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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.

SWH Main Street Road Work Scheduled for week of December 1, 2014:

* Continue to clean up and shape the west side of Main Street * Temporary pave driveways on west side of Main Street * Hay mulch all disturbed areas * Field set all valve boxes for water curb stops on Main Street in snow removal areas * Re-install all signage removed during construction

To see the work plan, go to:

New SWH Road Construction Hotline: 244-7917

Maine Sea Coast Mission seeks Christmas Program gifts

Downeast Christmas Carol on tap from ACT ensemble

High school site eyed for joint fire training

Bright blue flash fills the night sky

Right to sue letter granted in fired chief case
National Park Service Completes Visitor Use Management Plan for the Isle au Haut District

Public Meeting to Discuss Increases in Park Entrance and Camping Fees

Acadia National Park Announces Donation of Important Bird Research Collection

Invasive Insect Contributing to Red Pine Die-off on Mount Desert Island

Bridge Repairs at Acadia National Park Starting in Early September 2014
SWH Library Presents: Artist Reception with Linden O'Ryan


SWH Library Presents: Northeast Historic Film Presentation

Mt. Desert Island Historical Society's Annual Holiday Party

Harbor House Hosts Annual Holiday Craft Fair
Harbor House Happenings December 2014

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

Harbor House Happenings for November 2014

Acadia National Park: Public Meeting to Discuss Increases in Park Entrance and Camping Fees

Conference Will Plant Seeds for Farm to School

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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