The hotel’s restaurant is named for Xanthus Smith, a well-known naval and landscape artist who reveled in the joys of summer and the beauty of Mount Desert Island that originally attracted the early Hudson School of artists. To help finance his travels, Xanthus often offered to barter a painting for a few nights lodging; the oil painting he rendered of the Claremont for such an exchange dates from 1885, the hotel’s second year of business. The painting beautifully captures the essence of the hotel as it was in the summer sun-filled days of the late 1800’s. While the world has changed over the years, the spectacular setting and relaxing old-world charm of the Claremont remains intact. The original work hangs today in in the hotel living room overlooking the same landscape that captured the imagination of Xanthus Smith 132 years ago.
6-9 daily in-season
closed mondays off-season