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ArtWaves Presents: Create & Sip - Felted Winged Things

Charlotte Rhoades Garden's Gardening Class

Wendell Gilley Museum's Open House and Carving Show

Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Interrupt Racism with Carolyn Gage

20th Annual Acadia Birding Festival
Sips Presents: Wednesday Might Music with Ivey Menzietti

Coda Presents: Fog & The Hound

Fogtown Brewing Presents: Blake Rosso Band

Island Arts Association's Spring Craft Fair

The Barn Arts Collective Presents: Mirthapalooza II
Visionary Kaelber remembered

Dem gubernatorial candidates’ forum set

Hospital earns medical imaging honor

Walsh family gives $500,000 to the Jesup

MDI Biological Lab names new president
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Announces Beneficiary for Annual Charity Golf Tournament

Welcome to new Chamber Member, Acadia Quietside Shop

Welcome to Acadia Cornerstone Real Estate!

League of Towns to Host Community Forum Focused on Ticks, Tick-borne Illness

Let's Go! for Child Care Providers: Tri-county Collaboration Offer Professional Development Opportunities

Thank you to our 4th of July Fireworks Sponsors

Grand Finale Sponsors
Dysart's Great Harbor Marina

Large Rocket Sponsors
Beal's Lobster Pier
Thurston's Lobster Pound
Sips & Sawyer's Specialties

Cherry Bomb Sponsors
L.S.Robinson Co. Insurance
Sail Acadia
Acadia Cottages
A.W.Pettegrow, Inc.
Smuggler's Den Campground
Carroll Drug Store
Bass Harbor Campground
Eastern Maine Recycling Inc.

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

  Cherry Bomb Sponsors
Bob & Shirey Zinn
Don & Marilyn Chambers

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

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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