Welcome to Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park

To take a scenic trip around the Island, turn left from the cabins onto Route 102


Bernard—One of the most scenic fishing villages with it's many lobster boats and lobster traps along the wharf. Check out Thurston's Lobster Pound for a lobster roll or a hamburger, the view and the food are spectacular!

Head to Bass Harbor, which on the opposite side of Bernard and is also very picturesque. Here you can catch The Swans Island Ferry. Visit the Old Red Store. Check out menu for a possible breakfast at Seafood Ketch, they have a delightful menu to tempt your palette. One of our most favorite places is Mainly Delight, known for it's "Dough Boys" and beautiful sunsets. Head up the hill to the Bass Harbor Lighthouse, one of the most photographed lighthouses in all of New England. As you leave the lighthouse, travel around to Seawall Beach, a great place for a picnic, walk along the beautiful coastline, feed the seagulls, or just sit and enjoy life!

We offer many great shops and restaurants here in Southwest Harbor so make sure you stop downtown and check it out. On Main Street you might stop by the Quiet Side Cafe for lunch or just for a piece of France’s famous Apple Pie. Around the corner from the Cafe there’s Pizazz, a new gift shop opened by myself, Shirley. I carry a variety of gifts, organic wine, jewelry, Maine jellies & mustard, I also carry Switchflops and much more. Next to Pizazz is Hatched on MDI, which carries children clothing from newborns to size 12, toys & accessories. Stop by and say Hi to Heather Brown. Also on Main Street next to the Quiet Side Cafe, is the Sand Castle which carries mostly gifts made by New England artist. Stop by and say Hello to Jess, the owner of the shop.
Other shops in town are The Moody Mermaid, (clothing store) Bike Shop, Aylen & Son Jewelry, (jewelry) Under the Dogwood Tree, (gifts) Lilac Lily, (yarn & needle point) and Carroll’s Drug Store, Nathan P. Hall (art). A few of the restaurants in downtown are; Dry Dock Café, Sips, Red Sky, Chow Maine & Eta-Pita.

Acadia National Park spans over one-third of Mount Desert Island. So wherever you are, you're probably near one of the lovely lakes, hiking trails, carriage roads or Park Loop Road entrance. Just down the road (turning right on Rt. 102 when leaving the cabins) is beautiful Long Pond, great for kayaking, swimming, boating. And there are several mountain hiking trails nearby, including Beech Hill and Western Mountain.