When you picture Maine, what comes to mind? For most, it’s delicious seafood, rocky beachside cottages, and windswept tranquility. The Bar Harbor Inn & Spa is that vision come to life, and represents the pinnacle of romantic getaways.
From your arrival at the inn you’ll be swept up in its colonial charm and resplendent beauty. As full of history as it is class, The Bar Harbor Inn began its life in 1887, designed by architect William Randolph Emerson. The building has served a multitude of purposes throughout last century, from clubhouse to Yacht Club. Right when you walk in you’ll feel like you’re part of something bigger, something as timeless as apple pie and Prince’s “Purple Rain.”
Today, Bar Harbor Inn is a must-visit romantic resort, one where couples can come seeking adventure, relaxation, or both. While it’s stupendous in any season, it is perhaps at its best in the spring. Sales & Marketing Director Nicole Richardson says, "The spring season offers visitors a chance to experience Bar Harbor at a relaxing pace. The Bar Harbor Inn is the perfect base to explore from with personalized service, luxurious guest rooms and excellent on site, ocean view restaurants." While it’s technically the “off-season,” Bar Harbor remains very much open, and thus is at peak tranquility.
While its incredible popularity can make reserving a room in the summer difficult, in the spring staying at Bar Harbor is easy as that aforementioned pie. Guest room rates are lower in spring, so there’s always a monetary reason to visit, but once you walk into your room you’ll realize even at the regular price, staying at Bar Harbor is an absolute steal. There are three unique guest room buildings: the Main Inn, the Oceanfront Lodge, and the Newport Building, and each building offers its own unique charms and features. From luxurious bay-view suites to spectacular oceanfront rooms, you and your partner will be loath to leave the room for any reason. You also have unfettered access to the fitness room, outdoor heated pool and Jacuzzi, not to mention a daily deluxe continental breakfast (with spectacular outdoor seating overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Porcupine Islands).
But eventually you’ll want to leave the comfort of your room, and when you do you’ll be blown away by the wealth of activities, attractions, and charms in the surrounding area. Beautiful Acadia National Park is just a short distance away, the perfect place to go on a day-long hike with a loved one. Hiking trails are less crowded in the spring, so you’ll truly feel alone with nature (and each other, of course). "Most locals will tell you that spring is their favorite time to get out into Acadia to hike, bike and enjoy the park without the crowds," Richardson says. It undoubtedly will be yours too!
We could go on. There’s simply that much to love at Bar Harbor. But at risk of overloading your brain with too much awesomeness, we’ll leave with this: if you want a couple’s getaway without crowds but with more romance than you’ve ever had before, look no further than Bar Harbor Inn.