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Kingsleigh Inn, Mount Desert Island, Acadia National Park Lodging

Kingsleigh Inn Casual Elegance overlooking Southwest Harbor

Attention: Kingsleigh Inn has changed ownership!

Friends of Acadia (FOA), in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), will be providing housing

for Acadia National Park Employees

beginning in 2023.

Though we will miss our many years of hosting visitors, we are very proud to have been part of this "first of its kind" cooperative effort.

We do still have available accommodations at

our rental property, "Harbor Oasis".

For complete details click: Harbor Oasis

We hope you can visit us there!


Welcome  to Kingsleigh Inn in Southwest Harbor, Maine, one of Mount Desert Island's premier water view bed and breakfast inns.

Overlooking the waters of Southwest Harbor on Mount Desert Island, Maine from the Kingsleigh Inn Bed and Breakfast - Panorama blended image of Stuffed French Toast and View of the Harbor

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 the place to stay on MDI by Travel and Leisure's yearly "World's Best Islands", a "Great Value Vacation" in Condé Nast Traveler Magazine's monthly "Word of Mouth" feature for the "Quietside" of Mount Desert Island, honored with an Editors' Choice award by Yankee Magazine as "tops among places no traveler will want to miss", highly recommended by Fodor's and Frommer's, and has received Tripadvisor's "Certificate of Excellence" in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021 (not open in 2020 due to COVID).

Mount Desert Island is the location of Acadia 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 oceanfront coast, abundant wildlife and unspoiled nature, our island is a jewel of the Maine Coast. Southwest Harbor is a small, yet vibrant, town providing the perfect home base for daily exploration around the island. Whether your interests lie in the quiet of a less traveled hike in Acadia National Park, listening to the loons as they soar over the lakes or the thrill of a whale watch adventure, we will see to it that your Maine Bed and Breakfast experience is one of generosity, elegance and comfort.

A collage of images including 1. Formal Living Room with Fireplace, expanse of Windows and many Plants 2. Covered Breakfast Deck with Views of the Harbor and many Flowers 3. Large scale Photo of Lillies printed on canvas and 4. A Hinkley sailboat in the Harbor

From your own private deck (Turret Suite, Chelsea, Abbott and Hawthorne) 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 "people watching) then come back to end their day on the less commercial and less trampled "Quietside" of Mount Desert Island.

The architecture of this 1904 turn-of-the-century Queen Anne Victorian displays steeply pitched roofs, cedar shingle and Pebbledash exterior with sea stones hand embedded in stucco.  Inside is a seamless blend of contemporary and traditional furnishings, fine art and dramatic local photography. Fabrics of coordinating colors and patterns give this inn a designer touch. Our guests enjoy many of the amenities of an upscale resort on a casual and comfortable, smaller scale, as well as the right mix of privacy and interaction with others that a finely tuned bed and breakfast inn can provide.

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, Cinnamon Rolls, Oatmeal Bars or Almond Espresso Bars. At Kingsleigh Inn guests enjoy the choice of a Sweet or Savory Hot Breakfast Entree accompanied by a Breakfast Meat, Fruit Salad or Potatoes with Fresh Herbs, just picked from our garden. For the Grand Finale, our homemade dessert of the day may be a Fruit Sorbet, Creamy Gelato, retro Banana Split with Cranberry Conserve, Hazelnut Fudge finished with Sea Salt or Amaretto Cheesecake, to name a few.

In the afternoon, guests might enjoy Almond Lace Florentines filled with Cinnamon Buttercream, Ultimate Chocolate Caramel Fudge Brownies or White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Cookies to accompany their freshly brewed espresso or our selections of hot chocolates or teas.

Early evening is a special time with our guests enjoying wine and a light snack, sharing their adventures of the day and perusing our menu book to choose just the right dining experience to conclude another perfect day on Mount Desert Island!

Life is to be enjoyed and where better than the expansive, pristine coast of Maine?

Sailboat on the harbor on a foggy day

Looking for warm hospitality, creative cuisine, casual elegance & panoramic harbor views? Then, please join us at Kingsleigh Inn Bed and Breakfast on Mount Desert Island - a wonderful place to experience what Maine has to offer.

Your Welcoming Hosts, Pamela & Bryan


Fodor's Maine Coast 2005 quote It is the details that make the difference at this inn in Southwest Harbor
For Reservations or information,  Phone 207-244-5302
Or write: 373 Main Street, P.O. Box 1426, Southwest Harbor, Maine 04679
Your Hosts, Pamela & Bryan     Email: