|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
The Rusticator is a charming two story home from 1896 that has been renovated over the years. Named for the visitors to Bar Harbor in the late 1800s, artists and wealthy tourists alike, The Rusticator is a lovely cottage located in the heart of downtown Bar Harbor. The Rusticator is our family home and available for weekly rentals in the summer season when we leave to explore other parts of the world.
This quaint property, on a quiet side street, is in walking distance to the sand bar beach, grocery stores, restaurants, The Abbe Museum and village green. Nicely appointed with hardwood floors and natural sunlight, The Rusticator has a spacious backyard with a lawn, vegetable/flower garden and a great deck for outdoor grilling and dining.
There are four bedrooms upstairs: 1 king bedroom, 2 queen bedrooms and a bedroom with a full and twin bed. There is a well equipped open kitchen, dining room, mudroom and living room with a beautiful decorative fireplace on the first floor. There are 2 bathrooms (upstairs has a claw foot tub and stand up shower and downstairs with only a shower). Other amenities include a flat screen TV with DVD player, access to WIFI internet and Netflix, washer/dryer, dishwasher, microwave, gas BBQ, off street parking for 2 cars and outdoor dining furniture. Feel free to pick the tomatoes and herbs for cooking!
Leave your car behind and walk to everything downtown, including whale watch & sea kayak tours, shops and much more. Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park offer visitors a variety of activities, including hiking, biking, boating, lake swimming, carriage road walks, horse back riding, deep sea fishing! Visit the oceanarium, sail on the Margaret Todd, take a Jackson Lab visitors tour, enjoy tea and popovers at the Jordan Pond House, golf at a PGA top-rated course, play tennis. Kids activities include Sand Beach, miniature golf, the town green and lots of ice cream shops!
We are a family of three transplanted to Bar Harbor from Portland, ME in search of a simpler life style. My husband is a faculty member at the College of the Atlantic, our son attends the local elementary school and I am a therapist with a small private practice in town and teach guidance on the islands of Frenchboro and Ilesford in their one room school houses. We love traveling and though we miss a beautiful time of year on Mount Desert Island (MDI), we use the summers to explore other parts of the United States and world. We love the outdoors and spend time camping, hiking, canoeing, skiing and biking.
Ursula Hanson and Jay Friedlander purchased this house in 2012
When we lived in Portland, ME we would come to MDI in the Fall for long weekends and hike in Acadia National Park. It was great getting away and playing in the park, sailing with friends and trying new places to eat. One visit I wondered out loud that it would be nice to live here...ten years later it happened!
Buying a home in downtown Bar Harbor was not easy! After looking at many, many properties, we selected The Rusticator for its convenience and walkability. We walk to most everything: our elementary school, work, shopping, the green, restaurants, ice cream and yoga classes. The open concept kitchen filled with natural sunlight was perfect. The backyard with its spacious lawn, deck and gardens is unique in downtown Bar Harbor and has been great for outdoor grilling and essential for our son and his friends. The decorative fireplace and stairwell also caught my attention.
Ursula's house is in an ideal location to enjoy Bar Harbor and all that it has to offer. We stayed for two weeks last summer and had ample opportunity to enjoy the nearby shops and restaurants - everything you could need is walking distance, including the grocery store. The house itself was perfect for our needs with three small children. We enjoyed most of our meals outside on the deck and the children especially enjoyed the nice fenced yard. The kitchen is nicely updated and well equipped. Ursula was a wonderful host and even helped to coordinate the recovery and return of some forgotten bicycle helmets despite being out of town herself. If you stay at Ursula's home, be sure to take the walk down to Bar Island at low tide - also a wonderful place from which to view 4th of July fireworks away from the crowds. We had such a nice time, we will be returning again this summer.
The Rusticator is a perfect house for a family vacation in Acadia. It is a short walk to all of the shops and restaurants in Bar Harbor, and a short drive to Acadia. You can even walk from the front door of the house to the top of Cadillac Mountain (only 4 miles away) by hopping on the Great Meadow trail that is about 1/2 mile away. The house is clean and well maintained, and the kitchen is perfect for cooking large meals with room for everyone to help out.
Loved this house. I wanted a base for day trips into Acadia, combined with evening strolls around Bar Harbor. It's perfect for that. Conveniently near a grocery store, nice kitchen, loved the deck with grill: we grilled and ate on deck several times, with fresh fish from a local fish shop and greens and herbs from the garden. Walking distance from many nice restaurants for evenings when you don't want to cook (and it's a big plus not to have to hunt for parking in Bar Harbor in July at dinner time). The owners have put a lot of thought into making it wonderfully comfortable, down to small details like nice soap in bathrooms and Sunday NY Times. They leave a book with great suggestions of things to do, we tried some of them (like sand beach in Seal Harbor and Naturalist's Notebook bookstore in Northeast Harbor) and it got us out to places on the island we'd never been to before and that we thoroughly enjoyed. We tried Mt. Desert Ice Cream because they left us a $10 gift certificate and it was the best ice cream I've had in my whole life (try plum sorbet, lime/cucumber sorbet, Earl Grey ice cream). Four big comfortable bedrooms, everything could not have been nicer. I would go back in a heartbeat.
We stayed here for a week in July and found the house to be exactly what we needed to make our vacation great. I can't say enough good things about Ursula - she made us feel so welcome, was very forthcoming with all our questions, and really went above and beyond as a host. The house itself is comfortable, well appointed, well located (close to everything but not on Main St where it's too busy). I would definitely recommend this rental.
The place was perfect for our two families. We had 4 kids (2-6 years old) and 4 adults. We were able to get in a little early and when we arrived the place was spotless and in great condition. Lots of toys and a perfect fenced in yard for the kids to play in. The house is located right down town and a couple minutes walk from all the good spots.
We look forward to staying there again in the future.
We are located in downtown Bar Harbor in walking distance to the Sand Bar, natural food and grocery store, the village green, restaurants, Reel Pizza (movie theater), Abbe Museum and much more. Our home is on a quieter residential side street. As a family we enjoy walking into town for treats at MDI Ice Cream or Ben and Bills or getting a great cup of coffee at Matsumoto Joes and Choco Latte. We bike, walk or scooter to the town beach and shore path as well!
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$400|
If you would like to rent our property we will send you a contract to review and sign along with your payment by check.