Southwest Harbor & Tremont

Mountains rising from the ocean, forests stretching to granite cliffs, lakes nestled in glacial valleys, crashing surf on a rocky shoreline. It is little wonder that nearly three million people come each year to Mt Desert Island (often just called “MDI”) to enjoy Acadia National Park. So, how can an island that hosts millions of people have a quiet side?

MDI is roughly circular with a fjord, Somes Sound, through its center that nearly cuts it in two. Acadia covers just over half of MDI, about a third of the park is west of the Sound.

Most tourists to the island head to Bar Harbor on the northeast coast. Tremont and Southwest Harbor are the principal towns on the west side of MDI. First settled by fishermen, the towns retain their maritime heritage boasting healthy fishing fleets and myriad boat yards. This picturesque harbor is also filled with some of the finest yachts and sail boats in the world made right here by renown boat builders Hinckley and Morris Yachts to name just a couple.*

Southwest Harbor Maine is conveniently located less than 12 miles from the town of Bar Harbor. It does however feel as if it is a million miles away during the hustle and bustle of high season. There are hiking trails in the park that surround Southwest Harbor where you can virtually be alone to enjoy the magnificent views of the mountains, lakes and ocean. This “quieter side” of Mt Desert Island also includes the beautiful towns of Manset, Bass Harbor, Tremont and Bernard.*

After a long day of hiking, biking, sailing and kayaking on this side of Acadia, you can return to your beautifully appointed bed and breakfast for rest and relaxation. Top off your day with an evening stroll to some of the finest restaurants, galleries and shops in the region.*

Although less traveled than the east side, the Quietside of Acadia offers plenty of services for visitors, as this website should convince you. We invite you to browse the site to learn about Acadia National Park and our community. Or better still, come for a visit and enjoy a classic Maine island vacation.

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