The Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center is closed for the winter. We will be monitoring phone messages and email on a daily basis. Available by appointment.
SWH Main Street Road Work Is Finished for 2014
New SWH Road Construction Hotline: 244-7917
|Crown Vics to perform at fundraising dance |
Southwest Harbor town budget edges up
Relay For Life event
Ewing Minner’s leaving is ‘bittersweet’
MDI High rated in Maine top 10
|February Meeting of Acadia National Park Advisory Commission |
Road and Bridge Work in Acadia
National Park Service Completes Visitor Use Management Plan for the Isle au Haut District
Public Meeting to Discuss Increases in Park Entrance and Camping Fees
Acadia National Park Announces Donation of Important Bird Research Collection
|SWH Library Presents: Cuba Birds, Birding & Social Change|
Seal Cove Auto Museum Presents: NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM FAMILY PROGRAM
Bass Harbor Memorial Library Presents:
Mt. Desert Island Historical Society's Annual Bean Supper
Seal Cove Auto Museum Presents: BRASS CLUB SPEAKEASY
|Join us at the Wendell Gilley Museum for our Annual Holiday Open House and Carving Show!
Harbor House Happenings December 2014
2014 Christmas Bird Count, from Michael Good at Downeast Nature Tours
Harbor House Happenings for November 2014
Acadia National Park: Public Meeting to Discuss Increases in Park Entrance and Camping Fees
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.