2017 July Travel Guide

Porcupine Islands in Acadia National Park

Porcupine Islands in Acadia National Park

July on Mount Desert Island is a sight to behold. Summer guests arrive to explore Acadia National Park, enjoy canoeing and kayaking the ponds that pepper the island, spend leisurely days at Sand Beach followed by seafood dinners out or in their own backyards, and while away the hours in local shops in Bar Harbor and the other stores on the island. This month's newsletter will guide you on healthy places to eat, upcoming events, and important information you'll need when enjoying all Acadia National Park has to offer.

Compass Cove in Acadia National Park

Compass Cove in Acadia National Park

Compass Cove is a hidden gem located within Acadia National Park and is just a short 5 minute walk from both Eagle Cliff and the Guest House properties. Originally the property of George Dorr, the founding father of Acadia, Compass Cove is easily accessed by a flat, wide trail that follows the old road leading to the Dorr's estate. Along the way, you'll find the foundation of what was Dorr's grand home "Old Farm" and his gardens. At the water's edge is a stunning crescent moon-shaped sand beach with the foundation of the Dorr salt-water swimming pool.

This is one of our families' favorite places to explore and play. We hope you enjoy this "locals' only" spot as much as we do!

View more photos of Compass Harbor Trail

Summer on Mount Desert Island brings out the Farmers' Markets

Summer on Mount Desert Island brings out the Farmers' Markets

Summer on Mount Desert Island brings out the Farmers' Markets filled with locally grown fruits and veggies, homemade treats, dairy products, and meats.

Eden Farmers' Market in Bar Harbor is on Sundays from 9am-12pm

Northeast Harbor Farmers' Market is on Thursdays from 9am-12pm

Southwest Harbor Farmers' Market is on Fridays from 9am-1pm

Acadia Farmers' Market in Town Hill is on Fridays from 3pm-6pm


Ready for an adventure? Let the fun begin from the moment you arrive with an individualized canvas bag brimming with Maine items such as a Maine picture book, Acadia National Park coloring book, stuffed lobster, Jr Ranger information,  maps, a locally made sweet treat, and  lots of other items such as stickers and tattoos. A variety of different bags and books allow for each child to have their very own. Best suited for 2-9 year olds.

Jen has also put together an extensive Local Guide for Kids and if you're traveling with wee ones, we have you covered with Baby Gear Rentals. 

Be sure to check out our Vacation Services page!