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Wendell Gilley Museum Presents: Birds at the Brewery

Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: WHM Playwriting workshop with Andrea Lepcio

ArtWaves Presents: Art Jam- Paper Craft - Quilling Springtime Flowers & Sunshine

Bass Harbor Memorial Library Presents: Winter Travel Series: Tour de Mont Blanc

Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: AARP Tax-Aide Program
Sips Presents: Community Jam with Brian Kupiec

Sips Presents: Wednesday Night Music with Peter Lindquist

Coda Presents: Stand Up MDI

Coda Presents: Jones'n

Island Arts Association's Spring Craft Fair
Renovations close Somesville C-store: On the Run to reopen in May

Legislature upholds port authority veto

Cell tower hearing set

School Board approves budget

Wharf House bills still due
Free Yoga Classes Offered

Welcome to New Chamber Member Pro31 Cleaning Solutions, Inc.

Bar Harbor Bankshares offers scholarship for high school graduating seniors

Free Pain Management Workshop Series Begins April in Southwest Harbor

Taking Action on Pain Free Workshop Series Begins February 21st in Southwest Harbor

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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