The Kingsleigh Inn

373 Main Street Box 1426, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679 USA (Show map)


A beautifully restored, elegant 1904 mini-mansion overlooking the waters of Southwest Harbor, surrounded by Acadia National Park and just 15 minutes from Bar Harbor. We offer uncompromised hospitality, well appointed guestrooms with HOMEMADE CHOCOLATES, Port wine, HARBOR VIEWS AND PRIVATE DECKS, private baths, and secluded three-room Turret suite with gas fireplace. A full three course creative gourmet breakfast is served - save room for dessert! We are delighted to share favorite hiking trails, biking routes,the best local restaurants, boat excursions,nature kayaking and other activities to make your stay a memorable one. After a full day of exploring the Island, return to the Inn to enjoy freshly baked treats with hot tea or ground-to-order espresso and our early evening wine and hors d'hoeurves hour! See why Fodor's says "It's the details that make the difference at this inn in Southwest Harbor" and why Conde Nast Traveler Magazine highlights our emphasis on gourmet breakfasts!



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  • Guest room4.0
  • Service4.5
  • Value4.3
  • Cleanliness4.3
  • Onsite Dining4.8

A slice of heaven and a shot of fresh juice to boot!

4.0 on May 29, 2011

From the moment we pulled into the parking space steps from the door, I knew I was going to love this place. Right in the heart of Southwest Harbor, there are nice restaurants for any price range within walking distance. Beautiful views of the harbor from every room. The host and hostess immediately were friends we wanted to visit again. Southwest Harbor is the "quiet side" of the island. Just a fifteen minute car ride to Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. Bar Habor is busy, lots of shops and restaurants. Once you are done with the hustle and bustle, a short ride to this oasis. Breakfast got better everyday with two choices each day. We were smart, we each chose a different breakfast and shared! Portions were large and the fresh juice every morning was a wonderful treat. We have definately found our favorite vacation spot!

great bfst!

3.6 on July 11, 2010

I picked this b/b for the gourmet bfast and was not disappointed. There was less to do in the town that I thought though. Unless your into hiking and biking dont go to sw harbor. Owners were very helpful and lots of hike info there. Owners live on lower level and its like you have the house to yourself. You can click on the fireplace and cozy up to the great selection of coffee table books on local history. We biked to Bass Light house for 2 hrs, hardly any cars. Ate at lobster pound by the coast guard station a good walk away. $9.95/lb. great clam strips.

A very nice place to stay

4.2 on April 07, 2010

The Kingsleigh Inn was a nice place to stay in Southwest Harbor. The Innkeepers were very helpful and made our stay quite nice. The breakfasts were picture perfect and delicious.

Worth Every Penny

5 on October 26, 2008

Absolutely beautiful house inside & out. The fairly new innkeepers have done a fantastic job remodeling & decorating. They are both extremely charming. The attention to every small detail was amazing, from the common areas to the bathroom. The room was large, pillowtop mattress, feather bedspread, wine & chocolates in the room. Oh the fresh roses in every room. Common areas had a real fire going, brownies, hot beverages, etc. The gourmet breakfast was large & excellent. The outside porch even had a hammock on it. Too bad the house wasn't directly on the water, it should be. That would make it perfect.

A Charming Place with Exquisite Breakfasts

4.6 on July 18, 2008

The Kingsleigh Inn is a charming B & B located in the lovely town of Southwest Harbor. (If you are looking for a quiet, relaxed environment while at Acadia National Park, avoid Bar Harbor and stay in Southwest Harbor!!). The location is terrific, and the general ambiance of the inn is very appealing. We had a small room on the east side of the inn overlooking the harbor. The room had a nice balcony where we spent an hour each morning drinking the excellent coffee served in the inn. Dana and Greg were excellent hosts. The inn deserves its outstanding reputation for the quality of the breakfasts that Dana makes each day (Greg confesses that he just serves!) The stuffed french toast with chocolate drizzled on top was exquisite. This was our second stay at the inn and, if we return to Acadia National Park again, we will certainly stay here.

Details do make ta difference, but the service makes it the best

5 on November 07, 2007

We could go on about how the details, cleanliness and fantastic breakfasts have made this inn our favorite. For us, the service and comfort provided by Dana and Greg set them way above any other inns we have ever stayed at. We stayed in the Chelsea at the end of October for a fall getaway and it was exactly as depicted on the website; the only surprise was the spectacular views from the private deck where we spent most of our time during the day. The combination of colorful trees and boats in the harbor made it a postcard setting. On our last evening, we returned from dinner at Red Sky, where Dana recommended and made reservations for us, (fantastic!) and enjoyed sitting in one of the living rooms in front of a crackling wood fire, not a fake gas fireplace where the innkeeper flips a switch and you watch the fire like a TV. While we were enjoying a cup of coffee and more of Dana’s homemade treats, we remembered our flash card in the camera was full and we had planned on going to Cadillac Mountain for sunrise the next morning. We called Dana to see if she had any suggestions as we knew there was nothing open in town so late. Their solution? Greg downloaded our pictures onto a CD for us, cleared the card and returned the camera with fresh batteries as well. Needless to say, we were able to get the sunrise photos and even more needless to say, we have booked a spring getaway with them. There are many places to choose from, but none better than the Kingsleigh from our experience.

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Location Type

15 minutes from Bar Harbor, 45 minutes from Bangor Airport, 25 minutes from Bar Harbor Airport, 3 hours from Portland Airport, Island, Mountains, Village


Bangor, ME (BGR) 45 miles

Directions to property:

From Rt. 1 in Ellsworth - take Rt. 3 towards Bar Harbor. After crossing on to Island bear right (towards Southwest Harbor) and follow Rt. 102 into Southwest Harbor. We are on the left facing Main Street at the corner of Phillips Lane.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Acadia National Park, Guided Sea Kayaking, Whale Watch Tours, Lobster Pounds, Bike Rentals, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Winery, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Copier, Library, Telephone, Videos , Guest Refrigerator w/Complimentary Bottled Water, Individual Climate Control (A/C & Heat), Complimentary Off-Street Parking, Iron & Ironing Board, In-Room Port Wine & Homemade Chocolates, Waterview Rooms have Binoculars

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Biking, Hiking, Lake Swimming & Ocean, X-Country Skiing, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 4:00 -6:00 PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00 A.M.
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 Night Minimum High Season and Holidays
  • Accepted payments Other, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Two night minimum deposit or one half the total due - whichever is greater.
  • Cancellations: If cancellation becomes necessary, deposits are refunded (minus a $30 cancellation fee) provided cancellation is received at least 21 days (30 for the Penthouse Turret Suite) prior to the scheduled date of arrival. With less notice, refunds are made (less the cancellation fee) if the entire reservation can be resold.
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Served 3 Course Gourmet

  • Time Served: 8:00-9:00
  • Serving Location: Wraparound porch overlooking the harbor, Breakfast/dining area

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Signature Dish

"Lobstah" Eggs
Sourced from our Local Lobster Pound, this delicious combination of soft Baked Eggs, Sweet Maine Lobster, Fresh Basil (from our garden), Sundried Tomatoes and creamy Fontina cheese is a favorite of our guests. Not an egg fan? The sweet entree choice opposite the lobster is another very popular offering - Maine Blueberry Pancakes served hot off the griddle with plenty of Organic Maine Maple Syrup!


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