Birch Bay Retirement Village

25 Village Inn Road, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

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About the community Birch Bay Retirement Village

Birch Bay Village is the area's premier retirement community overlooking Frenchman Bay on Mount Desert Island. Bordering Acadia National Park, this vibrant community has a rich assortment of recreational activities close at hand. There are hiking and carriage trails, restaurants, an 18-hole golf course, museums, shopping, symphonies, art galleries, theaters, and restaurants just a short van ride away! Well organized social gatherings including summer barbecues, year round educational events, cultural outings, and an array of satisfying activities are offered for you to enjoy at your leisure. Scheduled transportation is available to assist with shopping, errands and other group excursions. Experience easy living and enjoy more free time. Upkeep on the buildings and grounds is included so you can spend your days on more leisurely pursuits. The campus includes cottages and apartments for people looking for independent living; there is Residential Care (both long and short-term), with quality memory care services, as well. Birch Bay is affiliated with MDI Hospital, an established, award winning critical care facility. We are devoted to making it easy for you to enjoy the best days of your life.

Senior Living Options Offered

Assisted living
Memory care
Independent living

Pricing for Birch Bay Retirement Village

Total monthly costs depend on room type, select services, and the level of care needed.

Base fees by room type

Studio
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1 Bedroom
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$XXXX
/mo
2 Bedrooms
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$XXXX
/mo

*Prices quoted are monthly rental charges and are provided by the communities themselves. Actual prices may differ due to one-time fees, timing and care services required. Speak with your Senior Living Advisor to learn more.

Amenities at Birch Bay Retirement Village

Health Care Services

Diabetic care
Incontinence care
Ambulatory care
Memory care
Medication management

Staffing & ancillary services

Hospice available on-site
Doctor
Nurse
Podiatrist

Meals & Dining

Meals provided
Guest meals
International cuisine
Professional chef

Room Amenities

Wheelchair accessible showers
Bath tubs
Respite or short term stays offered
Wi-fi/high-speed internet
Full kitchen
Kitchenette

Community Amenities

Memory care services

Wander guard or similar system available
Secured community
Enclosed courtyard
Outdoor walking paths

Transporation & parking

Resident parking available
Complimentary transportation
Transportation at cost
Property convenient to public transit

Common areas

Outdoor common areas
Indoor common areas
Barber shop
Beauty salon

Services

Beautician
Housekeeping

Pets

Cats allowed
Dogs allowed

Primary language spoken by staff

English

On-site dining options

Bar or pub
Café or bistro

Recreational areas

Fitness center
Piano or organ
Raised garden beds

Activities

Devotional activities on-site
Devotional activities offsite
Cooking classes
Educational speakers / life long learning

Reviews for Birch Bay Retirement Village

4.4

(17 reviews)

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4.4

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4.4

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4.4

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4.4

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3.5
October 29, 2020
Anonymous - Resident/client
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Gorgeous setting. Quality of food varies with chef. Chefs seem to last about two or three years. There are design problems in most apartments that cause unreachable shelves as well as storage problems. More activities are needed but space for them is severely limited. The staff is wonderful. The alter system for help is very good. Administration of rules and regulations to contain COVID-19 has been tough to live with but has been very effective.

Response from Birch Bay Retirement Village

May 12, 2021

Thank you for your review of our community. The vigilance of our staff, residents and families has been what has kept Birch Bay Residents COVID-free and Birch Bay without any outbreaks during the pandemic; we are all very grateful. We look forward to hosting new events this summer in our main dining room, patio, library, fitness room and country kitchen. We thank you for being a member of our community.


4.0
October 28, 2020
Anonymous - Resident/client
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Clean, calmly decorated halls, friendly staff. Medical staff kind of intrusive maybe due to the pandemic. Amazing views from walking path around the apartment. Meals ok. Hilltop location assured quiet surroundings.

Response from Birch Bay Retirement Village

May 12, 2021

Thank you for your review. The vigilance of our staff, residents and families has been what has kept Birch Bay Residents COVID-free and Birch Bay without any outbreaks during the pandemic; we are all very grateful. We are glad that you enjoy our campus and we are so grateful you chose Birch Bay as your home.


5.0
October 16, 2020
BRIAN D ROGERS - Loved one of resident/client
Well-fed, well taken care of

My mother has been a resident at Birch Bay for five years. She was in an independent living apartment for the first three, and is now in Pleasant Cove, the assisted living unit. She has always been happy with the location, the view, the staffing and the services at Birch Bay. She loves the Bar Harbor area, and enjoys the views of the bays and islands out her windows. Every time any of us call, she assures us she is "well-fed, well taken care of." She appreciates the attentiveness of the staff, the music and craft activities, and the clean, warm and cozy environment. We have been especially impressed with the Birch Bay response to COVID-19. Their attention to detail has been top-notch, communication to family and visitors superb, and precautions well thought out. My uncle and aunt had been living at a different (more expensive) facility, and after visiting my mother several times have now joined her at Birch Bay. We all recommend it highly!

Response from Birch Bay Retirement Village

October 20, 2020

Thank you for your kind words, Brian. We are honored to be able to care for your mother, uncle and aunt.


5.0
October 1, 2019
Anonymous - Resident/client
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Excellent facilities and staff. Not cheap but worth it!

Response from Birch Bay Retirement Village

November 6, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review our community. We are pleased that you enjoy the facilities and our wonderful staff.


5.0
October 1, 2019
Anonymous - Resident/client
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Review of Birch Bay Retirement Village

Beautiful location next to Acadia National Park. Lovely cottages, some with a bay view. Competent maintenance staff.

Response from Birch Bay Retirement Village

November 6, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review of our community. We are pleased that you enjoy the location and our staff!


4.0
October 1, 2019
Penny Wolfe - Resident/client
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Review of Birch Bay Retirement Village

It's a great place!

Response from Birch Bay Retirement Village

November 6, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review our community. We are pleased that you enjoy it here!


5.0
September 30, 2018
younger resident - Resident/client
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Right Next to a Beautiful National Park

Birch Bay Retirement Village borders Acadia National Park. This means there are myriad opportunities for hiking, bicycling, kayaking, snowshoeing, and just plain walks in the park. For less athletic residents, proximity to Acadia means opportunities for scenic drives, boat rides, and horse-drawn carriage rides to enjoy the spectacular scenery. There are also many dining possibilities and cultural experiences available in the town of Bar Harbor. Birch Bay's excellent maintenance crew takes care of gardening, snow removal, routine maintenance, and any special repairs, so that residents can spend more time doing the things they want to do.

Response from Birch Bay Retirement Village

October 1, 2018

Thank you for providing this wonderful review of Birch Bay Retirement Village! We appreciate your time and thoughtful illustration of life in our community.


5.0
October 17, 2016
Mary Fried - Loved one of resident/client
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Birch Bay is well-designed,clean,neat and tidy.The staff is pleasant and efficient.It is situated in a very attractive part of maine-woods,water and rolling hills on every hand.Menus are appealing,activities are varied and were planned.I'm well settled here.

Response from Birch Bay Retirement Village

October 18, 2016

Thank you, Mary, for your review! We are so happy that you have made Birch Bay your home!


4.0
October 14, 2016
aadole - Resident/client
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Upon retirement 25 years ago,we made our home in Trenton,Maine .Four year ago,we moved to Birch Bay for health reasons.the atmosphere is friendly, empathic and caring.the food is delicious and compares favorably with many of the popular local restaurants.There are many activities to choose from.A van is provided for shopping trips,walks in the park and occasional meals at local restaurants.the local physicians, nurses and other health care professional are good.It is comforting to know that they are quickly available.the grounds are beautiful and well take care of by the maintenance crew.

Response from Birch Bay Retirement Village

October 17, 2016

Thank you for choosing BIrch Bay as your home! We appreciate the time you took to write this review!


5.0
October 14, 2016
Rachel - Resident/client
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I have here lived here 15months now & have enjoyed every single day of it.I am free of worries of.Taking here of a house & all responsibilities that come with it.This community is very friendly & caring of all the residents whether Independent living,Assistant living or memor care.The staff is always ready to assist & being in a smaller community-everybody knows me &(over- and are always ready to assist.i feel Like I am in a family of caring people staff & residents are always greeting with a friendly smaile & kind words.I have never had a moment of regret moving here.I enjoy the activities provided & the amenities available

Response from Birch Bay Retirement Village

October 17, 2016

Thank you for your wonderful review. We are so happy that you have made your home here in our community!


5.0
May 4, 2016
Anonymous - Industry reviewer
Best place to live in Maine

Birch Bay is a great place to live. The campus is beautiful and the people are genuinely interested in providing the very best care for each person who lives there.

Response from Birch Bay Retirement Village

July 12, 2016

Thank you for your review. It is our pleasure to serve the residents and families who choose Birch Bay as their home.


4.5
May 4, 2016
Anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Personal & loving care

My mother receives personal and loving care here...I am so thankful for this beautiful place??

Response from Birch Bay Retirement Village

July 12, 2016

Thank you for choosing Birch Bay Village as your mother's home. We are so proud of our staff who make Birch Bay a caring community.


3.5
March 28, 2016
Stephen Moulton - Loved one of resident/client
Nice but expensive.

A lovely place but prohibitively expensive. Intended for well planned or those who are well-off individuals. $390.00 per day for their Safe Harbor wing.


4.5
December 4, 2015
Unhappy - Loved one of resident/client
Disappointed

Was great at first, but under staffed and a big turnover. Music is almost non existent now and for what they pay the food is unacceptable. Very disappointed at how it is going downhill.

Response from Birch Bay Retirement Village

November 6, 2019

We are sorry to hear about your disappointment. Please feel free to speak to our Executive Director if you would like to express your concerns.


2.5
December 4, 2015
Unhappy - Loved one of resident/client
Dissapointed

Was a nice place at the beginning, but going downhill fast. Under staffed with a big turn over. Very little music entertainment and for what they pay the food is bad most of the time. It's too bad but starting to think we should be somewhere else

Response from Birch Bay Retirement Village

July 12, 2016

We are sorry to hear that you are disappointed with the services at Birch Bay Village. We would like to address any concerns you may have so we can better serve you. Please feel free to contact our Director by calling [removed] ext. 201.


5.0
June 26, 2015
Anonymous - Industry reviewer
A+!

Beautiful facility; brand new in 2003 and very well kept. The grounds feature beautiful gardens and a 1/4 mile walking path. The food is delicious and prepared by a talented chef. Music Therapy is offered to Residential Care residents. The staff are personable and professional.

Response from Birch Bay Retirement Village

June 29, 2015

Thank you for your review! We are so happy you chose our community!


4.0
December 20, 2012
A Place For Mom Customer - Toured community
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what can i say, the ride is 1.5hrs. ...

what can i say, the ride is 1.5hrs. not a bad ride roads are good. the place and staff appear to be excellent. on a cloudy damp chilly day it seemed warm bright cheery inside like a resort.

Response from Birch Bay Retirement Village

June 29, 2015

Thank you for visiting us! We are happy you chose our community!


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Birch Bay Retirement Village has received an average review rating of 4.4 based on 17 reviews. See all reviews.


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