Balance Rock Inn is one of the premier oceanfront lodging properties in Bar Harbor, ME. Set on a secluded tree-covered property with expansive views of Frenchman's Bay, this luxurious bed and breakfast Inn's name celebrates the "balance rock," a precariously positioned boulder on the nearby ocean shore, a huge remnant from an ice age.
The Inn offers a tremendous sense of privacy and serenity, yet steps away lies downtown Bar Harbor with its village green and many fine shops and restaurants. Built as a family "cottage" in 1903, when wealthy tycoons selected the most desirable locations along the rocky, island-studded Maine coast for their summer season mansions, Balance Rock Inn today presents romantic ambiance and luxury amenities to make your vacation relaxing and unforgettable. Gaze from the veranda past the glistening swimming pool, beautiful flower gardens and sweeping lawns framed with stately trees, to where the property connects with the historic Shore Path walk along the water's edge. Delight your senses in the comfortably appointed guest rooms and suites, each unique with features such as ocean views, fireplaces, whirlpool baths, saunas and private porches. Indulge in the incomparable breakfast, elegant afternoon tea, music of the grand piano, cocktails at Veranda Bar, and the lazy comfort of a lounge chair by the pool.
Should you choose to venture from the Inn, Bar Harbor's renowned restaurants, shops, galleries, museums, and numerous outdoor activities are readily nearby. Mount Desert Island is home to Acadia National Park, just a short drive away and filled natural wonders not to be missed. Gorge on freshly caught lobsters, ride a bike to explore the scenic beauty of coastal Maine, hike a granite peak in the Park, or board a boat tour to see whales or seals in their natural habitats. A history of hospitality, spectacular scenery, and innate charm... Balance Rock Inn has it all.
Balance Rock's 21 rooms and suites and 3 apartment-style luxury suites are tastefully outfitted in harmonious colors, handsome wall coverings, handcrafted furnishings, and all the creature comforts. All guest rooms have queen or king beds with Select Comfort Sleep number pillow topped mattresses with a hypoallergenic feather and down tic to sink into. As you slide between the luxurious 500 count linens, under your hypoallergenic down and feather comforter inside designer duvet covers, you will feel like you are sleeping on a cloud. You can adjust the firmness of the mattress on either side for your personal preferences. All rooms and suites have private bath, cable television with DVD player, direct-dial telephone and WIFI internet access; and ten accommodations also have working fireplaces. There is a full complimentary DVD library at the front desk with a list of movies offered in your guest services book. Select a room or suite with a private deck, balcony, whirlpool tub, dry sauna, or Euro showerhead for added pampering. All rooms and suites have individually controlled heat and air conditioning. Each of the three apartment-style luxury suites features a living and dining space, eat-in kitchen, private bath, private deck or porch, and ocean views. We'll be delighted to give you more details by phone and help you make the ideal room selection for your needs.
Balance Rock Inn commands a breathtaking waterfront location on a promontory of nearly three acres, jutting into Frenchman's Bay in the historic resort town of Bar Harbor. The magnificent shingle style building is set like a jewel upon the secluded cul de sac, an icon of comfort, grace and style. A few steps past the lily ponds, expansive flower gardens and manicured lawn will put you on the historic Shore Path, which winds from the seaport's pier along the ocean's edge, past many glorious mansions built over a hundred years ago. Along this path is the Inn's namesake sentry - the balance rock, a rare geological formation which seemingly defies gravity by balancing on a slender stone fulcrum. Indulge in the peacefulness of the Inn's surroundings, with ocean views from your room, the Inn common rooms, or the pool and grounds... or take advantage of being just one block from the heart of Bar Harbor, where many activities, attractions and adventures await your discovery.
As a Balance Rock Inn guest you're pampered with incomparable lodging, amenities and service, but you'll still want to venture out to sample Mount Desert Island's myriad activities, sights and attractions. The resort island offers a wonderful vacation destination at any time of year, and particularly from May through October. Just steps off Balance Rock's lawn is the historic Shore Path, beckoning exploration. The Path begins near the Bar Harbor Town Pier and gently winds along the ocean front. It's rarely crowded and the perfect quiet escape.