Asticou Inn Garden
The history of the Asticou Inn begins in 1883 when the Savage family established an inn across the street from their cottage, the Cranberry Lodge, at the head of Northeast Harbor. However, it wasn’t until 1901 after the reconstruction of the inn following a fire that the gardens history began. In the decades following its reconstruction, the Savages would establish a very long and successful innkeeping tradition surrounded by the natural beauty of Mount Desert Island and nestled amongst some of the island’s most renowned gardens.
While Charles Savage and noted landscape designer Beatrix Farrand worked to establish the Asticou Azalea Gardens across the street from the Inn, it was his mother, Mabel Savage, that nourished the gardens which highlight the Asticou’s rolling landscape. Located along the east and south lawns of the Asticou’s property, the cutting gardens provided Mabel with an outstanding variety of flora that she used to create the renowned arrangements which welcomed guests in the main lobby of the inn and added splashes of color throughout the well-appointed rooms overlooking scenic Northeast Harbor.
Today the gardens are maintained professionally. The gardeners plant around two-thousand annuals throughout the property with thirty-five different varieties of annuals including snapdragons, cosmos, dahlias, and zinnias which are at the peak bloom in mid-July. In addition to the seaside gardens, the Asticou’s front entrance features four massive urns bursting with unique textures and ‘shade loving’ annuals. Hanging baskets of trailing ivy and scented pendulous begonias welcome you to a covered porch and the lobby entrance.
We welcome you to visit the Asticou Inn and tour our grounds as part of this year’s Bar Harbor Garden Tour.
Please join us in the ‘Garden Room’ from 11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. for a buffet luncheon especially planned for Garden Tour participants. This all-inclusive buffet lunch includes: salads, wraps, quiches, beverage (ice tea, lemonade, coffee, tea, or soft drink), tax and gratuity for $20. You must pay the garden club for the buffet along with your garden tour ticket by July 14.