Harbour Cottage Inn Bed and Breakfast

9 Dirigo Road , Southwest Harbor, ME 04679 USA (Show map)

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Escape to The Harbour Cottage Inn, c.1870, a luxurious Southwest Harbor bed and breakfast within close proximity to the world famous Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. Our historic Maine coast bed and breakfast overlooks the picturesque waters of Southwest Harbor, less than a mile from breathtaking Acadia National Park. Simple yet beautifully decorated rooms and suites, accommodating up to 6 people, are available at our Mount Desert Island lodging. Our Southwest Harbor inn is famous for its unforgettable gourmet breakfast, served daily with the freshest local ingredients available. Just a short walk brings you to the center of Southwest Harbor, where you'll find wonderful restaurants, shopping, marinas & lobster wharves; the perfect alternative to busy Bar Harbor, offering visitors the experience of a more serene and laid back Maine village, with all of the amenities of a Bar Harbor bed and breakfast or Acadia National Park lodging. If you are looking for an extended Maine Coast vacation, check out our beautiful waterfront property adjacent to the inn, with suites and cottages directly on the harbor. These breathtaking Acadia National Park vacation rental units are available weekly from Saturday to Saturday. All have gorgeous water views, kitchens and some can sleep up to 6 people. Stop searching through all the other Southwest Harbor Maine hotels and see why Yankee Magazine named us a ‘Maine Best Lodging of 2010.’




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  • Guest room4.2
  • Service4.4
  • Value4.0
  • Cleanliness4.5
  • Onsite Dining4.4

Can't wait to go back!

4.8 on September 28, 2016

We just returned from our stay. Don'a knowledge of the area was extremely helpful to us and we followed his every suggestion. It was a wonderful trip. The staff were warm and friendly,, the atmosphere was perfect, and we looked forward to returning to the inn at the end of every day. The fact that they're environmentally conscious was another thing that we were pleased to find. 5

Very clean, wonderful location stay in Southwest Harbor Maine

3.8 on October 27, 2015

We stayed in one of the rental properties call the Top Side. It was a perfect base camp to explore Acadia National Park. The place was very clean, the views and location were great. The towns of South Harbor and Bay Harbor were fun to explore. The unit had its own parking spot, the management was helpful and friendly.

Great stay

4.0 on September 15, 2015

We stayed in the Captain's Nook and it was just perfect. Lovely home with a great breakfast.

Really enjoyed Hargour Cottage

5 on October 27, 2014

We found this stay restful and enjoyable. The room was clean and well appointed. The breakfasts were excellent as was the way the host accommodated us.

Lovely Stay

4.0 on October 22, 2014

We truly enjoyed our stay at The Harbor Cottage Inn. The staff was very helpful, they gave us some great tips on things to do in the area and some hikes that would be appropriate for us. We stayed in the Captains Nook room, very cute and cozy. I would definitely recommend this bed and breakfast.

Great location and wonderful service

4.2 on October 21, 2014

Stayed in the harbour suite with our daughter and loved everything- the most comfortable bed of our three week trip, nice spacious bathroom, great breakfast and we loved the village of southwest harbour. Would definitely recommend to friends.

Stay at Southwest Harbor

3.4 on October 19, 2014

The B&B is a lovely and well-kept place that we have enjoyed during our three-day stay. Don, one of the owners, is friendly and helpful. However, I am not sure if I were to return, probably not. Southwest Harbor is pretty quiet, ideal if you were looking for absolute serenity. We wish to stroll around the main street of a little town after dinner, hence Bar Harbor would have been the better option, also offering a wider selection of B&Bs. Hence I would stay there next time. The room was nice and the mattress very comfortable. The pictures are a true reflection of what you get. I found the room very small though, too small, as we neither had space (other than on the bed) to open up our two large suitcases, nor was there any storage, other than a small closet.

Lovely Stay

4.8 on October 18, 2014

This was a lovely place to stay. We were so pleased to be a little bit away from the hustle and bustle of Bar Habor. It's within walking distance of restaurants in the village. Great host - thank you Don for the helpful information. Room was delightful - what more can I say other than don't hesitate. If you're thinking of going to Acadia National Park - this place is ideal.

Handy location

2.8 on October 17, 2014

The inn was pleasant enough but our room was too small. There was a lack of a personal touch. The lobby was beautifully decorated and full of helpful printed material.

OK, but nothing special

2.4 on October 05, 2014

We expected a gourmet breakfast as is typical of New England B&B's, but it fell far short of our expectations both days we stayed at Harbour Cottage Inn. Also, the dining room was small and not able to accommodate many guests for breakfast. So, the B&B owner rushed the guests at breakfast and made you feel like you were in a fast food restaurant. Our room was OK, but very small and cramped.

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Rooms & Rates

The Southwester Suite

The Southwester is a romantic and beautifully decorated 2 floor, three-bedroom cottage adjacent to the inn. Two queen bedrooms and a bedroom with two twins. This unit can sleep up to 6 people. A private living room, fully equipped kitchen with dining area, and a large private bathroom complete the space. The living room offers French doors opening to your own private deck. Join others at the inn for breakfast, or make your own breakfast on your schedule. This suite insures flexibility. Great for the whole family or a group of couples traveling together, this house is supplied with all of the essentials. The Southwester is truly your "Maine home away from home", unsurpassed in Southwest Harbor.

  • Maximum Capacity: 6
  • Beds 1 Queen

The Carriage House

This little cottage accommodates up to 2 people comfortably in a quaint historic house featuring a bedroom with a queen size cast iron bed, a comfortable living with queen sleep sofa, gas fireplace, kitchen area, and a spacious bathroom. The Carriage House is decorated with antique "country-style" furnishings and comes with all of the essentials for the perfect getaway. The private deck is a perfect place to enjoy the sun. Don't forget to join us for breakfast in the main inn. This "home away from home" is great for extended stays and honeymooners.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

The Dory

This air-conditioned corner king bedroom is bright and sunny and has a view to the harbor. A comfortable sitting area offers space for private relaxation, reading or conversation. The shower/ tub combination and large private bath is your own personal spa for a quiet soak or an invigorating start to the day.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

The Schooner

An antique wooden floor and plenty of sunshine welcome guests into this private retreat. The elegant queen size wooden bed and pair of high back wing chairs and air conditioning create a comfortable and relaxing ambiance for quiet conversation, sharing a glass of wine or curling up with a good book. This is the perfect place to return to after a long day of hiking and biking!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

The Ketch

This air-conditioned charming cozy queen faces the gardens and has seasonal harbor views. An antique dresser and oversized club chair combine to create a casual and homey retreat. The private bath with shower offers a great start or finishing touch to the day.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

The Yawl

This bright and sunny air-conditioned corner queen guest room offers a view of our beautiful front lawn and garden and offers plenty of privacy. The blue and white decor offers a nautical feel, reminiscent of a Maine cottage by the sea. Open the windows and enjoy breezes from two exposures filled with the salt and pine scents of Maine. The bathroom has a shower/tub combination.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

The Clipper

One of the most popular, The Clipper, a corner room, offers guests total privacy, comfort, air conditioning and a view to our beautiful front lawn. Combine this with a queen size cast iron bed, over sized bath with antique claw foot soaking tub and separate shower to create a memorable relaxing stay. Antique furnishings and a colorful decor complete the package.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

The Captains Nook

Welcome aboard this nautical themed mini suite including air conditioning, a separate sitting, private bath with shower and bedroom complete with portholes, a queen size Captain's bed and a twin bed. Stay here and you'll feel like you're in a private stateroom aboard an antique Schooner. This is the perfect suite for a couple or a family of three.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Beds 1 Queen

The Downeaster

Walk into this air conditioned unit's private entry then climb the stairs to the perfect respite for two. Designed to accommodate a couple, the lower level has a hallway entrance and a private bath with shower and the loft style master bedroom has a king size bed. The pine accents and colorful quilts evoke a quiet, comfortable, relaxing cottage feel.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

The Harborside Suite

Situated at the top of the inn this two-bedroom suite offers a spacious retreat comfortably sleeping up to four guests. Two bedrooms, one with a king bed and the other with two twin beds both are air-conditioned and share a large sunny bath with double Jacuzzi tub and separate shower. Beautiful furnishings make this unit a favorite for two couples traveling together, a family of 4, or couples wishing a little more space.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Beds 1 Queen

The Sloop

With windows offering both a South West and South East exposure this sunny queen will win your heart. Complete with air-conditioning, Jacuzzi bathtub/shower combination, comfortable chairs and nautical blue decor, this private room keeps guests coming back. The cast iron bed adds to the Maine cottage feel.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

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Location Type

Acadia National Park, Countryside, Island, Mountains, Oceanview, Small town, Village


Bangor, ME (BGR)

Directions to property:

Rte 95 Bangor to Rte 395. 395 to Coastal Rte 1A to Bar Harbor at Ellsworth pick up Rt 3 to Bar Harbor. Once on Mt Desert Island take 102 to SW Harbor (9 miles) At ctr of SW Harbor turn left onto Clark

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Historical interests, Lake, Movie Theater, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Acadia National Park, several private gardens, deap sea fishing, whale watching, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Cottage, Country Inn

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, Conference Rooms, Internet Service, Library, VCR , waterfront units

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Videos, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Scuba Diving, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis racket rental, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited 5 years and older
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: July and August
  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 50%
  • Cancellations: There is a $30 cancellation fee if a reservation is cancelled outside of 21 days. Within 21 days the deposit may be applied to a future stay if used within 12 months.



Don & Javier

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

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  • Time Served: 7:30to 8:30
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining room, Front porch, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Vegetarian Diet



Special Package

Luxury Spa Package

Feel the energy that radiates from Bella Skin and Body Boutique, of Northeast Harbor , as embracing, nourishing, and cherishing. This 50- minute massage for 2 with a choice of exquisite pure aromatherapy essential oils will leave you feeling restored, relaxed and renewed offered in partnership with Bella Skin and Body Boutique. Add $265. Visit harbourcottageinn.com for details or to book.

Bike Acadia Package

Experience Acadia and Mt Desert Island by bike. Whether you are a first time rider or a seasoned cyclist, Mt Desert Island offers a variety of cycling opportunities. Package includes 2 high quality bicycles for 2-days as well as helmets, maps,locks and fun! Add $125. Visit harbourcottageinn.com for details or to book.

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