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SWH Library's Annual Claremont Dinner & Silent Auction

Bass Harbor Lobster Boat Races and Blessing of the Fleet

Bass Harbor Library Presents: Tremont Historical Society Presentation

SWH Library Presents: Art Paine: The Building of the Dory "Rose"

Wendell Gilley Museum's Family Program: Flamingo Puppets!
Coda Presents: Bill Shaw

The Barn Arts Collective Presents: The White Rose

The Barn Arts Collective Presents: The Beauty Book

Acadia Repertory Theatre Presents: The Gin Game

Acadia Repertory Theatre Presents: The Velveteen Rabbit
Estate gift honors friendship

Wendell's Boy joins MDI fleet

Warrant Committee changes proposed

Sen. King urges Acadia advisory re-activation

Carriage road work
Healthy Acadia's Downeast Teen Leadership Camp Set for Week of July 24-28

Wendell Gilley Museum Offers Introductory Carving Lessons

Welcome to new Chamber member, Islesford Dock Restaurant and Gallery!


SWH Library Presents: Barbara Strubell - Artist's Reception

Thank you to our 4th of July Fireworks Sponsors

Grand Finale Sponsors
Large Rocket Sponsors
Dysart's Great Harbor Marina
Thurston's Lobster Pound
Skip's Automotive Services
Beal's Lobster Pier
Sips & Sawyer's Specialties
Cherry Bomb Sponsors
Acadia Cottages
Hutchins Cottages
Richard Bradford Builder, Inc.
Smuggler's Den Campground
Milagro Coffee & Espresso
McEachern & Hutchins, Inc.
Eastern Maine Recycling, Inc.
Cafe Drydock & Inn
Sawyer's Market
Carroll Drug Store
Ocean House Boat Storage
L.S. Robinson Insurance Co.
Bass Harbor Boat House
Sparkler Sponsors
Westside Florist
Downeast Diesel & Marine
Penury Hall
Milk & Honey Ktichen
The Lodge-ings
Terry Tank Service LLC
  Cherry Bomb Sponsors
Meg & Larry Eaton
Joe & Lori Morneault
Ann Waldron
Darrell & Jacqueline Storholt
Gloria Butler
Peter T. Benson III & Eric S Benson
Dave & Carolyn Parks
Binki & Chris Orthwein
Barbara & Mark Campbell
Mazzie & Charlie Gogolak
Ron Scott
Sparkler Sponsors
Joseph Snider
Harold & Marcia Beal
Larry & Debra Alley
Esther Cavagnaro
David & Anne Benz
Lynne Birlem
Ruth Jellison
Don & Rae Cousins
Rob Putman & Janet Myers
Nancy Jones
Carol Grant
Karen & Brian Kupiec
John & Becky Burnham
Jay & Candy Emlen
Dorothea Mead
Deb & Rick Smith
Ann Caswell
Noelle & Anthony Ellis
Ann & Greg Benz
Christine & Edward O'Leary
Nancy Hamblen
Judi & David Wilson
Lydia Goetze
Roger Rand
Tim & Jean Taylor
Michael & Susan Higgins
Pam & Doug Diehl
Sydney R. Rockefeller
L. Aronson
Brenda Fletcher
Dave & Moira Larson
Dianne Lytle
Howard Monroe Jr.
Linda Hayward & Steve Weinreich
Tracey Aberman
Suzanne & Pete Madeira
Mary S. Clement
Susan Covino Buell
Eugene Walls
Linda Robertson
Steve & Nancy Homer
Barbara Logue
Art & Lee Worster
Charles Lerner
Judith & Bruce Connery
Mary-Anna Fox
Cap Weinberger
Bette & Tucker Spurling

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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