Clean the World

Aysgarth Station participates in the ‘Clean the World’ Foundation program to recycle soaps and shampoos. Clean the World

Rather than throw out the soaps and shampoo we provide all our guests, we recycle the unused portions and package them up to be shipped out to the foundation. Clean the World will give those discarded soap bars and plastic bottles a second life.

Aysgarth was one of the first lodging properties in the state to partner with Clean the World, and are a proud continued supporter of their cause.



Good coffee at a B&B is expected, right? Well, we have been taste testing some new coffee at Aysgarth.
To prevent throwing away a lot of coffee, we switched to a single brew system a few years ago for our 24 hour beverage station. However the trash component has always bothered us! We are happy and proud to say that we are switching to Intelligent Blends Single Serve Coffee.
Great Coffee and Recyclable cups.

One more thing to make Happy Innkeepers!

Acadia Centennial Mugs are here!

Acadia Centennial Mugs are here!

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Our Acadia Centennial Anniversary mugs are here. Our logo and the Park’s 100th Anniversary logo are on each side and make for a very unique mug. It’s from the same company that make our breakfast mugs, so they hold alot of coffee or tea, and keep it hot for longer.

For each mug sold, we will donate a portion of the proceeds to Friends of Acadia.

Thanks to our great guests…..

Thanks to our great guests…..

….for their generous reviews! We are proud to announce we have won another TripAdvisor Award, the Certificate of Excellence for 2015, for Bar Harbor B&B’s . We appreciate the great reviews our guests leave us, and are happy that we have been able to make their stay here memorable.

The coveted award celebrates hospitality excellence worldwide and is given to accommodations listed on TripAdvisor that consistently achieve outstanding five star traveler reviews. The winners are chosen based on the quality and quantity of reviews and opinions submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a year-long period.

You can read our reviews here….

We live on an island

We live on an island

Our natural resources here on Mount Desert Island are plenty. It’s a beautiful place to both live and visit, and we were visitors for years before we moved here for good in 2004.

And while our natural beauty is easy to see, we also try to take care of our environment as well.

Did you know that Aysgarth was one of the first lodging establishments in the state of Maine to participate in the global soap recycle project by the Clean the World organization? We recycle our soaps and shampoos and Clean the Word recycles them.

We also offer a water cooler and complimentary water bottles for your use during your stay here at the inn.

C’mon, you know you want a water bottle, so make your reservation now…..!

Celebrating our 12th season as innkeepers!

Four inns have been sold to new owners in Bar Harbor just this spring! Wow, that’s more new innkeepers than new restaurants that open each year!

Aysgarth is celebrating our 12th season as innkeepers for 2015. Both Jane and I worked in the Hotel and hospitality industry before we opened Aysgarth Station in 2004, and we’d love for you to come visit Acadia and Mount Desert Island and stay with us.

Sample of the afternoon treats Jane makes or her amazing breakfasts, which include at least two freshly made baked goods and fresh fruit, as well as the hot entree.

Come see why we get so many repeat guests each year, we’d love to get to know you better and help you understand why we think Bar Harbor is one of the best places anywhere…..


All hail the King…..

All hail the King…..

No, not Elvis, the new King bed in the Chatsworth Room.

We love to re purpose things. We bought this bed from a neighbor that was cleaning out their house, advertised on the ‘Bar Harbor Barter and Swap’ Facebook page. It was in rough shape, but we cleaned it up, Steve fixed the frame, bought a new mattress for it, and we put it in the room.

We’ve had so many requests for a King bed, we are pleased we were finally able to finally get on for the Inn.

Eating & Thinking…..

Eating & Thinking…..

Well Memorial Day has come and gone so I guess it’s officially “Season”. However, we are still playing with food and using unsuspecting guests as guinea pigs. DSC01567 (Medium)

Now many of you know that at Aysgarth (and in our own kitchen) we try to use local, scratch and organic food stuffs. Very little is premade here and if it is we tend to know more about it’s origins than you might want to!

Our primary suppliers are Crown of Maine Co-op (http:/, Native Maine Produce and Specialty Foods ( and of course our local Hannaford’s (hey, at least it’s a New England company!)

Crown of Maine is a grass roots distribution co-op for Maine Organic Farmers and products made from Maine ingredients. Crown covers most of our meat and cheese needs and fresh produce including my beloved Ramps and Fiddle heads. I guess they are my “farmers market” that delivers. It was a joy to discover Crown of Main as our local Farmer’s market is Sunday mornings and that just doesn’t fit into the B&B concept – maybe I could introduce DIY breakfasts on Sundays to go shopping myself.

Ramps & Fiddle headsI posted this picture on our Facebook page recently in pure celebration of getting these freshly (and sustainably) foraged beauties (not sure how they got this approved, but they did so  happy, happy, joy, joy!). I only discovered these two seasonal gems on moving here to Maine and they herald the arrival of Spring – and boy was it slow in coming this year!

Anyway, it got me pondering on food and our local agricultural economy. DSC01564 (Medium)

With the end of May we have seen the demise of MOO Milk and milk processing operation that was created out of necessity when HOOD Dairy cancelled their contracts with Maine Organic Milk Farmers. Unfortunately, the need to upgrade and improve their processing facilities has proved impossible financially (

Our license requires us to obtain food from licensed producers, so it’s a bit more complex than just feeding ourselves. Companies such as Crown of Maine and Native Maine Produce and Specialty Foods  are essential to my being able to provide you with the food I want to serve – no Sarah Lee danish here – and support my Local Economy. We also participate in a Community Farm Share from Heart of Eden Farm right here on MDI (I’ve waited a couple of years to get onto this one) and participate in HUB of Bar Harbor’s Healthy Main Streets Program through Steve’s job at the Town.

It is sad and ironic to see our producers becoming a victim of their own success due to limited state resources, but encouraging to see that Mainers are all about supporting their farmers (http:// – This is Marada’s cover letter from my weekly Crown of Maine Co-op availability newsletter)

Of course having “waxed lyrical” about all this wonderful food, let see how I handle it all come summertime when everything kicks into high production – maybe you’ll find a complimentary bunch of Kale to welcome you to your room!