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In 1604, Samuel de Champlain sailed along the coast of what would one day become the state of Maine. The French explorer's ship ran aground on a large island marked with treeless granite mountains - summits that would inspire him to name the place "Île des Monts Déserts," or the island of barren mountains.

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Dog-friendly Internet Lake view
Manset Village Overlook 3D Tour
5 Bedroom | 3 Bath | Sleeps 11

Manset Village Overlook - Southwest Harbor, ME

From $248
The Colonels Suites Unit 1 3D Tour
1 Bedroom | 1 Bath | Sleeps 4

The Colonels Suites Unit 1 - Northeast Harbor, ME

From $127
The Colonels Suites #4 and #5
2 Bedroom | 2 Bath | Sleeps 5

The Colonels Suites #4 and #5 - Northeast Harbor, ME

From $163
Jodys Acre Hideaway 3D Tour
4 Bedroom | 2 Bath | Sleeps 8

Jodys Acre Hideaway - Southwest Harbor, ME

From $148
Acadia Quietside Retreat 3D Tour
3 Bedroom | 2.5 Bath | Sleeps 8

Acadia Quietside Retreat - Southwest Harbor, ME

From $131

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Recent Mount Desert Island vacation rental reviews

What a comfortable and lovely house. Very clean with easy well organized amenities. Good location and lovely view. Would stay here again.
Melissa S. | Dec 2021
Great House! The rooms were nice sized and ALL very well decorated. The bathrooms are beautifully renovated and the kitchen was very well equipped. We had one issue with the propane tanks being empty when we arrived but the property management company was very responsive (on Thanksgiving Day!) and the problem was quickly resolved. We loved the area, we picked up Fresh Lobster on the dock down the street at Beal’s and a great dinner at Sip’s, also right down the street. The location was about 25 minutes from most of the park which I hear is a plus during the summer months when thousands of people are visiting. A enjoyable stay all around. This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Laura P. | Nov 2021
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April V. | Nov 2021

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In the centuries since Champlain's arrival, Mount Desert Island has made its name as a summer escape for New England's elite and the home of Acadia National Park, a spectacular meeting of land and sea that covers two-thirds of the island's landscape. Add in several charming towns and world-class hiking and kayaking, and you'll come to understand what makes our Mount Desert Island vacation rentals so memorable.

Where is Mount Desert Island?

Mount Desert Island sits just beyond the gateway to Downeast Maine, directly south of the town of Ellsworth on the state's ocean coast. Encompassing an area of nearly 108 square miles, the island is the largest in Maine, the second largest on the Eastern seaboard, and the sixth largest in the contiguous United States. It's also only 37 miles south of Bangor, 91 miles east of the capital city of Augusta, and 152 miles east of historic downtown Portland.

The Towns of Mount Desert Island

Although its population swells in the sparkling summer months, Mount Desert Island has roughly 10,000 year-round residents who make their homes in four townships: Bar Harbor, Mount Desert, Southwest Harbor, and Tremont.

Scenically perched on the island's eastern shores, the lively town of Bar Harbor spent decades as a playground for wealthy "cottagers" from New York and Boston. Today, it is full of families, ice cream parlors, cruise ship day-trippers, and tasty cuisine, from the homestyle breakfasts at Cafe This Way to the contemporary Latin dishes at Havana.

A picturesque drive east will bring you to the "quietside" of the island, where the communities of Mount Desert, Southwest Harbor, and Tremont offer galleries, boutiques, and tranquil glimpses of everyday life. Bring your camera along to photograph the morning fog on Seal Cove and catch the beautiful sunset view of the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse on the island's southern tip.

Visiting Acadia National Park

The island's crown jewel is the stunning expanse of Acadia National Park, which offers 125 miles of trails, 45 miles of carriage roads, and a 47,000-acre backyard for our Mount Desert Island vacation homes.

Established as a national park in 1919, Acadia attracts nearly two million visitors each year to admire some of the nation's most iconic coastal scenery. Follow the North or South Ridge Trail (or simply hop in the car) to reach the 1,532-foot summit of Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on Mount Desert Island that catches the nation's first sunrise between October and March.

The 2.2-mile Ocean Path between Sand Beach and Otter Point traverses some of the park's most famous rugged shoreline, while the Precipice Trail provides unrivaled views of Frenchman Bay for those brave enough to make the ascent. And there's no better place to spend an autumn afternoon than the dining room at Jordan Pond House, where you can snack on seafood chowder and piping hot popovers with a view of the lake and mountains.

Experience the peace and tranquility of this truly unique landscape - book your stay at one of our Mount Desert Island vacation homes today!

Photo Credit: Paul Geffen via Flickr