Tango Diva : Travel Stories for Women, by Women

Location and how to get there:
Bar Harbor – fly into Bangor, Maine or Portland, Maine

Number of rooms:
All 187 guestrooms (many with balconies overlooking Frenchman’s Bay) are decorated in a soothing, residential style and feature extras such as, marble bathrooms and refrigerators. The studio, one and two bedroom suites, are even more luxurious, with high-definition TV and surround-sound stereo. Penthouse suites feature full kitchens, with dining rooms, private balconies with Jacuzzis and fireplaces. Each room includes a semi private balcony, color television with cable and your choice of King or two double beds.

Price range:
$139 (Deluxe King Sunset View) – $829 (Three Bedroom Ocean front suite w/Jacuzzi) USD

Time of year to go:
July- September

In the 19th century, Mount Desert Island was home to the largest hotel in North America and to Millionaires’ Row, a line of spectacular summer estates built for America’s most powerful families—Rockefeller, Ford, Vanderbilt, Carnegie, Astor and Morgan, to name a few. Bar Harbor continues to draw visitors by the thousands in the summer, and the area’s brilliant fall foliage has stretched the season well into October. Bar Harbor is adjacent to Acadia National Park, home to 1,532-foot Mount Cadillac. Its summit is the first spot in the United States where the sunrise can be seen. Acadia’s stunning mountains, lakes, and sea cliffs can be viewed from a number of vantage points along its 125 miles of hiking trails.

The Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina is the premier resort facility in Bar Harbor, Maine nestled in downtown Bar Harbor, just moments away from Acadia National Park. The Harborside offers breathtaking views of Frenchman’s Bay, the ocean and beyond. With the finest guest accommodations and unsurpassed hospitality, Harborside is the perfect destination for a girlfriend getaway or some solo time.

Why is this location so great for women?
Aside from the usual shopping opportunities provided in downtown Bar Harbor, women can enjoy climbing, or walking the famed trails in Acadia National Park. After all that work, they can retreat into an underground oasis at the Bar Harbor Spa.

Services:
Concierge,
pier and full marina,
whale watching boat sails daily from the Harborside Pier, free local transportation courtesy of The Island Explorer Hotel.

Hotel Restaurants & Bars:
La Bella Vita Ristorante at the Harborside celebrates the passion for the good life and good food. The dining room and terrace tables are positioned to take full advantage of every water view and each course, is prepared using time-tested recipes with all the aromas and flavors of good, healthy Italian cuisine.

Spa, health club:
Inside the Spa at the Bar Harbor Club guests enter a relaxing journey toward inner and outer beauty, in an incomparable space. With the water features to soothe and calm your senses, they added furniture to give visitors a taste of some past history. Professional treatments range from, touch therapies using aromas and essential oils, from all over the world, to exclusive facial services customized to individual skin needs and body scrubs. After a day of hiking or biking Cadillac Mountain, let the spa spoil you and tend to those fatigued legs. For younger spa guests, a professional aesthetician will create a simple, professional daily skin regime or let the little ones experience a “mani/pedi” with fun polish. Whether in need of a day of pampering or, a couple quick fixes with trained technician’s, who can shape your brows and polish your nails, the Spa at the Bar Harbor Club is an oasis of serenity. It also has a seasonal, heated, outdoor pool.

Bath products in rooms:
Fiji, Aromatherapy, Sothys

Specials for women/girlfriends:
Spa Escape Package: This package includes a choice of two signature treatments, at the Bar Harbor Club Spa, located adjacent to the hotel. Tax and gratuity are not included. Signature treatments include: Swedish Massage – 50 minutes, Classic Facial – 50 minutes, Classic Pedicure – 50 minutes, Sugar Scrub – 50 minutes, Aromatherapy Massage – 50 minutes. Climber’s Bliss Package – Landscape painters have sought the summits of Acadia National Park for over a century, to capture sublime views of the Atlantic and its dramatic rocky shoreline. This package blends those same elements: a rugged climb rewarded with blissful contemplation, in Maine’s pristine wilderness park. Join certified Acadia Mountain Guides for a half-day climb, learning tips on rock climbing, from the only American Mountain Guides-accredited climbing school in Maine. The package includes a luxurious one night stay and the Revitalizing Leg Treatment at the Spa, a 50 minute service that restores, after a rewarding day of hiking.
Contact hotel for current rates.

Harborside Hotel & Marina, 55 West Street, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609 USA

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