Welcome to Kingsleigh Inn in Southwest Harbor, Maine, one of Mount Desert Island’s premier water view Bed and Breakfast Inns.
The focus at our Coastal Maine inn is to provide a harmonious balance between delicious indulgence, understated luxury, warm hospitality and true comfort that epitomizes today's bed and breakfast experience.
Kingsleigh Inn has been mentioned as a “Great Value Vacation” in Condé Nast Traveler Magazine’s monthly “Word of Mouth” feature for the “Quietside” of Mount Desert Island and honored with an Editors’ Choice award by Yankee Magazine as “tops among places no traveler will want to miss” and highly recommended by Fodor’s, Frommer’s and have received Tripadvisor's "Certificate of Excellence" in 2012 & 2013.
Mount Desert Island is the location of Acadia National Park (New England’s only National Park) and is home to many of coastal Maine’s most romantic and historic bed and breakfasts inns. With its small fishing villages, local artists, pristine lakes, miles of dramatic coastline, abundant wildlife and unspoiled nature, our island is a gem for exploration - watch a recent ABC Good Morning America video to get a taste!
Convenient to all excursions and activities, Southwest Harbor is a small, yet vibrant, town providing the perfect home base for daily exploration of the island. Whether your interests lie in the quiet of a less traveled hike in Acadia National Park, listening to loons soaring over the lake or a thrilling whale watch adventure, we will see to it that your Maine Bed and Breakfast experience is one of generosity, elegance, comfort and wonderful Maine memories.
From your own private deck you may choose to do nothing but watch the boats in the harbor while taking in the sun and cool breeze off the water. Or, you may opt for a hike through a lush pine scented forest in Acadia National Park to reach a summit offering rewarding views of Somes Sound - the only natural fjord on the east coast. Or, perhaps biking Acadia’s famous Carriage Roads (over 57 miles) is the activity of the day. With our proximity to the busy town of Bar Harbor, guests can enjoy a day of shopping and popular tourist attractions then come back to end their day on the less commercial and less trampled “Quietside” of Mount Desert Island.
Breakfast at Kingsleigh Inn is a gourmet event perhaps offering one of Mount Desert Island’s most unique menus always ending with a memorable dessert! Before our guests savor a fruit course of Port and Cinnamon Poached Pears with Vanilla Crème Fraiche or our popular “Cairns” (inspired by the trail markers of Acadia) offering three tiers of Fresh Pineapple and Banana lightly drizzled with Hot Butter Rum Maple Sauce, they can enjoy a light starter course of Just Baked Fruit Muffins, Croissants, Cinnamon Rolls or Chocolate Dipped Biscotti. At Kingsleigh Inn guests enjoy a choice of a Sweet or Savory Hot Breakfast Entree accompanied by a Breakfast Meat, Breakfast Salad or Breakfast Potatoes with Fresh Herbs, just picked from our garden.
In the afternoon guests might enjoy Ultimate Chocolate Caramel Fudge Brownies or White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Cookies to accompany their freshly brewed espresso or tea. Early evening is a special time with our guests enjoying wine and light hors d’oeurves, sharing their adventures of the day and perusing our extensive menu selection to choose just the right dining experience for another perfect day on Mount Desert Island!
Life is to be enjoyed and where better than the expansive, pristine coast of Maine?
If you are looking for uncompromised hospitality, casual elegance and panoramic harbor views, Kingsleigh Inn Bed and Breakfast on Mount Desert Island is a wonderful place to experience what Maine has to offer.
Your Welcoming Hosts,
Pamela & Bryan