Mount Desert Island

MOUNT DESERT ISLAND, which to some resembles a lobster claw in shape, is the third largest island off the coast of the continental United States. Connected to the mainland by two short bridges spanning the Mount Desert Narrows, MDI is divided into four towns: Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert, and Tremont. About three quarters of the islands contains Acadia National Park. Ninety-six percent of Maine is privately owned; the 36,000 actres of Acadia National Park is the largest publicly-owned portion. There are restroom facilities at the Thompson Island information center at the head of the island. In Bar Harbor, there are facilities adjoining Agamont Park. 

Shortly after coming onto Mount Desert Island, you're confronted with a fork: the left road, Rte 3, leads to Bar Harbor and Northeast Harbor. The right road, Rte 102, goes to Southwest Harbor and Tremont.

If you take Rte 102, you'll come upon the Bar Harbor KOA Kampground, Steamboat Landing, MOHR Signs, MDI Imported Car Service, Bar Harbor Bait, MDI Bottle Redemption Center, EBS, Windward Cottages, Acadia Storage, Salisbury's Organic Garden Center, Mother's Kitchen, Carisa's, Randy Sprague Heating & Plumbing, Westwind Cottages, Seaside Cottages, Kitchens by Northwoods of Maine, a KOA Kampground, Acadia Storage, Ernie's Sculptures, Island Auto Repair, Rich Bradbury, Peacock Builders, and Town Hill Market.

At MDI IMPORTED CAR SERVICE, David White runs perhaps the world's greenest auto repair business. Among other things, he heats his place with recycled motor oil and wastes next to nothing. A certified Bosch Automotive Service Center, MDI Imported Car Service understands foreign cars like few others.

If you're among those who think art should be fun, you won't want to miss ERNIE'S. Operating from a small shop in Town Hill, Ernie Abdelnour fashions fascinating, often funny sculptures of copper and brass, odd pieces of plumbing, tools, assorted debris, and anything else that strikes his fancy. Truth be told, Ernie seems to be a bit hung up on vehicles--many of his pieces are boats, trains, cars, fire engines and wagons, although he also has done sundry buildings and much else. He does a frog series that features a piano-playing frog campaigning against gourmet food—including, of course, frog legs. Call 207-288-5337.

To your left is a turnoff onto the Knox Road which will take you to the Atlantic Brewing Company-Estate Bewery/Winery, the Lake and Sea Boatworks, and the Desert Boat Company.

ATLANTIC BREWING COMPANY-ESTATE BREWERY/WINERY features an open air garden bistro and tavern, a gift shop and tasting room, and on Saturday there’s a barbecue.

Back on Rte 102, look for the Maine Coast Heritage Tfrust, West Eden Commons: Town Hill Bakery, Salon West Eden, The Food Shack, Heather Evans Therapeutic Massage,  Curves,  Camden National Bank, Town Hill Playground Asticou Connection Gallery, L.E. Norwood & Sons, Collier House, Pentacostal Lighthouse Church, Folly Farm, Mount Desert Granite & Brick, Shear Perfection, Eyes, Island Housing Trust, Coastal Computer, Somesville Rehabilitation Services, Somesville One Stop, and Bar Harbor Banking & Trust, Triple Chick Farm.

The ASTICOU CONNECTION GALLERY shows a superb selection of wood furniture and wood sculpture, bronze castings, paintings, jewelry and photography, as well as rare prints and maps. Monthly open houses and artist’s receptions feature a diversity of first-rate talent and afford the opportunity to meet the artists, discuss their work, or simply wander around and absorb details of form and nuances of color. The gallery provides a forum and showcase for the creative traits readily recognized in this area, and aims to be a vivid connection between past, present, and future generations.

Rte 102
is a designated Bike Route.

SOMESVILLE  was the site of the first European settlement on Mount Desert Island. Although Native Americans visited here at least 6,000 years ago, they made no pernament settlement. The first families to settle here were Abraham and Hannah Somes as well as James and Rachel Richardson in the year of 1761.

A turnoff left onto Rtes 3 and 198, the Eagle Lake Road, leads to Northeast Harbor and Bar Harbor.

Back on Rte 102, watch for Pat Foster Real Estate, Gallery at Somes Sound, Somesville Public Library, Mount Desert Island Historical Society Museum, Somvesville Union Meeting House, Somesville Meeting House, Somesville Fire Department, Dr. Bob's chem-free willd blueberries and pure maple syrup, and the Acadia Repertory Theatre, Maine Island Properties.

The MOUNT DESERT ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM has  a collection of local documents and artifacts, including period clothing, pewter, and old maps. Open 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Sundays, mid-July to Labor Day. Both wild and domestic ducks swim in nearby Mill Pond. You might enjoy checking out the frequently-photographed Somesville Bridge, a graceful span over Somes Creek. In season, you'll endjoy the gardens.

The ACADIA REPERTORY THEATRE has been presenting summer theater for the past quarter century. Call 207-244-7260 for reservations and additional information.

To the right is the turn onto the Pretty Marsh Road. which leads to the Beach Hill Farm road, R. Scott Baltz
Gallery, National Park Canoe Rentals, Seal Cove Cabins, Pretty Marsh Picnic AreaSawyer's Cove, Judy Tayor Gallery, Cat's Pride Print & Transfer, Seal Cove Auto Museum, St. Andrews by the Lake Episcopal Church,Tremont Baptist Church,  Seal Cove Pottery & Gallery, BEEZ, Inc., Carter's Construction, Edna's Variety Store, West Tremont Pacific Hall, Sail Shack, Hillcrest Cemetery, Quietside Campground, Classic Boats, Tremont Congregational Church.

R. SCOTT BALTZ grew up on Mount Desert Island and his home serves as the base for his studio and visual interests. He says he is inspired by the surrounding landscape of Acadia National Park, and he endeavors to interpret the landscape filtered through both his memory and his imagination.

The PRETTY MARSH PICNIC AREA, which is in the national park, provides views over bluffs to Pretty Marsh Harbor and onward to Bartlett and Hardwood Islands. Here there is a stony beach.

SAWYER'S COVE, once known as Spirit Cove, is thought to be a repository for drowned seamen. Whenever the sea has claimed a local resident, people have reported seeing a fully-rigged ghost ship depart from the cove to collect the soul. Days later the ghost of the departed will be seen along the shoreline.

Imagine finding a world-class collection of early brass era cars stuck away in a metal building on a back road on the quiet side of Mt. Desert Island, in Maine. People still marvel at tripping over the SEAL COVE AUTO MUSEUM—the unlikelihood makes it all the more remarkable.

The KELLYTOWN ROAD, infamous for the brutal murder of a man found stuffed in a well, is known  to suffer disturbances by ancient spirits emerging from nearby unmarked swamp graves. Native Americans once inhabited this area, and there are numerous gravesites hereabouts.

Back on Rte 102 look for the right turn onto the Beech Hill Road, leading to the Maine Granite Industry Museum.

It's a little hard to find and it's nothing fancy, but the MAINE GRANITE INDUSTRY MUSEUM is certainly an interesting place. Proprietors Steven Haynes and Juanita Sprague are the foremost authority on Maine's historic granite industry. They have collected specimens from over 350 of the state's abandoned granite quarries. (Steven can look a hunk of rock and tell you precisely where it came from!) They will show you their extensive collection of artifacts, including blacksmith and stone cutting tools, oxen shoes, railroad cartwheels, railroad spikes, old photos and derrick parts. Studying granite has been a lifelong pursuit for Steven; nobody knows more about this somewhat ignored aspect of Maine history. The museum, which is presently sharing space with a mower shop, is very much a work in progress. Steven says that in the present economy donations have dried up, but with him hope springs eternal and he's hoping for better times soon.

Back on Rte 102 the road to Hall Quarry is on the left. It leads to MCM Electric, the Head Lines Hair Salon, the Somes Sound View Campground, and the John M. Williams Co.

Further down Rte 102, look for Ike's Point, the Acadia Mountain parking, Appalachian Mountain Club Camp, St. Saviour Mountain parking, Acadia National Park Echo Lake Entrance, Smuggler's Den Campground, DeMuro's Top of the Hill Restaurant, Flying Mountain Artisans, and Westside Market Plaza: Southwest Food Mart, Tidal Graphics, Oceanside Vintage &Antiques, Plaza Laundry, and Resources for Recovery.

At OCEANSIDE VINTAGE & ANTIQUES, Bernice Fallon brings new meaning to the term "eclectic." She has a bit of pretty much everything, from vintage clothing for both men and women, art, books, furniture, jewelry, photography—the list goes on and on. Her store, she promises, will have something different every time you visit!

At IKES POINT, there are boat-launching facilities (Powerboats with motors exceeding 10 hp are prohibited.)

You can get a good deal on family camping at the APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN CLUB CAMP on Echo Lake. Campers live in tents that have board floors and are supplied with beds, sheets, and blankets. Hot showers are available along with three daily family-style meals, including a clambake and lobster picnic. The camp is so popular that a lottery must often be held to determine who will get in. Write Echo Lake Camp, Mt. Desert, ME 04660, or call 207-244-3747.

You'll see the parking area for ACADIA MOUNTAIN, which provides a 3.5 mile round trip climb and spectacular views of Somes Sound.

From the parking area for ST. SAVIOUR MOUNTAIN, you can go hiking and climbing.

Watch for the ECHO LAKE  entrance to Acadia National Park. At Echo Lake, there is a man-made beach with changing facilities and lifeguard. From the parking area, a steep trail leads up the cliff face of Beech Mountain.

The Fernald Point Road goes to the Causeway Golf Club, Valley Cove, Flying Mountain, and Charlotte Rhodes Park.

From the FERNALD POINT ROAD, you can take a trail up Flying Mountain. It's an easy climb, said by many to provide the park's best view for the least effort (unless you count driving up Cadillac Mountain).

Further on is the Seal Cove Road. Look for  Southwest Liquor Locker, Westside Florist, Artful Designs Middgro, Lore of a Mother Child Care Center, Quilt 'n' FabricSouthwest Video,
Brandon and Laura's Cafe, JWG Jr., Show2, Love of a Mother Child Care Center, Southwest Harbor Veterinary ClinicMDI Vacation Homes, Dead River Co., First Bank, Mt. Desert Spring Water Co., Storage Unlimited, Pettegrow Custom Boats, Island Watch B&B, Harbor Ridge REsort, Acadia National Park Fire Roads.

The SEAL COVE ROAD, most of which is in Acadia National Park, is a winding dirt road that takes
you thru a heavy coniferous forest, providing access to Bald and Western Mountains, two of MDI's quieter hiking areas. Roaming around these parts is a great way to avoid the crowds that flock to Sand Beach and Thunder Hole. You may meet no other hikers as you explore such places as Seal Cove and Hodgdon Ponds. Likewise is true of the Long Pond Fire Road, an unpaved loop providing access to Western Trail, which leads to a notch between Bernard and Mansell Mountain and Long Pond. The forests hereabouts have been untouched for decades, allowing for mature growth.

Coming into Southwest Harbor, look for the River Run Deli and Wendell Gilley Museum of Bird Carving.

In Southwest Harbor, the WENDELL GILLERY MUSEUM OF BIRD CARVING  features changing exhibits of carvings by Gilley and other artists. Gilley, author of the classic "The Art of Bird Carving," did around 6,000 wooden birds, some of which have in recent years commanded thousands of dollars. The museum is housed in a state-of-the-art solar heated building; staff is on hand to explain its workings. During the summer months, the museum has a full schedule of demonstrations and classes. Call 207-244-7555 for schedules. Low ticket prices make this a real cultural building. General admission: $5; children 5-12, $2; children under 5 free. 

Heading into town you'll see Captain's Den Vacation Rentals, Nikki's Massage, Island Readers & Writers, Southwest Harbor Fire Department, Newman Marine Brokerage, Maine State Sea Kayak Guide Service, Stephen J. Lyman, Sea Kayaks, Higgins Antiques, Village Washtub, Hypnotherapy/ReikiBar Harbor Bank & Trust, K. Kelley Pressure Point Studio, Salty Dog Gallery, Carrol Drug Store
, Under the Dogwood Tree, Cafe 2, Aylen & Son Jewelers, Harbor House, public library, All In One Shop, Harbor ArtisansL.S. Robinson Co., Maine Gifts by the Sea, Little Notch Bakery, McEachern Hutchings, Sawyer's Market, The First, Sawyers Specialties, Cafe Drydock, The Tanning Shop, Pure Maine,  PI Hatched on MDI, Moody Mermaid,

If you are in the Southwest Harbor area, CARROLL DRUG STORE will deliver your prescription.

Best thin-crust pizza ever? The LITTLE NOTCH CAFE is a serious contender for that honor. Chefs there use organic tomato sauce and whole-milk mozzarella. Besides pizza, which can come with some pretty imaginative toppings, there are sandwiches like the sweet Italian sausage with parmesan on focaccia or the roasted broccoli, onions, and cheddar on homemade wheat. Head honcho Arthur Jacobs also operates Little Notch Bakery at Hinckley's Great Harbor Marina.

SAWYER'S SPECIALTIES has the biggest selection of fine wines on Mount Desert Island. The second Saturday of every month from 2 to 5 p.m., the folks here sponsor wine tastings.

The CAFE DRY DOCK serves seriously wonderful food, including Crispy Chilean Style Haddock, Scallops Southwest Harbor, Scallops Mornay, Walkers Wellington, Filet Mignon, and Lobster along with Great Salads, and Homemade Soups and Chowders. The good folks here have been cooking from scratch for nearly a quarter of a century. Go there for lunch, dinner, or lighter fare served all evening. There is a full bar as well as beer and wine. Listen to great music on Wednesday evenings or dine under the stars on the deck.

The lovely DRYDOCK INN is open year round and during spring and summer guests enjoy room service. The inn features two suites with kitchen/living room combo and also kitchenettes. All eight rooms have cable TV, wireless internet, phones, in-room coffee, and hair dryers. The inn is convenient to shops and other amenities.

There is way more than meets the eye at the QUIETSIDE CAFE & ICE CREAM SHOP. This place  serves more than 20 flavors of hard ice cream and yogurt (along with 24-plus flavors of soft serve). On top of that,  there are salads, specialty sandwiches, and what could be Maine's best homemade bluberry and apple pie. In addiion to that, there are daily specials, pizzas, and incredible seafood baskets. It's an Ice Cream Shop with a whole lot more!

Everything sold at PURE MAINE LLC is made in Maine. The lady here will help you design your own Gift Basket. During holidays, shipping is free.

A turn to the right takes you to Pizazz, Acadia Laser Creations, All-in-One Consignment Shop, Chamber of Commerce Information Center, Southwest Harbor Public Library, Southwest Harbor Fire Department, Municipal Offices, Police Department, and Comunity Health Center.

Back on Main Street, look for Quietside Cafe, Davis Agency Real Estate, Maine Fine Photography, Inn at Southwest, Southwest Cycle, Penury Hall B&B, Kingsleigh Inn, WOCA Gallery.

The Clark Point Road leads to the waterfront. You'll pass Sips, Sargasso Salon Retreat, Christine's Gallery Past Treasures, Red Sky Restaurant, Harbor Barber, Tom Cat, Inc. Variety Store, Acadia Property Service, Sail Acadia, Chow Maine,  a U.S. Post Office, the road to the Medical Center, Southwest Auto Repair, Clark Point Gallery, Cranberry Hill Inn, Organic Gams & Jellies, Clark Point Inn, Lindenwood Inn,Harbor Cottage Inn Southwest Lobster, Hamilton Marine, Claremont Inn, Xanthus Restaurant, Southwest Boat Marine Services, MDI Community Sailing Center, DNW Marine Services, Beal's Lobster Pier, Captain's Galley, Musako Queen Co., and Coast Guard Station.

SIPS  offers gourmet cuisine served up in an enjoyable atmosphere at affordable prices.  They have an Espresso bar and a wine bar. Open-year round for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sunday brunch is from 9 to 2. Reservations are recommended.

A focus on what’s local and fresh has been a driving force behind the success of the RED SKY RESTAURANT. Chef James Lindquist, who was featured in Fresh from Maine, the 2010 cookbook of “recipes and stories from the state’s best chefs,” insists that nothing could be more important.  His vivid way of describing food and engaging the imagination of his diners is another reason Red Sky has received such acclaim from The New York Times, Travel and Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, and Down East Magazine, among others.

The CLAREMONT HOTEL, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, holds an annual summer croquet tournament.

You can eat your lunch at an authentic Maine working wharf at BEAL'S LOBSTER PIER.

SOUTHWEST BOAT MARINE SERVICES serves the individual needs of anybody with a boat. From metal fabrications and welding to underwater hull inspections, Southwest Boat is the company to turn to.

Back on Main Street as you leave the downtown area, you'll see Mansell Boat Rental, Second Wind Lounge, Harborwatch Weekly Rentals, Harborview Motel, Fiddler's Green Restaurant, Acadia Cottages, Dysart's Great Harbor Marina with its several shops, Harbor View Motel, The Upper Deck at the Marina.

The FIDDLER'S GREEN RESTAURANT is known for providing outstanding quality of food and service in a warm casual amosphere overlooking the harbor. Chef-owned and operated since 1999, the culinary style celebrates New England traditions without being bound by them. The cuisine is prepared daily using the finest seasonal ingredients, local and organic produce, farm-raised meats and very best fish the oceans have to offer. A food critic for Fodor's wrote, "The Most Difficult Part of Dining at this Harborside Restaurant is Selecting Just One Entree."

In Dysart's Great Harbor Marina, look for West Marine, DiMillo's Yacht Sales, Grumpy's Breakfast, Marine Point Blankets, Deck House Restaurant and Cabaret Theatre, Acadia Sales, Maine Point, Hinckley Yacht Charters, and Black Ledge Lobster Pound.
A bit further on, the road to Seawall leads to XYZ Restaurant. Get down to the ocean and watch for Dockside Inn & Restaurant, Manset Yacht Service, Manset Boat Rentals, Hinckley's Ship Store, and Moorings Inn.

Back on Main Street, look for Skip's Automotive Services, H.G. Reed, NAPA, Gott Excavation, Gott's Store,
and Gordius Garage.

A left onto 102A at McKinley's Market takes you down to Bass Harbor. You'll see Ocean Front Cottages, Bass Harbor Cottages, Bass Harbor Inn, Island Cruises, Seafood Ketch Restaurant, C.H. Rich and Co., Swan's Island FerryCountry Store, Morris Yachts, and Ravenswood.

Joe and Anne Paradise both do the wonderful bird carvings found at RAVENSWOOD.

Back on 102A, look for Blue Legume Cafe, Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse, Bass Habor Campground, Harbor Handcrafts & Quilts, Acadia National Park Seawall Entrance, Ship's Harbor Nature Trail, Wonderland, Seawall Campground and Picnic Area, a natural seawall, Seawall Motel, Common Good Cafe, Seawall Camping Supplies, Sawyer's Lobster Pound, Islandscaping Garden Center, Manset Little Farm, Ellis Boat Co. Inc, Manset Union Church, Beth G.Lambert Studio, St. Peter's Church, Westside Auto Repair, XYZ Restaurant, Clark Point Gallery.

The Ship's Harbor Nature Trail runs about a mile-and-a-half through a spruce forest and open ledgey woodlands. A self-guided brochure to the trail is available free at Seawall Campground.

SHIP HARBOR leaves many people feeling psychically uneasy. Some say it's haunted. Its history is grisly. In 1739, autumn gales drove the Grand Design, a three-ton wooden vessel onto Long Ledge at the entrance to the Western Way. All 200 passengers made it onto Mount Desert Island, where they were surprised to find not another living soul. They searched the entire island, but found no one. It was late autumn, winter was setting in, and their situation became desperate. They dispatched a 100-man search party, the heartiest among them, to head for the mainland and salvation. Only six off those aboard Grand Design lived to see old age. Members of the search party were never heard from again, creating a mystery comparable to the Lost Colony of Roanake, Virginia. Today, many visitors to Ship Harbor swear they detect their presence.

The SEAWALL PICNIC AREA  on the ocean is near the Seawall Campground. Both are in Acadia National Park. Here there is a rocky shore laced with tidepools. The best picnic tables are perched on flat waterside rocks with views of little tidepools and Great Cranberry Island in the distance. There is a $20 per car admission fee.

The trail to WONDERLAND  is an old road offering an easy walk to the shore thru a dense spruce forest and open pitch pine forest. Here there is an amazingly wide variety of habitats, making it a good birdwatching spot.

First off, probably no place else on Earth calls itself HOT SHOWERS & LOBSTER POUND. And this merely hints at this business' unique versatility. Officially known as SEAWALL CAMPING SUPPLIES, this is where you come to get lobster, take-out, saltwater bait, hardware and RV accessories, fishing supplies, souvenirs, beer, wine and soda, and coin-operated showers. It is run by a good-natured, young lady who will help you find whatever you want.

SAWYER'S LOBSTER POUND is owned and operated by a Maine lobsterman, guaranteeing fresh product every day. The famous Lobstergal (who is on track to sample lobster rolls from every pound in New England) has declared the rolls here to be among the very best. The nice lady here gave me a complimentary organic Maine root beer and, when I came back for a lobster roll, a piece of homemade blueberry pie. The lobster roll surpassed my fondest expecations. Visit the FACEBOOK page.

A right turn will take you down to the Shore Road and Henry R. Hinckley Co.Manset Boat House, and Dockside Inn & Restaurant.

HENRY R. HINCKLEY, noted builder of luxury yachts, has its yard in Manset. Driving past the yard and in the harbor at Northeast, you can see some of the world's most beautiful sailing vessels.

The DOCKSIDE INN & RESTAURANTlie at the entry to Somes Sound with views of the water and Acadia National Park. Open year round, the inn provides free WIFI and cable tv loaded with premium channels. The adjacent restaurant serves breakfst, lunch and dinner. There is a coctail lounge. There are daily specials and live entertainment. The fish and pastries are fresh as can be, and there are vegetarian dishes. It is handicapped accessible.

If you take the right towards Bernard, you'll come to the turn to Ann's Point Inn, Bass Harbor Boat, and Sunset Cottages. Look for Town of Tremont Community Center, Cookies, Pies & Such, Sail Shack, Linda Fernandez Handknits & Gifts, Island Pet Grooming, Bass Harbor Memorial Library, Town of Tremont Community Center, Cookies, Pies, and Such A. Jones Gallery, Nancy Neale's Collectibles Shop, Thurston's Lobster Pond.

Yankee Magazine called ANN'S POINT INN the "Best Acadian Escape." Featured are spacious rooms, ocean views, gas fireplaces, luxurious linens, elaborate breakfasts, afternoon refreshments, and evening sweets. Last but hardly least, there is an indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, and 700 feet of shorefront.

Writing in the  Boston Globe, Hilary Nangle boldly asserted that THURSTON'S LOBSTER POUND is  "the best lobster spot on Mount Desert Island." Setting the scene, Nangle describes "the two-story, screened-in dining area... built on a wharf above lobster boat-clogged Bass Harbor in a classic fishing village." She goes on to say that "because it caters not only to tourists but also to the island’s well-heeled summer residents, it’s quite a bit snazzier (perhaps pricier, too) than most lobster spots."

Back on the Pretty Marsh Road, look for Art etc., Quietside Campground, Goose Cove, the road to Seal Cove Potttery and Gallery, Judy Taylor Gallery, Edna's Variety Store, Butler's Lodge, West Eden Bed & Breakfast, Seal Cove Auto Museum, Candle Closet, the road to Pretty Marsh and the road to Beech Hill Cliffs.

Sometimes at night, there is a procession of phantom spirits treading its way from GOOSE COVE to the top of Spook Hill. According to Marcus Librizzi, author of Ghosts of Acadia, "these ghosts walk in single file and they hold glowing lanterns that cast no shadows and shed no light on their surroundings." These spirits follow a long-unused shore road running from Goose Cove to the top of Spook Hill. Coves in this area have histories of smuggling, and pirates are thought to have buried treasure on Spook Hill.

On the Pretty Marsh Road, you can see one of the country's finest collections of antique cars at the SEAL COVE AUTO MUSEUM. The display represents the fruits of a great deal of dedication as well as heaps of old and inherited money.

The PRETTY MARSH PICNIC AREA, which is in the national park, provides views over bluffs to Pretty Marsh Harbor and onward to Bartlett and Hardwood Islands. Here there is a stony beach.

INDIAN POINT ROAD leads to the Blagden Conservancy, which is owned by the Nature Conservancy. The area was once home to the Passamaquoddy Indians. Now a nature preserve, trails thru the land offer views of old spruce forest, an old apple orchard, and white spruce along the coast.


If you take the left fork at
Steamboat Landing you'll be on Rte 3 heading towards Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park headquarters. Right quick you'll come upon Sunnyside Motel and Cottages, Don's Guitar Studio, Kingdom Hall, Oceanarium,
Mount Desert Narrows Campground, Downeast Horizons, Willowind Therapeutic Riding Center, Heathwood Inn, C-Ray Lobster, Eden Village, Wagon Wheel Farm, Sunflower Greenhouses, Acadian Ranch, Belle Isle Motel, turn to Hadley Point Campgground, Llangolan Inn & Cottages, Rose Eden Cottages, Travelin' Lobster, Sweet Pea Winery Coach Stop Inn, Woodland Park Cottages, MDI Biological Laboratory, Star Point.

A major attraction is the OCEANARIUM, which features the  lobster hatchery, a lobster museum, and a 45-minute marsh walk. The museum features net-making demonstrations and a visit aboard a lobster boat. At the hatchery, visitors can examine fry via a microscope linked to a television. The Discovery Pool is a touch tank containing local maine life. Most often there's a lobsterman on hand to explain the mysteries of his venerable trade. The Oceanarium is run by David and Audrey Mills, good people who take their roles of teachers seriously.

The ATLANTIC BREWING COMPANY  of Town Hill is establishing a vineyard on Route 3 at what was Sweet Pea’s Farm. The new name is Sweet Pea’s Vineyard. It’s more than a vineyard, however; it is also an organic farm selling vegetables and flowers. It has a nice gift shop.

in Salisbury Cove conducts a free summer visitors' program. Scientists here are engaged in studying various aspects of cell biology, with an emphasis on rheopharmacology--they've been using sharks and dogfish to study kidney functions. Visitors can check out a touch tank, see the laboratories, and listen to scientists describe their work. The tours begin at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays mid-June thru August. Call 207-288-3605.

STAR POINT is a wave-chiseled granite arch as spectacular as any landmark in Acadia National Park. Although the lab lets visitors walk across their property, the best way to see Star Point is to put in a kayak at Bar Harbor's Hadley Point boat landing and paddle over for a peek. The formation is best seen at low tide. Down East magazine called Star Point MDI's Best Secret.

A turn to the left goes to Bay Meadow Cottages, Edgewater Motel and Cottages, the Eden Baptist Church, a U.S. Post Office, The Devil's Oven, and Kelley's.

In Ghosts of Acadia,  Marcus LiBrizzi calls THE DEVIL'S OVEN "the most infamous gateway to the supernatural on Mount Desert Island." He says that this sea cave has been the setting for ghostly encounters going back thousands of  years. Evidently, the Indians of old always had had misgivings over the entire north shore of Mount Desert Island. They reported having seen strange lights along there, even under water. They believed the rocks contained portals to hell with the  Devil's Oven being the primary gateway. The historical records shows that dark rites were practiced here and that people really were burned alive in The Ovens.

A right turn takes you onto Norway Drive and Bowden Marine Service.

Back on Rte 3, look for the Emory's Cottages, Acadia Park InnBar Harbor Campground, Bar Harbor Lobster Pound, Robbins Motel, Acadia Pines Motel, Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, Mainely Meat, Udder Heaven / Bay Gulls Bagels, Pirate's Cove Miniature Golf, Log Cabin Restuarant & Bakery, High Seas Motel, Seabreeze Ocean View Motel, Hinckley's Dreamwood Cottages, Hutchin's Mountainview Cottages, Gerrish Chiropractic, Fieldside, Hanscom's Motel and Cottages, Gail's Gardens, Church of Our Father, The Chart Room, Pepper's Pizza & Subs, Hulls Cove Schoolhouse, The Colony, Traditional Downeast Lobster Bake, and Pot and Kettle Club.

In Hulls Cove, you'll see the Chart Room, Tide Watch Cabins, Peppers, and Hull's Cove General Store.

To the right is the Crooked Road which will take you to the Mystery Cove Book Shop.

On the Crooked Road, the MYSTERY COVE BOOK SHOP has a large collection of mystery and detective fiction along with a growing collection of Maine, children's, science fiction, nautical books and more. Open year round. Call 207/288-4665.

Just beyond here is the road to Rocky Mann's Ceramic Studio, the Davis Town Museum, Hulls Cove Sculpture Garden, and the Tool Barn.

The HULLS COVE SCULPTURE GARDEN, featuring the work of contemporary Maine sculptors, spreads across two acres of fields, flowers, trails, ponds, and a stream.

Back on Rte 3, look for the Hulls Cove General Store, Wind & Wine by the Sea, and the entrance to Acadia National Park Headquarters.

WIND AND WINE BY THE SEA offers a nice assortment of specialty foods along with Maine-made gifts and art. On hand are craft beers and interesting wines from around the world.

Few places on earth rival the Acadia National Park's popularity.  USA Today chose Acadia as America’s “Best National Park.”   Then ABC’s "Good Morning America" showcased Acadia National Park as “America’s Favorite Place”!  ACADIA NATIONAL PARK VISITORS' CENTER has printed information and a free film that'll introduce you to the park. During the summer, park naturalists conduct daily interpretive programs to help visitors understand the ecological processes at work here.

From the Acadia National Park Headquarters, you can get onto the Park Loop Road, which leads you to Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, the Jordan Pond House, and the road up Cadillac Mountain.

Back on Rte 3 you'll pass Sonogee, Fairfield Inn, Day's Inn, the Bar Harbor Regency Holiday Inn, Stewman's Lobster Pound, Altantic Oceanside, Jack Russell Steakhouse & Brewery, Bar Harbor Motel, Acadia Inn, Bayview Oceanside Rooms, Edenbrook Motel, the Highbrook Motel, Cleftstone Manor, the Bar Harbor Hotel-Blue Nose Inn, Looking Glass Restaurant, College of the Atlantic Natural History Museum, Wonder View Inn and Suites.

On several occasions, Wine Spectator magazine has given THE LOOKING GLASS RESTAURANT at the Bluenose Inn its award of excellence. The Looking Glass is one of 18 Maine restaurants to receive national recognition. To be included, according to co-owner Jim Ash, a restaurant must have outstanding food along with an excellent wine list.

The GEORGE B. DORR NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM  at College of the Atlantic, open daily Labor Day to Oct. 10, features children's hands-on exhibits, a 20-foot whale skeleton, and other displays of island life. There is a self-guided nature trail on the college campus and summer field studies. The price certainly is right: general admission, $2.50; seniors, $1.50; kids under 12 - 3, one dollar. 

At 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, COLLEGE OF THE ATLANTIC  holds a summer distinguished lecturers' series. Call 288-5015.

A left onto West Street will take you by the Maine Sea Coast Mission, Acadia Park Kayak Tours, and the Salt Air Inn.

Yankee Magazine says the SALT AIR INN  is New Engand's best oceanfront B&B.

A ledt onto Bridge Street leads you to Bar Island.

can be reached by walking across a sand bar when the tide is out. Half of Bar Island is national park, and you're free to explore the whole place. Take care not to let the incoming tide strand you there. 

Back on West Street, look for Art on Body Shop, Art on West, West Street Cafe, Bar Harbor Club, La Bella Vita at the Harborside Hotel,  Laberravera, Alone Moose, Harbor Side Hotel and Marina, Lulu Lobster Boat Rides, Acadia Standup Paddle Boarding,  Maine-Made Gifts by the Sea, Acadia on West, Tickets for Whale Watching, Oli's Trolley, The Maine Lobster, Acadian Boat Tours, Sea Dawg Gift Shop, The Happy Crab,  Stewman's Lobster Pound,  and Harbor Place, a collection of several businesses at the Town Wharf. Included here is the the Fish House Grill, Acadia Air Tours, Downeast Explorer Tours, Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co., Aquaterra Adventures, Dive-In Theater, and Oli's Trolley.

Back in the days when Bar Harbor attracted the nation's bluest blood, the BAR HAR
BOR CLUB was where it congealed.   Open only to highly favored WASPs, it exemplified all that was least likable about high society. The earliest white settlers shunned the land where the club is located, referring to it as "the devil's half acre." In the late 1800s, Native Americans camped out on the property until skyrocketing land prices forced them off. Local legend has it that the place is haunted by a young woman who was strangled there before its most recent refurbishing. People today say they still can smell patchouli, the perfume she wore night she was murdered. Other ghosts are said to haunt the club, spirits so numerous they must keep bumping into one another. Nowhere else on the Island holds so many claims to the gruesome supernatural.

Acadia Park Kayak Tours offers eco-friendly, small-group kayak tours led by a Registered Maine Guide.

Let the BAR HARBOR WHALE WATCH CO.  be your one-stop boating company. There are four different cruises, all of which are informatively narrated. It’s both fun and educational. The folks here promise you’ll see a whale. If you don’t, the next trip’s on them.

Diver Ed’s DIVE-IN THEATER is a two- or two-and-a-half-hour scenic boat ride out into Frenchman Bay  where Diver Ed & his sidekick “Mini Ed” dive down to the ocean floor with specially equipped video and sound equipment, allowing you to see and hear the ocean floor in real time from the comfort of the deck. At the end of the dive, Ed & Mini Ed return to the boat – and so do the creatures! Touch tanks allow you to observe, handle – and sometimes even kiss – these strange and mysterious beings before they are returned safely to the sea. You will be amazed at the colors, the textures and the variety of animal life beneath the waves. Yankee magazine called  Ed's Dive-In Theater New England's best family cruise.

Downtown BAR HARBOR  has something for just about everybody. There are nice shops with beautiful, expensive things, less nice shops with inexpensive T-Shirts, and shops with expensive T-shirts. There are several pretty decent restaurants. Throughout Bar Harbor, there are motel and hotel rooms aplenty, running the gamut from low cost to really expensive.Many people love Bar Harbor, although there are those who hate it. The people who like it enjoy the many shops carrying quality merchandise not readily available anywhere else in the territory, the wide choice of restaurants, the high energy level. The people who hate it point to the tackiness, the high prices, the crowdedness, the pushiness, the kitsch—all the things that go with great popularity. Whether you love it or hate it probably has more to do with you than with Bar Harbor.

Bar Harbor has an incredible selection of accommodations. Popular ones incude The Ledgelawn Inn, Ivy Manor Inn Bed & Breakfast, Coach Stop Inn, Acadia Inn, Acadia Hotel, Atlantic Eyrie Lodge, Bar Harbor Grand Hotel, Bar Harbor Inn & Spa, Cromwell Harbor Motel, Acadia Pines Motel, Acadia Suites, Anchorage Motel, Bar Harbor Inn, Bar Harbor Manor, Bar Harbor Motel, Bar Harbor Quality Inn, Barton's Motel, Bay Meadow Cottages, Belle Isle Motel, Bluenose Inn, Cadillac Motor Inn, Chiltern Inn, The Colony, Cromwell Harbor MoteL, Days Inn Frenchman Bay, Edenbrook Motel, Edgewater Motel and Cottages, Fairfield Inn, Hanscom's Motel, Harborside Motel, High Seas Motel, Hutchins Mountain View Cottages, Inn At Bay Ledge, Isleview Motel, Maine Street Motel, Ocean Drive Motor Court, Park Entrance Ocean Front Motel, Port Atlantis, Primrose Inn, Quimby House Inn, Rockhurst Motel, Sea Breeze Motel, Seacroft Inn, Snell House, Sunnyside Motel & Cottages, Sunrise Motel, Town Motel & Moseley Cottage Inn, Villager Motel, Wonder View Inn & Suites.

A right onto Main Street will take you by Paddy's Irish Pub & Restaurant,  Agamont ParkBlack Bear, Blueberry Patch, Galyn's Restaurant, Geddy's Down Under and Geddy's Restaurant,  Margaret Todd,
Patrick's by the Sea, Fair Tradewinds, Jack's Jewelry, Coffee Houne Coffee Bar, Bowl and Pitch LLC, Bayside Liquor, Bayside Landing, Moose Tracks, Jordan Pond Ice Cream and Fudge, Acadia Outdoors, Acadia National Park ToursTesta's,  Bar Harbor Inn & Reading Room Restaurant, The Shore Path,  Acadia OutdoorsAcadia Park CompanySherman's Book Store.

The BAR HARBOR INN got its start in 1887 with a Reading Room for gentlemen. As the local joke had, all the reading was done through the bottom of a glass. Everybody knew it was place to escape Maine's prohibition law, which lasted for nearly a century. The inn is haunted. Two ghostly Victorian gentlemen are often seen sitting at a table by the windows. Making eye contact with these specters yields a deathlike chill that can last for hours.
Finding vacationtime more stressful than your regular workaday life? Well, you're not alone. Lots of people have had the same experience. There is a solution: Yoga by the Sea! Classes, led by certified yoga instructor Elizabeth Escardo,  meet daily at 9 a.m. at the BAR HARBOR INN.  Call 340-643-6467 for more information.

HE SHORE PATH, which begins at the town pier, has a heritage that includes a large number of supernatural encounters. At Hardy's Point (still on Bar Harbor Inn property), the spirit of a young woman often appears at dusk. Her last name is Olsen, and she traces back to the late 1700s when she, her husband, and young son lived here. Mr. Olsen, a sailor, and was lost at sea, leaving her and their son in dire poverty. Then one day he disappeared without a trace, leaving her alone. To this day, she continues to hold a sad and  lonely vigil, awaiting their return.

A right puts you on Cottage Street. Look for Acadia Realty GroupSubway,  The Bar Harbor Clothing Co., Rock & Art Shop, Epi's Pizza, Jeannie's Great Maine Breakfast, Improv Acadia, Bayside Liquors, A Little Mad Shop,  Simply Marvelous Jewelry & Accessories, Cadillac Mountain Sports, Windjammer Boat Tickets, SHARD, Route 66 REstaurant, Cottage St. Pub, The North Face, Patagonia, Finback Alehouse,
Rite Aid Pharmacy, Little Village Gifts, Alehead Cafe, Trailhead Cafe, Criterion Theatre,  ReMaine,  Eden Rising, Thristy Whale, Simply Natural, Sea Kayak Tours, Down East Bird Watching & Nature Tours.

The folks at JEANNIE'S GREAT MAINE BREAKFAST figure if you concentrate on just one thing, you're bound to become awfully good at it. And they're right. The only thing they serve is breakfast, and, as you might expect, theirs is the best around.

Something a bit unusual: An owner-run shop in Bar Harbor.  A LITTLE MAD SHOP is just that. It features whimsical home accents, unique gifts, one-of-a-kind jewelry, classic bulk candy, original art and more.

LITTLE VILLAGE GIFTS proves that hard work and honest dealing can still succeed, even in Bar Harbor's high-rent district. A family-owned and operated gift shop, it's been hanging in there since 1992. On hand are a variety of items, from souvenirs to accessories and jewelry. There is a big variety of humorous signs.

The Sohns family has three shops: Tony Sohns describes the one on the Bangor Road as "a rock shop with art" and the one in downtown Bangor as "an art shop with rocks." Now sister Amanda says the new ROCK AND ART SHOP in Bar Harbor is "a gift shop with freaky stuff upstairs." She's referring to the "Cabinets of Curiousity," which contain, as she puts it, "all sorts of amazing dead stuff." It's worth braving downtown traffic to check them out.

is Bar Harbor's oldest and most venerable coffee shop.

The original art deco style has been preserved at Bar Harbor's CRITERION THEATRE. The unusual balcony configuration has the upper level, called the loge, split into many compartments. Everything is original, including the two projectors, which go back sixty years. The Criterion was built in 1932 by George McKay, a local legend who is said to have gotten his considerable fortune running rum. In the early days, live vaudeville was spotlighted on the Criterion's stage. Shown now is a wide variety, including recent releases, art films, and foreign language films.

To your right, the Bayside Landing has several shops, including Bayside Liquors, Pretty Marsh Gallery, and Testa's Restaurant.

A left off Cottage St. puts you on Rodick Street. Look for
Gringos,  Morning Glory BakerySiam Orchid, Lompac Cafe Roberto Hastins Salon, Photo Sisters Creative Youth Studio, Dog and Pony Tavern, The Ugly Duck Bodega, Fiore Artisan Olive Oil &  Vinegar, Side Street Cafe, Pat's Pizza, Mama DiMatteo's, Reel Pizza, Serendipity Thrift Shop.

At MORNING GLORY BAKERY, everything here is made from scratch. This is where the locals come to get their goodies.

The first owner of the LOMPAC CAFE was a W.C. Field's fan, and since Fields set his 1940s classic The Bank Dick in Lompac, California, it only seemed natural to so-name the cafe. These days the restaurant and late-night music spot are known for the leafy beer garden and bocce court, and for the fun, robustly flavored Mediterrean and Asian food prepared by Meg Kelly.

Yankee Magazine holds that FIORE ARTISAN OLIVE OILS & VINEGARS is New England's best "Around-the-World Tasting Room."  Visitors are encouraged to sample extra-virgin, first cold-pressed olive oils from around the world (including flavored and specialy oils), plus balsamic vinegars from Modena, Italy, aged 35 years, and specialty foods, including sea salts and pestos.

A favorite destination in downtown Bar Harbor is REEL PIZZA, the place to go for gourmet pizza. Eat pizza any way your like it, enjoy beer or wine, and watch movies ranging from current hits to cult classics.

We've eaten often at MAMA'S DIMATTEO'S and can recommend the food wholeheartedly. It's a family-style, casual Italian restaurant, most everything is made on the premises, and prices are competitive.

SERENDIPITY is a very upscale thrift store. Seems that a lot of wealthy people donate barely used, but highly fashionable castoff clothing there. All the profits benefit the Bar Harbor Food Pantry, a charitable organization assising the less fortunate among us.

Back on Cottage Street, look for Rosalie's Pizza, Swan Agency, Camden National Bank, Sea Kayak Tours, Bike Rentals, U.S. Post Office, Barker Park, MDI Mortgage Group, Bees,
Acadia Cornerstone Real Estate, Echoes Salon, Bar Harbor Bakery & Deli, Bar Harbor Festival, Treat Your Feet, Central HouseBar Harbor Real Ale, Arnold's TV & Video, Massage Bar Harbor, First Express, Citgo, MDI Dental Arts, Cottage on Cottage, American Legion Hall, Fathom, Little Notch Bakery, Cottage St. Bakery & Deli, Bar Harbor Vacation HomesNew Image, Bar Harbor Festival, Eden Builders, Arnold's TV, Mike Woodward Realty, First Express, Dillon Real Estate, Collage Cottage, Big Apple, Salon NaturELLES, Indigo Blues, Jordan's Restaurant, Hannaford Super Market, Black Friar Inn, Bar Harbor Municipal Building, Irving, Machias Savings Bank, A & B Naturals, Acadia Outfitters, Quimby House Inn, Coplan Associates, Acadia Channel, Tree of Life Day Spa, Dobb's Productions, Dead River Co.,  Mad Hatters Sports Bar & Grill, Catherine Hill Winery, Van Buren's, 2 Cats Restaurant & Inn, Little A's Sports Bar & Pizzeria, Saigon Corner Cafe, Moore Land Architecture, and Bar Harbor Bicycle Shop.

To our way of thinking, the best place to watch sports on TV is the MAD HATTER PUB AND GRILL at 166 Cottage Street. There are several large flatscreen TVs and strategically situated overstuffed couches. The menu features homemade treats made with fresh ingredients such as their famous tri-colored tortilla chips topped with mozzarella cheese black olives, onion, tomato, jalapeno, corn and shredded lettuce, portabello fries, bruschelta chicken, parmesan sandwich ciabatta bread, and fresh mozzarella, homemade bruschetta mix and a drizzle of balsamic glaze. This is where we go to watch Tom Terrific lead the patriots. If the game isn't to your liking, the good folks here also provide free WIFI.

LITTLE A'S SPORTS BAR & PIZZERIA encourages you to build your own gourmet pizza from a list of over 30 toppings. They'll deliver that pizza free anywhere in bar harbor.

is Bar Harbor's only restaurant serving authentic  Vietnamese food. You'll find great sandwiches, spring rolls, salads, and soups. A house specialty is  an absolutely awesome avacado smoothie. You can get lunch or dinner along with speciality coffees, cappuccino, and espresso.

Back on Main Street, you'll see Thorfinn Expeditions, Alpha Marketing, ipm, Island Realty, Atlantic Climbing School, Downeast Deli, Sherman's Book Store, Jeckell & Hyde, Ben and Bill's Chocolate EmporiumChristmas Spirits, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, First National Bank, Willis' Rock Shop,Pink Pastry Shop, Acadia ShopDebbahs of Bar Harbor, Native Arts Gallery, Island Artisans, Our New England Country Store, Bar Harbor Savings & Loan, West End Drug, Seaside Art Gallery,  Art and Soul, Alexander H. Phillips Clockmaker, Argosy Gallery, Art and Soul, Candle Sculptor, Bar Harbor Hemporium, Sunrise Clothing & Jewelry, Cool as a Moose, Stone Soup, The One Off Pub, Fair Trade Winds, Bar Harbor Beerworks, Rupununi's,  American Bar & Grill, Acadia Country Store, Del Sol, Joe's Smoke Shop, Carmen Verandah, Bark Harbor, Fair Trade Winds, Get Clocked, T-Shirt Express, Scrimshaw Workshop, C.J.'s Big Dipper Ice Cream, Christmas Vacation Shop, Bar Harbor Tea Company, Sailor & Hook, Sagegrass Gallery, In the Wood, Walking the Dog, Katahdin Photo Gallery,  Tarot Card Psychic Reader, Penobscot Watershed Eco Center, The Independent, Window Panes.

According to Downeast Magazine, SHERMAN'S BOOK AND STATIONERY offers more Maine Books than anybody else on Earth. This venerable business began in Bar Harbor in 1886, and now has opened sister stores in Camden and Boothbay Harbor.

Recently I had lunch at WEST END DRUG.  The half a ham and cheese sandwich on wheat, bag of chips, and small soda came to $4.01. For 22 cents I could have added a  cup of coffee.  Yankee Magazine says West End Drug offers New England's "Best Sweet Deal." As Yankee put it, "In a town of $4 ice cream cones and $7 sandwiches, this sanctuary offers a grilled cheese for less than $2 and a one-scoop cone for $1.49."
On top of that, the old-fashioned ice cream soda fountain here may be the friendliest place in town.

THE INDEPENDENT serves coffee & espresso and drinks from Coffee by Design out of Portland, Maine. Favorites served here include flatbread artisian sandwiches. The staff is Super Friendly.

On Mount Desert Street,Village Green, Cherrystone, Anne Woodman Jewelry Design,  Bar Harbor Popcorn, Suncatehers, Leary's Landing Irish Pub, Evergreen Pottery Studio, Queen Anne's Flower Shop, Argosy II Gallery, Bar Harbor Brewing Co., D'Allessio Gallery, Eclypse Gallery, Spouce & Gussy, Cafe This Way, Lazy Lobster, Acadia Hotel, Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor Congregational Church, Second Hand Prose Used Books, Jesup Memorial Library, YWCA, St. Saviours Episcopal Church, Thornhedge Inn, Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic Church, a bank, Anchorage Motel, Rockhurst Motel, Fabricate, White Columns Inn, Ledgelawn Inn, Aurora Motel, Stonethrow Cottage, Mira Monte Inn, Primrose and Aurora Inns, Schooner Planters for Sale, Mt. Desert Offices,   Stonethow Cottage, Bar Harbor Manor, Acadia Cafe, Quality Inn, Mount Desert Offices, Malvern Belmont Estate, Kid's Corner.

On Monday and Thursday evenings at 8 during July and August, the TOWN BAND plays at the Village Green. Concerts are free.

They told the Waymans they wouldn't be able to make it with popcorn alone. The Waymans didn't listen. They were convinced that if the popcorn was good enough and properly presented, people would find it irresistable. They were right. At BAR HARBOR POPCORN, they kept things simple and did things right. The endeavor is succeeding. The Waymans' great gourmet popcorn comes in three flavors—caramel, blueberry, and maple—and in three sizes. (The blueberry is flavored with real Maine blueberries. The Waymans say they tweaked the recipes for six months before getting each one just right!) Popcorn fanatics won't want to miss this welcoming shop.

Talk about humble beginnings! The JESUP MEMORIAL LIBRARY traces its roots back to 1875 when the Bar Harbor Village Library got under way with twenty dollars and 176 volumes. Work on the present building, which is in the National Register of Historic Places, began in 1910. On the building committee were some very big names, including George Dorr, Ernesto Fabbri, and Henry Lane Eno. The library is named after Morris K. Jesup, a New York financier and philanthropist, whose widow, Maria DeWitt Jesup, provided funding for it. Today, the public has free access to more than 35,000 books, 7,000 eBooks, 2,000 audiobooks and CDs, 2,000 videos, and a telescope.

ST. SAVIOUR'SEPISCOPAL CHURCH has wonderful Tiffany windows and welcomes visitors. Performing occasionally in St. Saviour's Parish House is Jackson & Friends, a concert series of comedy, music and new vaudeville. The shows are presented by the wonderfully talented Jackson Gillman, sometimes known as the Stand-up Chameleon.

at Jesup Memorial Library (288-4245) has a large collection of photographs of early hotels, cottages, steamers, and rusticators. There are excellent scrapbooks of the 1947 fire.

FABRICATE is a year-round "home away from home" for quilters, scrapbookers, cardmakers, collage artists, and family tree researchers. Housed in a unique, dome-shaped building (originally built as a bank), Fabricate offers a wide-ranging collection of fabrics, papers, notions, embellishments, art supplies, yarns, books, and accessories.

has a well-deserved reputation as the most-haunted mansion on Mount Desert Island. Built in 1904, Ledgelawn was among the last of the true "cottages," palatial estates built of common  bungalow-style materials such as cedar shingles. Accordiing to Marcus LiBrizzi, author of Ghosts of Acadia, the place is haunted by "the specter of a young dark-haired woman with madness in her smile."  She is thought to be the ghost of Mary Margaret, a young lady who had been left standing at the alter. She hanged herself in her wedding dress, attaching the veil to the beams of the sloping ceiling. When Ledgelawn became an inn, guests staying in Mary Margaret's room were apt to awaken to the image of a woman floating in the moonlight at the foot of their bed. More times than not, the woman would have a ghastly smile on her face.

MIRA MONTE INN at 69 Mt. Desert St. was built in 1861. (Mira Monte means "behold the mountain" in reference to the beautiful surrounding peaks of Acadia National Park.) Arrington's Bed and Breakfast Journal called Mira Monte "One of Top 15 B&B's with Best Gardens" and singled it out as the "Inn with the Most Privacy" and "Best Inn for Shopping.”

Continue onto the Eagle Lake Road and you'll soon come upon Kebo Valley Club.

, founded in 1888,  the eighth oldest golf club in the United States, has challenged the skills of many of the country’s finest players, most influential politicians, and top leaders of industry.  For many years, Walter Hagen held the course record. A championship par 70 course, Kebo  was rated among the "Top 15" public courses in New England by the New England Journal of Golf and among the "Top 10" classical public golf courses by Golf Digest.

Back on Main Street look for Window Panes, Maine: The Way Life Should Be, Ivy Manor, Michelle's Restaurant, Guiness & Porcelli's, House Wine, China Joy, Blaze, The Man Shop, Villager Motel, Mosely Cottages & Town Motel, Adelmann's Deli & Grill, Boar's Head, Alpenglow Adventure Sports, Lynam's Real Estate & Insurance, Marcey's, McKay's, Island Card & Gift, Grand Hotel, Tapley's, eden, MDI Ice Cream, Cadillac Medical center, YMCA, Down Town Lobster Pound, Poor Boys Gourmet Restaurant, Coffee Cup Diner, Cromwell Harbor Motel, Compass Harbor Village, Ocean  Drive Restaurant, The Jackson Laboratory, Acadia National Park Sieur de Monts Entrance.

TEA HOUSE 278 is a traditional Chinese Tea House where guests can enjoy a relaxed Gaiwan Tea Service, a glass of chilled tea, tea in a to-go container, and a variety of savory and sweet snacks. A beautiful tea garden provides a relaxing oasis where one may enjoy the sounds of a babbling brook and the peaceful energy of the stone garden. Rare loose-leaf teas,handpicked on organic farms in China, are steeped and presented in a traditional Gaiwan tea service. Yankee magazine proclaimed that this was New England's Best Tea House.

HOUSE WINE, Bar Harbor's premier retailer for quality wine, cheese, and beer, was voted by People's Choice as the best wine shop on Mount Desert ISland.

Would you believe that Linda Parker personally de-seeds every blueberry that goes into her super-premium Ice cream? She says she does, and she also says that instead of using vanilla extract she cuts and scrapes Madagascar vanilla beans before infusing them into fresh, Maine-made organic milk. She does several other seemingly unbelievable things to make her MDI ICE CREAM perhaps the best in the world. Linda's ice cream got national attention when President Obama stopped by for a cone and when Linda appeared on "The View" in a segment devoted to the Best Ice Cream in America.
It's far from cheap, but eating some is an experience you won't soon forget.

For over a quartery century, POOR BOY 'S GOURMET RESTAURANThas been a local favorite of diners seeking delicious food at reasonable prices. Featured are lobster, seafood, steak, chicken, vegetarian dishes and Poor Boy's special "Bottomless Bowl of Pasta". Poor Boy's has a full bar and makes what many insist are the best frozen Blueberry Daiquiris in New England. Always on hand are several locally-brewed beers on tap. Poor Boy's has an excellent wine list (including nightly $15 specials) and a complete selection of non-alcoholic beverages. For dessert, their cheesecake and berry pies are "simply the best!"

I went to the COFFEE CUP DINER and ordered a grilled cheese on wheat and fries. Bill came to $5, tax included. Next time in, a grilled cheese and bacon on wheat with fries. Still $5, tax included. Place opens for breakfast at 5 a.m., or so I'm told. The pstrami has has been called "the world best." Home-cooked food, friendly service, low prices. My favorite Bar Harbor lunch stop.

he COMPASS HARBOR NATURE TRAIL, home to enourmous rhododendrons, Japanese pines, and huge yew trees, ancient symbols of death and rebirth, is haunted by a long-deceased caretaker, a dark-haired man dressed in blue. Here was located Oldfarm, the estate of George Buckham Door, generally regarded as the father of Acadia National Park. He devoted his life and family fortune to the establishment of the park. Eventually, Dorr, who became totally blind and destitute, was assisted until his death by his loyal servant/companion John Rich, who most assume is the spectre still haunting the trail. Hogweek, a noxious bloom that can grow 14 feet high and cause painful irritation, permanent scarring, and, in rare cases, blindness, has ben found in Compass Harbor.

A turnoff to the left puts you on the Otter Cliffs Road..

A turn to the left here will take you to an entrance to Acadia National Park.

ABBE MUSEUM, celebrating Maine's Native American heritage, has two locations: the new museum 26 Mount Desert St. in downtown Bar Harbor, open year-round, and the historic, trailside museum at Sieur de Monts Spring, open May-October. At the downtown site there are programs for children and adults including workshops with Native American craftspeople. 207-288-3519.

, the world's largest center for the study of mammalian genetics, is home to some of the world's foremost genetic researchers. The laboratory also is something of a factory, producing millions of mice used by scientists throughout the world. Many of these mice are unique in that they are genetically destined to have certain traits, including particular diseases.

If you keep going past the lab, you'll get to the TARN, a shallow, steep-banked mountain pond between Dorr Mountain and Hugenot Head. The far end of the Tarn is a favored habitat for beavers.

The PRECIPICE is MDI's toughest climb. Many of the island's mountains have hiking trails; they are tailored for all levels of energy and ability. Consult a park ranger for a hike you'll find suitable.

We are firm believers in the idea that America's national parks belong to the people, all of the people, even people who can't spare cold hard cash to get in. Consequently, we were unhappy when in the late 80s most parks, including Acadia, began charging user fees. The good news locally is that you can legally avoid paying the fee for entering the Park Loop Road, if you don't mind missing Sand Beach and Thunder Hole. From Route 3, turn left onto the OTTER CLIFFS ROAD. This road leads to public restroom facilities from which you can get onto the Park Loop Road free of charge.

The two-mile section of the Park Loop Road known as OCEAN DRIVE is a mecca for photographers. Stretching from Sand Beach to the dramatic cliffs at Otter Point, Ocean Drive sports pink and tan granite ledges perched above the crashing surf of the Gulf of Maine. A pair of secluded cobblestone coves provide some compo
sitional variety. This entire stretch of coastline faces the rising sun, setting a ripe stage for early morning photo-taking. GREAT HEAD is a rocky cliff rising 145 feet above the cold waters of Frenchman Bay. For history buffs, there are ruins of an early-20th-century teahouse once owned by J.P. Morgan. Accessible via the Great Head Trail, which wends its way up the roacks for abour a mile from Sand Beach, the cliffs are a popular hiking and rock-climbing destination. A clearing at the south end of JORDAN POND affords a spectacular view of the Bubbles, a pair of perfectly matched bald peaks at the northern edge of the pond. A great many visitors stop by the Jordan Pond House for tea and popovers. A well-engineered mountain road winds to the  1,528-foot-high summit of CADILLAC MOUNTAIN. The view from the summit is one of the best in all of New England: 360 degrees, taking in Frenchman Bay, the Porcupine Islands, and the surrounding peaks of Mount Desert Island.

Keep going on Rte 3 to get to Otter Creek Village, Seal Harbor, and Northeast Harbor. You'll come upon the Otter Creek In, Otter Creek Market, Market, Burning Tree Restaurant, Cottage Flowers, The Hall, Blackwoods Campground, Village Market, Lighthouse Inn and Restaurant, The Coffee House Pizzeria, Naturalist's Notebook, Abby Chapel, Seal Harbor Park, Seal Harbor Beach, Acadia National Park Stanley Brook Entrance, and an Episcopal Church.

BLACKWOODS CAMPGROUND, one of two national park campgrounds, has inexpensive sites, although reservations are required well in advance. At Blackwoods, there is an amphitheater where free naturalist talks are conducted. 

Once thru OTTER CREEK, you come upon the road to Hunter's Beach. There is a small packing area from which a park trail takes you down to an uncrowded cobblestone beach.

Keep going and you'll reach SEAL HARBOR, summer home to people in control of some of the country's historic fortunes. Fords, Vanderbilts, Astors, Mellons--people like that. Here and in nearby Northeast Harbor you can see their vast, rambling cottages. You can hobnob with some of them at the Northeast Harbor Golf Course, a strange, but beautiful, semi-secret 15-hole layout that accepts greens fee players.

As you leave Seal Harbor, note that on your left is; a public sand beach and on your right a pleasant park. Beyond the park is the STANLEY BROOK ROAD, from which you can get onto the park Loop Road without paying a fee.

If you continue thru Seal Harbor, you'll reach LITTLE LONG POND. The Rockefellers own the land around the pond, but they let people use it. Beyond this,you come to the Thuya Gardens and Asticou Terraces, an endowed municipal park containing an English formal garden, a waterfront mountainside trail, and a rare historical book library, Thuya Lodge. A walking trail begins a little farther down the road.

Watch for the Cranberry Lodge and Asticou Inn.

Keep going, and you'll come to Rtes 198/3. Turn right and you'll find the entrance to the formal ASTICOU AZELEA GARDENS. Down the road is the Brown Mountain Gatehouse, one of two lovely carriage road English Tudor-style gate houses built in 1932 by John D. Rockefeller Jr. (Rockefeller helped local folks weather the Great Depression with work projects, the fruits of which we continue to enjoy. He was the driving force behind MDI's wonderful carriage roads and marvelous stone bridges.)

A left turn will take you into Northeast Harbor. Check out the marina; there are some impressive yachts moored there. The GREAT HARBOR COLLECTION MUSEUM in the Old Town Hall on Main Street has exhibits representing all facets of early Maine coastal life. Donations are suggested. Nearby, there is a nice assortment of shops and galleries. Prices here aren't necessarily cheap, but browsers are tolerated nicely.

Watch for the Grey Rock Inn on Harborside Road,

A tur to the left takes you to the Northest Harbor Fleet, Main Sail Restaurant and Kimball Terrace Inn.

Back on Main St., look for Knowles Co.hardware store and a bank, Holmes Store, Island Artisans, Pine Tree Market and Landromat, Northeast Fine Art & Design, Adelma R. McGrath, The Romantic Room, The Cottage, Shaw Jewelry, Kimball Shop, Smart Studio and Gallery, Local Color, The Colonel's Delicatessen, Generations, Jack Ledbetter Studio, Tasteful Tides, Maine Gifts by the Sea, Treasures from Asia.

SHAW JEWELRY is the home of extraordinary contemporary
jewelry by national artists as well as the largest collection of work by Sam Shaw. Featured is an expansive showroom with over 100 artists represented in a spacious, well-designed environment. You will find luxurious jewelry in high karat gold with precious stones, pearls and diamonds. You will also find exotic and unusual artist-made pieces in alternative materials and challenging aesthetic. Shaw Jewelry Gallery hosts 20 exhibitions each year showcasing painters, photographers, sculptors and object makers.

TASTEFUL TIDES is affiliated with  FIORE ARTISAN OLIVE OILS & VINEGARS, which Yankee Magazine holds  is New England's best "Around-the-World Tasting Room."  Visitors are encouraged to sample extra-virgin, first cold-pressed olive oils from around the world (including flavored and specialy oils), plus balsamic vinegars from Modena, Italy, aged 35 years, and specialty foods, including sea salts and pestos.

A right will take you down to Sargent Drive and the Northeast Harbor Golf Club.

skirts Somes Sound from Northeast Harbor. The sound constitutes the only natural fjord on the Atlantic coast. At Somes Sound Lookout, you'll gaze upon Acadia Mountain. You may see porpoises frolicking in the sound. Further on, the Somes Sound Picnic Area hugs the shore.

NORTHEAST HARBOR GOLF CLUB is one of the Island's well-kept secrets. Golfers are presented with the best of all worlds — magnificent wooded holes surrounded by thousands of trees and five traditional links-style holes. There are several significant elevation changes, very small greens, and unrivaled beauty.

Questions or comments? Send them along to Captain D.