Since 1982, Penury Hall (the first B & B on Mt. Desert Island ) an historic property built in 1830 in Southwest Harbor, has welcomed many through its distinctive red front door. We enjoy sharing our love of fine arts, antiques, gardening, books and sailing with our six guests. Private baths of course and breakfast ranges from Eggs Benedict, Cinnamon Waffles, Penurious Omelet to Blueberry Pancakes and beyond, a different one served every day. Located on the " Quiet Side " of Mt. Desert Island, we are less than a half-mile from many of the attractions of Acadia National Park. Hiking, biking, whale watching or just lolling on a rock by the ocean are a few of the many pleasures that await you. A grand selection of dining places, whether it be gourmet or lobster-on-the-pier, await your discovery. We look forward to adding you to our extended family. And... you don't have to do the dishes.
4.8 on August 28, 2013
Gretchen really makes her guests feel at home. The room was great as was the breakfast menu. Terrific location, perfect for exploring Acadia Nat'l park.
4.4 on February 24, 2013
A lovely, quirky house where you immediately feel at home. Comfortable room, good breakfasts, and a wonderful hostess who does everything she can to make you feel welcome. Excellent.
5 on October 17, 2012
We immediately felt right at home at this charming B&B. Gretchen Strong has been welcoming guests into her home for 30 years, and makes sure they are comfortable with her gracious hospitality. The rooms are clean and well appointed, bathrooms are spotless, and towels are replaced with clean, dry ones more than once a day! Breakfasts are substantial and delicious, and Gretchen has her own breakfast with guests and provides interesting and stimulating conversation. She also leaves homemade snacks out during the day and evening. Guests are encouraged to make use of the whole house. The atmosphere is very relaxed and we felt as though we were staying with friends. Gretchen has an encyclopedic knowledge of the area and was helpful with suggestions for where to eat and what to do, but did not intrude on our privacy in any way. The house is a minute's walk to town (Southwest Harbor), charming quiet town but with many amenities. We would definitely stay at Penury Hall again and recommend it highly.
5 on September 24, 2012
A wonderful B&B. We have stayed 3 times. An interesting house with many eclectic artifacts. Gretchen Strong is a wonder hostess that makes you feel at home.
5 on September 06, 2012
Outstanding B&B. Wonderful house, great hostess / hospitality. Marvelous breakfast.
Acadia National Park, Island, Village
Bangor, ME (BGR) 50 miles
Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Beach, Historical interests, Museum, Nature area, Acadia National Park, Picnic area, Religious Services, Winery, Bicycle riding trails, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Whale watching, day cruising, nature cruises, soaring, kayaking., Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts
Private Home Bed and Breakfast, Homestay Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn, Bed and Breakfast
BBQ grill, Board games, CD player, Computer, Copier, DVD Player, In-room internet, Fireplace, Library, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Washer/dryer, Wi-Fi
Alarm clock, Hairdryer, Internet Service
Fine arts, gardening, antiques, sailing, books, music
Breakfasts include Eggs Benedict, French Toast Casserole, Blueberry Pancakes, Penurious Omelet