Housing is available in a variety of dormitories on campus and at nearby hotels off campus. The price in the dormitories will be $415/person/week which includes housing and all meals. The College has a very good reputation for their food services. Information about a meal plan for those staying off-campus will be in a future issue of the Newsletter.
Total housing capacity on campus is 126 and most are double rooms. Space is limited, so if you are planning to bring your entire family, it would be prudent to make reservations at one of the nearby hotels (listed in the January issue). One hotel, the Highbrook Motel, has agreed to hold six rooms aside for us until July 12th. The other hotels suggest you make reservations as soon as possible. If we end up with extra room on campus, you can always change your reservations.
Dorms: Blair/Tyson is the newest dorm complex housing a maximum of 80 people (42 rooms and 14 bathrooms). Seafox houses 28 people in 15 rooms and 5 bathrooms. Ryles has 7 single rooms and 2 bathrooms. Peach House houses 6 people in 3 rooms and 2 bathrooms. (Sounds cozy!) Cottage House houses 5 people in 2 double rooms, 1 single room and 1.5 bathrooms (even cozier!) Every attempt will be made to accommodate people's requests for singles/doubles and choice of dorms, but most people, obviously, will end up in Blair or Tyson- which are very nice dorms. No dorm has more than two floors and most have a kitchen and a living room. Everything is close by. Children staying in their parent's rooms pay a reduced rate.
Dorm and Board Rates:
Here is a listing of hotels/motels/campgrounds for those of you considering bringing your families to Bar Harbor. Accommodations fill up quickly in the summer so if you want to get a headstart, here are some options. All except the campgrounds are within walking distance to the campus.
by Gretchen Halpert
The College of the Atlantic will be a wonderful setting for this year's conference. I had the chance to visit it over Columbus Day weekend last year.
The campus is small but beautiful. It has been several years since our conference has been held in a contained, intimate setting, where everyone can live and dine on campus and all the meeting rooms are close by.
Ocean views are everywhere. Lots of porches, balconies, lawns, gardens, and beaches to relax in between sessions. I see the musical instruments reappearing in the evenings, and quiet talks taking place on the end of the dock. Starlit skies and salt air. Town is just a few miles away and filled with shops, restaurants, clubs and tourists.
I visited the Natural History Museum, the dormitory buildings and cottages, dining hall, library and reading rooms, conference rooms, the auditorium and the computer and science labs. There will be plenty of small conference/workshop rooms and a few larger spaces for core conference events.
Dorms vary from cottages (4-12 rooms) to a new 40-room complex comprised of 6-room suites. We can probably house 120 comfortably, before making single rooms into doubles. Room and board are a package; if you stay on campus, the price includes meals. The dining hall is small so two seatings will be arranged. Much of the produce is grown right on campus and is supplemented by local organic farms and fisheries. Since housing is limited, you'll be encouraged to register early. Across from campus are nearly a dozen hotels, but remember August is high season and so are the prices (see "Accommodations").
The COA is devoted to human ecology and natural history. Every poster I saw on the walls was about nature and art. The gallery shows are drawings or photographs of nature, so we'll fit right in. The library is full of reference material on ecology-which we'll have access to. And the reading room overlooks the islands.
Boston, MA / Portland, ME / Bangor, ME to Bar Harbor
The Logan shuttle departs from Boston into Bangor daily at 9:15am, 1:15pm, 5:15pm
There may be another bus option out of Boston, MA. Peter Pan Busline MAY offer summer schedules to Bangor, Maine. They have not started listing their summer schedule on the website yet. The bus from
Boston to Bangor is great. It takes 4 hours, leaves every couple hours, includes a donut and juice, and shows not one, but TWO movies. A very comfortable alternative to a puddle jumper.
There is bus service from NYC out of the Port Authority.
You can fly directly into Bangor, which is serviced by major airlines, and Trenton (Bar Harbor Airport), which is actually on the mainland about twenty minutes from downtown Bar Harbor. From Bangor you can take the shuttle bus to Bar Harbor.
The island is about a ten hour car ride from the New York City area, and about a five hour drive from Boston. Parking at the university will be available.
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Free Shuttle Bus Service in Bar Harbor
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