Graycote Inn

40 Holland Avenue , Bar Harbor, ME 04609 USA (Show map)

About

A Retreat from the Everyday. Open year-round. Bar Harbor's first Green Certified lodging of any type. Breakfasts emphasize local ingredients. All rooms have a king or queen bed - many with canopy - and private bath. Some rooms have a working wood-burning fireplace, sunroom, private sitting room, or balcony. Start the day with a tray of locally roasted coffee outside your room then come down to a full hot breakfast served at your table on our sunny enclosed porch or in the dining room in front of a wood fire in the winter. Baked goods are made from scratch each morning. Enjoy afternoon refreshments on the veranda or in front of the living room fireplace. Play croquet on the lawn, or take a nap in a hammock. Restaurants, shops, and galleries are only a short walk away. We are only a mile from Acadia National Park with 60 miles of carriage roads, 120 miles of hiking trails, and miles of the most majestic coastline in the State of Maine. The Graycote is here to welcome you in any season, whether you wish to "do it all" in the great outdoors, or simply relax and "recharge your batteries" on the country's most beautiful island.

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Overall
4.8

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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Beautiful & Relaxing B+B

5 on July 19, 2015

We so enjoyed our stay at the Graycote Inn. The rooms were beautiful, quaint, and cozy. I loved our private balcony off of our room. The owners were so kind and helpful for great dining and touring recommendations. Such a lovely place, and will definitely return on another Maine Vacation.


Winter home from home

5 on July 13, 2015

Just booked our Boston flights from London to make sure of our 16th annual January stay at the Graycote. Bar Harbor in winter is wonderful, although many of the locals we have made friends with over the years think we might be crazy. But what could be better than waking up in a huge four-poster bed, with the smell of coffee outside the door, eating a breakfast that will keep you going all day, then going out to make the most of the National Park and the rest of the island. Back to a log fire, and, as everything is quieter in January, time to chat with Roger and Pat, who know everything there is to know about the area. Roger is particularly good at putting in an order with the snow fairies - last year they outdid themselves. There is nothing more restful than watching snow come down outside the window as you sit by the fire, knowing that it is someone else's job to shovel it - you just have to enjoy it. Although a lot of shops and eating places are shut in winter, there are always enough open for a decision to have to be made every evening, with the added attraction of nowhere being too busy or overcrowded. We have been to local music presentations at the Library, lectures at the nearby college, exhibitions at the museum, wine tastings at the local wine shop, and eaten a lot of lobsters and other good food. As soon as our plane starts off down the runway at Heathrow, the relaxation starts, and walking into our regular lovely room - Frenchman's Bay - really does feel like coming to a second home. We come to Maine for three weeks every winter, and spend half that time at the Graycote - it always ends too soon!


Winter home from home

5 on July 12, 2015

Just booked our Boston flights from London to make sure of our 16th annual January stay at the Graycote. Bar Harbor in winter is wonderful, although many of the locals we have made friends with over the years think we might be crazy. But what could be better than waking up in a huge four-poster bed, with the smell of coffee outside the door, eating a breakfast that will keep you going all day, then going out to make the most of the National Park and the rest of the island. Back to a log fire, and, as everything is quieter in January, time to chat with Roger and Pat, who know everything there is to know about the area. Roger is particularly good at putting in an order with the snow fairies - last year they outdid themselves. There is nothing more restful than watching snow come down outside the window as you sit by the fire, knowing that it is someone else's job to shovel it - you just have to enjoy it. Although a lot of shops and eating places are shut in winter, there are always enough open for a decision to have to be made every evening, with the added attraction of nowhere being too busy or overcrowded. We have been to local music presentations at the Library, lectures at the nearby college, exhibitions at the museum, wine tastings at the local wine shop, and eaten a lot of lobsters and other good food. As soon as our plane starts off down the runway at Heathrow, the relaxation starts, and walking into our regular lovely room - Frenchman's Bay - really does feel like coming to a second home. We come to Maine for three weeks every winter, and spend half that time at the Graycote - it always ends too soon!


Beautiful B&B

4.6 on July 06, 2015

Beautiful and tasteful rooms. Delicious breakfast. They provide a lot of information on what to do in the area. I would be back if I could.


wedding weekend

5 on February 22, 2015

Pat & Roger were great, there home is beautiful and inviting. We actually got married there and they were our witness's, everything was wonderful. Can't wait to go back, The breakfast was superb, we truly enjoyed our time there.


Sleeping among the stars

5 on November 21, 2014

We love the Graycote Inn in Bar Harbor. We always request the Starr Room on the top floor. There is a skylight over the bed and it is lovely to sleep "under the stars".


The Best of the Best

5 on October 12, 2014

This was our second visit to the Graycote Inn, the first was last year for our wedding. Awesome!!!!!! Pat and Roger are wonderful innkeepers and no detail is too small for them to consider. The Inn is within walking distance of restaurants and shops in Bar Harbor and also very convenient to Acadia National Park. The rooms are spacious and well kept and they will even provide wine glasses. Pat and Roger are also a wealth of knowledge of everything Bar Harbor. Enjoy your stay!


best B&B in Bar Harbor

5 on October 05, 2014

My husband and I stayed at Graycote in 1997, the second year for Roger & Pat as Innkeepers. We've gone back almost yearly ever since. This is the only B&B we consider staying in while in BH. Roger & Pat are a font of knowledge about the island, its history, and things to do there as well as the restaurant scene. The Inn is in a superb location, rooms are all very comfortable, the staff is friendly, the breakfasts are great, water is HOT, and linens are clean and fluffy! The Inn is well-maintained and eco-friendly as well. They also provide good amenities like soaps, shampoos, and heaters if you get cold at night.


Our favorite B&B

5 on September 29, 2014

We have been staying at the Graycote for years because we love the house, the rooms, the breakfast, the location, and the thoughtfulness of Roger and Pat. At breakfast, they accomodate my food quirks with only a little ribbing. The rooms have the everyday items you wish were in all hotel rooms. They have information about doings on the island at their fingertips.


Love returning to the Graycote Inn

4.8 on May 28, 2014

The Graycote Inn is charming, spotless, "green;" and our favorite B&B to return to whenever we visit Bar Harbor. Innkeepers Pat and Roger always extend a warm welcome, make my husband and I feel at right at home and offer us a peaceful escape from the "real world." In the afternoon there is the fragrance of cookies baking. Lemonade or apple cider accompanies the cookies and is served in the dining room. The living room has a wonderful collection of books, newspapers and magazines to choose from. Every morning there is a delicious breakfast served (love the blueberry-apple crisp) and presented beautifully at little tables for two on the porch or at the dining room table. Our favorite treat is waking up to the cups of early morning coffee left on a table outside our bedroom. The inn is perfectly located off a quiet side street. It is within easy walking distance to all of the restaurants, galleries, shops and a short drive to Acadia National Park. Visiting Bar Harbor has become a relaxing tradition for us. Pat and Roger's gracious hospitality and thoughtful innkeepers' touches make it difficult for us to leave but so easy for us to return. We are already looking forward to our next trip. Thank you both, Pat and Roger!!


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Rooms & Rates

Hulls Cove

Third floor. King bed, private balcony and full bath.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $115 - $199

Somes Sound Suite

This one bedroom suite offers a king bed in the bedroom and a twin bed in th3 sitting room. Full bath with deep soaking tub.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $120 - $209

The Starr

This is the inn's smallest room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $98 - $159

Location

Location Type

Island, Mountains, Vista oceano

Airport

Bangor, ME (BGR) 50 miles

Directions to property:

I-95 north to Bangor; I-395 5 miles to Rte 1A toward Ellsworth; Rt 3 to Bar Harbor. Pass the Main entrance to Acadia Nat'l Park; go 2.6 mi more to a stop sign. Turn left onto Mt. Desert St. Take first left onto Holland Avenue. The inn is several doors down on the right. Parking is to the left of the inn.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Ski area, Zoo

Inn Details

On-site amenities

Board games, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Piano, Telephone

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Radio, Wi-Fi

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Policies

  • Check In:: 3-6 pm
  • Check Out:: 10:30 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights in season and during holiday periods
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 2 nights in high season and for holiday periods
  • Cancellations: If reservation is cancelled at least 14 days prior to the first night's stay we refund the entire deposit minus a $25 fee. For a cancellation less than 14 days in advance any refund is dependent upon our ability to re-rent the room for the full period of the reservation. We do not refund for early departure.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Pat & Roger Samuel

Languages spoken

English

About the innkeepers

Both Roger and Pat are retired academics: Roger formerly a research manager at MIT, Pat formerly a Chemistry Prof. at Boston University. Both enjoy hiking, skiing, reading and music. Innkeepers since 1996.

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Meals

Breakfast

Full, served

  • Time Served: 8:00-9:00
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Special meal options

Restrictive , Vegetarian


Signature Dish

Blueberry Ricotta Stuffed French Toast


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Special Package

Outdoor Adventures

Stay 3 nights or more and see some of Mt. Desert Island’s wildlife from the Sea Princess sailing from Northeast Harbor: ospreys, seals, and many species of waterfowl. Learn about the Island’s geology and some of the local history. Go ashore on Little Cranberry Island and visit the Isleford Historical Museum. See graycoteinn.com for details and costs.

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