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Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: January Tea

ArtWaves Presents: Featured Weekend Workshop- Bottle Cap Bling Earrings & Things

Backside Book and Cookie Swap

ArtWaves Presents: Mosaic Monet

Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Southwest Harbor Drama Club
Coda Presents: Songwriter Showcase

Sips Presents: Community Jam with Brian Kupiec

Sips Presents: Wednesday Night Music with Bud Williams

Sips Presents: Wednesday Night Music with Bill Shaw

Coda Presents: Fogtown Brewing with Banned From Eden
Acadia open, but staffing limited by shutdown

Deal offered in zoning lawsuit

New Acadia visitor record

Boat on road causes issues

Tax-acquired property
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Employees Make "Community Commitment" Donation

Application open for 2018 Artist-in-Residence Program hosted at Acadia National Park

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust's Michelle Curtis is now Treasury Service Sales Officer

Welcome to new Chamber Member, Sea Princess Cruises!

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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