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4 Days Chef James Lindquist Cooking Vacation in Maine

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

Gourmet Vacations in USA

Join Anns Point Inn in the kitchen for a four-day hands-on cooking adventure with with Chef James Lindquist, owner of the highly rated and popular restaurant Red Sky. Have an exquisite dinner at Red Sky. Visit local suppliers. Enjoy the comfort and beauty of Anns Point Inn. What are you waiting for? Sign up now!


  • 1 dinner at Red Sky
  • Visit to local food supplier
  • 2 dinner preparations with James
  • 2 4-course dinners at Anns Point Inn
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 3 breakfasts
  • Recipes
  • 2 days with instruction
  • English
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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 us Ann's Point Inn is “a little piece of paradise”.

During this holiday, you will use a variety of fresh, seasonal ingredients to prepare well-rounded gourmet meals. You will learn by working alongside a talented chef and sous chef, and take home detailed recipes so that you can recreate the meals at home. Each program is different, influenced by the season and preferences of the participants.

Ann's Point Inn is a luxurious four-diamond contemporary bed and breakfast 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.

  • Golf course nearby
  • Hot tub/Jacuzzi
  • Kayak nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Sauna
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Smoke-free property
  • ATM/banking nearby
  • Library
  • Shop nearby
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet


Enjoy a delicious breakfast each morning while overlooking the picturesque waters of Bass Harbor.

Sample menu

  • This is the menu from a past retreat. No two retreats have the same menu as we use seasonal ingredients from local suppliers.

Day 1

  • Belgian bittersweet cupcake served with vanilla ice cream and an almond lace cookie
  • Clams and mussels steamed with white wine, dijon and fresh fennel on freshly-made pasta
  • Cocktail with Maine-made Rusticator rum
  • Lollipop lamb chops dusted with bitter chocolate and served with a cider and mint gastrique
  • Mushroom risotto with a whole shucked lobster and asparagus

Day 2

  • Fresh halibut with a triple citrus Beurre Blanc and fingerling potatoes
  • Grilled scallops with lime ginger glaze
  • Gyoza dumpings served with a tamari and fresh horseradish dipping sauce
  • Lobster
  • Lobster
  • Oyster mushroom with Napa cabbage and scallions
  • Oyster mushroom with Napa cabbage and scallions
  • Rhubarb ginger collins
  • Smoked blue cheese and pear
  • Vanilla buttercake with rhubarb sauce and creme anglaise

Acadia National Park

When "Good Morning America" put out a call in 2014 for America's favorite place, the response was overwhelming. Viewers sent in thousands of entries, suggesting places all over America. In the end, Maine’s Acadia National Park took the top spot as GMA’s "Favorite Place in America", finishing ahead of other finalists that included Lake Tahoe and the Chicago Lakefront. Most of Acadia sits on an island just off the state’s central coast comprising over 50,000 acres of jaw-dropping beauty with hidden beaches, meandering trails through lush forests, winding carriage roads for walking or cycling, pristine lakes in glacial valleys, and numerous mountain tops offering long distance views.

Foodie trips

Mount Desert Island is fortunate to have a variety of high quality restaurants. During the summer, restaurants often fill up so reservations are recommended. We're happy to make them for you.

Museums and cultural activities

Theater, 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.

Nature activities

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.

Water activities

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.

  • 1 exquisite dinner at Red Sky Restaurant
  • 2 afternoons preparing dinner with Chef James
  • 2 four-course dinners at Ann's Point Inn
  • 3 delectable breakfasts at Ann's Point Inn
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Field trip to a supplier, such as a fish pier or produce farm
  • Gratuities
  • Recipes for the two dinners

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.


  • Latitude: 44.248133
  • Longitude: -68.350883
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.


  • Review by a traveller from United States

    "We can't say enough good things about Ann's Point Inn. From the big picture to the smallest details, Alan and Jeannette thought of everything. We not only felt warmly welcomed and luxuriously provided for, we felt pampered and appreciated as friends, not just paying guests. The inn and its location were gorgeous! The breakfasts, divine. And the cooking school added another fabulous dimension. We loved James and Chiaolin! The cooking lessons were fun and educational, with delicious results! Thanks for creating a wonderful experience and fond memory!""We enjoyed our stay of three nights very much. What a wonderful spot Ann's Point is! Our room was very spacious, well designed and equipped, very clean and the bed most comfortable. Breakfast was delicious. Alan and Jeanette are wonderful hosts. Hottub and sauna - what a treat. This is definitely a high end boutique B&B experience well worth its money. The place to go for nature lovers and all keen on the Quietside."

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  • Review by Jack and Bonnie from United States

    "We could not have asked for a more gorgeous setting for such a fun adventure. Ann's Point Inn is beautiful and appointed perfectly under the direction of Alan and Jeanette.The food retreat was fantastic thanks to Chef James and Tom. The amount of effort to make this a memorable experience was evident every moment of every day. Thank you for a perfect vacation in a perfect location."

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  • Review by Carol and Sean from United States

    "My husband and I were fortunate enough to have participated, and recommend the experience without reservation. Having enjoyed this marvelous inn at a prior visit, we expected the food and company to be wonderful. Happily, despite our own far from professional contributions, our expectations were exceeded.In a beautifully appointed newly renovated kitchen (with nearly every conceivable useful gadget), Chef James guided us with patience, tact and humor in the preparation of the numerous dishes listed on the web site. Tom, his equally patient and unflappable assistant chef was a master at keeping track of everything that was going on at once.Elizabeth contributed greatly with her sommeliers' expertise and warm company. It couldn't have been more enjoyable. We gained some valuable cooking "pearls of wisdom," delicious recipes and great memories of several days filled with the interesting, entertaining discussions.If you have any interest in cooking, like great food, great drinks, and great company in a beautiful setting from which to see some awesome wildlife in action, don't hesitate to make a reservation to attend the next retreat. We hope it becomes a long and successful tradition at Ann's Point."

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  • Review by Muriel and Beat from Switzerland

    "Following Eisenhower's statement to Patton in WW2:B&B: Beautiful setting with a view to the ocean; peaceful place.Rooms at B&B: simply great and compare with a 5-star luxury hotel room anywhere in the worldInn keepers: the best inn keepers in the world with the best breakfast in the USA; you really feel welcome!Red Sky: small cozy restaurant with excellent food and not just the American "run of the mill" steaks and seafood.Chef James Lindguist: great teacher and innovative chef with a jovial approach.Assistant Chef Thomas: great tips with a practical approachCooking class: small group, typical Maine food, lots of organic vegetables, etc.Summary: simply great and we will be back for the next class next summer!"

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  • Review by Steven from United States

    "This is simply one of the finest B&Bs you will ever find. Close attention is paid to every detail. The rooms are spacious, tastefully appointed, and provide exceptional amenities.Breakfast is impeccable - fresh ingredients, indulgent without being too heavy, and served with flawless grace and attention to detail. Alan and Jeanette are warm, gracious, and extremely helpful hosts.The location is beautiful. The Inn occupies the tip of a head extending into Bass Harbor, providing a secluded setting and contributing to an ambiance that is both rustic and sophisticated.My wife and I missed the Inn the second our car left the driveway. I can think of no higher praise than to say that we shall seek no other accommodations on Mount Desert Island for all of our return visits. My wife and I have never had a finer B&B experience."

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  • Review by Bill

    "My spouse and I recently spent our honeymoon at Ann's Point Inn. It was perfect! The attention to detail was incredible and the service by the hosts was impeccable. When we arrived there were flowers, chocolate covered strawberries, and cookies for our pleasure.The room was spacious with a fireplace, a shower for 2, and very stylish comfortable furniture. The views were incredible - the food was top notch - the recommendations for dinner and activities were spot on.The morning breakfast included a 3 course variety of homemade items that were delicious and the presentation was five star. There is an indoor pool, sauna and hot tub that were very well maintained and very inviting. We definitely recommend a stay at Ann's Point Inn and look forward to when we can return."

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  • Review by a traveler from United States

    "We hesitate to say how perfect Ann's Point is, lest we be unable to book a room there again next year. And yet, this inn and the innkeepers who are the perfect hosts, deserve all the accolades they receive. First the setting: gorgeous and quiet, water views from every window, a blue heron here, a bunny rabbit there, hummingbirds at the feeder, mist over water. A serene place to be, in good weather or even in fog and rain.The accommodations: tastefully furnished house and guest rooms with a fireplace, lovely king-sized sleigh bed, chairs facing the water, both inside and outside, homemade cookies left in our room in the evening, a huge library of DVD's, pool, sauna, hot tub: every amenity one could want, all offered graciously by the hosts. Fresh flowers from the garden are in beautiful vases throughout the house, in guest rooms and bathrooms.The innkeepers/hosts: Alan and Jeanette are the perfect hosts: friendly and helpful, but never intrusive. Alan's wine and cheese at 5:30pm will introduce you to delightful new surprises: locally produced mead (much lighter than you might think from your Beowulf or Shakespeare texts) beer, and wine produced locally, and interesting cheeses from Italy, France, Maine, and beyond.Jeanettes's breakfasts are incredible: fresh fruit, fresh-baked scones and sweet breads, savory entrees with herbs from their garden. Their thoughtful hospitality has set the bar high and is an exemplary model for other prospective B&B hosts. Such a marvelous place to be, away from the crowds of Bar Harbor, but within easy driving distance of Southwest Harbor, Northeast Harbor, Somesville, and Acadia: we can't wait to return."

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  • Review by Cathy from United States

    "We stayed at Ann's Point Inn for 4 nights at the end of June. We loved everything about the Inn. The room was very clean, beautifully decorated with a huge two person jacuzzi tub and fireplace. The view from our room of the Sound was gorgeous.Alan and Jeanette could not have been better hosts. We loved the nightly wine and cheese and the breakfasts were amazing. I cannot say enough about Jeanette's cooking. Every day a new and delicious creation was artfully served. The treats we found in our room at the end of the night were absolutely delicious.We felt so at home from the wonderful snacks available all day to the huge collection of movies available to all the guests. I would not hesitate to recommend this Inn to anyone looking to stay in the Bar/Bass Harbor area. Absolutely perfect!"

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