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The Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center is open Daily 9AM to 5PM. We are located at 329 Main Street, SWH, in the Harbor House. 7-day Park Passes are available!

MDI Bio Lab marks year full of success

All Peregrine falcon nesting areas in Acadia National Park are open

Plan targeting 'tumbleweeds'

Vision quest tour operator failed to see ticket coming

Cell tower deal sought
All Peregrine Falcon Nesting Areas to Open

Acadia National Park is America's Favorite Place

Nature Journaling for Children and Families

Acadia National Park Requests Comments on the Draft Visitor Use Management Plan for the Isle au Haut District

Rum Island closed to protect loons
Acadia Repertory Theatre Presents: Puss in Boots

Acadia Repertory Theatre Presents: The 39 Steps

SWH Library Presents: Giant Used Book Sale

Claremont Croquet Classic

Lobsters on the Sound
Acadia National Park is America's Favorite Place

Seal Cove Auto Museum: Our Rusticator Picnic is LESS than TWO weeks away!

An Exclusive Tasting of California Wines to Benefit the Wendell Gilley Museum

Jill Freundlich named 2014 Citizen of the Year

Join us for the pinkest Festival ever!

Fireworks over Southwest Harbor

Thank you!
David & Anne Benson
Dorothea & Jeremiah Mead
George & Janice Sinnett
Ingrid & John Kachmar
Jane Iverson
Joseph Snider
Lawrence & Sandra Bridges
Michael & Jean Forbes
Penelope S. Wolfe
Peter & Elisabeth Loizeaux
Peter Madeira
Tony & Susan Covino
Louise Riemer & William Locke
Steven & Ali Kassels
Donald & Rae Cousins
Al & Kathe Simons
Ed & Chris O'Leary
Larry & Meg Eaton
Beth Dilley & Craig Kesselheim
Anna Walker
Barbara & Mark Campbell
Kenneth & Meredith Hutchins
Anne & Bruce Pomeroy
Roger & Lori Rand
Stan & Binnie MacDonald
Susan & Jarvis Newman
Real & Joan Madore
Jeff & Jan Sterba
Michael Rindler
Sara Hopkins
Charles V. Stanhope
Deb & Richard Smith
Chris & Kathleen Duble
James & Joan Alexander
Jim & Priscilla Keene
Dalen & Liz Mills
Howard Monroe, Jr. & Victor Stanley
Ann Waldron
Eleanor Murphy
Mike & Mary Hays
Pat & Carol Jackson
Betsey H. & Abe N.
Thom & Tina Smith
Susie & Mike Higgins
Wyndham & Alisone Clarke
Ruth Jellison
Ann Caswell
Kenny & Chelsie Quesenberry
Cessie Sawyer
Jim & Mary Vekasi
Wayne M. Davis
Rust Potter
Ann Dundon & Prentice Strong III
Robin & Robert Sattler
Janet Myers & Rob Putnam
Susan & John Buell
Edith K. Wells
Nancy J. Brown
Laverne Redlon
Sue & Mark Picurro
Mara Benner & Steve Thomas
Jeff Oxman
Esther Cavagnaro
Peggy de Wolf & James Bogart
Steve & Nancy Homer
Gene & Peggy Walls
Paul & Kathleen Slack
Karen Craig
John Jacobsen & Elizabeth Laverack
Dianne Helprin
Judy Eason
Richard & Temple Fourment
Peter & Linda Lord
Brenda Fletcher
Lee Worster
Andrew & Dianne McMullan
Andy & Jennie Cline
Ken Goldstein
Robert & Lois McKown
Anne Heisey
Georgia Tuttle
Joe & Lori Morneault
Charles & Charlotte Morrill
Suzanne Goff
Ratcliff Family
Ken Gray & SWH Animal Welfare in memory of Bessie Gray
Marty & Alan Hamblen
Larry Albee & Patty Pinkham
Nancy Jones
Lee Wilbur
Liz & John Angelbeck
Mike & Sharon Gilley
Irene Greene Murphy
Marylou Matthews
Richard & Victoria Bergman
  Large Rocket Sponsors
Thurston's Lobster Pound
Dysart's Great Harbor Marina
Chalmers Enterprises, LLC

Cherry Bomb Sponsors
Carroll Drug Store and Pharmacy
Beal's Lobster Pier
H. G. Reed, Inc.
Skip's Automotive Services LLC
Hutchins Cottages
Acadia Cottages
Demuro's Top of the Hill Restaurant
The Upper Deck Restaurant
Nelson F. Goodwin Co., Inc.
National Park Canoe and Kayak Rental
McEachern & Hutchins
Eastern Maine Recycling
Smuggler's Den Campground
XYZ Restaurant

Sparkler Sponsors
The Bar Harbor Bank and Trust
The Moorings Inn
Ann's Point Inn
Kingsleigh Inn
Stephen Stanley Electric
The Lindenwood Inn
Snow/2 CPA
Clark Point Gallery
Inn at Southwest
Mansell Boat Rentals and Charters
Compusult, Inc.
Cranberry Hill Inn
LS Robinson Insurance
Gott's Store
Harbour Cottage Inn Bed and Breakfast
Royal Flush Septic
Sips & Sawyer's Specialties
Mount Desert Springwater
Bass Harbor Boat, Inc.
The Birches
NAPA Auto Parts
Southwest Video
Joey's Place
Cafe Drydock & Inn
Storage Unlimited
Bayside Graphics
The Lodge-ings B&B
Downeast Diesel & Marine
Penury Hall
LaPierre Studio Inc.
Richard Bradford Builder, Inc.
Westside Florist
Southwest Harbor Artisans

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.

PO Box 1143, Southwest Harbor ME 04679
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