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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 November 17, 2014:

* Install new granite curb from Herrick Road to Seal Cove Road on east side * Install base gravel beyond curb for a new sidewalk from Herrick Road to Seal Cove Road * Install granite on west side from Fairpoint to Seal Cove Road * Continue to shape and pave driveways

To see the work plan, go to:

New SWH Road Construction Hotline: 244-7917

Paul Joseph Kessler

Isle au Haut plan is out

Snow day notices go high tech

Jesup will offer craft workshops

Zoning rewrite back on track
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: Fight for Our Right: Double Feature Film & Theater Performance

SWH Library Presents: Library Tea

Westside Florist Annual Holiday Open House

Mount Desert Island Historical Society Presents: Written in Granite: The Park Founders' History

WENDELL GILLEY MUSEUM Presents: Holiday Open House and Carving Show
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

MDI Hospital Welcomes Dr. Nathan Donaldson & Dr. Kaustubh Shrivastava

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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