August 29, 2023

Our Weekend at The Claremont

If you follow me on IG you saw that my best friend from college and I spent a long weekend away at The Claremont in Southwest Harbor, Maine and had an absolutely incredible time. A few of you asked for a full review on my stay and so today I’m happy to point out my favorite things, a couple notes and some really pretty pictures in case you missed them (and no, this is not sponsored, I paid for everything).

I’ve been wanting to go to The Claremont since I first saw a picture of the pool on someone’s instagram. The pink umbrellas and the pavers with grass between them just looked SO charming. And I am happy to report, it was even BETTER than I had hoped.

Here’s that famous pool patio (it’s realistic turf between the stones) and the incredible view of the harbor.

In typical Maine fashion, there is a wraparound porch that is the perfect spot for coffee, a cocktail or playing a game.

Speaking of cocktails, Harry’s Bar is the perfect cozy spot for a drink- so charming.

I realized after leaving I took almost NO shots of the interiors, which were adorably and perfectly done by Keeler & Co.- it feels like your staying at someone’s old family estate in the least stuffy way possible.

The main restaurant, Little Fern, was delicious- breakfast especially, and not hideously expensive. I loved the old farm table with the topiaries and the caned chairs.

The wood paneling on the walls mixed with the glam bar and fixtures was such a great touch.

These little lamps on the bar made it feel extra cozy.

I mean, can you EVEN with this view? Even though we got 2 sunny days, it was kind of nice have one rainy day here it’s so perfectly appointed. We played shuffleboard in the game room, Scrabble at the bar, got facials at the spa (the one let down- I’d skip the spa if you go), worked out in the little barn gym…. it was pretty lovely.

Down on the dock is another restaurant, more casual, called Fish Camp – we grabbed some drinks here and lunch as well.

Also on site is a tiny little bakery for coffee or a quick egg sandwich to go on your way to to venture to shopping or a hike.

The Fitness Cottage – well stocked, but really only big enough for 2-3 people MAX and does not have central air conditioning, so take note :)

I have a friend whose family has a house on Little Cranberry Island a 15 minute boat ride from The Claremont. There is a great restaurant called The Dock there that you can take water taxis to get to- worth the trip on a gorgeous night like we had! But book the taxi EARLY- they fill up fast and it’s the only way to get back unless you have a friend with a boat (speaking of, how flipping CUTE was this boat complete with doodles?)

It was SO picturesque and perfect- I think I am a Maine person now.

Our last day (we took the 5pm Cape Air flight from Bar Harbour to Logan- 1.5 hours and better than the 5 hour drive)- my bestie INSISTED we do this hike in Acadia National Park called Precipice. A couple people seemed shocked we were doing it when we told them, and when I looked it up the internet was telling me it was really hard and really scary. Being both athletic gals, we decided to do it anyways.

It was both REALLY scary and really hard- basically rock climbing without harnesses. Absolutely not for anyone under 16, anyone even the tiniest bit scared of heights or not in decent shape. I’ve heard beehive is hard and gives you a taste of this while being a little bit less scary? Anyways, there are a ton of trails, and it’s a gorgeous park.

I actually had so much fun on this trip I spent most of the time taking it in, and not taking pictures. Forgot to take a pic of my room and a lot of the interiors but you can see images on their site. Cute, small, but well appointed. You don’t spend a lot of time in your room anyways. I’m already planning a trip back next summer in one of the two bedroom cabins and bringing the kids (although not a super kid focused place- they did seem welcome)

Here’s a few items to help you get that cozy, lived in, traditional with a twist look found at the hotel – click images for links except the wall sconce, which can be found HERE:

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