You may have never heard of Orland—and that’s what makes it so ideal for a getaway. With only 2,000 residents, this small town rests on the banks of the Narramissic River in a constellation of quaint towns and villages. 123 miles northeast of Portland and 37 from Bar Harbor, day trips are an option for more activity. But if it’s seclusion and nature’s tranquility that you seek, a stay in one of our Orland vacation rentals is just what you need.
This rural area is full of gently sloping, tree-covered hills, as well as lakes, rivers, and farmland. In the fall, visitors flock to see its vibrant foliage and breathe in the autumnal snap in the air. Eclectic farmhouses dotting the landscape take guests back to a simpler time. For a closer look at the town's history, the Orland Historical Society offers walking tours of various homes, churches, and other local landmarks. While the town itself is picturesque, perhaps one of the best things about Orland is its proximity to nature.
The 4,500 acre Great Pond Mountain Wildlands that hem the town are less than a 15-minute drive away. This area comprises several small mountain peaks for easy hikes. Great Pond Mountain offers easy trails through beautiful wildflowers in the late spring and summer. Good news for your furry friends—dogs are allowed on this trail, so long as they’re kept on a leash. Letterboxing is another fun aspect of the Wildlands and is similar to Geocaching. Small, weatherproof boxes are hidden and participants find clues in catalogues, various websites, or by word of mouth. If you find one of these gems along your trek, be sure to sign the notebook inside.
If you’re looking to experience some traditional Maine culture, our Orland vacation rentals are 15 miles from Dyce Head Lighthouse. This historic landmark sits on privately owned property, but the owners are kind enough to allow visitors to tour parts of the area, including a set of wooden steps leading to the water. Guests can also discover relics from ancient history, a blacksmithing workshop, and more at the Wilson Museum.
Mt Desert Island is about an hour’s drive from Orland. Here you can experience the colorful buildings, whale watching, and local seafood of Bar Harbor. Be sure to stop at Rose Eden Lobster—voted one of the best seafood restaurants in Bar Harbor—for a delicious meal in a casual setting. Or spend an afternoon exploring the 47,000 acres of Acadia National Park, home to the highest point on the eastern coast: Cadillac Mountain. View unbeatable panoramas by following an easy, paved path to its 1,530-foot summit.
Whether you’re gorging on the local seafood or climbing mountains—or both—this area of Maine is a truly special place. Our picturesque Orland vacation rentals offer the perfect way to experience it.