There's no end to the things you can do on Mount Desert Island. Ride
your mountain bike on the scenic carriage roads. Paddle your sea
kayak along the rocky coastline. Climb up the treacherous Precipice
Trail. Sail on a four-masted schooner or take a tour on a lobster boat.
Stroll through the scenic streets of Bar Harbor.

Of course, there's also the pleasure of doing what's called nothing but
is actually quite something -- sitting back and enjoying a slower pace
of life, relaxing by the water, and soaking in the views and the serenity.

Acadia National Park (East Side) & Bar Harbor

  • Hike The Bubbles (an easy hike with good views) near Jordan
    Pond House
  • Afterwards, drink fresh lemonade and eat popovers with
    strawberry jam and butter at Jordon Pond House
  • Bike the 45 miles of well-groomed carriage roads that wind
    through the heart of Acadia National Park, enjoying 16 different
    granite stone bridges along the way (no motorized vehicles
  • Paddle your sea kayak on an all-day trip from Seal Harbor to the
    Cranberry Islands and back
  • Visit Bar Harbor and window-shop at art galleries, or stroll along
    the shore path enjoying views of the harbor
  • Drive the famous Loop Road in Acadia National Park, with stops
    at Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, Otter Cliffs, and more
  • Go whale watching or deep sea fishing
  • Stroll along the carriage road at the Rockefeller Boathouse
    (near Seal Harbor); there's a pretty lake, open meadows, and a
    wide gravel trail that winds through pine forest
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"Quiet Side" of the Island

  • Have a picnic lunch at Sea Wall with fresh crabmeat sandwiches
  • Visit the famed Bass Harbor Lighthouse, only minutes away from
    your cottage
  • Pick and immediately eat the blueberries that grow wild on the
    island (late July/August)
  • Rediscover the Milky Way -- do some serious star gazing far
    from city lights
  • Sit in the Adirondack chair in the meadow at dusk and watch for
    harbor seal, foxes, and deer
  • Listen to the gentle lapping of the waves, the wild call of the
    loons, and the sound of lobster boats trolling the waters on a
    foggy morning
  • Eat fresh lobster with chips on a picnic table on a pier
  • Take a short hike up Flying Mountain for scenic views of Somes
    Sound -- a deep sound that almost splits the island in two
  • Shop the small shops in Southwest Harbor while eating ice cream
  • Hop from one artist's studio and art gallery to the next -- there's
    lots of them in the area
  • Paddle a canoe on Great Long Pond and visit the wooded
    islands in the middle
  • Enjoy excellent bird watching opportunities both on the property
    and at nearby places like Seawall in Manset, site of some of the
    best birding on Mount Desert Island
  • Play golf at the seaside Causeway Club in Southwest Harbor
  • Enjoy the fall foliage on a scenic drive
  • Take a boat ride to the nearby islands of Great Cranberry and
    Little Cranberry -- or a lighthouse and nature cruise to see
    seals, eagles, cormorants, and osprey while watching the
    captain haul up a lobster trap
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