Penury Hall Bed 'n Breakfast

374 Main St. Box 68, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679 USA (Show map)


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 and most are within walking distance of Penury Hall. We look forward to adding you to our extended family.



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  • Guest room4.1
  • Service5
  • Value4.9
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.6

Home from Home away from home

4.4 on September 02, 2016

We stayed with Gretchen in July 2016 and cannot stress enough what a lovely time we had with this lovely, knowledgeable, gentle but most of all welcoming lady. If you are looking for generic, pristine, plastic accomodation don't come here however if you want quaint charm and quirkiness then come and stay with Gretchen. The rooms were spacious, clean and comfortable. The breakfast was delicious and plentiful. The inn is right on the edge of southwest harbour with restaurants close by within a 2 to 10 minute walk. You are close to several of the attractions of Mount Desert Island too, Mount Arcadia is no more than 5 minutes up the road in the car. My wife and children fell in love with Gretchen, Penury Hall and Southwest Harbour and we all got a hug when we left. We are from the UK so may not make it back to Arcadia but if we do we will be sure to stay with Gretchen.

Interesting experience

4.2 on September 04, 2013

Innkeeper was very friendly and interesting person. Interesting interiors with art-work - fun time at breakfast.

Just like home

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.

Absolutely Perfect

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.

Great stay at Penury Hall

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.

Penury Hall

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.

Great B&B

5 on September 06, 2012

Outstanding B&B. Wonderful house, great hostess / hospitality. Marvelous breakfast.

Just Perfect

4.6 on September 06, 2012

At Penury Hall, you really get your money's worth. The rooms are comfortable, the service is excellent, and the breakfasts divine. Also, a great location -- right in town!

A Lovely Time at Penury Hall with Gretchen

4.6 on August 21, 2012

Penury Hall is well run by Gretchen Strong, who is a great hostess and cook! If you want to stay in a real home rather than a hotel or even an outsourced B&B, this is the place. Penury Hall is in a wonderful location and is a quite alternative to nearby tourist-ridden Bar Harbor. Gretchen shares so much knowledge of the area and she helped make our vacation a lot of fun. Shopping, galleries, great restaurants, a bank, grocery store and drug store are just down the street. This is a good location for visiting Bar Harbor, Northwest Harbor, Echo Lake, the Cranberry Isles, or any place in Acadia National Park. We would certainly stay at Penury Hall again.

Penury Hall

4.4 on August 14, 2012

We felt right at home at Penury Hall. This B&B is casual, comfortable. The breakfast was more than gracious; she was good company.

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Rooms & Rates


A cheerful room on the second floor at the top of the stairs. Colors are mainly yellow, green and white and works of local artists grace the walls. Private bath is just across the hall.

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

Nightly Rate: $120 - $165


Our convertible room - can be either a king bed or two twin beds. On the second floor, at the front of the house, with bed arrangement of your choice, a dresser, chairs and private bath just across the hall.

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

Nightly Rate: $120 - $165


A slightly smaller room at the rear of the house with a queen bed, chair, dresser and lots of books. The walls are filled with paintings and the bookshelves with wonderful tales and stories. The private bath is just outside the room.

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

Nightly Rate: $120 - $165

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Location Type

Acadia National Park, Island, Village


Bangor, ME (BGR) 50 miles

Directions to property:

From the head of Mt. Desert Island follow Rte. 102 eight miles South to the center of Southwest Harbor. Then through the blinker, 99 yards on your right will be Penury Hall.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Beach, Historical interests, Museum, Nature area, Acadia National Park, Picnic area, Religious Services, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast, Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn, Homestay

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, CD player, Computer, Copier, DVD Player, Fireplace, Library, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Washer/dryer, Wi-Fi, Wired internet , Sauna (2),

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Hairdryer, Internet Service

On-site activities

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

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  • Check In:: ANYTIME
  • Check Out:: 11 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights
  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks
  • Deposit Amount Required: 2 nights
  • Cancellations: Reservations may be cancelled 14 days prior to stay.
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Gretchen Strong

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About the innkeepers

As our sons were leaving in the early 80s to be on their own we wanted to continue welcoming people into our home and a Bed and Breakfast seemed an ideal use for this lovely older house. And it has been. After my husbands death I've continued to operate the B and B and still find meeting new guests stimulating, exciting and great fun. The house is full of color, books, paintings and much information on things to do while visiting Mt. Desert Island.

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  • Time Served: 7:30 AM to 9:00AM
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Can meet most dietary needs. Just let us know.

Signature Dish

Penurious Omelet
A delicious omelet filled with cheddar cheese and salsa and served with piping hot popovers.

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