Welcome to the Saltair Inn
Enjoy the magic of Bar Harbor, Maine and Acadia National Park at a romantic, in-town, four-season waterfront bed and breakfast on the shores of Frenchman Bay. Whether your Bar Harbor escape includes a little romance, peaceful relaxation, an outdoor adventure in Acadia National Park, or all of the above, the Saltair Inn B&B offers the perfect setting. With eight well-appointed guest rooms, the Saltair Inn features accommodations for the budget-minded traveler and the luxury-seeking traveler under the same roof. Seasonal rates range from $125 to $446 per night, and each room/suite accommodates two guests. Rates include free off street parking, WIFI, and delicious breafkast. Fabulous views, knowledgeable innkeepers, and luxury waterfront suites await your arrival...
Voted "Best Oceanfront B&B in Maine" by the editors of Yankee Magazine
"Just try to resist the lure of the Adirondack-style chairs positioned just so on the oceanfront lawn of this gracious cottage in the town’s historic district."
August 31, 2008
"Amidst the hubbub of touristy Bar Harbor, the inn offers a reprieve. Situated on one oceanfront acre in the West Street Historic District, three blocks from downtown shops and restaurants, it blends comfort with elegance, convenience with charm."
-Hilary Nangle, Travel Correspondent
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 deck and 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. However, in light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, we are modifying our cancellation policy to provide our guests with more flexibility. For the remainder of the 2020 calendar year, if you find it necessary to cancel or change your reservation, you may do so up to the day before your arrival and still receive a refund of your deposit, less a $25 credit card processing fee. Furthermore, if you would like to avoid the $25 fee, we would be pleased to issue you a Gift Certificate in the full amount of your deposit to be used for a future visit. As long as the Saltair Inn is in business, this Gift Certificate will never expire.
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 is a smoke-free and pet-free establishment.
Fresh-brewed, locally roasted gourmet coffee provided by Crooked Porch Coffee Roasters will be ready by 6:30 AM for early risers. Grab a cup before breakfast to enjoy on the 1,500 square foot deck, or stroll down the back lawn to the water's edge. Adirondack chairs set at the shoreline offer the perfect place to enjoy the morning and hatch a plan for which of Acadia's natural treasures you will enjoy that day.
Breakfast will be served from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM, and may include an offering of fresh fruit, freshly baked muffins and pastries, juice, tea and 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 may be served on the rear deck overlooking Frenchman Bay, or in the formal dining room accompanied by a cheery fire.
Matt and Kristi first met in the halls of 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. Enamored by the quaint New England village and amazed by the stunning beauty 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 close friendships they have enjoyed 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. 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.
"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 as mayor of Albany, NY in 1876. 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 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.
We are currently researching the history of the inn and hope to provide you with more information in the future.
Bar Harbor is 160 miles from Portland, 270 miles from Boston, 470 miles from New York and 700 miles from Washington, DC.
Take I-95 to Bangor, Maine.
Take Exit 182A onto I-395 East to Route US-1A. Travel 4-1/2 miles.
Take Exit 6A onto US-1A East toward Ellsworth and Bar Harbor. Travel 23 miles.
US-1A East becomes ME-3 in Ellsworth. Travel 9-1/2 miles.
Go over the bridge at the head of Mt. Desert Island and veer left following ME-3 toward Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. Travel 10 miles.
Turn left on West Street. The Saltair is the fourth house on the left.
During the summer months, Bar Harbor is serviced by Vermont Transit Lines from Boston. Please visit their website for fares and schedules.
Hancock County Airport (BHB) is located just 12 miles from the village, and Bangor International Airport (BGR) is only 50 miles away.
For your convenience, the Island Explorer shuttle bus offers free transportation from the Bar Harbor Airport to the Village Green in Bar Harbor. Service is seasonal. See the Explorer’s website for details and schedules.
Daily shuttle bus trips are now available between Bar Harbor and Bangor, Maine by the Bar Harbor-Bangor Shuttle.
Located on Mount Desert Island, Bar Harbor is a popular place for all kinds of boating, and many suitable moorings are available. Contact the Harbormaster's Office at 207-288-5571 for more information.