Acadia National Park Guide: The Best Hikes, Lobster Shacks, and Places to Stay

For old-school island elegance head to Southwest Harbor, where grand-dame hotel The Claremont has presided over sea views since 1884—and a reverent 2021 overhaul burnished that history while adding chic nautical design flourishes.

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Ocean House

Perched on the water’s edge, Ocean House is a waterfront haven for families or the ultimate gathering place for friends. You and your guests will feel like you’re on your own private resort despite the fact that you’re just steps away from our dock and waterfront bar. The first-floor deck offers panoramic views of Somes Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. Inside, Ocean House has a kitchenette and dining area plus a cozy living room with a gas fireplace and walls of windows. The first-floor master bedroom features a queen-size bed while the two upstairs bedrooms have one king- and one queen-size bed and balconies with water views. All bedrooms have private bathrooms.


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Premier Rooms

Our premier garden view rooms with decks are a whimsical retreat for couples seeking a classic New England experience. They feature the same level of luxury as our hotel rooms but with additional space and a deck for relaxing.


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The Chicest Places to Stay in Every State

We’re delighted to be included in House Beautiful’s list of The Chicest Places to Stay in Every State!
Featuring playful wallpaper by Sister Parish and romantic fabrics by Morris & Co., The Claremont Hotel in Southwest Harbor, Maine is a preppy maximalist dream…
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Thank you Forbes for this lovely article

True design hotels have historically been hard to come by in Down East Maine, a rugged region between the state’s Midcoast and the Canadian border. But that’s not to say the delectably scenic, sparsely populated region (well, most of the year anyway) doesn’t deserve one. Down East receives more than its fair share of seasonal out-of-town revelers, drawn by unspoiled nature and stuck-in-time fishing settlements studding the rocky coastline—and they’ve been long craving a new home base to savor the down-to-earth delights of authentic Maine. At last, the reimagined Claremont Hotel in Southwest Harbor is set to appease design-lovers venturing to Acadia, fusing local heritage and sensibility with a microdose of glamor reminiscent of Europe’s finest grand dame resorts.


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Special Thanks to Travel + Leisure for this great article

A road trip up to Mount Desert Island (M.D.I.) is an essential part of any summer visit to Maine, as the massive island is home to a range of quintessential must-see’s: Acadia National Park, the only national park in the northeast; the charming town of Bar Harbor; Cadillac Mountain, the tallest seaside mountain on the eastern seaboard north of Rio de Janeiro; Somes Sound, the only fjord on the east coast; as well as all the usual Maine attractions, namely, lobster, ice cream, and whoopie pies. When you’re here, it’s easy to understand why this has been a popular summer destination since the 1870s…


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