Keepers of the Atlantean

 

Having worked in some of Washington, DC's finest restaurants and hotels, we took an impromptu vacation to Maine.  While here, we talked our way (and each other) into taking over a restaurant far Downeast, and fell in love with the area.  

 
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Inspired and excited, we began the search that landed us in Bar Harbor.  We are thrilled to be the newest stewards of the Atlantean Cottage and are looking forward to hosting you in this uniquely fantastic place. Join us on this beautiful island, surrounded by the rugged beauty of Acadia and the North Atlantic. 

Nadine & Brad

 
 

Breakfast

Everything we serve is made from scratch here at the Inn. Each morning breakfast will begin with a fresh and seasonal fruit appetizer followed by a gourmet entree prepared for that day. Served from 8:00-10:00am. 

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Butler's Pantry

Butler's Pantry

Atlantean

Frederick Savage -Architect

Atlantean Cottage
1903

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Atlantean Cottage
2015

today

Atlantean, as built, was well suited to its current us as a B&B. The layout of the house provides extensive public space for guests, both inside and outside. The spacious drawing room provides plenty of room for numerous guests to gather, read by the fire or a enjoy a game of scrabble. Likewise there are many seating options outside, on the front porch and in the expansive garden. The comfortable breakfast room features tables for two each morning.

There are eight guest rooms, one on the first floor, five on the second, and two spacious suites on the third floor. All rooms are two person occupancy only to assure a relaxing, adult getaway space.

History

In 1903, famed Bar Harbor architect Frederick L Savage built Atlantean Cottage as his person residence, fronting on leafy Atlantic Avenue, one of the prettiest residential streets in the village. The lovely Tudor Revival home featured artfully crafted massive granite block in the construction of its first floor and butressed front terrace, as well as the imposing wall along the front of the property. The stone came from the Bear Mountain granite quarry, owned by Georege B Dorr, the "Father of Acadia", for whom Savage managed the quarying operations. The upper story walls were constructed in the half-timbered style, with stuco infill between the gracefully curving timbers. Broad overhangs and steep, sweeping rooflines of complex yet harmonious configuration with enormous timbered gable ends visually reduced the considerable size of the mansion. The oversize entry opened to a large and elegant reception hall with a prominent fireplace and imposing central stairway of unusually gradual rise and wide tread. Accessed from the reception hall were the large drawing room on the east side and formal dining room on the west, each with its own fireplaces. Savage's study, also fireplace equipped, occupied the rear of the house behind the drawing room, and the house's large kitchen was located opposite, behind and separated from the dining room by a beautiful and functional butler's pantry. A large piazza wrapped the back eastern corner of the house, connecting the drawing room with the study, and comprised of a large area inset to the granite block work plus a broad covered porch extending from the back. At the back western corner was a servants' dining room located off the kitchen, arranged to be symmetric with the porch opposite it.

 Parlor

 Parlor

 Parlor

 Parlor

Five bedrooms occupied the second floor, varying considerably in size from the roughly twenty foot square central room at the front of the house, to the still comfortable fourteen by ten foot room at the back of the west side. Four of these rooms had their own fireplaces, bringing the house total to eight. Two bathrooms, one at each end of the broad central hallway, serviced the second-floor bedrooms. The deceptively large third floor was the servant's living quarters, with five bedrooms, one bath, and a large storage room The attic of the great house had a very large, copper-lined cistern fitted under the rafters, to ensure impressive water pressure for the copious amount of turn-of-the-century modern plumbing. The third floor was reached by a back stairway, less formal than the front, and intended for service use. As such, it wound down from the servant's quarters to a landing off the second floor hallway, thence to the kitchen's back pantry, thence to a rear service entrance to the house, and finally to the laundry facilities in the extensive basement.

Today, Atlantean Cottage is very little changed from Frederick Savage's original design. Although he has been gone more than eighty-five years, we like to think he would immediately recognize his home, feel very comfortable, and approve of the sensitive and thoughtful updates which have been undertaken to convert the house into one of Bar Harbor's favorite B&B's. All the elegant first-floor rooms are as they then were, save for some inevitable alterations of wall surfaces and considerable modernization of utilities.

Dining Room

Dining Room

Dining Room

Dining Room

Our amazing breakfasts are enjoyed in the Savage family dining room, and the butler's pantry is now used by our guests for beverage and snack service round the clock. Savage's study is the most changed of the first-floor rooms, having become an elegant and spacious guest room with a fabulous bath occupying a portion of his piazza, while the rear porch portion is used exclusively by the this room's guests. The second-floor guest rooms are luxuriously finished and appointed, and naturally all have private baths en suite, some simple and cute, some large and dreamy. Without a small army of live-in servants, Atlantean's third floor now features two roomy suites with huge baths. These are especially appreciated by those on extended visits due to the convenience of a separate sitting room in each. Behind the scenes, we suspect that Atlantean's original cook would be quite startled by the gorgeous modern kitchen which still manages to retain so many aspects of the original. And the replacement of the servants' dining room by comfortable living quarters for your humble innkeepers would probably be accepted in good humor by those who once occupied the "back of the house".

Front Porch

Front Porch

Foyer

Foyer

Atlantean Cottage is a very important part of Bar Harbor's architectural and social history. Its preservation and beauty today are due entirely to the fact that it can be used as a vital business thus supporting its maintainance and ongoing restoration and modernization. Historic homes are seldom viable as private homes today, and the rebirth of Atlantean as a premier B&B for accommodating discriminating visitors ensures its continuing prominence in this historic village. The brilliance of Frederick Savage's vision and design has made this possible.

Relax in the Side Yard

Relax in the Side Yard

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
— John Muir
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We try our best to be responsible citizens of this beautiful island. So we've worked our way through the myriad daily tasks and determined how to best be our own brand of 'Green.' To make sure that conservation doesn't take a vacation when you do, here are some steps we've taken:

We've switched nearly all of our 300+ light bulbs to efficient CFL and LED bulbs. We ask guests to do their part by turning lights off when departing their room. We also request that air conditioners be turned off also when no one is there to enjoy them.

We recycle anything we possibly can! Soda cans, water bottles, wine bottles, newspapers, magazines…. We ask guests to either leave them in their room or the butler's pantry…we'll take it from there.

We do not supply bottled water. Instead we provide our guests with complimentary refillable water bottles that are Bispenol A (BPA) free. The sink in the butler's pantry has been fitted with a .5-micron filter for really tasty cold water.

And we've found a great product line for guest amenities (soap, shampoo, etc.). The Beekind Collection from Gilchrist & Soames is a fresh smelling product line that comes in very eco-friendly packaging. There are no animal ingredients (except honey), no petrochemicals, no phthalates, no artificial colors, no....well you get the idea. And a portion of the proceeds go to Honeybee Research. We order the products in bulk and use refillable dispensers.

Laundry is a tremendous drain on energy and water resources. We now launder our linens in-house, cutting out the harsh chemicals, inefficient machinery and transportation of a commercial laundry. Also, during your stay,we will not change your towels if they are hung up. We'll assume you'd like to reuse them. Likewise, sheets will be changed every three days, unless you request otherwise. Be sure to walk the carriage road around Eagle Lake, our reservoir. It will thank you for your efforts.

We support local businesses with strong environmental practices. Our morning coffee comes from 44 North Coffee in Deer Isle Maine.  For breakfast food, Native Maine Produce is our chief source. And, we try to hit the local farmers markets to round out our menu. 

Our landscaping is 100% organic. We hope you'll enjoy being able to sniff the peonies, confident in the fact that there's nothing toxic or harmful there.

We support environmental and local charities such as Environment Maine, the Hancock County SPCA and the Maine Public Broadcasting Network

We use natural cleaning products whenever it's reasonable.  Clorox Green Works is our product line of choice. Vinegar & Water is a wonderful disinfectant for most things and is the ultimate cleaner for our glass and crystal. In the interest of full disclosure, we use a great Lysol product for certain critical applications. But we're still looking for a more natural solution.

Our winter activities revolve around renovation. Each project we take on is geared toward a more energy efficient house. All of our appliances have been replaced with high-efficiency, Energy Star compliant models. We've added additional heat zones to serve most of our guest rooms. Our guests can now be cozy without the need to heat other empty guest rooms. And guests in our third-floor suites, Birchcroft and Rosserne, now benefit from individual, ultra-efficient mini-split ducted heat pumps for heating and cooling!

We've gone completely digital! The holy grail of the paperless office has been achieved...at least at our inn.