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Mount Desert Island Maine

While on Mount Desert Island Maine there are many activities to do and things to see. There are a number of whale watching boats that leave Bar Harbor several times daily. The island contains over 50 miles of carriage roads built and donated to Acadia National Park by John D. Rockefeller. These roads, also called carriage trails, are for the exclusive use of horseback riding, hiking and bicycling. No motor vehicles are allowed on these roads. Additionally, there are miles of hiking trails that go all over the mountains and around all of the lakes and ponds of the island. A hiking guide that is a personal favorite is A Walk in the Park, by Tom St. Germain (Parkman Publishing). It and many books related to Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park can be ordered online from Sherman's Bookstore in Bar Harbor.

Bar Harbor Vacation Rentals - View of Porcupine Islands
Bar Harbor From Cadillac Mountain

Bar Harbor Maine Rentals - View From Jordon Pondhouse 
View From Jordon Pondhouse
A great place to eat popovers and enjoy the view


 Bar Harbor Oceanfront Vacation Rentals - Kayaks In Harbor
.Kayaks In Harbor




Bar Harbor Waterfront Vacation Rentals - View From Gorham Mountain
View From Gorham Mountain

Bar Harbor Vacation Rentals - View From Gorham Mountain
View From Gorham Mountain
Gorham Mountain is one of our favorite family hikes.
Michael began hiking it when he was four years
old and begs to hike it every year.

Downtown Bar Harbor, as well as all of the small towns on Mount Desert Island, has many shops that are perfect for browsing on those days when you feel like shopping.

Bicycles, kayaks, canoes and many sizes of boats, power and sail, can be rented in Bar Harbor, Northeast Harbor and Southwest Harbor.

One of our favorite family activities is whale watching. Every time we go out it is an adventure. It's always much cooler on the water than you would expect, so bring some warm jackets - even in the middle of the summer.

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Photograph taken of a humpback named Witches Fin.
She entertained the boat for at least one half an hour. 


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Every time that we have gone out whale
watching, except once, we saw whales.
The time that we didn't see whales,
we received additional tickets.


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We are often asked about dining in Bar Harbor. Although there are many fine restaurants on the island, the following lists some of our favorites (in no particular order).

Jack Russell's Brew Pub 
102 Eden St.
Bar Harbor, Maine

2 Cats
130 Cottage Street
Bar Harbor, Maine

Little Anthony's
131 Cottage Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Poor Boy's Gourmet
300 Main Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

McKays Public House
231 Main Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Downeast Links

Acadia National Park

Bar Harbor Whale Watch

Island Explorer


Stay at one of our Maine oceanfront vacation rental homes and experience one of the most beautiful islands in the world.


Harp-Hawkins Vacations - Six Unique Bar Harbor Vacation Rentals located on Mount Desert Island, Maine.

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