When we first arrived at the MIra Monte, we never suspected that our unassuming cottage on Mt Desert Street would belie such rich history. If you’ve followed our blog, you already know what recent research has brought to light. Now our local paper, the Mount Desert Islander is sharing the story of the inn with the wider community: Mira Monte’s Lost History
For a limited time, we’re featuring an amazing offer on our Mira Monte Gift Certificates! From now through May, we’ll add an extra 25% value to any purchase! For example, when you purchase a $100 certificate, we’ll upgrade it to $125! Buy a $200 gift certificate and we’ll make it $250! These certificates have no expiration date, and you can use them for yourself or gift them to a friend. Call us today at (207) 288-4263 to take advantage of this special offer.
The expansive, impeccably-landscaped grounds of the Mira Monte were once the crown jewel of the property. Over the years, they have been featured on HGTV and in numerous travel publications from coast to coast. Though the garden’s spring blooms remain beautiful, their beauty belies a pressing need for renovation. The award-winning firm of Burdick and Associates has been selected to create a comprehensive “master plan” for the restoration and renovation of Mira Monte’s grounds. Burdick specializes in landscapes that create a harmonious balance between human and natural elements that draw upon the native beauty of Maine. While newly-planted areas will focus upon local flora, the 2 formal gardens of the estate will continue to retain their historic character. It is our hope that the grounds will provide a place of beauty and respite for our guests for many years to come!
The Mira Monte is full of charm, character and history but caring for this 150-year-old structure can be a daunting task. To us, it’s a labor of love. Time, sub-zero temperatures, snow and our fearsome nor’easters exact a very heavy toll on old wood. We perform regular maintenance at the end of each season to address potential problem areas. The winter season affords us some valuable time to devote to the ongoing renovation of the inn- even when the temperature outside is in single digits and snow blankets the ground. Below, our staff removes a section of damaged sheathing and installs new insulation, wrap and clapboard.
This plaque, to be displayed near the entry, recognizes the Mira Monte inn as the former home of Orlando Ash, an early Bar Harbor entrepreneur and developer who built the Mira Monte and many of the surrounding historic homes. Ash’s holdings were once said to extend from Cadillac Mountain to the sea. Although there have been some competing claims regarding the precise age of the building, the inn is widely recognized as one of the oldest homes in town, as well as one of Bar Harbor’s first B&Bs.
We’re proud to have been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in our first year as new owners! A BIG THANK YOU to all our guests for making this possible. We won’t forget that your’e the reason for our success!