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ArtWaves Presents: Basic Block Printing

SWH Historical Society Presents: Past SWH Summers

ArtWaves Presents: Jewelry From Found and Recycled Materials

Seal Cove Auto Museum's Demo Day: Hidden Gems, 1910 Stoddard Dayton

Wendell Gilley Museum: Ten Days in Acadia Book Talk and Signing
Wendell Gilley Museum: "Abundance of Riches" Exhibit by Andrea Rich

Acadia Repertory Theatre Presents: The Velveteen Rabbit

The Barn Arts Collective Presents: Pinnochio

Acadia Repertory Theatre Presents: Agatha Christie's Black Coffee

Sips Presents: Stephen Bowman
Anti-ship vote is unanimous in Southwest Harbor

Stanley launches wood-glass hybrid

Skop to talk art, science

Preparations for IOD Worlds include new masts

Luminary night rescheduled
Summer Extravaganza Promises Fun Family Activities

Welcome to new Chamber member ArtWaves!

Letter to the Community from Elsie Flemings, Executive Director, Healthy Acadia

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Presents Golf Tourney Proceeds to Beneficiary

Seal Cove Auto Museum's Murder Mystery Dinner

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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