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SWH Library Presents: Mother's Day Sale

Southwest Harbor Library Presents: Impressions of Acadia - Hooked Rug Art Show

Southwest Harbor Library Presents: The Agricultural Heritage of the Cranberry Isles

2nd Biennial Mt. Desert Island Lyme Disease Symposium

Seal Cove Auto Museum Celebrates Mother's Day
Island Arts Association: A Taste of Bar Harbor

Island Arts Association: 4th of July Fair

Harbor House's Flamingo Festival Craft Fair

Coastal Fine Arts Alliance of Maine's Annual Gallery on the Green

Coastal Fine Arts Alliance of Maine's Annual Gallery on the Green
Hermie celebrates three decades

Five seeking two council seats

Airline offers jet service

Water plant is back online

Council takes show on road
Chamber to Host Candidates' Night in Southwest Harbor

Seal Cove Auto Museum's Exhibit Opening

Welcome to New Chamber Member Coda!

Join us at the SWH Public Library to welcome Dr. Aatif Ansari to the Community Dental Center!

Annual Health Fair Provides Free Screenings and Resources for a Healthy Lifestyle

Thank you for making the July 4th fireworks possible

Acadia Cottages
Hutchins Cottages
First National Bank
E.M.R. Inc.
Penury Hall Bed & Breakfast
Clark Point Gallery
Kingsleigh Inn
Ocean House Boat Storage
Dead River Company

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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