The official website for the Southwest Harbor & Tremont Chamber of Commerce

The Visitor Center is open Monday - Friday, 9AM to 5PM. Weekly Individual and Vehicle Park Passes, and Acadia Annual Park Passes, are available.

Seal Cove Auto Museum Presents: Friday Ride Day

ArtWaves MDI Presents: Azul Conscious Movement

Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Peace Crane Folding

Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Mrs Kate Kicks Off Summer Reading Program

Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Ocean Expert and COA Professor Sean Todd
Fogtown Brewing Presents: Dead Gowns and the Loblolly Boy

Coda Presents: Mirage Mahal

Sips Presents: Community Jam

Sips Presents: Wednesday Night Music with Bill Haynes & John Wixon

Island Arts Association's Spring Craft Fair
Plant sale in Somesville

Birch Bay Village wins award

MDI High rated 17th best in Maine

This week in pictures

Food program signups start
Bangor Savings Bank Foundation Makes $5K Gift to MDI Hospital Obstetrics Unit's New Infant Security System

Mount Desert Island Hospital Receives Wellness Workdays' Best Wellness Employer Silver Certification

Annual Health Fair Provides Free Screenings and Resources for a Healthy Lifestyle

Bar Harbor Bank and Trust Announces Jaime Frederes as Senior Vice President, Director of Residential Lending

At Home Rowing Regatta Fundraiser

July 4th Fireworks

Thank you to our 4th of July Fireworks Sponsors

Grand Finale Sponsors
Acadia Fuel

Large Rocket Sponsors
Acadia Yurts
Skip's Automotive Services

Cherry Bomb Sponsors
Hutchins Cottages
The Lodge-ings at SWH
Ocean House Boat Storage
Penury Hall B&B
E.S. Benson Transport
Milagro Coffee House & Espresso
Smuggler's Den Campground
LS Robinson C. Insurance

  Cherry Bomb Sponsors

Sparkler Sponsors

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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