Here we are at the height of summer on the island and there’s fun for everyone! From the upcoming solar eclipse to the wonders of the west side of Mount Desert Island to biking the carriage trails. And we know that travel can be tiring, so we've done some of the planning for you! With our Provisioning Service, you arrive to the island with plenty of food to start your vacation off right. All that’s left for you to do is settle in, put your feet up, breathe in the fresh Maine air, relax and restore. We know you’re up to the challenge!
We Mainers don't like to brag, but the view of the night sky on Mount Desert Island is one of the best in the world and should not be missed.
Not to be overlooked is the Annual Acadia Night Sky Festival. This Festival is filled with workshops and events like night cruises, speakers and hands-on experiences. You and your family can observe the Milky Way from Maine's rocky coast while learning from experts in the field. Perfect for amateur astronomers, night photographers, and anyone who loves to contemplate their existence under a starlit sky.
The Backside is what the local’s call the west side of Mount Desert Island. When Bar Harbor gets busy in August, many locals and return visitors like to spend time in Southwest Harbor and Bass Harbor. These slower-paced areas have great lobster pounds including Beal’s and Thurston’s as well as unique shops and museums.
Our favorite places in the park are Wonderland at low tide where you can explore the expansive tide pools, Ship Harbor Nature Trail and the Beech Mountain for hiking.
Biking Acadia National Park Carriage Roads is a favorite activity for locals and visitors. 45 miles of car-free roads allow bikers to leave the hustle and bustle behind and feel at one with the stunning landscape that surrounds them.
There are numerous parking areas and access points to the carriage roads from the North side of Eagle Lake, Bubble Pond, the Hulls Cove Visitor Center, Jordan Pond, and many more. Jen loves to ride down the east shore of Eagle Lake, past the west shore of Bubble Pond down to Jordan Pond House and back again. It never gets old!
Several places to rent bikes on the island are Bar Harbor Bike Shop and Southwest Cycle (both locally owned and open year round), and Acadia Bike.
To help plan your biking adventure, here's a link to a Carriage Roads Map.
Arrive to a fully stocked fridge with all your favorite foods and save yourself the time and hassle of grocery shopping by taking advantage of our Provisioning Service.
One of our most popular services, a recent tenant wrote in our guest book, “Buying the Food Shopping was my gift to myself during our vacation. We spent all this time and money to have a family reunion in Acadia and the last thing I was going to do was spend the first day trying to find and then figure out an unfamiliar grocery store! I’d buy this again every time we come.”
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