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When visiting Mount Desert Island for a Maine vacation or getaway, Southwest Harbor or Bass Harbor make an ideal destination on the quiet side. These two small seaside towns are settled on the more remote, southwest end of Mount Desert Island, ideal for those looking for peace and solitude, while keeping a visit to nearby Acadia National Park on the itinerary. Slightly larger than nearby Northeast Harbor, yet smaller than Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor is a beautiful boating center with its share of great little shops and restaurants serving Maine lobster and fresh seafood by the waterfront and in town. This popular yachting harbor is home to Hinckley Boat manufacturer, the beautiful hand crafted Maine sailiboats and motor yachts are designed, built and repaired here, since 1928, along with other rmajor Maine boat builders. You will see many million-dollar Hinckley picnic boats moored in Southwest Harbor, or cruising out to the Atlantic with their unique jet power. The US Coast Guard is stationed here, and the town celebrates summer with a Flamingo Fest - very fun. Quaint historic Inns and Bnbs line the street in downtown Southwest Harbor, while the teh newly renovated Claremont Inn sits on the point with views of Somes Sound.

Nearby Bass Harbor is home to a beautiful Maine lighthouse, the 1858 Bass Harbor Headlight, perched prominently on the southern tip of Mount Desert island. For those really interested in the remote atmosphere of Mount Desert Island, you may find Bass Harbor ideal for where to stay, only a mile away from Southwest Harbor.


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Kingsleigh Inn

Kingsleigh Inn Southwest Harbor
Kingsleigh Inn | Southwest Harbor
Kingsleigh Inn is a turn of the century, turreted Queen Anne Victorian that sits high on a hill, 100 yards from the water. The Inn, with its elegant yet casual atmosphere, is located in the center of town surrounded by Acadia National Park. Enjoy rooms with water views, private decks and pampering amenities. A three-course gourmet breakfast is served as are afternoon baked goods, early evening wine and hors d oeurves and all day tea and espresso. Come see why Conde Nast featured us as the place to stay on Mount Desert Island! 373 Main Street, Southwest Harbor, Maine 207-244-5302

Harbor Watch Inn

Harbor Watch Inn Swans Island
Harbor Watch Inn | Swans Island
The only motel on Swan’s Island and offers four rooms with prices starting as low as $98/night. Upgrade to a room with a full kitchen for just a little more and enjoy a private balcony overlooking the harbor. Take a vehicle ferry from Bass Harbor to reach the island then explore everything the island has to offer: Burnt Coat Harbor Lighthouse, Swan’s Island Lobster and Marine Museum, our beautiful sand beaches, lobsters right off the boat, and endless vistas. Book directly through the website and use the code VISITMAINE for a special rate. 111 Minturn Rd., Swan’s Island, ME. 207-526-4563. 919-824-4265.

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Harbour Cottage Inn

Harbour Cottage Inn Southwest Harbor
Harbour Cottage Inn | Southwest Harbor
This historic Inn is an 1870's Victorian bed and breakfast, situated atop Dirigo Hill and overlooking the picturesque waters of Southwest Harbor - near Bar Harbor and world famous Acadia National Park. The Inn is within walking distance of wonderful restaurants, shopping, marinas and lobster wharves. Beautifully appointed vacation rental waterfront suites cottages and apartments, directly on the harbor, have been recently added with the acquisition of Pier One. A wonderfully informal and casual bed and breakfast. 9 Dirigo Road, Southwest Harbor, Maine 207-244-5738

Nearby Towns

The Inn consists of five separate buildings on 15 acres located 4 miles from downtown Bar Harbor and 2 miles from Acadia National Park entrance. The hotel is within minutes to popular activities such as kayaking, biking, nature cruises, whale watching, golfing and hiking. An ideal place to stay when visiting Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. This Bar Harbor hotel offers amenities such as complimentary continental breakfast, outdoor heated pool, Cable TV, Hi-Speed internet access, convenient exterior room entrances and more. Great rates and Vacation Packages. 452 State Highway 3, Bar Harbor, Maine 207-288-5823

Clean, affordable, family run. Acadia Sunrise Motel is a family-owned and operated property with Down East hospitality and great rates. Located just minutes to Mount Desert Island and 15 minutes to Bar Harbor in nearby Trenton. Clean comfortable newly renovated rooms offer full bath, A/C, Cable, and phone. Some rooms have kitchenettes. Property offers stunning views of the mountains of Mount Desert Island, wildflower gardens, and a heated outdoor pool. Open mid-April to end of October. 952 Bar Harbor Road, Trenton, Maine 207-667-8452

Swans Island

Harbor Watch Inn - 111 Minturn Rd. Swan’s Island, ME  l 207-526-4563 l 919-824-4265

Bass Harbor Area

Bass Harbor Campground l 207-244-5857

Bass Harbor Cottages and Country Inn l 207-244-3460

Bass Harbor Gables l 207-244-3699

Bass Harbor Guest House l 207-244-7959

Bass Harbor Inn l 207-244-5157

Little Island House l 207-266-0827

Willows on Bass Harbor l 207-244-0512


Southwest Harbor Area

Acadia Cabins l 207-244-5388

Ann's Point Cottages l 207-244-5425

Birches,  l 207-244-5182

Claremont Hotel l 207-244-5036

Clark Point Inn l 207-244-9828

The Harbour Cottage Inn l 207-244-5738

Harbor View Motel and Cottages l 207-244-5031

Inn at Southwest l 207-244-3835

Island House l 207-244-5180

Island Watch Bed and Breakfast l 207-244-7229

Kingsleigh Inn  l 207-244-5302

The Moorings Inn and Cottages l 207-244-5523

Penury Hall Bed and Breakfast l 207-244-7102

Sunset Cottages - West Tremont l 207-244-3760


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