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Acadia Area Casual Lodging

Acadia Area Casual Lodging

2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1.5 baths
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1.5 baths
Great check-in experience95% of recent guests gave this home’s check-in process a 5-star rating.

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Someday you'll find yourself in Ellsworth, Maine. And when you do you are welcome to stay at my home, Heading Up. Casual lodging in a comfortable private home.

Located in Ellsworth, this is the heart of Downeast Maine and is close to all the interesting and utterly gorgeous local attractions that you have come to Maine for.

Bar Harbor and Acadia is 30 minutes away. Schoodic at Acadia is 40 minutes. Blue Hill 20 minutes. Stonington is 50 minutes and Machias 1 hr, 10 minutes. Staying in Ellsworth with its authentic vibe and vibrant downtown is the most convenient town to all of Hancock County.

Since I'm a local myself I'll steer your compass on the best Maine adventures from Acadia to Stonington to Moosehead Lake to Canada, and everything in-between. I've been in the food and lodging biz up here for 40 years so my wealth of experience and passion for the area will aid in giving you a great vacation experience. Or if you already know what you want to do here, I'll step back and listen to you. There is always something new to learn.

My home is a 1937 Dutch Colonial with lots of room to spread out that is sunny all day and has a nicely landscaped yard. Located on a quiet side street in one of the city's most desirable areas, the house offers plenty of privacy for you with two separate livingrooms, a new spacious kitchen, glassed in porch and deck along with a beautiful stone terrace surrounded by a cottage garden. There is a garage on the property to stash bikes or anything else you might want to leave behind for your day trips.

The guest bedroom has a queen size bed with original Maine artwork on the walls and is decorated in a tasteful cottage look. There is an upstairs bathroom that you share with me, but you'll never know I'm around. Plush towels, nice bedding and a comforter are added comforts. And you just might need the comforter for those slightly chilly nights when the ocean breezes fill the air.

A French press is always on the counter for whenever you want a cup of locally roasted coffee. Tea drinker? I have a nice selection. My house is roomy so there is lots of space for both privacy and to move around.

Your cell phone always works here and wifi is always on.

Located within walking distance of our historic and lovely downtown, you will find great spots where the locals hang out like the local coffee cafe, a couple of local breweries, and an upscale-casual dinner restaurant. A great pub awaits you for local color, and homemade ice cream to satisfy your sweet tooth. Or drive 10 minutes out of town to my restaurant in Hancock, Ironbound, acclaimed for our casual-upscale menu and atmosphere.

Traveling with your dog? As long as Fido is well behaved and friendly we certainly can accommodate. There is an additional nightly fee of $15.

NPR is usually tuned in for All Things Considered. You are welcome to peruse my generous library of maps, guidebooks and Maine based magazines for your pleasure and use.

Want to know the REAL MAINE? Meet REAL MAINERS? Discover the magical out of the way places? Allow me to be your guide and host for your Downeast vacation.

Please Note: You must post your photo and describe yourself on the airbnb website. I want to know something about you and your interests. I decline anonymous bookings.


Laptop friendly workspace
Free parking on premises
Hair dryer

House Rules

Check-in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 11AM


195 Reviews

Sebastien User Profile
September 2017
Very nice house, cool backyard and a great dog. The room was nice and the bathroom also. It is also very quiet with a little forest behind the house.
Jenna User Profile
October 2016
We absolutely loved Leslie's home! It was even more beautiful in person. Her son Graham was very warm and welcoming, and insisted we treat the place like our home. It is in close proximity to Acadia National Park, a must-see when visiting Maine. When arriving we were also greeted…
Lars User Profile
August 2016
Welcoming home. Gus the dog is the best greeter!
Talha User Profile
August 2016
Leslie is a very warm and pleasant host. She was not present at the time of our arrival but she left clear instructions to access the space. Our room was clean, spacious and the bed is really comfortable. The location is a bit out of the way but we knew that and its reflected …
Patrick User Profile
August 2015
Leslie was a great host. The room was clean and really comfy! Her house is huge and beautiful and easily accessible. She's been doing lots of interesting travels and projects she had a lot of great stories and advice. Was a nice chat around the morning coffee. Also the dog is a…
Christa User Profile
July 2015
We had a wonderful stay at Leslie's place. She was an expert on all things local and we got great recommendations for things to do, places to eat and explore. We loved the location - convenient to get to Bar Harbour and Acadia National Park but far enough out that you don't feel …
Kaitlyn User Profile
August 2014
Leslie's house was exceptional and very cosy. The location was quiet and serene, and close enough still to Bar Harbor and Acadia Park. Leslie was very accommodating and made recommendations that made our limited time there super efficient (thank youuuu for saving us from tourist …

Hosted by Leslie

Ellsworth, Maine, United StatesJoined in January 2012
Leslie User Profile
288 Reviews
Someday you'll find yourself in Ellsworth or Hancock, Maine. And when you do, you are welcome to stay with me. I have six separate listings that you are welcome to consider. The first is in my home in the small coastal city of Ellsworth which is the physical center of Hancock…
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Ellsworth, ME, United States

I live in a quiet, nice neighborhood with single family dwellings, all at least 80 years old.

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You can walk to the historic downtown, but need a car otherwise.

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