Mount Desert Island

Welcome to Mount Desert Island

A secluded island that offers privacy, stunning views, and a peaceful lifestyle


Mount Desert Island is an island community and the largest island off the coast of Maine. Overlooking Frenchman Bay and the Gulf of Maine, Mount Desert Island is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. It is located in the Gulf of Maine near Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, which encircles most of the island.

Locals come to the island for the mild winters, the beaches, seafood, outdoor lifestyle, and the quiet. The island has a lot to offer: it’s home to the only active volcano in New England, is known for its scenic coastline and wildlife, and is a gateway for exploring the region. It’s also a wonderful place to have a family, own a business, or retreat from a busy life, with plenty of parks, playgrounds, and other activities for all ages.

Mount Desert Island is known for its secluded beaches, pine forests, and Old World charm. The island is a haven for residents, artists, and anyone seeking a slower pace than the mainland has to offer. It features Acadia National Park, a popular landmark for those seeking adventure. The island is home to numerous resorts, boutiques, art galleries, and small businesses and also offers excellent fishing, skiing, hiking, and its annual festivals.


What to Love

  • A peaceful and slow-paced life
  • Stunning mountain and water views
  • An active and outdoor lifestyle
  • Charming downtown with shops and eateries

Local Lifestyle

Mount Desert Island is an idyllic coastal community that offers everything you need to enjoy an unforgettable Maine experience. Lively downtown with eclectic shops and fine dining, the picturesque Acadia National Park, and the dramatic coastlines of Frenchman’s Bay and Bar Harbor are all within minutes of your door, making it an exciting place to call home. Whether you’re looking for a quiet place to get away from it all or prefer a more lively neighborhood with restaurants, bars, shops, and art galleries, Mount Desert Island has something for you. With Acadian, French, and Dutch ancestry, the diverse population adds to the town’s charm and uniqueness.


Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Abel’s Lobster is a charming restaurant on the water that focuses on providing unmatched flavors, ingredients, and atmosphere for locals to enjoy native food and views. Geddy’s is a stylish seafood restaurant and bar with fun decor and signage representing the coastal New Egland vibes.

Spruce & Gussy is a quaint shop where locals can find unique art, jewelry, gifts, handbags, toys, and other items. The Acadia Country Store is a popular shop that sells a variety of Maine treats like maple syrup, honey, jams, bakery items, and more.


Things to Do

Bar Harbor is a city on Mount Desert Island along Frenchman Bay with beautiful cliffs, mountains, and forests to explore. Residents can attend local community events like outdoor family movie nights and art in the park. Acadia National Park offers many year-round outdoor activities like hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, rock climbing, camping, and more. There are many areas in the national park to explore, including visitor centers, rivers and ponds, and wildlife tours. Cadillac Mountain is a feature in Acadia National Park that reaches more than 1,500 feet and can be seen from Bar Harbor and other points on the island. Sand Beach is another well-known spot in the national park that has access from the Park Loop Road. The beach has many unique shells from the surf and is a beautiful place to enjoy the water and views.



The island is also the home of the Mount Desert Island Regional School System-AOS 91, which educates students from kindergarten through 12th grade.


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