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The Visitor Center is closed for the winter.

Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Burn! starring Marlon Brando

Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: February Tea

Fogtown Brewing Presents: Knit & Sip (Back by Popular Demand!)

Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Saturday Morning Games

Seal Cove Auto Museum Presents: Beers and Gears
Sips Presents: Community Jam

Sips Presents: Wednesday Night Music with Nathan Grant

Fogtown Brewing Presents: Beach Trash

The Barn Arts Collective Presents: That Maine Band

Sips Presents: Wednesday Night Music with Bill Haynes and John Wixon
Transfer station hours slashed

Rotary Club announces $10K in gifts

Asticou plans gain support

Cameras allowed in schools, buses

Music therapy offered
Welcome to new Chamber Member Quietside Realty!

Beal's Lobster Pier Hosts "Support Our Local Coast Guard Families"

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust's First Annual Toy Drive Results

Exhibition at the Southwest Harbor Public Library in Celebration of Women's History Month

Island Housing Trusts' Holiday Lights Celebration

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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