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Monday, January 11, 2016

REVIEWS! Guests LOVE This Acadia Winter Harbor Maine Vacation Rental

Though we've been renting to vacationers coming to Acadia National Park since 2005, we've never experienced a negative review! In fact, all reviews verify that Guests love the area AND the house. We do work hard to make sure our Guests have the information necessary for making the most of their precious vacation time.

Here are some of the reviews Guests have posted. EMAIL us to plan your stay, with no booking fees!

"We fell in love after an hour of being in your lovely home; We will make this an annual summer vacation."

Guest arrived Saturday, June 23, and emailed us on Monday, June 25, saying:

  Hello!   We are settled in and have done exploring as suggested (thank you for the tips).  We are riding to Bar Harbor today and booked a puffin cruise for Wednesday. Locals are extremely friendly and helpful. I can honestly say we fell in love after an hour of being in your lovely home and all of us were in agreement we will make this an annual summer vacation.  Your home is both inviting and relaxing. As a teacher I appreciate the notes; it saves time guessing and locating paperwork. We will pack much lighter next trip as you've outdone yourself with stocking everything I could think of. 😁 Thank you for sharing this beautiful getaway. I will recommend it to my friends who are very interested in my stay here. And yes I will contact you directly. I will share photos once I get back.

5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15 - Guest from Ohio

Thank you so much for providing such a beautiful home for us to spend the week in! We had an amazing time, much due to the comfort of your wonderful home! The breeze that would blow in through the windows was such an awesome reminder of childhood times, before central air, when the only air conditioning we had was an open window and a summer breeze! The temperature here was so mild, and the humidity so low, that I could see myself spending summers here. It was a perfect fit!
“Wonderful,warm and cozy home!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26

The home is very clean, well stocked and with thoughtful extras and tips on what the area has to offer. Kathleen has made sure her guests were comfortable. She has many extras, like an atlas, binoculars, maps, brochures and helpful info about the area. We would definitely stay again.

“A definite GREAT find when I came upon this rental on tripadvisor.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15 - Guest from Indiana

Great Rental. The owner's respect and pride for her home shines through as soon as you drive in the driveway. It's decorated with Maine oceanside decor in all the rooms; we loved that! The house is clean, all the appliances/tvs/fans/lights work. Beds were cozy! Neighborhood is child friendly. Useful notes, pamphlets, brochures, menus are in the house; with tried and true notes of places around the area. We liked getting out of the Bar Harbor crowds; yet still able to day trip there or venture to the main land Acadia!

“Amazing, wonderful, peaceful place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7

My boys and I love the Winter Harbor house. The owner took care of every detail, we didn't want for anything. The place was spectacular; the house impeccably decorated. We were right next to Acadia park for biking and hiking. I have never been to Winter Harbor and loved the surroundings. What a beautiful place. It was the first time my 17 year old was away without an xbox; and instead he went biking and hiking. We loved cooking in the kitchen, using the deck grille; and there was a lovely back deck that we enjoyed. Everyone was extremely friendly and went out of their way to introduce themselves; make us feel welcome.
I plan on returning back in the fall.
5 of 5 stars Ease of booking     5 of 5 stars Directions to the property
5 of 5 stars Key pickup/access to the property     5 of 5 stars Overall condition
5 of 5 stars Quality of bedding/mattresses     5 of 5 stars Kitchen/utensils quality
5 of 5 stars Cleanliness of bathroom     5 of 5 stars Quality of facilities/amenities
5 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: The fresh air, close to Acadia park
Liked least: nothing, it was the best vacation we had in years.

“Excellent Place Just like Home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27

This house is built is very close to Schoodic Point in Acadia National Park. It is a great picnic spot, lots of scenic sites and grill area. About the house, it is great vacation home for a family of 6 to seven. We had the best time. Everything was so clean and tidy. Grill was there if you would like to cook something sitting on a deck and kids play in the yard. There is a kids play area right at the end of the street.
Dining, kitchen, bedroom with comfortable mattresses. We are very fortunate to find a place close to Acadia. We will definitely come back. Kathleen has everything made it ready to guide you to visit the place. Thank you again and we will come back.

“Great time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5
We had a great time in Winter Harbor, the house was very clean and everything, really everything was provided for, from picnic basket to binoculars. We went to the places and sites recommended by Kathleen and had a great time

5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27
We really loved staying at this rental. Kathleen you were great!!! You answered all my questions. You made everything very easy for us. I was a little nervous when I found out we rented a house 45 minutes from Bar Harbor, We still went into Bar Harbor whale watching. We all agreed after going into Bar Harbor, that we were glad that we rented where we did. Winter Harbor is very beautiful and although it was raining the last day before we were to come home, so we were not able to see Cadillac Mountain, we still had a wonderful time. I definetly would recommend this home to anyone.

“Just like 'Home' - when we needed it.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13 - Guest from Denmark

After a road-trip on the east coast we arrived to Winter Harbor. we where all quite tired of the uniform hotel rooms in different places, and we just loved this quit place. We went to Mount Dessert Island one day and just relaxed the other day, swimming in the Jones Pond and a took trip to Schodic Point.
We visited from Denmark, and Kathleen went out of her way to help us with money transfer to her bank and answered other questions for us. She was such a great help.

“This was perfect for our needs.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9 - Guest from Idaho

We wanted a house in a fairly quiet and private area that would be close to Acadia and surrounding areas. This house was perfect for our needs. Having a washer and dryer on an extended cross-country vacation was a bonus. Lots of information in the house to make travel easy. Very clean and very private.

“Nice house and beautiful town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18

Making our reservations and dealing with Kathleen, the owner, was very easy. It was as simple as making a hotel reservation.

The home was very clean with lots of space and a fenced in backyard where our kids could play. They also had a playground in the neighborhood, which was an extra bonus. The house had plenty of space and it was comfortable for everyone. There are restaurants and a grocery store within walking distance of the house. Kathleen gave us lots of ideas and suggestions that made our trip more enjoyable. We had a great time and would definitely rent here again if we came back to Maine.

“Low key and enjoyable”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31

The house was very cozy and tidy with helpful notes on usage and what to do in the area. After spending 2 nights in Bar Harbor eating out every meal, we did not eat out in Winter Harbor at all but used the well stocked kitchen to cook our evening meals. We could walk to everything. There was a nice cafe near the 5 and dime with fresh bread and desserts. The farmer's market down the road on Saturday was small but varied with fresh fruit, meat, breads, crafts, and veggies.
Every day we hiked , biked and sometimes swam. The house is in a peaceful, quiet area that was perfect to get back to after a day of wandering around. Schoodic Pt. and the surrounding park were really beautiful and just down the road. Definitely a place to go if you are into nature.
"Looking to De-Stress? Look no further"
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2010

We are 4th time guests at this beautiful townhouse. This home is so comfortable and has a charm of its own with beautifully decorated rooms, so clean that you know the owners take pride in it and want you to have the best time as their guests and so functional that you have all you could need and more. If you "forgot it", it is most likely there. The neighborhood and town have such a friendly, hometown feel to it that if you are in a certain age group (baby boomers), you will have memories from by-gone days. If you walk downtown, you will come to the Winter Harbor 5 and 10. As you walk through it, you will see toys that you had as a child. There is an IGa on that same street that is very convenient. Also, a great place for breakfast or lunch: J.M. Gerrish. Very friendly owners and great cooks, delicious food and friendly locals to talk to. In just a few minutes you can get to the entrance of acadia National Park where we went every day..stunningly beautiful..peaceful and relaxing. One day we even saw a moose swimming in the ocean! Quite a sight! We slept so well there because the beds are so comfortable and we spent so much time in the open, unpolluted air. As we went on our adventures, we felt like we didn't have a care in the world. Bar Harbor was a lot of fun with all the shopping and good places to eat. In summary, this is the best place to stay if you are going to be in this area (we compared a lot and it is by far the best deal going), no hidden charges like some places you find and if you are trying to decide whether or not this area is where you want to spend some leisure time, you will not be disappointed. It is as beautiful as a postcard, everywhere you look!! There is something for everyone. Oh, if you decide to stay there baby boomers, you must go to Jordan's Snack Bar on Route 1 in Ellsworth. The food is excellent, there are nights with "old cars" and bands and even a game room with pinball machines!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Porcupine! Get up close and personal, but not too close!

One of my favorite routines whenever we're able to stay at the lovely Winter Harbor vacation rental house is, each evening at dusk, to drive just under two miles to one of our favorite spots, Frazer Point oceanside picnic area (inside the Schoodic section of Acadia National Park) to see if I can spot any porcupines.

One afternoon, while picnicking and enjoying a marshmallow roast with our daughters and grandchildren, we watched a very young porcupine ambling about just inside the wooded area next to our table. The sight of two young boys running toward him drove the little fella up a tree, where he perched safely, just about 10 feet from the ground. He stayed there - apparently undaunted by the attention - for as along as we hung out enjoying the sight of him.

The video I've included here is from one of my encounters with a porcupine at Frazer Point. I really did get this close!

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Monday, January 4, 2016

Acadia National Park's 100th Birthday Means FREE Access for You!

Rent this lovely vacation home in Maine and use it as your home base to explore Acadia National Park! Details here


2016 - Happy 100th Birthday to Acadia National Park! 

Plan your visit to Acadia National Park, Maine, around these 


The National Park Service and Acadia National Park turn 100 in 2016, and in celebration, the National Park Service announced that there would be 16 admission free days in 2016.

The free admission days include:

January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
April 16 through 24: National Park Week
August 25 through 28: National Park Service Birthday
September 24: National Public Lands Day
November 11: Veterans Day

In addition, to these days, the National Park Service offers free admission to active duty military personnel, citizens with permanent disabilities and any 4th grade student through the “Every Kid In a Park” program.

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The National Park Service and Acadia National Park turn 100 in 2016, and in celebration, the National Park Service announced that there would be 16 admission free days in 2016.
The free admission days include:
  • January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • April 16 through 24: National Park Week
  • August 25 through 28: National Park Service Birthday
  • September 24: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day
In addition, to these days, the National Park Service offers free admission to active duty military personnel, citizens with permanent disabilities and any 4th grade student through the “Every Kid In a Park” program.

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

The Little Things

Stay in comfort in our lovely vacation rental home and use it as your home base while you explore Acadia National Park! Details here.


While everyone else is looking up and around at the hugely captivating scenery, make sure YOU look down for the little, natural treasures that others miss, like this vernal, mini-waterfall I seek out every Spring on Grindstone Point in Winter Harbor. (I like to pretend that I'm the only who knows about it, but I'm happy to share it with you.)

You, too, will be mesmerized by the soothing sight and sound of the water gliding over the granite into a tiny pool, then making its way over rock and through crevices, toward the surf farther down the granite shore. While everyone else is gazing out to sea,  you can enjoy The Little Things.

For more insider tips and information to make the most of your visit to the Acadia National Park region during any season, book your stay in our vacation rental home in Winter Harbor, Maine, home of the Schoodic Point section of Acadia National Park, and the fabulous NEW hiking, biking, cross-country skiing trails at Schoodic Woods! More details here.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Acadia National Park, Maine Vacation Rental: Your Home-Away-from-Home - Year Round!

4 Season Maine Vacation Rental in coastal Winter Harbor, Maine, home-away-from-home while you visit 

Acadia National Park

WIFI allows guests to work from this home-away-from-home

Kathleen & Bill have been renting to vacationers since 2005!

Acadia Winter Harbor House [many more photos below]

Scroll down for more photos and booking information.

 Links to additional blog posts about Acadia National Park are over there in the right frame >

  Guests driving in directly from home should bring all their own towels for bath, face, hand and kitchen.

Our humble but clean, comfortable Winter Harbor, Maine vacation rental is ideally located next to the section of Acadia National Park on the Schoodic Peninsula. The back deck has views of open field, Cadillac Mountain and stunning sunsets.

SAVE $  You'll avoid hundreds of dollars of booking fees charged by listing sites like AirBnB, VRBO, if you email us directly  (if link doesn't connect to your email program, send your message to 

kathleen {at}

Summer: 7 night minimum stay. $235.00 per night for 1 or 2 guests in one bedroom, plus $15 per night for each additional guest of any age + $105 cleaning fee + 9% Maine Tax. NO ADDITIONAL BOOKING FEES.



We collect a separate, refundable security/damage deposit - $250.00

EMAIL Kathleen at 

kathleen [@] 

This cozy, smoke-free and pet-free home is located on a quiet cul de sac in the private, sought-after Ocean Heights neighborhood in the quaint, artistic, friendly village of Winter Harbor, Maine. Walk to ocean, restaurants, supermarket, shops, boat launch. (Kayak & bicycle rentals 3/10 mile. Passenger ferry (seasonal) to Bar Harbor is less than 1/2 mile.)
Our lovely Maine vacation rental home is an easy 3 minute stroll from the waterfront. This is the Schoodic Peninsula, so you are never more than yards from the ocean! 

Many people say that the Schoodic section of Acadia National Park is the most beautiful part of the Park, and the Schoodic Loop road has the best access to the dramatic direct ocean views in the entire Acadia National Park!

The entrance to the Schoodic section of Acadia National Park, including Acadia National Park's pristine Schoodic Woods hiking/biking trails, is just 1/2 mile away from the house!

About the House

Fully furnished, clean, equipped for short or long stays. WIFI,  TV. 

Not chic, but cozy and comfortable!

~First floor~

Kitchen - Eastern exposure provides cheery, morning sunshine! 

  4 burner electric range w/full-size oven, Bosch dishwasher, full size refrigerator, microwave, garbage disposal, drip coffee maker, coffee grinder, French press coffee maker, tea pot, toaster, blender, dishes, glassware,  pots, pans, utensils, table and chairs to seat up to 4 people. In the kitchen storage closet: lobster pot, cooler, salad spinner, wheeled shopping cart (grocery market is easy walking distance from the house).

Living/Dining room - extends from front to back and its southern exposure receives cheerful, bright sunlight all day! 

Couch, chairs, table/desk, tv, original Maine art, bookcases containing area and Acadia National Park guide books, modem, WIFI router and binoculars.

Dining Area: Wooden dining table and 6 chairs

Half bathroom, across from washer and dryer

Then...the back door leads through a small "mudroom" (where are stored a picnic basket, deck cushions, lawn games, etc.,) to the

*Private Back Deck*

  Furnished with seating, grill and table (not shown) for dining al fresco or just relaxing with a beautiful view!

UPDATE: Deck is now equipped with a table and 6 metal and mesh deck chairs plus the wicker loveseat.

The private deck is a favorite spot where guests enjoy relaxing with the view of iconic Cadillac Mountain and gorgeous sunsets!
Winter sunset enhancing Cadillac Mountain view from back yard

Fenced-in backyard overlooks a meadow and the Cadillac Mountain/sunset view

~Second Floor~

3 bedrooms - (2 with queen beds and ceiling fans, 3rd bedroom has two twin beds)

Front queen bedroom (pine chest of drawers made in Maine), closet, swivel rocker, ceiling fan, flat screen tv. Receives morning sun (but has room darkening shades).

Back queen bedroom. Tiny room, but pretty, with double closet, chest of drawers, ceiling fan, hassock. View of Cadillac mountain and meadows behind house. Afternoon sun (room darkening shades on windows).

Bedroom #3 has 2 twin beds. Chest of drawers (pine, made in Maine). Double closet. Morning sun (room darkening shade on window).

Full bathroom [no photo] includes tub shower (a small but serviceable bathroom)


We've been hosting very happy guests since 2005! 

The house is humble but clean, comfortable, and convenient to Acadia attractions.

 Security camera monitors exterior front and driveway. No interior spaces are visible to the camera. 


 Member: American Vacation Rental Owners' Association (AVROA)

The black arrow points directly at our roof so you can see the exact location of this Acadia National Park vacation rental home in Winter Harbor, Maine!

Winter Harbor, Maine vacation rental, ideally located next to Acadia National Park on the Schoodic Peninsula

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Enjoy The Views From Your Car!

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Interested in spending your vacation in our Acadia National Park vacation rental home in Winter Harbor, Maine? See our blog entry for rates and contact information at

There are miles and miles of hiking and biking trails in the Schoodic section of Acadia National Park, ranging from super easy to challenging, but sometimes it's too cold, too rainy, too snowy or too hot to get out and walk or hike, or maybe a physical ailment makes it difficult to get around... Well, fear not! The Schoodic Loop offers spectacular views visible from your vehicle.


The Schoodic section of Acadia National Park in Winter Harbor, Maine, is a place where you can still reap plenty of enjoyment right from the seat of your vehicle. 


The Schoodic Loop road (entrance less than a mile from the house) provides many opportunities for viewing dramatic scenery without any more legwork than it takes to use the gas and brake pedals. I don't know of any other route on the northeast coast that provides as many miles of direct, bold oceanfront road, with countless vistas of the rockbound coast of Maine. 


In order to demonstrate this, when my husband and I stayed at the Winter Harbor house October 28 - Nov. 3, I drove the Schoodic Loop with my camera and stopped to take photos ONLY FROM INSIDE THE CAR. The following photos were taken from inside my car during two different days, while driving the Schoodic Loop road.

Enjoy these shots of the beautiful scenery available during all 4 seasons and without physical exertion! (My camera is a simple Nikon Coolpix pocket camera.) Click each photo for a larger view. Check back for more and better photos after our next visit.

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We are licensed by the State of Maine and member of
Schoodic Chamber of Commerce and
American Vacation Rental Owners' Association (AVROA)