Sorry to report that All Fired Up, that rainy day godsend for craft-minded folks and families, has closed i’s doors. Replacing it, according to Jeff Anderholm, innkeeper at the lovely Bass Cottage Inn, is Simply Natural: “a high end clothing and accessories shop featuring fine woolens, alpaca and sheepskin items.” Jeff says his wife, Teri (one of the inn’s culinary wiz’s) was impressed. Me thinks I definitely need to investigate this shop.
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When you like the concept of a B&B but dislike the forced camaraderie. When you love Victorians but loathe clutter and frou frou. When you prefer a convenient intown location but despise traffic and noise, the Bass Cottage Inn, in Bar Harbor, is the solution.
Owners Jeff and Terri Anderholm acquired this diamond about seven years, but it was no gem then. One of Bar Harbor’s original cottages, it had, to put it gently, seen better years, better decades.
They gutted it and turned it into an unVictorian, honoring the architectural integrity, but decorating with a light hand and adding all those little amenities that make a place sing. And air-conditioning. And inroom phones and TVs. And a DVD library. And a guest pantry, where cookies appear every afternoon. And wine and hors d’oeuvres on the sunporch in the afternoon And, well you get the idea.
The location: It’s smack downtown, but it’s not. It’s tucked between Main Street and the Shore Path, on a li’l dirt lane called The Field. You’ll need directions to find it. So do the masses, which keeps it all rather quiet.
Oh, and about that breakfast… Every morning there are two choices, one savory, one sweet, as well a muffins and a fruit course. Creme brulé French toast. Need I say more?
Here’s something new: In June, September, and October, The Bass Cottage Inn is offering Bistro Weekends. The package, including two nights lodging, daily full breakfast (a treat!), and one night’s five-course dinner, ranges $540 to $810 per couple, plus taxes and alcohol, with rate varying by room selected and weekend.
Here’s the menu for the the weekends of June 5-7 and 12-14:
Appetizer: Johnnycakes with smoked salmon or Bass Cottage paté with warm shallot jam and toasted artisan bread
Soup: Creamy double-haddock chowder
Salad: Fresh field greens with house vinaigrette
Entrée: Maine lobster “puff” pot pie or stout-braised short ribs with garlic-mashed potatoes and roasted carrots or coq au vin blanc
Dessert: Cream puffs with vanilla-bean ice cream and chocolate sauce or buttermilk panna cotta with strawberry-rhubarb compote
Menus for the autumn weekends are on the website.
About the inn: In 2003, Terri (a chef) and Jeff Anderholm completely gutted the 1885 inn, salvaging the best features and turning it into a boutique, luxury inn. Unlike many of the island’s oh-so-Victorian accommodations, this one is light and airy, with plentiful and comfy public rooms and all those little necessities of civilization: Wifi, TV/DVD, phone. Many rooms have fireplaces and/or whirlpool baths. It’s well situated for walking to all downtown Bar Harbor attractions, but tucked away on a byway, so the location is quite private. The inn reopens for the season on May 15.