The hotels and inns below are close to campus and a few offer discounts for guests associated with College of the Atlantic. 

Acacia House Inn
“Tucked away in the heart of town, the Acacia is affordable, friendly and a little bit funky.”
Open seasonally / alumni-owned / 20 minute walk to campus

Acadia Hotel—Downtown
“Originally built as a ship captain’s house in 1880, the Main House and attached Boat House offer a wide variety of rooms, all tastefully renovated with modern amenities. Guests love the convenient downtown location, quirky inn feel, complimentary bicycles, and hot tubs (open seasonally).”
Open year round / 10% discount available upon booking (mention COA) / 30 minute walk to campus

Acadia Inn
“With direct trail access to Acadia National Park; family activities like movies on the lawn and s’mores by the fire pit in peak season, a relaxing atmosphere, and great accomodations, the Acadia Inn will become your family’s favorite place to stay in Bar Harbor.”
Open year round / 4 minute walk to campus

Atlantic Eyrie Lodge
“The Atlantic Eyrie Lodge sits nestled on a hill with 6 wooded acres. With stunning panoramas of Frenchman Bay and the Porcupine Islands from our balconies, and the mountains of Acadia National Park behind the hotel, our views are unsurpassed.”
Open seasonally / pet-friendly / 10 minute walk to campus

Atlantic Oceanside
“With stunning ocean views, waterfront access to gorgeous Frenchman Bay, modern amenities, indoor and outdoor pools, and special vacation packages, the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel is the perfect place for an idyllic Maine getaway. The hotel contains six different buildings to accommodate a variety of needs and budgets.”
Open year round / 5 minute walk to campus

Bar Harbor Motel
“From direct trail access to Acadia National Park, to fun on-site activities for the whole family, the Bar Harbor Motel offers it all at some of the best lodging prices in Mount Desert Island.”
Open seasonally / 5 minute walk to campus

Bluenose Inn
“The 53 Bluenose Inn rooms in the luxurious Mizzentop Building are a symbol of grandeur. Most rooms feature a fireplace and private balcony with spectacular views of Frenchman Bay. Enjoy one of our two heated pools and fitness center. You won’t find a more beautiful indoor, heated pool in all of New England!”
Open seasonally / 15% discount available upon booking (mention COA) / 5 minute walk to campus

Cleftstone Manor 
“Built as a private mansion in 1881, the heart of the Gilded Age, it is now a bed and breakfast with lofty ceilings, heavy timbers, deep windows, ornate moldings, and elegant period furnsihings to match.”
Open year round / 4 minute walk to campus

Days Inn by Wyndham Bar Harbor
“Conveniently located off Route 3, our hotel is a great value near Acadia National Park. Our hotel features free WiFi and an ocean view in all rooms.”
Open seasonally / pet-friendly / 10 minute walk to campus

Edenbrook Motel
“Our 5-acre, quiet location is home to 47 rooms spread across four buildings. Twenty of these rooms have balconies, five of which have a view of scenic Frenchman Bay.”
Open seasonally / 2 minute walk to campus

Elmhurst Inn
“Surrounded by large gardens and lawn, the inn is set back on a quiet street a few steps from the heart of Bar Harbor.”
Open year round / 20 minute walk to campus

Hampton Inn Bar Harbor
“Enjoy the view of the mountains and Bar Harbor from our rooms, and unwind in our pools and whirlpool.”
Open seasonally / 15 minute walk to campus

Highbrook Motel
“The Highbrook Motel features two classic motel style buildings on a four-acre hillside. Our rooms have old fashioned charm, each with a front porch and chairs to relax and review the day’s adventures. Our goal is to make your stay a truly memorable experience that blends the simplicity and comfort of a time gone by with the modern conveniences of today.”
Open seasonally / 3 minute walk to campus

Holiday Inn Resort Bar Harbor - Acadia Natl Park
“With over 1000 feet of ocean frontage, this multi-level resort offers luxuriously appointed guest rooms and suites, recreational facilities, two restaurants, a tiki bar, and meeting facilities, including a ballroom.”
Open seasonally / pet-friendly (for dogs 30 pounds or less) / 15 minute walk to campus

Little Fig Hotel
“Having undergone an exciting update both inside and out in 2022, the Little Fig Hotel features all new rooms and suites.”
Open year round / 15 minute walk to campus

The Bayview Hotel
“Where rustic warmth blends seamlessly with modern style. The waterside of all guest rooms feature expansive ocean views and are newly designed to celebrate the essence of natural Bar Harbor.”
Open seasonally / pet-friendly / 5 minute walk to campus

Wonder View Inn
“Nestled on a 14-acre hilltop overlooking Acadia National Park. Enjoy playing volleyball and horseshoes on our beautifully manicured grounds, or take a relaxing stroll with your dog.”
Open seasonally / pet-friendly / 15% discount available upon booking (mention COA) / 15 minute walk to campus

Food & Dining

There are lots of restaurants in and around Bar Harbor and this list highlights some staff favorites. Please be aware that not all restaurants are open year round—be sure to check the resturant’s wesbite before you go.

2 Cats Restaurant
A&B Naturals
Beal’s Lobster Pier (requires a car)
Cafe This Way
Fogtown Brewing
Jack Russell’s Steakhouse
Leary’s Landing Irish Pub
Lompoc Cafe
Mainely Meat BBQ & Atlantic Brewing Company (requires a car)
Mama DiMatteo’s
McKay’s Public House
Mount Dessert Bakery
Mount Desert Island Ice Cream
Rosalie’s Pizza
Salsa Verde Grill
Siam Orchid
Side Street Cafe
Slice of Eden
Sweet Pea’s Farm Kitchen (requires a car)
Thirsty Whale Tavern
Thrive Juice Bar & Kitchen
Thurston’s Lobster Pound (requires a car)


In addition to exploring Acadia National Park, there are many activities to keep you busy. Here are a few:

Abbe Museum
Acadia National Park
Bar Harbor Historical Society
Bar Harbor Whale Watch
Criterion Theatre
Diver Ed’s Dive-in Theater
COA Dorr Museum of Natural History
Jesup Memorial Library
Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf (requires a car)
Reel Pizza
Wild Acadia Funzone (requires a car)

Not to mention shopping, guided tours, boat trips, golfing, climbing, hiking, biking, water sports, and more!

For more information on where to stay and dine, as well as activities to keep you busy, visit the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce.