Fodor’s Fourth Edition 2005
Compass American Guides

Southwest Harbor’s most memorable landmark, however, is the vintage Claremont Hotel (on the National Register of Historic Places), which has looked out over Somes Sound and Cadillac Mountain for more than a century. It is one of the few wooden hotels in Maine to have survived, and it won’t be to everyone’s taste:  there are no TVs in the rooms, and the furnishings are not the last work in design. But in terms of restful surroundings-the only public excitement comes from its famous croquet tournaments-superb views, good food, human scale, and a lightly worn sense of nostalgia, it cannot be equaled in the state. Actually a complex of old hotel and surrounding cottages, the hotel is usually booked well in advance for much of the summer. But you can always have a drink or lunch down at its boathouse and enjoy the scenery, directly across from Greening Island (private), the locale of May Sarton’s novel The Magnificent Spinster.

Charles C. Calhoun

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