is a great place for kids to meet other kids. Of course, the proximity to Acadia National Park means that there are adventures for kids every single day. The town also offers kayaking, eco-tours, and much more....moreless
Our kitchen is fully stocked with place settings, flatware, glasses, cups, pots and pans, utensils, spices, foil, wrap, and napkins. Toaster oven, coffee maker, and microwave as well as dishwasher....moreless
Pass the grilled steaks into the kitchen through the kitchen window. Lately I've enjoyed grilling some fresh-caught mackerel from the pier. Wrap in foil with vegetables and a squeeze of lemon....moreless
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May 30 - Jun 26, 2015
7 night min stay
Jun 27 - Aug 28, 2015
7 night min stay
Aug 29 - Sep 25, 2015
7 night min stay
Sep 26 - Oct 23, 2015
7 night min stay
Oct 24 - May 28, 2016
180 night min stay
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This home is strictly a non-smoking property. No pets allowed without prior signed permission. Only dogs are allowed as pets.
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Whale watching is virtually guaranteed by the local tour companies, Bar Harbor is home to both modern architecture as well as shops and homes from the late 1800's and early 1900's. We're about 2 blocks from the YMCA (swimming, basketball) and fenced kid's playground. Across from the Y is the ballfield.
Here's a word picture of what you will find on your visit.
From our home walk a block to Main Street and over to Main Street Market to pick up the local Mount Desert Islander or the weekly National Park Guide for a list of daily and local events, many of them free and fun for all ages. On Sundays you are a block away from the local Farmer's Market in the YMCA parking lot. The Y offers kids camp, basketball, swimming. For the under 8 year old set, the public playground behind the Y is a gem. Two blocks beyond that is Glen Mary Pool open to all throughout the summer - at no charge.
Walking into town you will quickly pass fine restaurants, ice cream parlors, wine, clothes, and specialty stores, and outdoor hiking, rockclimbing, and water activity outfitters all within a few blocks.
By now you are in the heart of town and about 3 blocks from the Harbor. The Village Green is as enjoyable as you can imagine, surrounded by Reel Pizza (dine on gourmet pizza and local beer while watching first run films), the firehouse, the National Park Visitor's Center, the Library, Churches, museums, and of course, a collection of local shops featuring Maine art, gems, clothing, and local dining from Lobster Fra Diavlo to Lobster Ice Cream.
Before you get to the Harbor, be sure to find Rodick Street, right behind the Village Green to the right of Reel Pizza. Two favorites here are Side Street Cafe (owned by big sister Jenn - always a party and often live music) and Little Sister's Creative Studio (owned by lil' sister Emily). The kids will enjoy crafts and artwork for a few hours while you enjoy some time together in the village, taking in a movie, or enjoying a local dish at the many great restaurants. There is even a 'date night' package on Friday nights where kids enjoy the Studio and a meal from the Cafe next door.
Rodick Street is also home to Morning Glory Bakery, by far the best bakery/coffee shop to get your morning started. Even Diver Ed goes there (more on him later).
On the way to the Harbor walking down Main Street, the big red wooden carved lobster lets you know you are at Ben and Bills. Try to resist the homemade fudge, confections, and ice cream if you can. (If you are successful, CJ's or MDI Ice Cream off of the Village Green will ensnare you with their own unique flavors). The aroma of pizza and the lure of boutique shopping on Cottage Street may divert you momentarily from your goal of reaching the Harbor.
Once at the Harbor enjoy spectacular views of Frenchman's Bay from Agamont Park, luxury yachts and lobster boats side by side, the Porcupine Islands, and the Little Egg Lighthouse. At low tide you will walk the 'bar' over to Bar Island. You can even drive there, but don't dally. The phrase 'tide and time wait for no man' are born out by the rapid rise in tides in the Bay of Fundy, and cars are occasionally stranded or stuck on Bar Island when their owners wait too long to drive off. You will find sea life and sea glass on the bar including crabs, snails, and sea stars (starfish).
The Harbor is also home to the Margaret Todd, a recreated 4-masted schooner with voyages daily. I like the sunset cruise myself, enjoying some soft guitar tunes and helping to hoist the sails with a half-dozen other crewmate (passengers). The serenity of the voyage and the view from the water reminds me of what Champlain saw when he discovered the island in the 1600's.
If you enjoy fishing, take a fishing rod from our home and catch a few mackerel or pollock for dinner from the pier. For an unforgettably fun, funny, and zany encounter with sea life - be sure to take the Diver Ed excursion from College of the Atlantic just up the road (under a mile). Ed and his wife have turned a vessel into an ocean-going theater. Ed dives down with a high-def camera and Mini-Ed. Together they do battle with crabs, lobsters, and sea cucumbers. Later Ed bags the critters and brings them on board for a real show. You'll see seals, porpoises, and sea lions as well.
The Harbor will also offer you opportunities to whale-watch, ride on a lobster boat, and take an ocean tour of the island to see seals, puffins, porpoises, and the spectacular beauty of Mount Desert Island.
Finally, you can leave the Harbor and walk home on the Shore Path. Remind yourself of the majesty of the Island when it was the summer retreat of the Rockefellers, Astors, and the wealthy. The view from the Shore Path is one of estates with spreading lawns on one side and Frenchman's Bay to the other. At the end of the Shore Path, walk one block and you are back home.
I know I've left out just as much as I've written about here. So much to discover!
Year Purchased: 2003
About the owner: Toni and I and the kids enjoy hiking, kayaking, Family Fun Day at Seur Des Monts in Acadia (in July). We've been vacationing in Bar Harbor every summer since about 1998. We all enjoy the friendships we have formed here, which have lead to visits back to the Island every Thanksgiving as well. When we're not here we enjoy gardening, rollerskating and rollerblading, the beach, and hangin' with the kids.
Why the Owner Chose Bar Harbor:
Toni and I had been vacationing in Bar Harbor for about 7 years before we decided to be part of this wonderful community. Every few years we would extend our own vacation from one week to two to ... You get the idea. Now that we have the opportunity to share Bar Harbor with our parents and kids for a good part of the summer, we reluctantly depart but are very happy in knowing that we can share the beauty of this town, island, and National treasure with many others.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Our neighbors are also the proprietors of two local restaurants - Poor Boys and McKays. Poor Boys has the freshest lobster and stone crab claws you'll find (other than cooking them at home). I also enjoy their blueberry Daquiris (virgin, so my kids can try it too). Be sure to tell Kathleen that Herb and Toni sent you and look for the $1 off coupons in our kitchen drawer. McKays menu continually changes and is perfect for an American or European taste in a beautifully restored home setting, often with live entertainment and outdoor seating available, too. Say Hi to Brian when you get there. Life would not be complete without the Farmers Market on Sunday at the YMCA parking lot from 9 to noon. We're particularly taken with the Camembert cheese rounds that we pair up with baguette bread from Hannaford's and Palacio chorizo we bring from our winter home. We'll take these treats to Compass Harbor (see our map on this listing) for a secluded picnic, dog walk, and restful afternoon.
Super comfortable Queens Down mattresses in each bedroom for a good nights rest
Enjoy a movie, music or surf the net, or a sunny breakfast on the sunporch
Pick up a pastry at Morning Glory on Roddick and enjoy it on our sun porch
Enjoy Satellite TV, Internet, DVD, or Video or simply curl up with a good book
Let your pet enjoy a good night's sleep on our dog beds, stored in the basement.
2 adult bikes, one child's bike, and a three wheel jogger at your disposal.
High Chair (wrapped) and child/pet fence in the basement.
Large food prep area, new appliances, garbage disposal inside, gas grill outside
Look for the distinctive purple door! The flower/herb garden are behind the van.
More comfy Queen's Down beds to rest in after your hike in Acadia
Here's a hint: You find the lobster pots under the benches in the nook!
Washer and Dryer for your convenience just down the steps.
Bike the Carriage Trails, Park Loop Rd, or just to town to Morning Glory Bakery!
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