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The Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center is closed for the winter. We will be monitoring phone messages and email on a daily basis. Available by appointment.

New SWH Road Construction Hotline: 244-7917

Substation concepts show enclosed design

Road rebuild job resumes

$1M parking lot eyed

Fire station repairs, water lines on ballot

Students bring cheer and fresh paint to SPCA
Blackwoods Campground Late Opening

Invitation for Proposals to Host Ranger-Narrated Activities

Thunder Hole Closure

Seasonal Openings for 2015

Acadia Summer Teacher Fellowship
Your Pet's Next Best Friend Presents: Tick Prevention Clinic

Earth Day Roadside Cleanup: A Friends of Acadia Community Volunteer Project

Garden Class

Harbor House Presents Touch A Truck

Garden Class
Kingsleigh Inn selected as one of 16 finalists for best B&B breakfast in North America

Join us at the Wendell Gilley Museum for our Annual Holiday Open House and Carving Show!

Harbor House Happenings December 2014

2014 Christmas Bird Count, from Michael Good at Downeast Nature Tours

Harbor House Happenings for November 2014

The Quietside of Acadia

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, which is home to several large hotels and is a popular port for cruise ships. 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.

Although less traveled than the east side, the Quietside of Acadia offers plenty of services for visitors, as this website shows. 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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