A woodsy Deluxe Suite w/Private Entrance & Deck ~ 1 Bdrm /1+Bath, near Long Pond
About Nola Buchanan
My joy in life is my family, my husband, and two adult children and their wonderful spouses. I did my graduate degree in developmental psychology and have had the privilege of my work career being focused in the field of special education. I enjoy traveling, especially to various lake regions and the coast together with our family. In terms of books, shows, and movies, I especially enjoy spy and espionage themes, as well as movies and series that are period pieces or those that highlight local cultures of a Celtic variety. As your host, I want guests to feel that their comfort and relaxation are important to me during their stay. It is a joy for me to serve them, and I want to do all that I can to make their stay memorable. Specifically, that means I would like to provide a scrupulously clean place, one that is quiet and private in a woodsy retreat-like setting that promotes rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation. You can expect me to be as available or unavailable as you desire. My motto as a host is to treat my guests as I would like to be treated. Please look at last year’s reviews to see how our guests feel about Treetop-Retreat and the care that was given.
Nola Buchanan purchased this Bed And Breakfast in 1995
Why Nola Buchanan chose Southwest Harbor
We intentionally chose to live on the quiet-side of the Island, since the summers in Bar Harbor are rather congested, and in the winter, it has the feeling of being boarded up. However, Southwest Harbor is truly open all year round so it is less crowded in the summer and more populated in the winter. We also chose a very quiet cul-de-saqed road, so that there is no through traffic, and also that remained very wooded, so that we could build our home, retaining as much of the woods as possible for privacy. The Apartment at Treetop-Retreat was originally built for my son and his wife, so it was built with extra touches and tender loving care.
What makes this Bed And Breakfast unique
The benefit or our property that our guests enjoy is that it is located on the quiet-side of the Island, away from the crowds and bustle of Bar Harbor. Yet we are just two miles from the quaint town-center of Southwest Harbor or from Long Pond, the largest lake in Acadia National Park. Additionally, we are conveniently located within 20-25 minutes of all the sites and activities anywhere on the Island.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Children not allowed
No children under 18, firm.
Minimum age of primary renter:21
Thank you for honoring our smoke free property.
Our insurance does not allow for children under 18.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Lovely retreat on the quiet side
So glad we found the Treetop Retreat - it is just that. Nola and Wayne were lovely and very accommodating. We found the suite very comfortable and well appointed - down to chilled water waiting in the refrigerator and, of course, Nola's homemade blueberry muffins which were delicious!
The overview of the island, maps, guide books and recommendations on what to do, where to go and where to eat were invaluable and helped us make the most of our time on Mt. Desert Island. So nice to have so much research and first-hand knowledge upon our arrival - it saved us so much time getting acclimated.
We would definitely recommend staying here to friends a family visiting the area.
Thank you so much, Lisa for taking the time for your complementary and detailed review. It was a joy for us having you and Jeff stay here. And thank you for leaving the Suite so beautifully.
All the best,
Nice getaway tucked away in Quiet area in wooded setting.
Owners were pleasure to work with great communication and comfortable beds and plenty of space. Very knowledgeable of the area and room had local area brochures and info about Acadia Nationa Park!
Thank you, Cheryl, for taking the time to write a review for us.
All the best,
This was a great location on the "quietside" and would definitely stay again on a future visit to MDI and Acadia. Thank you Nola.
Thanks Steve for taking the time to write this review for us. I'm very glad that you enjoyed your stay at Treetop.
Wishing you all the best,
***** I'm adding my own stars because this experience deserves ten!
From start to finish Nola and Wayne made this vacation stay one of the best ever. Communication was excellent and check in was seamless. Wayne was there upon arrival and was so nice in not only showing the efficiency and what was provided, but also gave a lot of helpful information regarding the park, places to eat and things to do.
The efficiency suite was immaculate and very comfortably laid out. All the little touches and extra items that Nola and Wayne provided were really quite thoughtful.
And last, but not least, the blueberry muffins... sigh... they were fabulous!
Nola, Wayne, thank you for everything and for making a great vacation even better!! :)
Dorrie, Thank you so much for taking the time to create this very kind, thoughtful, and generous review. It was truly our joy having you and Kim, and we would really appreciate being able to see you again in the future. Thank you for taking such good care of the Suite while you were here. It is most appreciated.
All the very best,
Nola and Wayne
We stayed two nights and regretted we couldn’t stay longer. Hosts were more than accommodating. The neighborhood was perfect for a quiet, restful stay.
Thank you, Arlene, for taking to enter this review. It was our joy hosting you and Kristen in the Suite, and thank you for leaving it so lovely.
All the best,
Nola and Wayne
Warm and welcoming retreat
Nola and Wayne were incredibly warm and welcoming. We really and truly felt "right at home," as if staying with family (who also happened to be our personal travel agent with really helpful local recommendations.) We had a blast exploring, with a cozy place to come back to after each adventure in town or the national park. We especially appreciated the hot tea and coffee in to-go cups to keep us warm on the top of Cadillac mountain at 5:30am!
P.S. Nola's blueberry muffins were the best thing i ate all weekend. No lie.
Oh Wow!!! Thank you Rebeka for your kind review, and for taking the time to do it. It was truly our pleasure hosting you.
All the best to you and André,
Wayne and Nola
Some Rainy-Day Activities
Unfortunately, the one thing we cannot control is the weather. However, since my husband has been coming up to the Island from his third birthday in 1957, and we have both been coming up to the Island since our honeymoon in 1975 (and as often as we could each year prior to our permanent move here in March 1993), we have learned that Acadia is beautiful in all of its moods. Whether in sunshine or rain, storms or fog, warmth or chill, snow or frost, there is a special magic and mystery that is unique to Acadia. So, whatever the weather, relax, enjoy and soak in the healing splendor and glory that surrounds this ancient, enduring, variegated beauty that is wonderfully concentrated in and around Mount Desert Island.
Hiking? Yes, indeed! Bundle up, gear up, and walk the shore path on the Park Loop where you will experience the raw, powerful beauty of the ocean in its furious display. Start at Sand Beach, then venture to Thunder Hole, which will live up to its name the nastier the weather. It is at its best during a mid, incoming tide (check the tide charts for Bar Harbor online). Next, make your way to Otter Cliffs, then back again. However, remember, rocks get very slippery. Obey warnings, since several people who have ignored them have done so to their peril! When it is a light rain, experience the flatter woodsier walks, or stroll any of the 51 miles of carriage paths. Save the normal rocky hikes for dry days. If you don't want to walk it, drive the Park Loop. The wilder the weather, the more abundant the spectacle! Finish your adventure by driving up to the top of Cadillac Mountain, dare to get out of your car and experience the power of gale force winds in your face, as you picture nature's feisty glory displayed all around you. For a closer treat on our side of the Island, the quiet side, don't forget to visit Seawall, which can be spectacular in nasty weather. When it is not so nasty, but wet and a bit rainy, you can also do the hikes at Ship Harbor or Wonderland, which are flat and easier to navigate than most other hikes, and more importantly, safer in wet weather.
Don't forget that part of Acadia National Park is on the mainland in Winter Harbor at Schoodic Point. It is totally open to the ocean, so it is another great place to see the raw, tumultuous beauty of the rocky Maine coast in furious weather. You might want to consider stopping by Chase's Restaurant in Winter Harbor for your "once-a-year" treat of fried seafood. They truly have one of the best fried scallop sandwiches you will find, having more scallops on it than most restaurants provide on their entrées! Their fried clams are also to "die" for.
Don't forget to visit the Oceanarium! Rainy days are a great time for getting to know about the creatures great and small, who are ocean living and some who are also "vacationing" (lobsters!) in the abundant waters surrounding Acadia.
Visit the Acadia National Park Visitor's Center in Hulls Cove. Rainy day is a great time to relax and take in more of the history, and geology, that has created its ancient and present glory, as well as learn more about the sites with which our Island has to enthrall you.
Visit Mount Desert Island’s micro-breweries: In fact, hope it rains all afternoon! so that you can do tours and tastings at both Atlantic Brewing in Town Hill and Bar Harbor Brewing in downtown Bar Harbor. And bring the kids because the tastings include blueberry soda.
Window shopping and snacking in Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor, & Northeast Harbor: Indulge in a summer vacation tradition and enjoy some buttercrunch, chocolates, or special butter cream fudge at Ben & Bill’s Chocolate Emporium on Main Street in Bar Harbor.
Some of the Family’s Suggestions of Where to Eat:
Moderately Priced Lunch and Dinner on the “Quietside” of the Island (Southwest Harbor/Tremont/Bernard):
•The Seafood Ketch: This is a wonderful little restaurant right on Bass Harbor, having water views. The food is very good and it is quite popular with the locals with lobster rolls, scallops, and seafood in general being the crowd pleasers.
•Sips: Also open for breakfast if you happen to be on the quietside of the Island, Sips is a popular local spot that offers a pleasant atmosphere, and consistently well prepared meals. They are especially known for their crepes, meatloaf, and risottos, as well as a nice selection of American dishes.
•Café Drydock and Inn: Though having mixed reviews, we have had a couple of guests that have really enjoyed their dinners there.
Specialty Foods and Places on the Quietside:
•Joey's Place and Sports Bar: This is the only place I know of in the state of Maine that has an actual, authentic Philadelphia Cheesesteak!
•Thurston's Wharf: is lobster in the rough