woman getting a spray tan

Get your spray tan on that is! For residents in the Bar Harbor area looking for some color after the winter season, a spray tan is an excellent option. As we continue to learn more about the dangers of tanning beds and overexposure to the sun, the popularity of the traditional tanning methods seems to be decreasing.

Bar Harbor Inn

Make your vacation extra special by choosing the right inn for your vacation.

At the Quimby House Inn and Spa, we are nestled in downtown Bar Harbor and we know what it takes to make our visitors feel welcome. We also know what makes a great inn for your next vacation, so we wanted to offer you a few tips on what to look for when choosing your next hotel to make sure that your vacation is relaxing, enjoyable and everything you hope that it will be.

massage table at The Quimby House Inn Spa Serenity Garden

The beginning of the New Year marks a perfect time for residents in the Bar Harbor area to begin working out or training for an event. The island offers many different gym locations, exercise classes, and park roads to get your body in great shape. But as you begin to hit the gym, trails, or group classes, you are bound to have sore, tight muscles as a result. Although sore muscles are a sign of the body building strength, it is not a pleasant feeling. Massage is a great way to not only relieve the pain of hard work outs, but it will also help you to physically and mentally improve your workouts.

Vacation in Bar Harbor

Bar Harbor is a busy tourist town which means it's never too early to start planning your next vacation.

While we may be right in the thick of winter and your summer vacation feels oh so far away, now is the perfect time to start planning. The best way to beat the winter blues is to think about all of the summer activities that await you! And when it comes to vacationing in Bar Harbor, ME, there are A LOT of activities.

Exercising For New Years Resolution

Enjoy a healthier lifestyle by taking well rounded care of yourself.

One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to be healthier. But this does not just mean losing weight. In fact, there are many components to your health and weight loss is just one of the benefits to living a healthy lifestyle. To help you get an idea of all that goes into true health, here is a list of some things that you can do in 2013 to be a healthier you!

We’ve done it again! The quaint, touristy town of Bar Harbor has made yet another travel site’s list of top places to visit. According to CNN’s travel section, Bar Harbor is named number ten in the top ‘great public spaces’. More specifically they refer to the Village Green, which is right in the heart of the downtown.

The fall is a great time to visit Bar Harbor, Maine. Even with the long days of summer a faint memory, this quaint little town still has a lot to offer its leaf peeping guests. And did you know that Bar Harbor has some of the best places for holiday shopping?

The busy summer season has ended, there’s a crisp feel in the air, and many wonder just what it is about Bar Harbor that makes a fall visit so special? This town may seem to have come to a halt compared to the months of July and August but for those fall visitors who spend time in Bar Harbor now get to enjoy an entirely different vibe from the summer rush and see what this quaint town has to offer.

If you have not yet been to the fabulous destination of Mount Desert Island, Maine, now is a great time to plan your trip! According to Travel + Leisure’s 2012 World’s Best Islands, we have been ranked #2 in the Top 10 Islands of the Continental U.S. and Canada.

Ok let’s face it, we all love a day at the spa. But since most of us can’t manage to go every day, week, or even month, the idea of homemade spa treatments becomes more enticing. Not only are at home spa treatments a great way to stay relaxed and rejuvenated between your visits to the spa, but they are simple and most ingredients can be found right in your kitchen.

Most are well aware that the pace that we live our lives today is resulting in dangerous levels of stress causing illness, disease, and fatigue. We are sacrificing our health, happiness, and relationships because we have forgotten the simple task of relaxation. But what is hard for many to believe is that by taking the time to relax and let go, you will create more time and energy to do the tasks at hand. Massage therapy is a wonderful way to reconnect with the peace inside and to help heal us of the damage that stress has done.

Prior to 1947 if you were traveling to Bar Harbor you would likely have driven down Millionaires’ Row on your way into town. A stunning view of grand estates that were seasonal homes and summer cottages along Frenchman Bay were a common sight. Mount Desert Island, home to Bar Harbor, was known as the summer retreat for the wealthy. Historic hotels along with the estates kept the town of Bar Harbor and surrounding towns on Mount Desert Island a place for the rich and famous. But on October 17, 1947 everything changed.

massage oils

Spring is in the air and to match the wonderful smells of flowers blooming and life in Bar Harbor waking up after a long winter, Serenity Garden at the Quimby House Inn has many exciting spa services and treatments to share.

Looking for that perfect gift for your loved one this Valentine’s Day? Instead of the usual chocolates, flowers, and dinner, we recommend you take the pampering to the next level and treat your Valentine in Bar Harbor to a massage at Serenity Garden.

If you are looking for New Year’s resolutions to make this upcoming year the best ever, consider making choices that make you and your health your number one priority. The Serenity Garden Spa at the Quimby House Inn offers spray tans and massages to help you reduce stress, achieve the beautiful tan you have always wanted without the sun's damaging effects and to help you feel your very best. For your best year ever, take care of yourself with visits to the Serenity Garden Spa and reduce your overall stress to improve the quality of your life and you’ll be certain to have one of your best years ever!

There is nothing I enjoy more every year than the first snowfall of winter. Bar Harbor is so quiet during the first storm, especially in the evening, like the snow has muted the world. Looking out from out front windows you see a car go by every once in awhile, sloshing through the snow. It gives me that holiday feeling, like what you had the day before Christmas when you were a little kid. So much excitement and anxiety about the arrival of Christmas and the warm fuzzy feelings of the holiday spirit.

On November 12th, at 6am in downtown Bar Harbor, there are going to be some pretty excited shoppers! Every year, Bar Harbor folks gear up for the Early Bird Pajama Sale, where shoppers don their favorite (warm) pajamas, throw on their hats and mittens and run through town, looking for the best deals on all that Bar Harbor shopping has to offer. An early breakfast at Jordan’s on Cottage Street will fuel you up for 3 hours of incredible deals on house wares at Window Panes, trendy scarves and clothing at The Village Emporium, great prices at clothing and gear at the Acadia Shops, and fantastic prices on designer olive oils at Fiore Olive Oils and Vinegars. So many deals, you’ll need to bring a friend just to help you carry all your bags!

A vacation in Bar Harbor, Maine is a great vacation anytime of the year, but for gorgeous colorful foliage, crisp fall air and to have Acadia National Park practically to yourself, then fall is definitely a great time to visit! At the Quimby House Inn, we enjoy living in downtown Bar Harbor all year round, but with each season comes new reasons to love being in Bar Harbor. The winter brings snow and peace to our town, while spring brings the joys of nature (and the town!) coming back to life. Summer offers warm temperatures and beautiful Bar Harbor weather, while fall in Bar Harbor is a fantastic sight, with gorgeous technicolor trees, fantastic end-of-season deals and a break from the heat and humidity of summer. Fall in Bar Harbor is definitely the place to be!

Are you planning on a late summer vacation to Bar Harbor, and feel as though the stress of the summer is just starting to catch up with you? Have you been looking forward to this vacation for weeks, and now just need to find a way to de-stress? We suggest you schedule an in-room massage immediately to get you ready for a relaxing and wonderful Bar Harbor Maine vacation at the Quimby House Inn!

I love the weather in this town! And this summer has been no exception- we’ve had more sun than rain, more warm air than cool, and even though it’s humid a lot of the time, it’s nothing like the depressing humidity found in the South this time of year! The warm summer Bar Harbor weather is what the locals look forward to most in Bar Harbor, and this summer has not disappointed!

Fourth of July Fireworks

Well, here it is, our first blog entry! We have been trying to decide what we wanted to write about for our first blog entry, but it seems like there are so many things going on right now, so it’s hard to narrow our subject down to just one! Finally we’ve decided our first blog will be about the 4th of July in Bar Harbor. We know that this area is very popular during the summer, but the celebrations on the 4th seem to start it all off, and do so with a BANG!

Here is what you can find in Bar Harbor on Independence Day: