Walk with your children and dogs to the center of Bar Harbor, but enjoy perfect privacy, right on Frenchman's Bay, with magnificent vistas of the open ocean as well. Your views include Bald Porcupine, Ironbound, Egg Rock and the Thrumcap islands. You'll not find such ocean views and intimacy with the water anywhere else on Mount Desert Island!
Families with kids especially enjoy our resident wildlife -- deer, turkeys, red fox family, marmots, weasels (including babies), cormorants, eagles, osprey, seals -- all visited us during summer of 2018. But despite our very private, rural location, we're only a five minute drive or ten minute bike ride to the center of Bar Harbor!
We're sure you'll feel Rising Sun is Heaven on Earth, once you've arrived! But for now, we'll describe five major differences between Rising Sun and other oceanfront homes on MDI that you might rent.
When we were renting vacation homes prior to building Rising Sun, we stayed in many other parts of Mount Dessert Island (MDI). In particular, when we stayed in Southwest Harbor or other areas on the western side of the island, we found the drive back and forth to Bar Harbor or to the most attractive parts of Acadia to be tiresome. Round trip, it’s over an hour. At night, the trip was often unwelcome.
So now, we especially appreciate our combination of great privacy with proximity to the Village of Bar Harbor (five to eight minutes, and we’re parked!); to the nearest Park Trails (a most pleasant ten minute walk along our little road that is quite as beautiful as any carriage road in the Park); to Ocean Drive (seven minutes); and to the nearest Island Explorer bus stop – great for kids – which is just a fifteen minute walk.
Rising Sun is at the very end of a very private series of roads off Main Street. No other location on MDI is more private. Despite this, we’re only minutes from Town. This combination is quite unusual.
3. SHORE FRONT:
Our ocean frontage is significantly different from almost all other vacation rentals. In particular, you’ll find that low tide brings mud flats in Somes Sound, Southwest Harbor and Hulls Cove. The same is true in many other locations (Seal Harbor, Northeast Harbor, other areas of Bar Harbor, and the various locations near the bridge entering MDI). However, at Rising Sun our rocky ledges extend out into water that is deep enough to jump into, even at low tide.
In a nutshell, the ocean front at Rising Sun is beautiful and exciting at all times of day and night! All in all, you’ll find our ocean frontage to be as beautiful as any in the Park … but with two major differences:
• Ours is totally private, quite different from the Park.
• Also, ours is a few minutes from your bedroom… you don’t have to drive anywhere to enjoy it! Look at the photos, and you’ll see what we mean.
You’ll spend many hours in whatever vacation home you choose. Much better that it be really beautiful rather than really ugly! (Take a look at many of the other rental home photos, then decide for yourself.)
5. FOUR CRITICAL FEATURES:
Our home provides four especially important features. No other rental home has all of these. Though an alternative rental may be less expensive, the lack of even one of these four features can put a serious damper on your family’s vacation.
CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONING:
Years ago, it was rare indeed for Bar Harbor to have a real heat wave. Now, even in June or September, we sometimes get three or four days in a row of 90 degree weather. We’re naturally cooled by our proximity to the ocean, but when that’s not enough, our central air conditioning keeps the entire house perfectly comfortable, even during the hottest heat wave. Imagine a week’s vacation when each day you come home to a hot, stuffy house. Then imagine coming home to Rising Sun…
AIR FILTRATION SYSTEM VS MILDEW OR MOLD:
During the many vacations we spent on MDI before building Rising Sun, we all too often encountered houses with a whiff of mustiness or even worse, mildew or mold. You’ll find this especially in some of the older homes, even including the “mansions.” Not enjoyable!
We designed our home to provide strong cross-ventilation, taking advantage of the ocean breeze. More pure air, you cannot find! But if the windows are closed due to the weather outside, the whole house air filtration system circulates and replaces the inside air with outside air four times a day. Simply put, no matter the time of year or the weather outside, you’ll find the most pure, delightful air in Rising Sun. It does matter!
LIMITLESS HOT WATER:
Not only do our homes provide instant hot water, but it’s unlimited as well. If you’re all going off on an adventure together, you’ll probably be showering at about the same time. Nice to have unlimited hot water! You’re quite unlikely to find this luxury anywhere else.
WHOLE HOUSE EMERGENCY GENERATOR:
For whatever reason, the power supply on MDI is not the most dependable. Even if you were to lose electricity for just a few hours, losing light, water, refrigeration and air conditioning (if any) is not fun. If the outage lasts a day or more, it really puts a damper on your vacation. Our generator is the largest residential generator on the market. It’ll easily power the whole house, including our air conditioning.
The photos will show you just how unique a choice Rising Sun would be for your family’s vacation. But when you’re considering other alternatives, also keep these five attributes of Rising Sun in mind:
• Shore Front
• And Four Critical Features
Renting in July or August? It can be in the 90's for an entire week. That's why we have central air conditioning for you, along with a whole house air filtration system. Combine these with our 54 large windows, and the salt air you breathe and the comfort you experience will be completely worthy of your vacation!
Our new luxury home was completed in 2014. Three floors. Two master bedrooms with king beds; three with queen beds; one with three twin beds. Accommodates up to twelve.
Our oceanfront is quite as spectacular as any you'll see in Acadia. (Be sure to look at the videos as well as the still photos.) But it's totally private, just for you. Many of the "oceanfront" homes rented in Bar Harbor are on the Shore Path, along which the general public walks day and night. Quite a difference!
And most of the other "oceanfront" homes advertised are on quiet inlets like Somes Sound, or other locations on Frenchman's Bay. Low tide brings mud flats for many of them. View our photos to see the difference!
Our hot tub is nestled in a rock outcropping surrounded by trees, but with a lovely view of Frenchman's Bay.
If you love to cook, you'll find our kitchen and pantry (and equipment and food) make this the most enjoyable place you've ever cooked. We provide a complete array of herbs, spices, sugars, salts, peppers, pasta, rice, flour, etc for your culinary use, as well as wine and liquor. For cooking, you'll love our selection of professional, SHARP knives, as well as the other broad selection of pots, pans and cooking and baking equipment. You'll enjoy the incredible amount of stainless steel prep space; two large sinks; powerful exhaust hood... and all the ocean views, while you cook.
If you're proficient in yoga, you may be eligible (at your own risk) to use our yoga wall (after signing a liability release agreement). And if you're a proficient (and safe) kayaker, we'll have a tandem kayak for the 2018 season, which you can launch from our cobblestone beach.
At night, under the star-filled heavens, an easy walk along our very private road is delightful. Trees line the road on both sides, except for an occasional driveway. It's just as beautiful as any carriage trail in Acadia, except it's just you out for an evening stroll. You're unlikely to encounter anybody else. The Acadian heavens are largely free of light pollution, so you'll find the stars truly amazing. And the peaceful solitude of our private road, equally so.
If you're an early riser, the morning dew, the cool air, and possibly the fox family will share your walk of a mile or so (round trip.). We often continue along the National Park Trail that leads to Compass Harbor, with its spectacular views of the Porcupine Islands. This walk, round trip from Rising Sun, takes about 50 minutes.
If you're here during blueberry season (late July-mid August), please enjoy picking the wild blueberries (many, many plants) from the patch on our trail just above our cobblestone beach. It's nicely shaded, and there's always a breeze off the water, so blueberry picking is comfortable as well as fun. We highly recommend drowning them in cream from the local dairy farm!
If you were to never leave our property, you could easily have your most relaxing, meditative, nature-appreciating vacation ever. And at the other extreme, if you were to explore Acadia National Park to the fullest every day, coming home in the evening to cocktails, dinner and the hot tub, you would have your most invigorating, exciting, nature-appreciating vacation ever...
Though our location is extremely private, we're only a 5-7 minute drive to the center of Bar Harbor, and a 8-10 minute walk to the nearest trail in Acadia National Park.
Call us now at 914.962.0494 to learn more about Rising Sun Cottage. Enjoy a week or two of Paradise. And if you have dogs, please do bring them! They'll love both Rising Sun and Bar Harbor.
If you have seven or less in your group, you might prefer to rent our other, adjacent home (Sound of the Sea --VRBO # 978688) which is smaller, less expensive, and a mere 75 feet from the water.