This article appeared in Yankee Magazine 2005


Yankee Magazine
Travel Guide to New England 2005

The Claremont Hotel,
Southwest Harbor

Mount Desert Island’s oldest hotel (c.1884) has the grace and dignity, but not the size or stuffiness, of a grand hotel.  Overlooking the entrance to Somes Sound, it also has the best view of any lodging establishment on the island.  Wildflowers brighten bureaus, wood floors gleam around Oriental carpets in the sitting rooms, the vinatage elevator works, and the dining room is just fine.  Request one of the 24 rooms in the hotel itself or one of the eight guest rooms in the annexes.  Families will enjoy one of the 14 cottages.  Open May to mid-October.  Rates:  $174-$250, including full breakfast and dinner.  22 Claremont Road.  800-244-5036, 207-244-5036. (Map: 1-6)

Maine – Editors’ Choice

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