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ArtWaves MDI Presents: Stained Glass Mosaic Birches

Seal Cove Auto Museum Presents: Cars & Coffee: Corvettes

Seal Cove Auto Museum Presents: Kids' Day

ArtWaves MDI Presents: Native Botanical Printmaking

ArtWaves MDI Presents: Print the Park
Acadia Repertory Theatre Presents: Pygmalion

Acadia Repretory Theatre Presents: Cinderella

The Barn Arts Collective Presents: Bee Parks and the Hornets at The Criterion

Sips Presents: Happy Hour with Brian Kupiec

Fogtown Brewing Presents: Michael and the Ya Yas
FOA annual meeting

Bill would boost funding for parks Acadia has $59.9-million backlog

Boat ramp gets tentative nod

Special town meeting needed

MDI Farmers Markets
Healthy Acadia Receives National AmeriCorps Grant

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Presents Golf Tourney Proceeds to Beneficiary

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust supports Healthy Acadia's DownEast Teen Leadership Camp

Welcome to new member At Home MDI!

Welcome to new Chamber member Downeast Sailing Adventures!

July 4th Fireworks

Thank you to our 4th of July Fireworks Sponsors

Grand Finale Sponsors
Dysart's Great Harbor Marina
Acadia Fuel

Large Rocket Sponsors
Beal's Lobster Pier
Thurston's Lobster Pound
Sips & Sawyer's Specialties
Acadia Yurts
L.S.Robinson Co. Insurance
G.F. Johnston & Associates
Skip's Automotive Services

Cherry Bomb Sponsors
Sail Acadia
Acadia Cottages
A.W.Pettegrow, Inc.
Smuggler's Den Campground
Carroll Drug Store
Bass Harbor Campground
Eastern Maine Recycling Inc.
Hutchins Cottages
Terry's Tank Service &
G.T. Outhouses
Kingsleigh Inn
Sawyer's Market
The Claremont, Inc.

Sparkler Sponsors
Harbor Ridge Condo Association
Westside Florist
Celebration Cakes
Penury Hall
E.S. Benson Transport
The Lodge-ings
Christopher Smith Galleries

  Cherry Bomb Sponsors
Bob & Shirey Zinn
Don & Marilyn Chambers
Howard Monroe and Victor Stanley
Mazzie & Charlie Gogolak
Sydney Roberts
Barbara & Mark Campbell
Betsy Holtzman & Abe Noyes
Muriel S. Christian & Laura E. Smallidge
Susan Buck
Bob & Tina Hinckley
Rachel & George Gumina
Barbara J. Trimble
Darrell Storholt
Stuart & Jean Marie Woods

Sparkler Sponsors
Mary & Jim Vekasi
Paul & Margot Haertel
Christine & Edward O'Leary
James & Celeste Sawyer
David & Judith Wilson
Larry & Debra Alley
Ann & Greg Benz
Ruth K. Jellison
Peter Benson III
Jan Chamber Hall
Tucker & Better Spurling
Charles & Sandra Lerner
Jake Jacobson & Liz Laverack
Patricia R. Sweeney
Rick & Deb Smith
Dave & Anne Benson
Lorraine Aronson
Rob Putman & Janet Myers
Ward & Genevieve MacKenzie
Gary Stellpflug
Owen Logue
Charles & Charlotte Morrill
Brenda Fletcher
Joseph Snider
Sandy & Larry Bridges
Jack Gibbons
Tanny Clark
Steve & Mary Ann Mahoney
Bob & Robin Sattler
Emily Prud'homme
Anne Heisey
Marilyn Mays
John & Beth Sundberg
David & Jayne Ashworth
William & Margaret Burden
Don & Rae Cousins
Dave & Moira Larson
Susie & Mike Higgins
Lou & Tom Glenn
Steve & Nancy Homer
Caspar Weinberger, Jr.
Robert Milne
Sandy Wilcox & Jack Russell
Irene Greene Murphy LCSW
Susan Mayne
Ann Caswell
Margaret N. Pearson
Patty Pinkham & Larry Albee
John & Suzanne Madeira
Lynne Raimondo
Susan Covino Buell
Al & Kathe Simons
Stan & Binnie MacDonald
Daniel Pierce
Lynne Birlem
John & Becky Burnham
Lydia Goetze
Richard & Victoria Bergman

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 stop 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 Acadia away from the crowds.

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