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“Quiet and no traffic this time of year!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mount Desert Island

Mount Desert Island
Ranked #1 of 69 things to do in Bar Harbor
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Owner description: Home to Acadia National Park, this island off the coast of Maine with its beaches, sweeping cliffs and mountains offers visitors numerous recreational activities, from hiking, biking and following nature trails to swimming, sailing and kayaking.
Maine
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“Quiet and no traffic this time of year!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2012

We did a little sightseeing and tried to find Martha Stewart's house. Not much open this time of year though.

Visited November 2012
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Blue Hill, Maine
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“Mt Desert, ask a local!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2012

Mt Desert is pronounced by the locals just like the food whereas the Town of Mt Desert is pronounced as you would a dry hot sandy place. Tourists see what tourists see. Hidden sites known by locals are less well known as are the differences according to season. A visit between the time college employees return to school and the beginning of foliage season is quiet time. Nearly all sites and businesses are open but the population of "flatlanders" and "people from away" drops dramatically; perhaps by 75%. Think August 20th through September 20th. Warm but less hot as you approach the latter. Prefer full tilt crowds and activities? One day beckons you. July 4th is crowded and exciting. A balance of events for locals and for tourists, mostly in downtown Bar Harbor. Book lodging several months ahead and get most any style lodging you prefer. National Park and private campgrounds, bed and breakfasts to the most expensive and somewhat exclusive homes turned into Inns. Think here $75 to $775 for each night exclusive of the good campgrounds which price about $30 per night. Mt. Desert Campground, at the very top of Somes Sound is my favorite. Best sites are large and include your own ocean shore lot. These must, must, be bookes close to a year in advance. All campgrounds will be full during the fourth of July. Book several months in advance. For specifics on lodging and other area information visit the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce site. Park only information, go to the Acadia National Park site. The unwritten rule of "The Island" residents is to be selective about giving away the location of best "locals" favorite places so here are a few hints only. Causway in Bar Harbor Village at low tide. You can drive or walk right out into the harbor and view the town from offshore at no cost at all. Shore path beginning at the Bar Harbor town pier is privately owned but open to walking guests at no charge. Be sure to visit the sandy beach "under" the town pier at the beginning of the trail. Compass Harbor, by the dairy bar near Jackson Lab is a good place for solitude and perhaps a skinny dip in the ocean. No federal law bans nudity in the park. Discretion is expected! Echo lake accessed by trail off of Rt. 102 is tranquil and devoid of any view of man made intrusions. One night I viewed star reflections in the calm water. Skinny dipping here again; bring your soap and shampoo even though it is frowned upon as a phosphate adder to the lake. Sunrise or sunset on Cadillac mountain seen from the many turnouts or the top is breathtaking. Don't cheat, be there before the sun comes up! Take the Ferry trip from Bass Harbor to Swans Island and return. The boat ride itself will do just fine. Sand Beach, nice but super crowded except perhaps at dawn. Seal Harbor beach is very local. At dead low tide you may find sand dollars but I won't say exactly where. Ask a local is the general message here for a great stay on "the Island". My fingers are tired but points of special interest are infinite. Ask a local. Enjoy your memory making visit. Lloyd and Rosie

Visited September 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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“The drive around is not to be missed”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2012

The views of the harbor and the vegetation were lovely. The scenery was as beautiful as expected, the lake, Cadillac Mountain and the walks all made for a lovely day's outing

Visited October 2012
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San Antonio, Texas
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“Great Getaway”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2012

Quaint, clean, and safe. I was able to walk around the town of Bar Harbor with no fear anytime. The town accomodated tourists with more than sufficient bathroom facilities, benches, walkways, lighting, and police patrol about town.

Visited October 2012
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“Beautiful place to explore,paint and draw!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2012

I had a 3 week artist residency there and got to hike around and paint...heavenly. I was given a room at the ranger's headquarters. the rangers who worked there were kind and knowledgable. If you are a Maine artist you definitely should apply.

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