The Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina, nestled in Bar Harbor’s picturesque waterfront, embodies the elegant history of “summering” in Maine. The hotel is meticulous in its attention to details – from crisp linens to the perfectly plumped pillows awaiting you poolside at the Bar Harbor Club, adjacent to the hotel. Built in 1929 by J.P. Morgan and once a private playground for Bar Harbor’s wealthiest summer residents, the club was recently restored to its former grandeur with the pool, tennis courts, and spa now available for hotel guests.
STAY: Rooms Fit for a Rockefeller
Thanks to its location right downtown and yet also right on the harbor, nearly all of the 193 stylish guest rooms, deluxe studios, and suites offer views of Frenchman Bay. For true luxury, book one of the four new two-bedroom Boathouse Suites, situated directly on the water in the heart of the active marina. They’re as close as you can get to a private summer home on Bar Harbor’s waterfront – if that home also had its own private pool and hot tub.
EAT: Amalfi Coast Meets Downeast Maine
Copper pots, handcrafted Italian mosaics, and alfresco patio dining – La Bella Vita is authentically Italian. Garden-fresh ingredients and Old World recipes perfected over generations have helped La Bella Vita make a name as one of the finest restaurants in Bar Harbor. If you’re looking for a more authentically Maine dinner, take a walk around the corner to Stewman’s Lobster Pound, where you’ll find live Maine lobsters, steamers, homemade lobster bisque, and (naturally) fresh blueberry pie for dessert.
PLAY: On Acadia’s Doorstep
You can hike granite peaks, bike historic carriage roads, and take in the rugged beauty of Acadia National Park, all within minutes from this top Bar Harbor hotel. Work up a sweat with a friendly tennis match at the Bar Harbor Club, or sea kayak along stretches of Mount Desert Island’s famous, craggy coast. For those looking for an escape from the busyness of real life, enjoy one of the signature treatments at the Bar Harbor Spa.
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Getting out on the water is an essential part of any Maine vacation. Among the many options, you can take a whale watching tour, try your hand at lobstering on an authentic Maine lobster boat, or take a longer sunset cruise around Frenchman Bay aboard the 151-foot, four-masted Schooner Margaret Todd.