First Time Visitors Guide to Mount Desert Island and Acadia

A list of the “crème de la crème” of the Mount Desert Island area. If this is your first time visiting the area, this guide is designed to help you spend less time figuring it out and more time having fun.

The Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce "Official Guide" to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park includes information such as dinning, shopping, nightlife, calendar of events, hiking, and wildlife, and is available electronically or in hardcopy at  This is a great website from which to begin to gather information about the area.  

Adam's Restaurant Guide

Mount Desert Island is home to a number of excellent restaurants to please your palate. In your rental home, you will find various dining guides and a file folder full of menus, but what's the local scoop on where we like to eat? Adam's Guide is a collection of some of our favorite places to let someone else do the cooking.

Grocery Stores, Speciality Stores, Farmers Markets

A list of all the places you can get anything from lobster to whoopie pies.

Jen's Local Guide for Kids

Jen has worked with youth on Mount Desert Island for many years and knows the ins and outs of guaranteed fun and adventure. Want to know the most exciting hikes, deepest tide pools, and funniest boat ride? Jen’s list has it all!



Don’t want to deal with cleaning, have a houseful of kids, or staying for multiple weeks? Spend your time exploring and having fun while one of our housekeeping staff fully cleans your rental home. Cleaning includes: changing all bed linens, fresh towels, cleaning the kitchen, cleaning the bathrooms, vacuuming and mopping all floors, dusting, and straightening up all common areas. Price per cleaning: 

  • Fern Way- $360

  • Honeybee- $240

  • Eagle Cliff- $480

  • Guest House- $120

  • Beechwood- $360

Baby Gear Rentals

How can kids who are so small require so much STUFF? Let us help make your travels and stay easier with a variety of baby and kid equipment. All prices are weekly and include delivery, setup, and cleaning. 

  • Pack and Play- $45

  • Stroller good for Carriage Roads- $45

  • Double stroller great for Carriage Roads- $65 (this stroller is a single pod not two separate seats and is highly recommended for one or two kids and gear)

  • Kelty hiking backpack- $35

  • Highchair/booster seat- $35

  • Pressure mounted safety gate- $25

  • Bed rail- $25

  • Box of toys ages 0-3- $25

  • Box of toys ages 3-6- $25

All items are cleaned prior to and after each use.

Grocery Delivery

Arrive at your rental home to find the fridge and panty stocked with all your favorite foods so that you can spend your first night settling in rather than running around. 

Price: $200 + cost of food

Massage Therapy

Want to unwind from the worries of work and start your vacation with a clean slate? Sore after a long day of hiking and sea kayaking? Or just want to indulge? Whether it's just you, or everyone in your family, a certified massage therapist can come right to your rental home. 

  • Swedish Massage: Swedish massage is most commonly known as “the gentle massage” due to the full hand contact and soft, flowing strokes. Swedish massage is a great choice for first timers or anyone who seeks stress reduction, rejuvenation and an improved outlook on the day.

  • Deep Tissue Massage: Deep tissue massage is more muscle, ligament, and tendon specific than Swedish massage. Deep tissue massage begins light and progressively deepens. By working within your pressure tolerance we keep you relaxed while we work out the “knots” in your muscles. This is the perfect choice if you experience a lot of muscular tension or simply love a more intense massage.

Price: $160 for 60 minutes

Forgotten Personal Items

Forgot a personal item? We're happy to send it back home to you.

Price: $25 (Cost covers shipping and handling.)


Maine Foodie Gift Bag

Love experiencing the best local foods an area has to offer?  This Maine canvas bag is crocked full of non perishable local foods such as blueberry pancake mix, our award winning local mustard, maple syrup, chocolates, salsa and more.  Perfect for yourself, give as a gift to someone back home, or surprise someone in your group for their birthday or anniversary.  

Price: Inquire for price.

The Maine Adventure Bag for Kids

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 Lobster stuffed animal, Maine picture book, Acadia National Park coloring book, a locally made sweet treat, loads of information about Acadia National Park, stickers, pencils, tattoos, and lots of other items. A variety of different bags and books allow for each child to have their very own. Best suited for 2-9 year olds.

Price: $50 per bag

Kid’s Birthday Package

Who doesn’t love a surprise? There’s nothing better than staring off your vacation by surprising your little one with a birthday party! We’ll prepare your rental house with party decorations, a birthday cake (have a particular favorite flavor?) and our Kids Maine Adventure Bag or for older kids a wrapped gift of Maine books. 

Please order at least one week before arrival.

Price: $120

Adult Birthday Package

Everyone loves a birthday party (even grown ups!). How about celebrating by arriving to your vacation rental to find a birthday bouquet of fresh flowers, a local homemade pie (I can even try and find a particular favorite type) and our Maine Foodie Bag overflowing with local goodies. Can also be ordered as an anniversary package. 

Please order at least one week before arrival.

Price: $180

Anniversary Gift Package

Celebrate time well spent together with our Anniversary Package. Honor the special couple with a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers, a local homemade pie, and a beautiful Acadia National Park book of photography. Can also be ordered as a birthday package. 

Please order at least one week before arrival.

Price: $150

Something you would like that we don't offer? Give us a call and we’ll try to accommodate your needs.