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4 Days Chow Maine Cooking Vacations USA

  • Ann’s Point Inn, 79 Ann's Point Road, Bass Harbor ME 04653 USA

Culinary Vacations USA

Join us in the kitchen for a 4-day hands-on cooking adventure with chef Chiaolin Korona of Chow Maine, a popular supplier of gourmet shops along the Maine and New Hampshire coast. During your stay at the Inn, you will learn all tips and tricks about this exotic and healthy Asian inspired cuisine directly from its creator. Let yourself be guided through this culinary trip and you will definitely want to return. Take the recipes back home and surprise your family and friends with some creative new flavors!

Highlights

  • 3 breakfasts at Ann's Point Inn
  • 1 exquisite dinner at Chow Maine
  • A Chinese cleaver and sharpening stone, along with use-and-care training
  • 2 afternoons preparing dinner with chef Chiaolin
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Recipes
  • 2 days with instruction
  • English
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Anns Point Inn is a luxurious four-diamond contemporary bed and breakfast on the quiet side of Mount Desert Island-secluded and romantic yet close to beautiful Acadia National Park and the towns of Bass Harbor, Southwest Harbor and Bar Harbor, Maine.

Sitting on two acres at the end of a peninsula in Bass Harbor, this lovely inn is surrounded on three sides by scenic tidal water. Four elegant and spacious guest rooms with water views, a spa featuring a Finnish sauna and a jet-filled hot tub, and nearly 700 feet of private shoreline suggest why some guests tell Ann's Point Inn is a little piece of paradise.

At Ann's Point Inn you can awaken to a sparkling sunrise across Bass Harbor then stroll through the courtyard garden to an exquisite breakfast overlooking the water. Indulge in a latte or cappuccino while enjoying freshly made fruit muffins or have a bowl of our signature granola. Then settle in for a course of fresh seasonal fruit followed by a wholesome and delicious gourmet entre.

Ann's Point Inn offers:

  • 24 hour coffee, tea and snacks
  • A Concept II rowing machine and a Cybex Arc Trainer
  • A Connelly pool table and Garlando Foosball
  • A Finlandia sauna
  • A jet-filled super-sized Caldera hot tub
  • A library of detailed maps and guidebooks on trails, flora, and fauna
  • A low-carbon footprint: Solar panels supply a third of the electricity (Ann's Point Inn is certified by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection as a Green Business)
  • Afternoon refreshments featuring local foods and beverages, such as wines from Bartlett Winery of Gouldsboro and cheese from local farmers
  • An artfully prepared three-course breakfast each morning
  • An extensive library of movies
  • Four spacious and airy guest rooms with lots of windows to take in the abundant water views
  • Freshly baked cookies delivered to your room each afternoon
  • Two tranquil waterfront acres on the quiet side of Mount Desert Island including a long private shoreline with direct access to the harbor
  • WiFi Internet connectivity throughout

Eagle room

Eagle is a large, beautiful, sunlit room, featuring a soaring cathedral ceiling and a wall of dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows providing views of Bernard and Beech Mountains in Acadia National Park and the tranquil waters of upper Bass Harbor. An exterior door leads to a private patio with a small, attached garden where you can lounge in Adirondack chairs while enjoying the natural beauty of the Inn's grounds and the scenic harbor waters beyond.

The stunning king-size English four-poster bed is appointed with fluffy pillows and fine high thread-count cotton linens. Snuggle up with a book in one of the comfy chairs in front of the gas fireplace or watch a DVD from our extensive collection. Additional features of Eagle include a lighted walk-in closet and a desk for using your laptop or for writing postcards.

The modern bathroom has a sunburst window providing natural light, a tiled shower with tub, fully tiled floor, and a pedestal sink. Additional amenities include:

  • 32-inch flat screen TV with built-in DVD player and HD digital cable
  • Comfy plush robes and slippers
  • Hair dryer
  • Individual room thermostat to control heat in cooler weather
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Luxurious supima cotton Turkish towels
  • Spa-quality green-friendly toiletries
  • Thermostatically controlled air conditioner for warmer weather
  • WiFi connectivity

Heron room

An impressively spacious room ideal for sprawling out and relaxing, Heron has full-length corner windows that provide views of upper Bass Harbor and Acadia National Park beyond, as well as a picture window that looks out to the main harbor. An exterior door leads to a private patio where you can lounge in Adirondack chairs while enjoying the natural beauty of the Inn's grounds and the scenic harbor waters.

The king-size sleigh bed is appointed with fluffy pillows and fine high thread-count cotton linens. Across from a gas fireplace is a cushy chaise longue where you can relax with a good book or watch a DVD. Heron also has a large lighted walk-in closet with built-in luggage rack, which helps to make your unpacking easy.

The modern bathroom has a tiled double shower with glass doors, a pedestal sink, window, and a fully tiled floor. Additional amenities include:

  • 32 inch flat screen TV with built-in DVD player and HD digital cable
  • Comfortable plush robes and slippers
  • Hair dryer
  • Individual room thermostat to control heat in cooler weather
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Luxurious supima cotton Turkish towels
  • Spa-quality green-friendly toiletries
  • Thermostatically controlled air conditioner for warmer weather
  • WiFi connectivity

Mallard room

This sunny and elegant room with an outside entrance from the courtyard porch features a high beamed ceiling and a wall of windows offering views of Bernard and Beech Mountains in Acadia National Park and the tranquil waters of upper Bass Harbor. An additional exterior door leads to a private deck where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the upper harbor.

A comfortable king-size sleigh bed is adorned with fluffy pillows and high thread-count linens. Beside the corner gas fireplace is a loveseat and an oversized chair where you can snuggle up with a good book or watch a DVD from our extensive collection.

The very spacious modern bathroom features two windows giving plenty of natural light, a large tiled double shower, a separate two-person whirlpool tub, custom cherry cabinets with a large granite countertop, and a fog-free mirror. Additional amenities include:

  • Comfortable plush robes and slippers
  • Flat screen TV with built-in DVD player and HD digital cable
  • Hair dryer
  • Individual room thermostat to control heat in cooler weather
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Luxurious supima cotton Turkish towels
  • Spa-quality green-friendly toiletries
  • Thermostatically controlled air conditioner for warmer weather
  • WiFi connectivity

Osprey room

This charmingly cozy room has an entrance from the courtyard porch. The high beamed-ceiling creates a feeling of expansiveness while a wall of windows provides views of the inn's natural setting of spruce trees, peaks of Acadia mountains, and the harbor waters.

The elegant and inviting king-size bed is appointed with fluffy pillows and high thread-count linens. Curl up in the big comfy chairs and enjoy a fire in the corner gas fireplace or watch a DVD from the Inn's extensive collection.

The modern bathroom is quite roomy and features a tiled double shower with glass door, fully tiled floor, a pretty vessel sink on a granite countertop, and custom cherry cabinets with a fog-free mirror. Additional amenities include:

  • 32-inch flat screen TV with built-in DVD player and HD digital cable
  • Comfy plush robes and slippers
  • Hair dryer
  • Individual room thermostat to control heat in cooler weather
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Luxurious supima cotton Turkish towels
  • Spa-quality green-friendly toiletries
  • Thermostatically controlled air conditioner for warmer weather
  • WiFi connectivity

The maximum occupancy per room is two and the minimum stay is two nights. The inn is a perfect hideaway for a honeymoon, special anniversary, or just to relax and enjoy the beauty of Acadia. Come be a guest. You'll be glad you did.

Ann's Point Inn is a luxurious four-diamond contemporary B&B on the quiet side of Mt. Desert Island, secluded and romantic yet close to beautiful Acadia National Park and the towns of Bass Harbor, Southwest Harbor and Bar Harbor, Maine. Sitting on two acres at the end of a peninsula in Bass Harbor, this lovely inn is surrounded on three sides by scenic tidal water.

Activities
  • Boating nearby
  • Cooking classes
  • Diving nearby
  • Fishing nearby
  • Golf course nearby
  • Hot tub/Jacuzzi
  • Kayak nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Sauna
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Swimming nearby
General
  • Air conditioned rooms
  • Beach nearby
  • Caf
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Smoking free property
Services
  • ATM/banking nearby
  • Free toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Library
  • Shop nearby
  • Tour assistance

Below is a sample of what you will be cooking.

Day 1

  • The art of sushi
  • Rolls: vegetable, spicy tuna, and California
  • Nigiri: tuna, salmon, eel, and scallop
  • Lemongrass chicken fresh spring roll
  • Seared scallops with Korean potato starch noodles served in a lotus root bird's nest
  • Mo Mo Cha Cha paired with almond cookies

Day 2

  • Dim sum appetizers
  • Chicken satay drizzled with coconut-peanut sauce
  • Crab rangoon with Maine crabmeat and sweet chili sauce
  • Turkey spinach dumplings with ginger sauce
  • Salad topped with Thai crab cake and mango salsa
  • Pan seared duck breast, served peking duck style with plum sauce and pancakes
  • Banana and dark chocolate spring roll with mango sherbet

During your stay, you will enjoy 3 breakfasts and 2 dinners as the result of the cooking courses, and an exquisite dinner at Chow Maine. Chow Maine is the creation of Chiaolin Korona, a native of Taiwan.

Chow Maine specializes in dishes inspired by Chinese, Thai, Korean and Japanese cuisines using fresh and natural ingredients to build nutritionally sound meals with robust flavors. Chow Maine's prepared foods are found in more than 30 fine specialty stores along the Maine and New Hampshire coasts.

You will certainly be impressed with how much there is to see and do on Mount Desert Island (for a detailed list of some of the favorite activities, see the headings below). You can start by planning your day: browse the well-stocked library of local guidebooks and maps. On your return, soothe your sore muscles in the spa watching the fog and mist roll in from the ocean while enjoying local wines and cheeses. After dinner settle in front of your fireplace with freshly baked cookies or enjoy a movie from the extensive collection. Finally, sleep soundly in the wonderful sea air, comforted by the gentle murmur of the water just outside your window.

Enjoy nature

Mt. Desert Island is home to some lovely gardens: The Wild Gardens of Acadia are right in the Park, and two other gardens are open to the public as well. For birders, Mt. Desert Island is on the Maine Birding Trail and this area offers many birding hot spots. For stargazers, Acadia National Park has some of the last naturally dark skies on the East Coast. Or, enjoy nature in your own way by learning to rock climb or even by playing a round of golf in a glorious natural setting.

Explore by water

Most of Acadia is located on Mount Desert Island. This means there are abundant opportunities to get out on the water, from going on a Whale Watch with lots of other passengers to renting a kayak and paddling around all by yourself. Sailing, kayaking, deep-sea fishing, or taking a quiet nature cruise on the R.L. Gott are all wonderful possibilities for exploring the beauty of nature.

See the park

No matter how you plan to enjoy the park, one can get a wonderful overview of Acadia by driving (or for the more adventurous, biking) the Loop Road. Borrow a map, guide book, or CD from us and travel the route. Once you have done the Loop Road, you are ready for other adventures. Cycling and hiking trails run throughout the park, or if you prefer, you can take a carriage ride to explore the interior of Acadia.

Visit a museum, go to a play

Theaters, museums, art classes, historical societies, and art galleries are all part of the make-up of Mt. Desert Island. If you are looking for a cultural experience, you can find it here.

  • 1 exquisite dinner at Chow Maine
  • 2 afternoons preparing dinner with Chiaolin
  • 3 breakfasts at Ann's Point Inn
  • 3 nights lodging at Ann's Point Inn
  • Chinese cleaver and sharpening stone, along with use-and-care training
  • Recipes for the two dinners
  • Anything not mentioned above.

Driving directions

Take either route 1 or route 1A to Ellsworth. Continue on route 3 following signs to Acadia National Park.

After crossing the bridge onto Mount Desert Island leave route 3 bearing right onto routes 102 and 198. Follow the signs to Southwest Harbor, Bass Harbor, and Swan's Island ferry.

Take route 102/198 through the village of Somesville, past Echo Lake (on your right) and then through the town of Southwest Harbor. The total distance from the head of the island to Southwest Harbor is about 10 miles.

Continue on route 102 up the hill out of Southwest Harbor, following signs to Bass Harbor. You'll see two junctions of routes 102 and 102A. In both cases, bear right to stay on route 102 going towards Tremont and Bernard.

Pass a community center and school on the right, and then the Tremont Congregational Church, also on the right.

Just past the church look for Ann's Point Road on the left. Turn on to Ann's Point Road and proceed to the end.

GPS

  • Latitude = 44.248133, Longitude = -68.350883