We could tell you our vacations homes are wonderful, and list the many reasons you should plan your next vacation with us, but

Our Guests Say It Best!

Great space and property! A perfect getaway.

A close enough drive to Bar Harbor but far enough away to have peace and quiet. Brenda was very willing to share tips of what to do locally and everything was spot on!

Jesse, 10/2019

We had a great stay! So peaceful, with a lovely view of the water. We had a seafood dinner on the beach, complete with a campfire, and brought home lobster dinners another evening . So hard to come home to reality, can’t wait to plan a return trip.

Kathryn, 9/2019

Brenda is a great host. Location is just right for access to Barbara Harbor and Acadia. Highly recommend! James 9/2019

James, 9/2019

Great Location, Great Rental

We loved this property and would definitely stay here again. The sunset view from the deck was amazing and the location, while very private, was convenient to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. It’s a great location from which to explore all of Mt Desert Island. Additionally, Brenda was very accommodating, getting us in on short notice after our other rental had some issues that made it uninhabitable.

John C., 9/2019

Wonderful Retreat Log Chalet

We stayed for a week and it wasn’t long enough. Great location, with water about 3 minute walk downhill. Wooded area and a few mornings we walked the loop and saw deer and redheaded woodpeckers. There is another cabin close by but we never heard the people staying there. The porch on the main level overlooks foliage and water, and is a great place for morning coffee and afternoon tea. The sun hits the porch in afternoons. There are 2 queen beds in loft, but no real closet. Two separate bedrooms on main level have a queen bed and small closet. Bottom level has a sofa and TV and could sleep 2 more. The bottom level does open out onto ground, but we never used that opening. Central heating will warm the basement, but heats the upper levels almost to excess, so put those who feel the cold in the loft! Two good sized bath rooms, one on main floor and one in basement (which share the full sized washer-dryer). There is a gas stove to take chill off main level, and it adds to the coziness of the place. Main level kitchen, dining, and living area is a nice open plan. Kitchen is adequately appointed for meal prep should you choose. We loved this place and didn’t want to leave. Brenda was very responsive to our questions and provided great info so we could be more like locals than tourists. We also learned that with a 5 minute walk we could ride the free bus into Bar Harbor, but keep an eye on the time as you don’t want to miss the last bus! Absolutely delightful place to stay.

D.D., 9/2019

Brenda’s house is ideally located for access to the Park and to Bar Harbor.

The entrance to the Park lies between the house and town. Since the town sometimes seemed very crowded, it was nice not to have to have driven through there on our way to go for a hike each day. However, it is only a short drive further into town for shops and restaurants. The house is located in the forest, off the road, and was a haven of peace and quiet after the busy-ness of sight-seeing. There is a lovely deck with a great view of the water. There are three separate bedroom areas, each with a full bath – upstairs, main floor, and daylight basement. This was perfect for our party of three couples. The house was very clean and well-supplied. A great home base for exploring the Park and the island!

Nicola, 9/2019

MDI Chalet

You have to stay here. Off the beaten path, peaceful surroundings, views that keep on going, awesome. The owner Brenda was great to work with. You want a great place,, you found it.

Gary S., 8/2019

Brenda is a great host. Location is just right for access to Bar Harbor and Acadia. Highly recommend!

James, 8/2019

We had a wonderful time staying in your Lodge Log Chalet! It had everything we required for our vacation, and then some. Kitchen, bed and bath were fully stocked with anything we needed. We enjoyed the gas fire-place on numerous occasions, sitting in the living room reading, and working on puzzles. Outside the walk to the water was filled with berries that we picked almost daily, and my family of runners enjoyed a cold swim after runs. We took your advice and hiked around Jordan Pond and had tea and pop-overs, drove the Park Loop road to the top of Cadillac Mountain, kayaked on Long Pond…We also took 2 sailing tours and took in an Agatha Christie play at Acadia Repertory Theatre. Your Chalet was perfectly located so it was very easy and short driving for all we wanted to do! We hope to be able to do this again soon!

Sheila T., MD 8/2019

We had a great time on MDI last month and very much enjoyed staying in your log chalet! The place was perfect for our family of 4, my sister-in-law’s family of 4, and our 18 month old pup. The cousins enjoyed having their own space in the loft and having access to the downstairs area and we all absolutely loved the views of Mt Desert Narrows from the balcony. We were pleased with the well-equipped house and well maintained property. Your recommendations for things to do and places to eat were also very helpful.

Thanks and we hope to be back in the future!

Dave 8/2019

Great location, great service

Property was as described in a incredibly convenient location for those looking to spend time in Acadia National Park. Brenda provided a great experience with only a couple days notice. We will be back for sure, the sunset from the balcony and Hadley beach is addicting!

Jeff S., 7/2019

We had a marvelous time in Maine!

I wish we could have stayed longer! It was beautiful, spiritual and restful. Thank you and bless you.

CM, 6/2019

The Cedar Chalet was perfect for our family of six. The property is located near Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. It was peaceful and perfectly quiet at night. The property has a pleasant view of the ocean and mainland. The house has a spacious kitchen-living-dining area. There are three bedrooms on three levels, with a bath on each level. That worked well for our group and gave plenty of privacy. Kitchen facilities were complete. There were no difficulties with arrival or departure. Restaurants, groceries, and other necessities can easily be found in Bar Harbor, about ten minutes away.

Thomas, 5/2019

I have traveled all over the world, and this is absolutely one of my favorite stays. My daughter and I never wanted to leave. It was, in a word, perfect. Spotless, gorgeous, quiet, convenient, with a view to die for.

Carol, 5/2019

Wonderful location – only a 10 min drive to town, but located in a remote and quiet place, with views of the water!

The house gets TONS of sunshine through the very large windows in the main living area. There is a very nice suite in the lower level. Was perfect for us. We parents stayed upstairs. Kids on the main floor, and grandparents downstairs. Very comfortable space for everyone. Lots of good common space, or the ability to retreat to the suite for privacy.
We will definitely be coming back.

Eran E., 1/2018

The cottage is very clean and welcoming. There is no need to bring anything, it’s all there… paper products, linens, kitchen utensils, soap, laundry. This is the best equipped rental I’ve ever been in. The location is minutes from Bar Harbor and Acadia NP in a quiet woodsy area. The view is spectacular! The cottage overlooks the bay and is steps away to the water. Sunsets are outstanding from the expansive deck (a good spot for an afternoon snooze). This was a perfect vacation and the cottage exceeded our expectations. The owner was very pleasant and helpful.

P.R., 1/2018

We have been staying at Bayview cottages for our family vacation for many years. As the family got bigger (13 now with grandkids) we picked progressively bigger homes. We are in the largest, now, the Post and Beam. Our sons and their significant others rent the Log Chalet on the same lot – we alternate decks for drinks and snacks. You won’t find better homes or people to deal with (Brenda is great) and they are so close to Acadia! The view of Frenchmen’s Bay is a nice perk as well.

Richard S., 8/2017

The moment we drove down the driveway we knew we had made the right choice in picking the log cabin. It had everything we needed in addition to a spectacular view of the bay. All of our guests were impressed with our selection and that they were invited to join us during our stay. The location of the cabin was perfect. It was out of the main stream of Bar Harbor yet close enough for a quick drive into town or multiple visits to Acadia National Park. We spent two weeks enjoying the cabin and Bar Harbor and would highly recommend it if you want to have a great getaway. Brenda, the owner, was easy to work with and very responsive.

John L., 8/2017

Awesome Retreat

Everything we expected and then some. The log chalet was well maintained and very relaxing. Plenty of room to unwind and relax after a long day of hiking or to get out of the bad weather and play games or watch tv with the family. Brenda was great to work with. She went above and beyond to make sure our stay was perfect. One thing I recommend is book your stay for as long as possible. There’s so much to be seen and endless places to eat. Will definitely be back.

12/2018

We had such a great week in Acadia and the house was perfect! The location couldn’t have been better and the set up was very comfortable. I’m sure we’ll be back again.
Thank you for everything. Cheers!

10/2018

Beautiful views and more spacious feel than expected. Convenient location to everything. Good value for the money.

10/2018

Hidden Gem Don’t Hesitate to Book

Brenda’s place is a perfect stay for people who want to explore Acadia National Park. The location is amazing just couple minute drive from Bar Harbor. Her wealth of knowledge in the area was a huge plus for our group. Love every bit of this trip and this property. Communication was super smooth, Brenda is very responsive. We will definitely be back!

10/2018

This location doesn’t have many current reviews. Don’t let that deter you. This is a hidden gem of a cabin. Right on the water, beautiful views of the water and sunset through the trees. Well-equipped cabin. Could comfortably sleep 8, 2 private bedrooms, twin beds overlooking the great room and a fold-out futon. The kitchen has everything you need. For those that can’t be disconnected there is direct TV and wireless internet. But you can go without it and never miss it. This cabin is a short drive into Bar Harbor, also not far from Southwest/Northeast Harbor. It’s only minutes away from Acadia National Park. In our eyes, it was the perfect location. The owner is very easy to deal with and provides great suggestions for eating and other activities. Book this place, you won’t regret it.

9/2018

Exceeded our expectations!

We just returned from a week in this fabulous log home. It was exactly as pictured, well-appointed, comfortable and in a great location. The view from the deck is stunning, right on the water. Brenda (the owner) was very helpful and great to work with. We can’t think of anything that would make it better, (except a wine opener)!

9/2018

Beautiful property! Perfect location!

Ideally situated near the park and towns but very private and quiet. We’d go back for sure!

9/2018

Amazing weekend!

This was such a beautiful home! Cozy and impeccable, with amazing views and great amenities, too! Quick drive to Acadia, which we enjoyed so much! Host provides a book with so much information about things to do around. Everything was just perfect. Thank you, Brenda!

9/2018

What a perfect find for our family!

This was our first visit to Maine and we could not have asked for a better place to stay. The log home is well-appointed with everything we needed for a relaxing week — except a wine opener! Our family of 5 spent a lot of time on the deck and on the big rocks on the beach. Oh, how my teenagers loved those rocks. The sunsets are breathtaking! Brenda, the owner, was super easy to work with and we really appreciated the restaurant ideas and points of interests she emailed to us prior to our visit. Kayak rental is a must!!! You can put your kayak in the water right in front of the house.

7/2018

Beautiful Views While Enjoying Peace and Quiet

My family and I spent an extra long weekend here and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The house is in a great location. It is in a very quiet and peaceful area, away from traffic, but close to restaurants, Bar Harbor and the National Park. The house has awesome views on all three levels. We enjoyed watching the birds (we saw an eagle), the boats, and the awesome sunsets. We had fun eating messy lobsters on the deck. The house itself has lots of room, was well stocked, and was even better in person than the pictures. The owner was great to work with. Overall, it is a highly recommended rental and we will definitely return here in the future.

5/2018

Bar Harbor trip

The chalet was wonderful. Me and my family of 7 stayed here for a week. It had everything we needed even though it was off-season and a lot of stuff was closed for the season, we had a great time in the cabin playing games and spending a lot of bonding time together, made a lot of good meals. Kitchen had everything we needed. All in all was great.

3/2018

Looks Just Like the Pictures – Wonderful Stay

Three friends and I stayed at the Log Chalet for a week in September. The cabin looks just like the picture and is clean and beautiful. The kitchen is well-stocked with pots, pans and dishes. There is also a grill, which we didn’t use, but it appeared to be in good working order. The location is wonderful and overlooks Frenchman’s bay. We saw several sunsets from the deck. It’s great having laundry facilities in the cabin as well so that we didn’t have to pack much luggage. The beds were all comfortable and there are plenty of towels. There is cable TV and wifi available for your use. From the cabin, you can get to almost anywhere on the island in less than 20 minutes — Northeast Point, Acadia Park, Bar Harbor, and Trenton. Booking was easy with Brenda. I will definitely stay here again.

9/2017

Cedar Chalet

We had reserved the Cedar Chalet last year for a family vacation with our adult children. Our daughter then decided to get married at Acadia National Park while we were there, so the groom’s family rented the log cabin down the hill from us. It was a small (15 people) wedding and we had the reception in the Chalet. The space worked perfectly for our family trip and the family wedding. We used a catering company for the wedding dinner and they set up the space perfectly. Brenda was great to work with. Our son runs his own business online and needed good internet and she spent time making sure the internet was working well and even offered another of her cottages for his use, if needed. We had great access to the park and Bar Harbor and would stay here again. It was peaceful and quiet and well equipped. We would highly recommend it.

8/2016

Recommended! Very Comfy, Very Nicely Built and Provisioned

We spent the Fourth of July week in this home, and enjoyed our stay very much. This is a relatively new and very nicely built home (log walls, central forced hot air heat, Gas Jotul stove to take the chill and damp off on rainy days, Pella windows), very well maintained, and exceptionally well provisioned. And everything was very clean. Staying here was more like borrowing a friend’s house than staying at a vacation rental. Everything was provided: Coffee maker, of course… but WITH a large supply of coffee filters. A dish washer… AND dishwasher soap… Gas grill… WITH propane tank and instructions on how to get (free) refills. Every manner of kitchen appliance. Reasonably nice furnishings (a big table for a get-together or on which to do a puzzle). VERY comfortable beds, with very little wear on them. The house is superbly located: About 15 minutes from downtown Bar Harbor, 10 minutes from Acadia National Park. It’s located directly adjacent to 3 other properties owned by the same owner, so the house isn’t isolated in the woods, but neither are the other houses are so close as to be bothersome. This house is not directly on the water, but there IS a nice water view from the deck through the trees. A flat screen TV (36″ or so) is downstairs in a comfy media-room/playroom. If you want to send the kids off to play and watch the tube while you relax on the main floor with a couple of beverages, this is a good thing. Not having kids, I wished there was a TV on the main floor, so I could put on the ballgame in the background while chilling on the deck. But this, really, is a quibble. Oh, the WiFi connectivity is excellent and provides good download speeds. Worked well for streaming content. Also, the house is definitely pet friendly. Our two dogs (a Bernese Mountain Dog and a German Shepherd) approved of the place. Again, the whole experience was much more like staying a friend’s place than a rental property. Communication with the owner was good (if not stellar) and reasonably prompt. Every email I sent was responded to within a day or so. The owner (who owns a total of six houses in the area, I believe) is clearly a professional who knows what she’s doing. I’d definitely recommend this house, and would return, without any hesitation.

7/2016

Room with a view

Excellent location with great accommodations. Very roomy and very clean. Everything you want for a terrific vacation.

7/2016

Cedar Chalet

The Cedar Chalet was great met all of my needs, quiet, overlooking the water. Close to Bar Harbor and park entrance. and especially pet friendly!
are looking for in a vacation home. My girls were happy with the WiFi.

We had reserved the Cedar Chalet last year for a family vacation with our adult children. Our daughter then decided to get married at Acadia National Park while we were there, so the groom’s family rented the log cabin down the hill from us. It was a small (15 people) wedding and we had the reception in the Chalet. The space worked perfectly for our family trip and the family wedding. We used a catering company for the wedding dinner and they set up the space perfectly. Brenda was great to work with. Our son runs his own business online and needed good internet and she spent time making sure the internet was working well and even offered another of her cottages for his use, if needed. We had great access to the park and Bar Harbor and would stay here again. It was peaceful and quiet and well equipped. We would highly recommend it.

6/2016

Waterfront vacation

This home is an amazing place to spend a waterfront vacation in Acadia. The home has wonderful views of the bay with plenty of windows. Close proximity to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park are benefits with location along a private wooded road remote from any summer congestion. Cleanliness and home amenities are exceptional. Unique log home design is memorable. Exterior deck terrific for eating, relaxing, and reading.

Clare B,, Groton, MA, 6/2016

Beautiful spot, conveniently located with all the comforts of home.

My family has rented the log cabin for a week every summer for the past five years. It sleeps 6 very comfortably and is attractively decorated and very clean and well maintained. It includes all the amenities you’d need (wi-fi, cable t.v., grill, washer/dryer, iron, fully provisioned kitchen, etc.) and has access to the water as well as a beautiful view of sunsets over the bay (great for evening cocktails on the deck after activity filled days!). It’s doggie friendly so the whole family can come on vacation – which is very important to us! The location is quiet and safe on its own private road and very conveniently located to Bar Harbor, Acadia, and Ellsworth. The owner is very reasonable and responsive to requests. We love it here and would never stay any place else in Bar Harbor!!!

Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, 9/2015

Location, Location, Location and Total Beauty

The log chalet was beautiful — even more than we had expected. Located just five minutes from the entrance to Acadia, our family of four — empty nest parents and their two 20-something boys were close to whatever anyone wanted to do, separate or together. The chalet had floor to ceiling windows with a large outside deck that had a full view of the bay, the lobster boat that worked its traps each morning and the trio of foxes that paraded around the property. Inside the house was well-appointed, a good size, not too small, not too big and very cozy with modern amenities. The boys loved the downstairs with its large TV and its full ability to accommodate the Xbox that came along on the trip while the parents enjoyed the more quiet upstairs. Brenda, the owner, was pleasant and very easy to work with, and we actually had an opportunity to meet and talk with her during our week — she provided excellent information on the area and takes great pride in her property and seeing that her tenants are comfortable. Because of the short drive to the entrance, we spent most of the week in the park, sea kayaking, hiking, bicycling, eating at Jordan Pond, shopping, and just relaxing. Our family has included the location and log chalet in the “favorite vacation ever” list and we fully intend to return to this beautiful home.

Suzie F, Florida, 2/2016

Perfect Vacation, no stress at all. Everything was great. We had everything we needed and was provided with great places around the area to visit. Will visit again.

Laura G., Kimberton, Pennsylvania, 10/2015

Beautiful and comfortable chalet

We rented this chalet when we were traveling with another couple. It is spacious and very comfortable. The chalet is located about 10 miles (15 minute drive) from Bar Harbor and Acadia. The chalet seems quite new. You enter into a great room (living and dining rooms) with 2-story ceilings. The kitchen is roomy and has all the cooking and dining implements we needed. All the appliances were clean and in good condition. On the main floor are 2 good sizes bedrooms (one with a TV) and a full bath. Upstairs is a large loft with 2 beds. Downstairs there’s a family room with TV, full bath and laundry room. The furniture is comfortable and homey. There’s a large deck on the back of the main floor of the chalet with comfortable chairs to relax enjoy the beautiful view. A short walk through the trees and down a stairway takes you to the shore of Mt. Desert Narrows. We took a fun and interesting hike along the beach. I would definitely recommend this property for a large family or group of friends.

10/2015

Beautiful spot, conveniently located with all the comforts of home.

My family has rented the log cabin for a week every summer for the past five years. It sleeps 6 very comfortably and is attractively decorated and very clean and well maintained. It includes all the amenities you’d need (wi-fi, cable t.v., grill, washer/dryer, iron, fully provisioned kitchen, etc.) and has access to the water as well as a beautiful view of sunsets over the bay (great for evening cocktails on the deck after activity filled days!). It’s doggie friendly so the whole family can come on vacation – which is very important to us! The location is quiet and safe on its own private road and very conveniently located to Bar Harbor, Acadia, and Ellsworth. The owner is very reasonable and responsive to requests. We love it here and would never stay any place else in Bar Harbor!!!

Boston, Massachusetts, 9/2015

Awesome, Secluded Getaway

What a great place. Cabin was spotless when we arrived. Family of 6 adults fit comfortably along with our dog. Great sunsets and an awesome deck with grill that we used often. Location is perfect for all of Acadia, MDI, and easy access to the mainland for groceries. Brenda was perfect to work with, making everything easy. Definitely recommend!

Massachusetts, 9/2015

Beautiful, secluded Acadia getaway

I deeply enjoyed my stay at the Log Chalet. Although I was visiting Acadia in the off season and much of the park/Bar Harbor were closed, I found that I was happy just relaxing at the cabin. Although there were only two of us, there’s easily space for a large family. We loved the view of the sound and the cabin’s seclusion, despite the proximity to major attractions. The kitchen was well-stocked with pots, pans, and utensils; there was a washer and dryer in the finished basement; the bedrooms were simple, but very clean and spacious. One of our favorite features was the gas fireplace – great when you want to lounge around and relax. Highly recommended.

Saratoga Springs, New York, 4/2015

Best rental in Bar Harbor

We rented the Cedar Chalet for two weeks this year instead of our usual one. It is without a doubt the nicest house to rent if you want to spend time in Bar Harbor and explore Acadia. The house has everything you need, beautiful views and is nestled in the woods for peace and quiet. It has 3 floors – each with a bathroom and shower and perfect for three couples. We would never stay anywhere else. The owner is efficient and a joy to work with.

1/2015

Stunning Accommodations and Vacation

If you are looking for an immaculate well kept vacation rental property close to Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park and all of Mt. Desert’s attractions, I highly recommend the Bayview cottages. My extended family of 7 (four generations) enjoyed the privacy, woodsy location and water views of Frenchman’s Bay from our “log chalet”. Besides enjoying the perfect well kept accommodations, the making of the rental arrangements with Brenda Harp were easy and top notch. Her personal accessibility and professional dealings by both phone and e-mail were flawless and second to none. In addition to the attractions of Mt. Desert Island, the seafood, and the nature walks along the ocean, the Bayview Cottages vacation rentals, rather than just a place to stay, are an attraction in and of themselves and another reason to go to Mt. Desert Island.

Ed, Tampa, FL. 12/2014

Great accommodations, perfect location

This was our second stay at this vacation home, with the first time ten years ago. It was very comfortable and has a wonderful full knotty pine interior. We also enjoyed the gas fireplace, which took the chill off in the living area. Watching the sunsets of the bay was great, as was sitting out on the deck with a glass of wine and a good book. Very good wireless internet access. The location is great…about ten minutes drive to Bar Harbor, where there is a good grocery store, lots of restaurants, and other attractions. However, we didn’t actually eat at any of the restaurants, as the choices at the grocery were good and the lobster at C-Rays (5 minutes away) was fantastic. Easy access to Acadia National Park, and pleasant drives to Northeast Harbor and Southwest Harbor. Be sure to take a good camera. It’s roughly an hour from the Bangor Airport, which makes it convenient to get there.

10/2014

Perfect getaway for the family

Absolutely gorgeous cabin, perfect for the extended family or for friends. Loved the spaciousness and home-away-from-home feel of the cabin. I, my wife, infant son, dog, parents and in-laws all loved it. Very convenient for exploring Acadia Nat’l Park and Bar Harbor.

10/2014

Brenda, we loved your log home and will return in the future! We had everything we needed. The amenities were perfect, kayak, dish network, eagles, seals, loons and most of all peace and quite. Every thing worked, it was one of the first homes we have rented that everything was in working order. The weather was perfect, the dogs and I went in the water however Joanne only got her feet wet and took pictures of us fools in the bay. Next time we come up we will definitely stay in your log home. We had lobster every night, what a treat! It was funny, I would tell people I have been coming to Maine for 30 years, Joanne had to correct me and say it has been forty. Thank you, we will stay with you again in a couple of years.

Steve and Joanne, 9/2009

Brenda, we previously rented your vacation properties: the Cedar Chalet and the Log Home and have great memories of this family vacation! We would like to repeat the experience by renting both homes again for the summer.

Thanks, Colette and Jeff, and Donna and Greg 6/2003, 6/2009

We have stayed in several homes of Brenda Harp’s. We loved them all, although the two on this property are our favorites and very close to our hearts. It’s simply wonderful there. Amazingly Beautiful and you have everything at your fingertips. Houses are fully furnished with everything one might need. Brenda is a gracious host. Maine is one of God’s most precious places. You should go and experience it for yourself!

Charleen G. of PA.
12/2003, 12/2004, 12/2005, 6/2006, 6/2009

Acadia Bayview Cottages Log Chalet Review

What a GREAT place to stay! And I mean GREAT. From the minute we walked into Brenda’s place we felt like we were at home. The home is well appointed and probably the cleanest rental I have ever been in. There were 5 adults staying in the home and there was plenty of room for everyone. Mornings began with coffee on the deck and ended with star gazing at night. There are 4 homes on the property, but you would never know it – it was always peaceful and serene. Everything was in working order – dishwasher, full size washer and dryer, and more, which made it easy and comfortable to relax in. I guess the best recommendation was when my 3 adult sons (and 1 daughter in law) asked upon our departure – can we PLEASE do this again next year?- SAME PLACE- same time. Be sure not to miss the sand beach that is a short walk or drive from the home. Our last night we watched the sunset from the beach and had a bonfire. It was the perfect ending to our vacation. Thanks Brenda for sharing your rental home with our family – I hope to see you again next year.

Harrisburg, PA, Morgantown WV, Austin TX (yeah, we are all over the place and flew in to be together), 8/2010

Hi Brenda,

Your place is awesome. Our trip was wonderful – thanks for sharing your slice of paradise!

Nancy H.

Brenda,

We have rented from you for over 8 years, and each time we are so pleased with how clean the property is, and how well-equipped (including having laundry detergent and dryer sheets). And the location of the homes is perfect (we have stayed in one of the log chalets, and the Cedar Chalet). There’s easy access both to Bar Harbor and the main part of Acadia National Park, but also to the “quiet side” of Mt. Desert, which we love. We always spend part of the week with another family, and the layout of the Cedar Chalet is perfect for both mingling and spending some quiet time apart. And if there’s a stretch of bad weather, there’s plenty of space to hang out without getting cabin fever. We especially loved, when our daughter was still quite small, that there’s so much to enjoy without having to drive anywhere. Kids love walking down to the water from the house and playing on the shore, watching hauled-out seals, all sorts of seabirds, and of course the resident bald eagle on “the Twinnies.” Our Harp-Hawkins rentals are a huge part of why we have such wonderful vacations each year at Mt. Desert!

Beth S., Portland, Maine