Arrival & Departure:
- Check-in is from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. If you are able to arrive earlier than 3:00 PM, please stop by and we will see if your room is ready. If it’s not, maybe we can help you pick an afternoon activity or a place for lunch. Prior arrangements can be made for guests arriving after 6:00 PM.
- On the day you check out, you are welcome to spend as much time as you like in the living room, dining room, sunroom or on the porch, deck or back lawn, but we do need time to get your room ready for our next guest. Check-out is 11:00 AM.
Deposits & Cancellations:
- A 50% deposit is required at the time the reservation is made for stays of two nights or more. One night stays are required to be paid in full at the time the reservation is made. Reservations are confirmed upon receipt of deposit. The balance of your reservation is due upon arrival. Rates are subject to a 9% Maine state lodging tax.
- As we are a small inn, cancellations affect us greatly. If you find it necessary to cancel, shorten or reschedule your reservation, you may do so up to 14 days before your arrival and still receive a refund of your deposit, less a $25 credit card processing fee. If you need to alter your reservation less than 14 days prior to your arrival, you are responsible for the full value of your reservation, including your unpaid balance. Refunds will be given based on our ability to re-rent your room.
Children, Pets & Smoking:
- All rates assume double occupancy, as each of our rooms can only accommodate two people. Children are always welcome at the Saltair Inn, but it will be necessary for families traveling with more than two people (of any age) to reserve multiple rooms. One person in each room must be at least 18 years old.
- For the comfort of all guests, the Saltair Inn is a smoke-free and pet-free establishment
Fresh-brewed, locally roasted gourmet coffee provided by Crooked Porch Coffee Roasters will be ready by 7:00 AM. Grab a cup before breakfast to enjoy on the waterfront covered porch or dining deck, or stroll down the back lawn to the water’s edge. Adirondack chairs set at the shoreline offer the perfect place to start your day.
Breakfast is served from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM, and may include 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, eggs benedict or a breakfast strata. Hot and cold cereals and yogurt are available upon request. We are happy to accommodate your specific dietary needs. Please let us know in advance so we can be prepared.
Depending on current weather conditions, breakfast will be served on the rear deck overlooking Frenchman Bay, at one of the small intimate tables in the sunroom, or in the formal dining room accompanied by a cheery fire. You may also arrange to pick up your breakfast on a tray for you to enjoy in the privacy of your room.
Matt and Kristi first met at W.T. Woodson Highschool in Fairfax, Virginia in 1988. They began their courtship the summer between their junior and senior years, and continued to see each other as often as they could while Kristi attended Longwood College and Matt, the Virginia Military Institute.
Upon graduation, Matt began working as a civil engineer for a small firm in Manassas, Virginia while Kristi earned her Master’s degree in Forensic Science from the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Kristi spent the next ten years working in the DNA Laboratory of the FBI, ultimately becoming a Forensic Examiner. They married in 1996 and settled in Manassas, Virginia.
They discovered Bar Harbor while visiting Matt’s parents, who moved there in 1992. After that, they began taking trips to Bar Harbor at least once or twice a year. Enchanted by the quaint New England village and captivated by the majesty of Acadia National Park, it wasn’t long before the desire took hold to make Bar Harbor their home. They left their lives in Virginia behind, and purchased Saltair in December of 2005. It was a vacant house when they began their stewardship, but has come to life with a myriad of guests since April 2006.
Matt and Kristi enjoy opening and sharing their home, and they especially value the unexpected friendships they have developed with guests who return year after year. They also both enjoy being part of the Bar Harbor Community, Matt on the Board of Directors of Kebo Valley Golf Course and Kristi as an elected member of the Bar Harbor School Board for nine years. In their spare time, they enjoy hiking, kayaking, golfing, fishing and sharing their love of the outdoors with their children, your assistant innkeepers, Katie, Emily and Adam.
We’d also like to introduce you to Matt and Leigh Lauck, our weekend innkeepers who started working for us in 2022. We are so fortunate that they have come on board again for this summer and will be running the inn for us from Thursday to Sunday, from mid-May until mid-October. Chef Matt is a professionally trained chef with over 30 years of experience in fine dining restaurants, inns, and catering Hollywood movies and TV shows. Leigh spent her childhood summers helping out at her family’s sporting camp in Maine’s 100 Mile Wilderness, which inspired a lifelong career in hospitality. For seven years, Leigh and Matt were owners and innkeepers of the Maples Inn B&B in Bar Harbor, which they sold in October of 2021.
History of the Inn
“Saltair” was built in 1887 as a guest house for William and Elizabeth Rice of Massachusetts and New York. Mr. Rice was an investor and businessman. Mrs. Rice was one of the founding benefactors of what is now the MDI Hospital. Saltair was one of six summer “cottages” the Rice’s built in the section of West Street known as the West Street Historical District, which includes 17 properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 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.
Saltair was designed by Boston architect Arthur Rotch, who designed over 15 other buildings in Bar Harbor, including St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church located on Mt. Desert Street. St. Saviour’s is graced by a collection of 42 stained glass windows, 10 of which are original works of art by Louis Comfort Tiffany himself.
Mr. Rice sold the home in 1896 to Anthony Bleecker Banks of Albany, NY. Mr. Banks was the President of Banks & Company, the publisher of the oldest law books published in the United States. He also served two nonconsecutive 2-year terms as mayor of Albany, NY in 1876 and 1884. Mrs. Banks was Phoebe Wells.
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 VMI graduate) and Mrs. Langhorne was Mabel Johnson. Mr. Langhorne was a cousin of Lady Astor, society hostess and social critic who was the first woman seated on the British House of Commons in 1919.
The next owners of the Saltair were Mr. and Mrs. Edward Browning. Mrs. Edward Browning, Ella, was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George McFadden and served on the Roscoe Jackson Memorial Laboratory Board of Trustees in 1953.
Dr. Warren and Euleta Hoag purchased the home in 1962 with their five children, Donna, Mark, Matt, Mike and Linda. Dr. Hoag, a Cornell University graduate, was a noted veterinarian and served as the Assistant Director of the Jackson Laboratory. During their time here, Euleta called the home “Witch Wynds” after the howling Nor’easters. They sold the home in 1968 and moved to Michigan.
The Barnes Family lived here from 1968 to around 1976, followed by the Symonds Family who lived in the home until 1986. Wayne and Maxine Farrar were owners of the home in the 1990’s.
Our research continues. In the mean time, here are a few photos taken in 1969 and generously shared by Mrs. Barnes.