Saltair Inn Waterfront Bed & Breakfast
About Saltair Inn Waterfront Bed & Breakfast:
Experience the magic of Bar Harbor and nearby Acadia National Park at an 1887 Victorian waterfront bed & breakfast. Three blocks from the center of town, the Saltair Inn offers luxurious yet comfortable accommodations with king or queen-size beds, elegant private baths, gas fireplaces, TV’s, and private sitting rooms overlooking Frenchman Bay.
An expansive back lawn slopes gently from the rear of the inn to the water’s edge. Low tide reveals a sand bar connecting the Saltair Inn to Bar Island, from which Bar Harbor adopted its name in 1918. A full breakfast served on the spacious rear deck or in the formal dining room is the perfect start to another special day in Bar Harbor, Maine. The Saltair Inn is a smoke-free and pet-free B&B. Seasonal rates range from $110 to $385 per night.
GUEST ROOMS, AMENITIES & ROOM RATES
The Saltair Inn has eight guest rooms; five waterfront suites and three rooms facing the historic cottages of West Street. All waterfront suites have private sitting rooms and captivating views of the bay. Several suites have newly renovated baths with heated tile floors, air-jet tubs, king beds and multiple fireplaces. For example, the spacious Master Suite is located on the first floor of the inn and offers a magnificent king-size cherry bed and a large private sitting room with stunning views of Frenchman Bay through floor to ceiling windows. Other features include two gas fireplaces and an elegant private bath with a two-person Jacuzzi tub and separate shower. Several other suites feature balconies, gas fireplaces to be enjoyed from oversized tubs, separate tiled showers, Frenchman Bay views and/or heated porcelain floors.
On the front side of the house, the Chart Room offers a queen-size four posted cherry bed, gas fireplace and private bath. The smaller Cottage and Sedgwick Rooms feature queen beds and luxurious baths with heated tile floors and air-jet tubs with showers.
In-room amenities include central heat and air conditioning, private baths, luxury bed linens, cable TV, DVD players, hairdryers, wireless internet access and off-street parking. Additionally, Alarm clocks, Amenities Baskets, CD player, Ceiling fans, DVD Player, In-room internet and Satellite/Cable TV are also provided in rooms. Snacks and beverages are available 24/7 for guests to enjoy in the Sun Room.
Rates range from $225-$385 during the summer; $140-$270 in the shoulder seasons; and $110-$225 in the off season. Check for availability and online booking here.
Common areas at the inn include a spacious living room, dining room, guest parlor, sunroom with snacks and beverages available all day, and plenty of outdoor seating on the one-acre property to enjoy peaceful views of Frenchman Bay. A selection of hiking & biking guides, books, movies, music and games are located in the guest parlor.
The first floor of the inn offers morning coffee and pastries for early risers. On the third floor, you’ll find the upper lounge with a guest refrigerator, TV and Keurig Machine for the occasional cup of hot coffee or tea.
Fresh-brewed gourmet coffee from local roaster Crooked Porch Coffee, is ready by 6:30 AM. Grab a cup before breakfast and stroll down the back lawn to the water's edge. Adirondack chairs set at the shoreline offer the perfect place to relax and contemplate which of Acadia's natural treasures you will enjoy that day.
Breakfast is served from 8:00 to 9:30 AM, and includes an offering of fresh fruit, freshly-baked muffins and pastries, juice, tea, coffee, and one of Matt and Kristi's favorite hot dishes such as Wild Maine blueberry pancakes or Eggs Benedict. Hot and cold cereals, yogurt and eggs-to-order are also available upon request. The innkeepers are happy to accommodate specific dietary needs.
Depending on current weather conditions, breakfast can be served on the rear deck overlooking Frenchman Bay or in the formal dining room accompanied by a cheery fire.
“Saltair” (19th century homes in Bar Harbor were named, not numbered) was built in 1887 as a guest cottage for William and Elizabeth Rice of Massachusetts. Mr. Rice was an investor and businessman, and Mrs. Rice was one of the founders of what is now MDI Hospital. Saltair was one of six summer cottages that Mr. and Mrs. Rice built in an area of West Street officially known as the West Street Historical District, which includes 17 properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Saltair was designed by Boston architect Arthur Rotch (1850 – 1894), who designed more than 15 other buildings in Bar Harbor, including St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church located on Mt. Desert Street.
Mr. Rice sold the home in 1896 to Anthony Bleecker Banks of Albany, NY. Mr. Banks owned the home until his death in 1910. He was President of Banks and Company, the publisher of the oldest law books in the United States. He also served two terms as mayor of Albany, NY from 1876 to 1878 and from 1884 to 1886.
In 1926 the house was purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Langhorne of Virginia and Washington, D.C. Mr. Langhorne was a politician and a cousin of Lady Astor, society hostess and social critic, and the first woman seated on the British House of Commons in 1919.
The next owners of Saltair were Mr. and Mrs. Edward Browning. Ella Browning was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George McFadden and served on the Roscoe Jackson Memorial Laboratory Board of Trustees in 1953. Located one mile south of downtown Bar Harbor, The Jackson Lab is an independent, nonprofit research facility focusing on mammalian genetics research to advance human health.
The present innkeepers have been fortunate to have been visited by Mrs. Dorothy Barnes who resided here during the 1960’s and several members of the Simon Family who lived here in the 1970’s and 80’s. The Saltair was briefly operated as a Bed and Breakfast in the late 1990s by Anthony and Elaine Hosford, but was converted back to a private residence by the subsequent owners. Kristi and Matt were thrilled to take over the stewardship of this beautiful property in 2005 and restore it into a welcoming B&B.
ABOUT THE INNKEEPERS
Kristi and Matt met in 1988 when they began their courtship as high school sweethearts in Fairfax, Virginia. Their relationship continued as Kristi attended Longwood College and Matt, the Virginia Military Institute.
With his Civil Engineering degree, Matt began working for a structural engineering firm in Manassas, VA while Kristi pursued her Master's degree in Forensic Science from the George Washington University. Matt eventually earned his Professional Engineer’s license and Kristi spent about ten years working in the DNA Laboratory of the FBI, ultimately becoming a Forensic Examiner.
They fell in love with Bar Harbor while visiting Matt's parents, who moved there in 1992. Matt and Kristi were married in 1996, and over the next ten years were blessed with three children, Katie, Emily and Adam. Enamored by the quaint New England village and amazed by the beauty of Acadia National Park, it wasn't long before the desire took hold to make Bar Harbor their home. They left their careers in Virginia, and purchased Saltair in December 2005.
Active members of the Bar Harbor Community, Matt serves on the Board of Directors of Kebo Valley Golf Club and Kristi serves as an elected member of the Bar Harbor School Board. In their spare time, they enjoy hiking, kayaking, golfing, fishing and sharing their love of the outdoors with their children.