Weber Grill, Lobster cooker, picnic table, deck, WiFi, full kitchen, great views
About Luke Damon
Luke and Jackie met in Bar Harbor in March of 2009 and got married in July of 2013. Luke had just got home from 3 months at sea and was going out with some friends for a drink. Jackie saw the first new man she had seen all winter and claimed him immediately. You know.... storybook love story at a pub on a Maine island in winter! Luke and his family have been on MDI and have fished the waters for generations. Luke was a Merchant Marine Engineer for several years sailing large ships all over the world until he met Jackie and came home from sea. He is now an engineer at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor and helps run the utility plant there. Jackie is originally from Downeast Maine but has been in the MDI area for over 15 years. She has worked in several restaurants in the area and can give you excellent suggestions for varying types of cuisine and wine. She is now a dental hygentist and practices in a Southwest Harbor and Ellsworth office. Luke and Jackie love to hike all over MDI with their black lab, Maggie and son Cole. They will be happy to give advise of what to do while you're here and where to go.
Luke Damon purchased this Apartment in 2015
Why Luke Damon chose Southwest Harbor
Luke and Jackie have been looking to move back onto MDI for 2 years and finally found this amazing property which they both (miraculously) liked! All the amenities of living in town while having an amazing view of Southwest Harbor and shorter commutes to work is all it took for them to make the easy decision to buy this house. Since it's just the 2 of them, they decided to share the property with all the visitors that enjoy their Island as much as they do.
What makes this Apartment unique
The sunrise over Islesford and Great Cranberry Island from bedroom #4 (or the deck) is amazing! If you're not a morning person, you can at least set your alarm, open the shades, enjoy the view, and go back to bed! The 52 ft deck with 2 entrances to the apartment is by far the spot where most folks spend their time. 1/2 of the deck is shaded by a 2nd story deck above, and 1/2 is open and sunny with a full southern exposure, all while overlooking Southwest Harbor. Several cedar chairs are provided for lounging along with a cedar picnic table and Weber grill. We have all the advantages of all the other Main street property with a sidewalk going right into town so you can park you car and walk to the market, pub, restaurant, or playground. However, we are a B lot so we have buffer from the road to dampen any traffic noise and not worrying about the kids or the dog being too close to the road. Being on the side of a hill we still have a great view without our front neighbors obstructing the Harbor. We have a double lot so we have a little more room than most Main Street properties for parking. 2 spots are provided and we can accommodate more with prior arrangements for either more cars, or a trailer.
Smoking is only allowed outside on the large deck.
Please discuss your pets with the us first.
Minimum age of primary renter:18
Max guests:10 (sleeps up to 8 adults)
Quiet hours are between 10pm and 7am. Please refrain from playing loud music, television, or elevated conversations between these hours.
No dogs allowed on the beds. Please bring a bed for your dog to sleep on.
Check out by 10am. Please strip the sheets from the beds, start a load of towels in the laundry, start the dishwasher, and leave the door unlocked.
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
Great home base to explore Acadia!
My husband and I recently stayed at Black Dog Watch for a few days while exploring Acadia National Park. It was a great home base for exploring all of the main attractions in Acadia nothing was much more than a 30 minute drive. The property is exactly like the pictures on VRBO. Well equipped if you want to eat in/ cook- it was a great plus to have a washer and dryer as well. Very cozy and comfortable accommodations. We were over in Bar Harbor one day and it was ridiculously crowded and no availability for dinner at restaurants (all the waits were an hour plus). It was so much nicer to stay in Southwest Harbor- glad we picked it over Bar Harbor! Luke is very responsive to any questions you have and can give great recommendations for dining, hiking, ect. I am so glad we picked Black Dog Watch for our stay! I would definitely stay there again.
Very personable owners. Quick to respond to request. Very nice accommodations. Would be happy to stay here again.
Perfect location, helpful hosts
Black Dog Watch was the ideal house and location for everything we wanted to do in Acadia. We could easily walk to town for shopping and food, and the view of the marina from the deck was beautiful, especially at sunrise and at night with the full moon shining over the harbor. Several members of our group sampled blueberry pie from various restaurants all over MDI each night of the week (including from the ladies baking pies under the tent downtown), and all agreed that the best slice was the one from right across the street at the Upper Deck. Beds and pillows were very comfortable, there were extra pillows, towels, and comforters if you needed them, the kitchen has everything you need, and there was plenty of storage for all 7 of our bikes under the deck. It was great having the large capacity washer and dryer as well. The bathrooms are small but worked out fine for all of us, and they, along with the washer and dryer, are centrally located between the four bedrooms.
Our group of two families traveling with three kids ages 8-11 and a dog had never been to Acadia before, so we messaged Luke with many questions prior to booking the rental and also in the weeks leading up to our visit. He responded within hours and with extensive detail with his recommendations on where to hike, swim, bike, etc. We followed his suggestions to try the Perpendicular Trail, Acadia, Beech, and St. Sauveur Mountains in Southwest Harbor in the first few days of our stay, and we all agreed that these trails (less than 10 min drive) were all spectacular, with stunning views and fun topography. His suggestions for swim holes for the kids and dog were also spot-on; everyone loved swimming at Echo Lake and swimming and walking the carriage trails at Little Long Pond in Northeast Harbor. The highlight for the kids was finding crabs and snails while exploring the tidal pools at Wonderland, and the Bass Harbor Lighthouse was a short drive. It was also very easy to walk to the free bus stop to get into and around Bar Harbor and the rest of MDI; just be sure to pay attention to the bus schedules.
There was just simply not enough time to do all that we wanted to do even though the weather was near perfect every day. We plan to return in the future and would not hesitate to rent this property again.
Welcoming Perch on the Quietside
We are so happy we stayed in Southwest Harbor “The Quietside.” It was great to visit Bar Harbor and then scuttle back over to our refuge for peace and quiet. Luke & Jackie are exceedingly conscientious owners. Their replies are immediate. Luke saved me so much time by guiding me to all the best locations for hiking and swimming with my 86-lb water-obsessed Lab-mix.
We loved being able to walk into SW harbor for coffee, etc. there are some really special places there to explore for food, drink and shopping.
Please respect the rules the owners have made re: dogs. Although mine had lived in a hotel with us for an extended period of time and was accustom to travel, he still behaved differently in Maine. Fortunately, I brought a full toolbox of tricks to help with any behavior issues so I was prepared. For the first 5 years of his life, he happily hung out in his crate if we left him in a hotel while we went to dinner. Not so in Maine; I ended up being with him 24/7 so he wouldn’t disturb the neighbors or Luke’s family. It was no big sacrifice since I could easily carry-out and sit on the big deck and enjoy the gorgeous view. Bottom line: help Luke keep the rental dog-friendly by respecting the guidelines they’ve laid out so we can all return with our pets in the future!
Wonderful time in Maine!
I was vacationing with my daughter and her family. Everyone was happy with our accommodations; the home is large enough that we all had our own rooms. The living room/dining area are large enough for meals together as well as playing games or doing puzzles. Luke and Jackie have maps and additional information about the area available for guests. Each morning, my daughter and son-in-law would plot out their hike and sight-seeing for the day using a large map hung in the kitchen. Luke provided my son-in-law with information for local lobsters and clams and our family ate very well while there. Also, the home has all the needed conveniences to make the stay welcoming, relaxing and easy. The view from the porch is amazing - loved sitting on the porch enjoying the breezes and the view. The place is convenient to everything on MDI and our hosts were immediately responsive to any questions we had. We definitely recommend this place to others.
Great place to stay in a beautiful part of the country
Great communication from the start. The home was exactly as described-plenty of room, beds etc. for our group of 8 family members and dog Maggie. Was close to all of the outdoor hiking and exploring activities that we came for. The town of Southwest Harbor is a gem.
Hoping we can return again in the future and would definitely stay at Black Dog Watch - highly recommend this home
Southwest Harbor is the heart of the "Quietside" of Mount Desert Island featuring Acadia National Park, shops, restaurants, golf, sightseeing, and of course seafood. The Quietside is named for it's more laid back charm and more local flavor with a strong fishing and boat building heritage, as Southwest is known for it's more local population. Visit the shops that cater to locals and folks from away while keeping a small Main Street appeal. Enjoy the less crowded hiking trails and splendid views from Mansell, Bernard, Beech, Acadia, and St. Savieurs Mountains while overlooking Long Pond, Echo Lake, and Somes Sound. Tee off from the Causeway club for a quick round, then walk about town to pick out a spot for supper and a few drinks in the village or overlooking the water.
The Island Explorer bus system is free and can take you (and your bike) from Southwest Harbor to nearly any destination on MDI for a day on the trails, or visiting the other villages the Island has to offer.