Betsy's grandmother, Alice Dunbar, determined to save the property from bankruptcy during the Depression, turned the family house into an inn. Given that the home had been her wedding present from her deceased husband only spurred her drive. As popularity grew, Alice built 4 overnight cabins, enlarged the porch on the house and began a restaurant. In the 1960s, Betsy's parents, Emery and Lydia, renovated and added kitchens to the existing cottages and built 3 other cabins. The house was turned back into a family home. Now in the third generation, Betsy and her husband Roger are continuing the tradition. Many renovations have taken place with careful attention to keep the coastal cottage charm but add small conveniences. The wharf area is currently being restored with renovations to the boathouse, a new dock under construction, and deep water moorings available for guests. The large porch is now often used for special functions as weddings and rehearsal dinners. |
One of the cottages, the Green cottage, once was the ticket office for the ferry that ran from Bar Harbor to all the towns around the bay. This ferry was quite large - 134 ft. The wharf area visible on the aerial view was built for the ferry. The existing boathouse, a ticket house and a large ramp for loading can be seen on the picture. The ticket office was moved up the hill to become the Green cottage. Large rings attached to granite ledge can still be seen, although much worn and weathered. The Green cottage has an upstairs (added later) with 2 twin beds in one room, one twin in the upstairs foyer, and one twin and one double bed downstairs. The full kitchen has a view to the west and tidal falls. The other amenities are full shower/bath, large wraparound porch (with rocking chairs) and south view over the bay. All linens are provided.
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