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11 of the Best Airbnbs in Bar Harbor, Maine

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With it’s swoon-worthy landscapes and heavenly surroundings, it’s easy to see why this quaint New England town was once called “Eden.”

And chances are that you’ll drive through Bar Harbor if you’re headed to hike in Acadia National Park, one of the country’s most visited parks.

With only around 5,000 residents, the population of Bar Harbor grows more than tenfold when tourist season arrives. Fortunately, while the town is small, the outdoor recreation around it is vast, so there’s usually plenty of room to find a shady tree to yourself (unless you’re in the park on a Saturday in August. In that case, good luck.)

Whether you’re adventuring around the island or wanting to eat your way through Maine, the airbnbs in Bar Harbor offer a wider variety than you’d expect, probably because the park draws in so many travelers. Here are some of the best airbnbs in Bar Harbor for an extended summer stay or just a quick few nights during an awesome New England road trip.

Related Read: 10 Super & Secluded Cabin Rentals in Maine

1. Classic Colonial Farmhouse

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Why you should stay: Ahoy, Guv’nor: it’s a massive English manor house in great proximity to Acadia.

  • Sleeps: 11
  • Minimum stay: 5 nights
  • Rates from: $950/night

Bibliophiles, take note: you’ll never stay long enough in this post-and-beam style home to even read all the book covers, let alone the books themselves. Reading not your jam? Then enjoy writing letters to your business associates with a quill on the antique desk fit for a king (BYO quill though). Or perhaps you’d prefer to play a game of wits with your foes in the library over a dram of whiskey, or spend the evening serenading the object of your affections as you play the piano.

In case you didn’t pick up on it, this home has the feel of an English country manor with a massive amount of space. It has five bedrooms, nine beds, and four bathrooms on just over seven acres, making it one of the bigger airbnbs in Bar Harbor.

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2. Little House Loft

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Why you should stay: A modern-rustic stay overlooking a working sustainable farm.

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 4 nights
  • Rates from: $120/night

With expansive views of the surrounding rolling hills and pastures, the Little House loft packs a lot more living space in its small square footage than most four-bedroom homes. It’s a great spot for a long weekend with a special someone since this home exudes coziness. With pine in every corner of this house (no joke: the floor, the walls, and the kitchen cabinets are all pine), you’ll feel as cozy as ever snuggled up on the couch or soaking in your very own claw-foot tub. Guests are welcome to explore the acreage and take advantage of lawn games.

“Noah and Maya’s place is a cozy gem in a beautiful and quiet location. It’s a great place to come home to after a day of hiking, or to veg out and read in front of the fire.”

Marie, San Francisco, CA
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3. House on the Hill

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Why you should stay: Edible plants a’plenty! Pick ‘em before the wildlife do.

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 4 nights
  • Rates from: $315/night

Right at tree line with 180-degree nature views, this incredible home sits atop a hill blanketed with wild blueberries and other edible alpine plants. Make sure to bring plenty of soap (although the hosts provide you with what you’ll need) to wash off the purple stain from picking all those delectable fruity treats.

Interested in more than just foraging on the property? Take a drive to one of the many nearby freshwater swimming holes or explore the 21 acres of protected woodland surrounding the area. The home sleeps a decent-sized group and has a Scandanavian-meets-minimalist finish inside.

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4. Getaway on Mt. Desert Island

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Why you should stay: Find the Milky Way without a telescope.

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $225/night

Set down a dirt road in the center of Mount Desert Island, this newly-built home is the definition of isolation. It abuts a local forest preserve, so you’ll have that outside your front door. But if you don’t want to hike on property, you’re just a few minute from Acadia. And in the evenings, you don’t even have to go out, since the live edge breakfast bar also doubles as a great spot to share a bottle of wine with friends.

“The location was perfect for us: quiet, remote but centrally located for exploring Mt. Desert Island and Acadia NP. The hiking trails adjacent to the property were a bonus.”

Stacey, Philadelphia, PA

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5. Hadley Point Hideaway

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Why you should stay: Get the benefits of being close to a beach without all the sand in the house.

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 4 nights
  • Rates from: $231/night

Although attached to the host’s home, this modern bungalow feels as if you’re miles away from civilization. There are incredible views from every window of the house and a grill on the expansive deck to cook up whatever the day’s catch was on the coast. Since it’s an easy walk to the Hadley Point Beach, you’ll can spend all day finding seashells, kayaking, fishing, or simply reading a book while lounging in the sand. It’s one of the best airbnbs in Bar Harbor for people who love the North Atlantic’s laid-back beach culture.

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6. Hulls Cove Cottage

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Why you should stay: Relax like a true Maine local while being close to the best tourist spots.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $150/night

This coastal Cape home just outside the entrance to Acadia National Park is the perfect place to unwind after a day exploring Mount Desert Island. As a quintessential New England home, it reflects Maine’s laid-back lifestyle with thoughtful touches like fresh flowers, several area guidebooks, and comfortable furnishings and amenities – did someone say high-quality linen? Grab some beer and groceries at the nearby Hulls Cove General Store and set up an al fresco dinner with your private, fenced-in backyard. It’s a charming little place for a small family or two couples traveling together.

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7. The Crow’s Nest

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Why you should stay: A gazebo? Check. A private dock? Check. Two wrap-around decks? Check and check.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 6 nights
  • Rates from: $229/night

Called the Crow’s Nest in homage to a ship’s look-out point, this coastal home is chock full of plenty more ship similarities. The winding staircase brings you from the living room and kitchen areas up to the bedrooms, complete with what looks like a ship captain’s quarters overlooking the surrounding property and sea below. The two wrap-around decks give you 270-degree views while the multiple wooden staircases lead to your own private dock. Make sure to bring your kayaks to paddle along the water while members of the resident seal come near to check out what you’re up to.

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8. The Americana

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Why you should stay: Glamping, Americana-style (and with indoor plumbing.)

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $250/night

Ideal for a family of four, this glamping suite is one of several other tents on the Woods of Eden 24-acre property. The Americana has canvas walls, yes – but that’s where the “tent” part of the rental ends. With wooded interior walls to separate rooms (including the primary bedroom vs. the “kid’s room”), you’ll feel as if you’re in a rustic cabin. It’s one of the best airbnbs in Bar Harbor for groups traveling together since everyone can rent their own tent but socialize together outdoors around the fire pit.

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9. The Iris Ledge

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Why you should stay: A roomy rental with plenty of outdoor space for a large fam.

  • Sleeps: 7
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $225/night

Every little thing just seems to fit perfectly in this beautiful hideaway. Located on 2.5 secluded acres, this tranquil rental will have you relaxed within minutes of stepping foot in the door. Whether it’s having a glass of wine on one of the two decks (yup, two), reading your favorite book in the oversized tub, or having great conversation with friends in the eclectic kitchen, this home is perfect for any personality. It’s actually one of the more affordable airbnbs in Bar Harbor if you fill the home, and you get a lot of house for $32 (ish) per person, per night. It’s also dog-friendly with an extra pet fee.

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10. The High Tide

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Why you should stay: Chill on a private beach right outside your back door.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $193/night

Make sure to bring your kayaks (or rent them from Acadia Outfitters) when booking this beachfront gem – it has serious New England vibes.  Large, cathedral ceilings in the main room brings all the waves right into the cottage (metaphorically, of course.) If ocean sports aren’t your thing, relax in the hammock at the beach while the kiddos look for the shells and tiny sea creatures that wash up on shore. Just make sure to keep one eye open watching the kiddos.

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11. A Family Retreat

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Why you should stay: Host a private showing of your favorite national park docs in a private movie room.

  • Sleeps: 12
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $295/night

Frustrated and need a break from the kids but can’t leave them home for your next vacation? Then bring them to this getaway made for a kid’s or adult’s dream vacation. Kids will be entertained by a swing set and plenty of space to run around in the huge yard, while adults can chill on the decks or by the outdoor fire pit. Inside, the roomy home offers a movie room with surround sound and luxurious personal recliners – it’s the perfect spot for streaming your fav nature docs after spending time in nearby Acadia National Park.

“Diana’s place is gorgeous and sparkling clean. The mini-theater was amazing as well. Staying at this place made our trip to Acadia very enjoyable!”

Wanbing, Waltham, MA
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Plan your trip to Bar Harbor, Maine

Once you’ve picked your favorite of the airbnbs in Bar Harbor, it’s time to plan the rest of the trip. Many tourists only visit Bar Harbor after visiting the famed National Park on the island, but it’s worth a dedicated visit. Here are a few of the most popular things to do in the charming town.

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