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Elsa's Inn On The Harbor

179 Main St, Prospect Harbor, Gouldsboro, ME 04669-5003
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#2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Prospect Harbor
Elsa’s, an award-winning luxury bed and breakfast, is in the heart of the scenic Schoodic Peninsula. Located on Prospect Harbor, an active lobstering harbor, this newly renovated inn combines the charm of the original mid-1800’s home with the comfort of the new millennium. Each of Elsa’s well-appointed guest rooms offers a large private bath and harbor view, including historic Prospect Harbor Light. Guests enjoy cable television, Wifi and watching the workings of the harbor from the privacy of their room or enjoy the views from the shaded front porch. Our professional chef serves a gourmet breakfast each morning in our sunny dining room, backyard patio or covered front porch. We are two miles from the entrance to the unspoiled Schoodic District of Acadia National Park. Come share our amazing scenery. Elsa’s is a perfect place to stay if your plans include kayaking, hiking, birding, biking, beach combing, antiquing, photography or just watching the water!
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FellowTraveler432975 wrote a review Aug. 2020
2 contributions2 helpful votes
My husband and I had to cancel our Aruba trip due to Covid but Maine did not disappoint and neither did this B&B. Scott was helpful from the day I booked our stay. Cheri is an amazing Baker and cooked up some very good breakfast as well each morning. The room was clean and everything smelled fresh especially the comforter. We will definitely be back. They followed all the guidelines for Covid.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
2 Helpful votes
Alex A wrote a review Aug. 2020
Belgium7 contributions12 helpful votes
We found ourselves in the area about 8pm and this place was recommended by the locals if available. We stopped by,only one car, the door was open, called out, but nobody home, or so we thought. The phone number seemed to ring into the house. Called mentioned the referrals, and asked to call back immediately. Liked the spot so asked neighbors for cellphone. Nobody had it. Neighbors said to go back and scream louder which I did and called again. Nothing, took off. Got phone call back. We're fully booked for tonight. Flabbergasted, I said 'but there is one car'. 'I'm not going to argue with you, please leave.' Hang up. Look, we're all on edge with the pandemic et al, or was it the embarrassment that there were no guests? Who knows, but rude guy for absolutely no reason. Go well and best of luck. Missed opportunity for both.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from Scott Markwood, Owner at Elsa's Inn On The Harbor
Responded Aug. 13, 2020
As most of you will read between the lines, someone showed up unannounced in the evening hoping to find a room without reservations. This, in our Covid world, with travel restrictions which is of course disturbing. This person bothered our neighbors late in the evening. (8 pm is late here.) By the way, the phone number they were looking for is on our sign, it is also posted on the door with a notice saying we only have rooms available if the vacancy sign is displayed, It was not. And, when we explained there were no rooms available the caller began too argue with us...citing that they did not see cars in the parking area. (We do not make it our business to report to anyone about our guests whereabouts! Let alone a stranger showing up unannounced. By the way, we were full and happen to know our guests were all out at a function that evening.) We take our responsibility to our guests to protect their health, safety and privacy seriously.
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Linda L wrote a review Nov. 2019
20 contributions20 helpful votes
We have stayed at Elsa's a few times in the last couple years. It's a lovely place in a great setting. The rooms are comfortable and Scott is super friendly. The breakfasts were great.... we recommend staying there.
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Date of stay: July 2019
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Response from ManagerMeg, Owner at Elsa's Inn On The Harbor
Responded Jan. 31, 2020
This area is beautiful at all times of the year. Of course, summer and fall are when most visit but, for the hardy few, the off-season views can be spectacular!
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Julie H wrote a review Oct. 2019
Peoria, Illinois132 contributions24 helpful votes
Elsa's is everything they claim and more! A charming property directly across the road from a typical Maine harbor. The proprietor is friendly and knowledgeable. our room was clean and comfortable. breakfast was ample and inviting. wine and snacks were available in the afternoon. I wish we'd known that the distance listed from Bar Harbor included using a pedestrian ferry.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from ManagerMeg, Owner at Elsa's Inn On The Harbor
Responded Jan. 31, 2020
We are happily about a half hour to 40 minute trip from Bar Harbor. During the season, that area will be very congested, very touristy and, most of our guests appreciate not being in the fray. During summer and early fall, a small ferry runs directly into the village of Bar Harbor so, if you need to get your sea-glass jewelry and T-shirts you can. Of course you can drive it in about a half hour but at the time of year, you won't want your car there. The ferry is a wonderful trip, in fact maybe a hidden treasure in that it is less costly and just as much fun than many of the planned boating excursions. You'll pass directly by two light houses, see lobsterman at work, several small uninhabited islands and, there are always porpoises and seals around the boat. You might even see a minke whale!
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ViperDriver wrote a review Sep. 2019
Valdosta, Georgia157 contributions47 helpful votes
This was a two night stay. Scott was the consummate host. He sent a very informational email before our arrival and provided more info and a map of the peninsula when I arrived. Our accommodations were perfect, a comfy bed, roomy bathroom with lots of fluffy towels, and a nice flat screen TV. The coffee was freshly brewed early each morning and Ruby’s fantastic breakfast was served, shortly thereafter. Elsa’s might be a little remote for some but it has all the characteristics you expect in a really nice bed and breakfast.
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from ManagerMeg, Manager at Elsa's Inn On The Harbor
Responded Jan. 31, 2020
At Elsa's we try to provide a welcoming traditional B&B approach to lodging. While we have easy access to Mt. Desert Island and Bar Harbor, this area is becoming better known in it's own rights. Previously considered more of a satellite to MDI and Bar Harbor, this area now resembles what I remember of MDI 30 or 40 years ago. The villages are still genuine, mostly fishing villages, the area of the Acadia here, the Schoodic District of Acadia, is much more pristine than the more traveled area on MDI. The pace of life, or pace of visiting here, is much more relaxed. Most fo our guests discovert this on their first visit and then come again...and again. We take that as huge complement and so enjoy seeing them return.
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US$153 - US$191 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United StatesMaineDownEast and Acadia MaineGouldsboroProspect Harbor
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Frequently Asked Questions about Elsa's Inn On The Harbor
Which popular attractions are close to Elsa's Inn On The Harbor?
Nearby attractions include Schoodic Point (7.9 km), Schoodic Peninsula (8.0 km), and Whopaints Gallery (5.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Elsa's Inn On The Harbor?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Elsa's Inn On The Harbor?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Elsa's Inn On The Harbor?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Elsa's Inn On The Harbor?
Conveniently located restaurants include J.M. Gerrish Restaurant, The Pickled Wrinkle, and Wharf Gallery & Grill.
Are pets allowed at Elsa's Inn On The Harbor?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Elsa's Inn On The Harbor?
Many travellers enjoy visiting St. Saviour's Church : (14.6 km) and Sieur de Monts Spring (15.2 km).