When you like the concept of a B&B but dislike the forced camaraderie. When you love Victorians but loathe clutter and frou frou. When you prefer a convenient intown location but despise traffic and noise, the Bass Cottage Inn, in Bar Harbor, is the solution.
Owners Jeff and Terri Anderholm acquired this diamond about seven years, but it was no gem then. One of Bar Harbor’s original cottages, it had, to put it gently, seen better years, better decades.
They gutted it and turned it into an unVictorian, honoring the architectural integrity, but decorating with a light hand and adding all those little amenities that make a place sing. And air-conditioning. And inroom phones and TVs. And a DVD library. And a guest pantry, where cookies appear every afternoon. And wine and hors d’oeuvres on the sunporch in the afternoon And, well you get the idea.
The location: It’s smack downtown, but it’s not. It’s tucked between Main Street and the Shore Path, on a li’l dirt lane called The Field. You’ll need directions to find it. So do the masses, which keeps it all rather quiet.
Oh, and about that breakfast… Every morning there are two choices, one savory, one sweet, as well a muffins and a fruit course. Creme brulé French toast. Need I say more?