My wife and I traveled to Acadia during the month of August, 2020. Laurie was responsive to our questions and replied in a timely manner. We stayed in one of the smaller cottages, #5. It's small, but it had everything we needed. I have a herniated disk, and the bed was firm enough to allow for a good night's sleep. Kitchen had everything we needed; refrigerator is of standard size and clean. Stove is electric and works well. Dishes and utensils were well-kept. The kitchen and bedroom were clean. The bathroom was similar in that it was also clean. Note, the bathroom is small. Although we didn't need the bathroom to be ADA accessible, I imagine someone in a wheelchair or with mobility problems might find the bathroom size to be an issue. The shower was small; the shower head is awkwardly placed (I'm 5'10"). That said, I didn't have a hard time showering; just note that the shower is small. The same goes for the restroom sink. It's on the low side. I had to bend over quite a bit to use the sink. Other than that, the bathroom has all that it needs. If the above may pose an issue to you, I suggest getting a larger cottage or asking Laurie and John about accommodations. I also will note that the cottages are spaced far enough from one another that privacy is offered. Final note, location is good, right off the main road, and a moderate distance to most tourist locations (e.g., about 25-30 minutes to Cadillac Mountain). We plan to stay here again.
Acadia Cottages proved to be a fantastic choice for our family of four when we visited Maine last month (end of July). With the threat of coronavirus in the backdrop, we were looking for a vacation where we could get outdoors and not have to be around crowds of people, so Acadia National Park seemed ideal. We loved having a small cabin to ourselves rather than a hotel-style set-up. Acadia Cottages is located in Southwest Harbor, which is close enough to Acadia National Park (only about 20 minute drive), but not nearly as crowded as the Bar Harbor area, which is exactly what we were looking for. Our cottage was immaculate when we arrived. We stayed in #8, which had a nice bedroom with a king bed, as well as living room with a pullout couch for our kids and kitchenette with a cook top. The kitchenette came equipped with the basic pots/pans, silverware, glasses, etc. that you would need to cook. We ate most of our meals at the cottage. We brought our own grill, however, they do have small grills available for use. We loved the privacy of the cottages. We were hardly aware that there was anyone else staying there. My son loved the deer family that make their home in the woods adjacent to the cottages. We saw the deer family a couple of times during our stay. The owners, John and Laurie, were so friendly and accommodating. They were fabulous hosts. The cottage had everything we needed for a great stay. The only critiques that we had (which were strongly outweighed by the positives) were that there was no bath tub, and the shower was very small. Also, there was no air conditioning, which would typically be a deal-breaker for our family. However, we are talking about Maine, not Florida. We happened to have uncharacteristically warm weather than usual the week we stayed, so midday it was a little warm; however, it is definitely cool enough at night when you are sleeping. If my husband stayed there without A/C and is excited to go back again, then you know it wasn't a big issue. They provided a window fan in the living area and a fan in the bedroom. We did bring our own small fan from home, as well. Overall, we could not have selected a better location for our visit to Acadia National Park. We would return in a heart beat. The entire ride home, my son kept saying that he missed Maine and he wanted to go back to the cottage.
We’re pleasantly surprised at how perfect these cottages were for us. We stayed in cottage #2 and it was wonderful for our little family (king size bed and our pack and play fit with ample room). Even though we were concerned about the lack of AC in the summer, the ceiling fan with open windows gives way to some great fresh air. We had a wonderful experience with Laurie each time we called and at check in. The cottage was IMMACULATE and the updated appliances were wonderful. We’re used to 4-5 star hotels and these do not disappoint. So private and spacious. Some things to note: Bar Harbor is a solid 25-30 minute drive. Also, it’s extremely dark at the cottages at night. We found this to be relaxing and peaceful. Can’t stress enough how much we adored our stay here. We will be back. Don’t mind the blue blob in the photo-that was to eliminate our daughter running through the picture. Ha!
Charming cabins in the woods, yet walking distance to town center stores and restaurants. Each cabin is unique, this year we stayed in #1 which has a king bed and a very large bathroom. I also like #12 for its screened porch, but it's a queen bed so She Who Must Be Obeyed says no go. However we both love #7 (king bed in separate room, big living area). Do not be thrown by the "cottage" or "cabin" words, these are immaculate, no dust, no spider, plenty-of-hot-water environments.
We always go in October, and the "Quiet Side" of the island does live up to that reputation, decided less hectic. This year we travelled with some Acadia newbies, so we did spend a lot of time on the non-quiet eastern side. We got lucky with parking at the Jordan Pond House and scarfed down our ration of popovers. But it's an easy hike on carriage roads to the JPH from Long Pond, so I think tha or the LL Bean freebie bus is the best way to get there if you fear parking hassles.
Enjoy these cottages, they are a gem! Well, over a dozen gems actually, but you can only stay in one gem at a time.
My wife and I stayed at Acadia Cottages in late May for our anniversary trip, and it was one of the most enjoyable experiences we have ever had at an inn or hotel.
We had made arrangements for a late check in, and the porch light for our cabin was left on so we could find it easily in the dark. We were greeted in our room with a personalized anniversary card from the proprietors, Tom and Vickie. They also left us freshly baked cookies and a bottle of wine in the refrigerator. Ice was pre-made in trays in the freezer. It was a chilly night, and we found our cottage warm, comfortable, and spotlessly clean.
We stayed in cottage number eleven, and this is the one I would recommend. It is the last cottage on the property (a gravel drive leads from the street past each cottage, and ours was at the end of the line). This location gives the cabin more privacy. The view from the back deck is of a nicely wooded area. The woods and quietness of the property is reminiscent of being in a nice campground, despite being located in the middle of town.
The only two potential drawbacks we found with our cottage were that the wireless internet signal was weak, which made internet access very slow, and the shower stall was quite small, probably the smallest I have ever used. I am 5’ 10” with a slim build, and it was not roomy even for me. I mention that not so much as a criticism as just something to be aware of when choosing your cottage.
We met both Tom and Vicky, and found them to be two of the nicest and most gracious hosts of any place we have ever stayed.
The number of complimentary extras offered at Acadia Cottages is really nice. Umbrellas, beach towels, charcoal grills, and board games are all available for loan. A binder in our cottage listed area attractions and restaurants within walking distance and driving distance, and also had good information about some of the surrounding towns and Acadia National Park. Vicky also gave us a list of some of their personal favorites for dining options.
We had a really nice stay at Acadia Cottages. The attention to detail, amenities, and personal touch are all made me think the owners really care about the guest experience. It was first class in every way, and if we return to Mount Desert Island in the future, we will definitely stay at Acadia Cottages. I cannot recommend it highly enough.